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Old 08-28-2017, 08:40 AM   #1
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WDH on short trips

I've always been a firm believer, "if you have it, use it." But I recently upgraded to a Ram 2500 5.7, 11,800 towing capacity and 2300lbs payload. My trailer is roughly 6,000lbs loaded. Went on a short trip this weeekend about 45 minutes away and just put on a sway bar and went on my way, Truck towed great.Thoughts on if I should use WDH all the time or am I ok on short trips just loading up without and hitting the road?
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If I attach my camper to my truck for any reason, the full WDH assembly goes on too.
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:07 AM   #3
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You have plenty of truck for the TT. If you remember to load the trailer correctly 10-15% tongue weight you should be ok but I am one of those people if you bought it to use it and for added piece of mind why not use it. You will probably get mixed responses from this though. Good luck.
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My opinion: You either need a WDH or you don't. The reason for needing it can happen 500 ft or 500 miles from your driveway. You don't know which it will be.
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:26 AM   #5
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For the extra few minutes to put it on and take it off, I would use it.
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The two minutes you save could cost your or someone elses life.
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:17 PM   #7
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The two minutes you save could cost your or someone elses life.

I get it but I don't believe I'm putting anyone's life in danger by towing a light weight TT 30-45 miles with a 2500 hd truck with sway bar, the truck barely "squats" when trailer is loaded without WDH.
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I get it but I don't believe I'm putting anyone's life in danger by towing a light weight TT 30-45 miles with a 2500 hd truck with sway bar, the truck barely "squats" when trailer is loaded without WDH.
Trouble can come within a mile from your home just as easily as 1000 miles away. Spend the 5 minutes and hook it up properly.
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:30 PM   #9
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My opinion: You either need a WDH or you don't. The reason for needing it can happen 500 ft or 500 miles from your driveway....
I agree 100%. Length of trip is not an issue. Either you need a WDH or you don't. Which is it?
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:47 PM   #10
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I use my wdh hitch without bars to go from my house. I sometimes use a tri ball hitch. Of course my TT storage is only 3/4 mile away and the speed limit it 25...

I hook it all up if I take it anywhere further.
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:55 PM   #11
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Personally if you think you need the sway bar I think you need the WDH. A properly setup WDH will do a lot to eliminate sway.
Now do you need either? If I was going lower speed back roads and didn't have any sway issues I may leave it off too.
Only you can really answer this as every combination is different.
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My opinion, just like 100% of the responses so far, is that you should go ahead and use it every time.


Beyond that, if you need more convincing, check your owner's manual, for their recommendation and/or requirement for when to use a WDH. Most OEM's recommend or require it once TW exceeds 500 lbs. 6000 lbs loaded trailer is probably at least 700 lbs or more TW. That's a significant amount of weight pushing down far behind the rear axle, which is removing weight from the front wheels. I don't care how little the rear is squatting, it's removing the same amount of weight from the front wheels whether 3/4 ton or 1/2 ton, assuming the same wheelbase and bed length. So from that perspective, not using the WDH is hurting your front wheel stability, so yes, you could be endangering others.
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I get it but I don't believe I'm putting anyone's life in danger by towing a light weight TT 30-45 miles with a 2500 hd truck with sway bar, the truck barely "squats" when trailer is loaded without WDH.
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When you realize you are wrong will be just as you lose control and it will be too late to get that added margin of safety you left in the garage.
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Ok since we're on the talk of wdh.my dealer advised me to remove my sway bar when backing into campsites and such. Should I also remove the bars or leave them connected the reason I ask is where I park I have to basically jackknife the trailer and was thinking that cant be good for the wdh
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I used to tow a 6000 lb TT with a dual wheel 3500 and never used a WDH or sway control and had no problems. When I towed the same TT with a 1500 truck it never left the driveway without the WDH and sway bar. With a 2500 truck you are probably okay without it but if it feels like it tows better with the WDH use it every time.
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I use my wdh hitch without bars to go from my house. I sometimes use a tri ball hitch. Of course my TT storage is only 3/4 mile away and the speed limit it 25...

I hook it all up if I take it anywhere further.


Good luck my friend. According to the internet you are doomed!
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For my short trip(about 5 miles) I seldom use the WDH. I use a heavy duty hitch ball. I also have a 3/4 ton truck. Now he says he is towing a 6000 # tt with no issues same thing if I was towing my 24ft enclosed car trailer weighing in at 7500# Never had to use a WDH system for it. Towed like a dream. I see no problem with towing as OP mentioned for short trips. Later RJD
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For my short trip(about 5 miles) I seldom use the WDH. I use a heavy duty hitch ball. I also have a 3/4 ton truck. Now he says he is towing a 6000 # tt with no issues same thing if I was towing my 24ft enclosed car trailer weighing in at 7500# Never had to use a WDH system for it. Towed like a dream. I see no problem with towing as OP mentioned for short trips. Later RJD


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Good luck my friend. According to the internet you are doomed!
You believe everything you read on the internet and Looks like you tow a 5er have you ever towed other wise? Later RJD
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WDH on short trips

For what it is worth, I tow my race car trailer and other friends race car trailers ranging from 7k-10k without a WDH using a heavy duty ball mount. I don't do this too much anymore but have done it lots of times. Travel trailers present a slightly different issue when it comes to sway etc due to the profiles and loading characteristics.

However, given the weight the OP is talking about, I wouldn't have issues.... especially if he has done it with no sway or ill handling.
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