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Old 05-22-2016, 07:45 PM   #1
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Must I use the WD hitch?

We have a new TT and it is currently in the driveway while we load it up. We store it in a lot about two miles from the house. We are all about Saftey but I'm wondering, do I need to attach the WD hitch and anti sway bar when I'm going to and from the house or can I just hook up my 2" ball for that short trip?
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It all depends... what is your tongue weight and what weight is your hitch rated for as a dead weight vs wdh? I would say use the wdh. We keep our trailer out the back side of the neighborhood and still used the wdh for our old tt.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:09 PM   #3
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2" ball? Small trailer?
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Are you sure it is a 2" ball. Usually weights of concern are 2-5/16" territory.

What is the tow vehicle and what is the trailer?


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Old 05-22-2016, 09:53 PM   #5
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The WDH is 2 5/16" the TV is a Nissan Titan rated for 7500 lbs tongue weight 730 lbs. the TT is 5350 + 300 lbs gear = 5650 lbs
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:25 PM   #6
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The WDH is 2 5/16" the TV is a Nissan Titan rated for 7500 lbs tongue weight 730 lbs. the TT is 5350 + 300 lbs gear = 5650 lbs


Just use the WDH and leave bars off. I do this to pull my trailer out of the backyard because of uneven ground. I sure wouldn't use something undersized for the job.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:09 AM   #7
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How long does it take to put your WD bars on? Weight against the pain and expense of having an accident or issue while moving it without your WD in place. Don't put yourself into a "what if" because doing things the best way possible created an issue.
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two miles???

can you even get up to 40-45 MPH in 2 miles?

IMHO... leave off the bars if it is ONLY 2 miles and you are not getting any speed... you are well under your TV capability
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:37 PM   #9
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I never used mine going to my parents 6 miles away to wash it.(they had a paved driveway) of course the trailer did lower my rear at all. It is personal preference as long as it doesn't lift up your front end and cause steering issues.
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I'm curious why you wouldn't install the bars? Are you just trying to save a couple minutes? Do you have a bad back and are trying to avoid some lifting?

You say you are all about safety and your signature says "always do what's right". In my mind there's no question about what's right and safest.

Definitely use the proper sized ball if you choose to not use the WDH bars.
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I don't put the bars on for the 3mile drive to our storage site. Speed limit is less than 40 mph on country roads. They are not needed.
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WDHs are intended to move some of the tongue weight off the TV's rear axle and onto the TV's front axle and the trailer axles. Doesn't matter how fast you're going. Sway control would be less necessary at slower speeds but weight distribution would still be advisable especially on rough roads.

If you don't have the bars installed and the front of your TV is pointing up, be aware that driving like that at night will point your low beams into the face of oncoming vehicles. I retrofitted HID projectors on my truck so I would never drive it on the roads at night without the bars installed or I would blind other drivers!
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Leave him alone. Bars for 2 miles? <40 mph? No brainer, not going to be a problem.
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I moved my TT back and forth from storage (8 miles) this last trip using just the Equalizer head and ball (I dont have a 2-5/16 ball on anything but the EQ head) without the bars. TV is a F250, trailer is a Rockwood 2306 (4600#). No problems.
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Leave him alone. Bars for 2 miles? <40 mph? No brainer, not going to be a problem.
I agree.
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On my rig I'm afraid I might be overloading the hitch and/or axle if I don't use the wd bars. Do you guys think that would still be ok for two miles? I don't want to damage anything.
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Great responses! I appreciate them. Unintentionally very funny as in February I had reconstructive back surgery (pins installed). It is actually less than two miles, across one busy street at a stop light, then through my subdivision. About as many opinions as there are people. At no time do I want to put myself or anyone else in any danger, or cost myself any money for a stupid reason. But if I can save my back some stress or save a few minutes then let's do it.
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I'm curious why you wouldn't install the bars? Are you just trying to save a couple minutes? Do you have a bad back and are trying to avoid some lifting?

You say you are all about safety and your signature says "always do what's right". In my mind there's no question about what's right and safest.

Definitely use the proper sized ball if you choose to not use the WDH bars.
I agree with itat.
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It's not just about where your headlights point. The hitch itself is only rated to hold so much dead weight. Hit a bump or pothole and the shock multiplies the effective weight on the hitch exponentially.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:39 PM   #20
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The only thing I don't put on the hitch when towing a short distance, low speed - 25 - 45 MPH, is the Anti Sway Bar.
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