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Old 09-23-2019, 06:21 PM   #21
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I've heard from several people in the towing industry that using a WDH on a unibody vehicle is NOT recommended. Anyone have any thoughts on that? Looking to tow my new trailer with a 2016 Jeep Cherokee with factory towing package and it's a unibody.


Not quite sure where you or they heard this. Maybe they were talking about unibody vs. a full frame body. Many people tow with a unibody vehicle and I am included in this. I use a WDH and tow my TT just fine. Even in the owners manual they give specifics using a WDH while towing. Some people will frown upon it because itís not a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel towing but you can as long as you are with in all your numbers/limits. So I find this a hard one to believe.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:28 PM   #22
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Not all unibody vehicles are the same. Some will allow using a WDH, some don't.
Always check the Towing section of the vehicle's owner's manual.
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Thanks for the quick replies. Appreciate the info.
I've had Camping World and several trailer dealerships tell me that since the vehicle is a unibody, there's nothing there (frame) to support the weight. Using a WDH is putting stresses on the body possibly causing it to flex in the middle where a unibody is weakest.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:00 PM   #24
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Used to use one on my Jeep Grand Cherokee. If use it again. The difference is night and day.

Jeeps typically are built a little better than your average Honda Civic.
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I would recommend you check with the Jeep dealership for advice on this issue. If your TT is close to the maximum tow rating of your Jeep, I would think a WDH would be best.
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Old 09-24-2019, 12:59 PM   #26
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Thanks for the quick replies. Appreciate the info.
I've had Camping World and several trailer dealerships tell me that since the vehicle is a unibody, there's nothing there (frame) to support the weight. Using a WDH is putting stresses on the body possibly causing it to flex in the middle where a unibody is weakest.
Next time you are at Camping World, tell them:
1. Some modern SUV's like the Durango are unibody structures. They can get up to 7400 lbs tow rating, and REQUIRE the use of a WDH in order to use that max rating (usually anything more than 5000 lbs trailer, or 500 lbs tongue weight).
2. I used to tow a popup camper with a minivan. It had a 3800 lbs tow rating, but REQUIRED the use of a WDH to use that rating. Without a WDH (and electric brakes), it was limited to 2,000 lbs.

There is nothing wrong with a unibody. Just like a full-frame vehicle, you simply need to read the owner's manual, and follow the instructions regarding what the ratings are, and what equipment you need to use in order to take advantage of those ratings.
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Old 09-30-2019, 08:19 PM   #27
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Lot of high rollers here that want/like/can afford the best. I'm a bottom feeder with a Wolf Pup 16QB. For me a WD hitch was/is w-a-y overkill. A Harbor Freight friction anti sway completes my towing requirements.

https://72land-n-sea.blogspot.com/20...-sway.html?m=1

I'd just hook it up, drag it a while and then decide.

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Some modern weight distribution hitches have sway control function without adding the anti sway bars.
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:38 AM   #29
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My TT came with a husky wdh with the sway bar. TV was was a 2012 Yukon. I had too much back and forth sway. I traded up to the Husky Centerline. When a truck passed I could feel the sway once then it would settle immediately back to center. I traded TV to a 2018 Sierra keeping the Husky Centerline. Havenít felt the sway since.

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Old 10-01-2019, 08:03 AM   #31
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With the introduction of larger trailers (more sail area) at a much lighter weight allowing smaller vehicles to pull them the WDH and sway control devices either built into the hitch or stand alone have become the norm for todays RVer.
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I think he means that modern WDHs with integrated sway control, like the 4pt Equal-i-zer, don't use an add-on friction sway bar. The hitch head and weight bars provide the sway control.
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I have been towing for 3 years using a Ram 1500 with the Hemi engine. We use weight distributions bars and a detachable separate sway bar. Like some of the respondents I have never had to detach the sway bars when backing up. Even though I am a terrible "backer upper" the sway bars are not my issue.
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For anybody new to TT towing, not already owning a WDH kit, there is little reason to go with a WDH kit that does not include integrated sway control. I guess you could save a little bit of money, with add-on sway control at under $50 at Harbor Freight. I suspect that is what the dealer meant by this trailer not needing sway bars. He probably meant:
"Since you need a WDH for your combination, you don't need standalone sway control."
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It's been a few years since I've towed, and I am not super savvy on concept to begin with - so I asked the dealer and left even more confused.

TV - 2017 Santa Fe with 5000 capacity (have to check the tongue weight limits before I buy anything)
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So - I was confused about the WDH and have learned that it is the part connected to the trailer (as opposed to part of the harness bolted to the vehicle), ok good. Dealer describing WDH and how it looks/connects etc and I ask about sway bars - he tells me, No, with this camper and set up you don't want sway bars.... WHAT???? My questions:

1. Can you have both WDH & Sway bars
2. Is there ever a scenario where you wouldn't want sway bars
Here's the owners manual for the Equil-i-zer WDH. It should give you the "basics."

I keep my TT in storage about 4 miles away. Pulled my Roo to storage with my Traverse without putting on the WDH and was quite surprised at how much worse the ride was. I got a 1/2 ton pickup the following year, but that's a different story.
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