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Weight Distribution hitch or not?

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I towed my 3900 lb (dry weight) travel trailer on a couple of short trips for servicing without hooking up my torsion bars.  I really can't see or feel much difference. Maybe when fully loaded and on longer trips a full hookup would ensure the best ride and possibly reduce sway.   However, I am wondering if a WD hitch may not always be necessary on a smaller trailer being towed by my full sized truck.   I used to tow fully laden box utility trailers and didn't ever consider a WD hitch.   I was told it was necessary for a travel trailer but am starting to wonder if this is a little overkill for my needs?.

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What's the tongue weight on the trailer? There is a chart in the owners manual stating weight limits with and without weight distribution. Page 9-88 and 9-89 in mine.

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I was going to ask about tongue weight as well. And, like you mentioned, small trips on two lane roads are much different than long trips on the interstate with over a week's worth of camping gear in the bed. You might not need the WD for short trips.   

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Travel Trailers are big Wind Sales do yourself a favor and use the WDH hitch with sway control as well.

 

I have personally seen people not running one loose control and flip the truck and trailer. It's horrifying when it's your friends in the vehicle.

 

Truck out front had one I had one out back.  All three were all hit by the same side wind.

 

Ruined the camping trip for everyone.

 

You may only need it that one time but is your truck Family Friends worth it.

 

I say yes.

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My trailer is about 3500lbs on the scales and about 500lbs on the tongue. I'm running a WD hitch this season. I sag pretty good as it is and we got blown around a bit last fall

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Thanks for the responses.  I believe I'm fine making local runs between storage, service and home using just a ball hitch.   When I hit the highways, I'll be sure to use my equalizer/anti sway hitch system.  

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I am not really a fan of wdh hitches.  I mean they are used because the trailer is heavier then what the truck is setup to handle.  Mainly because the trucks rear leaf springs are not enough or the trucks tires causing sway do to sidewall flex or and deep tread.  

Driving with snow and ice on roads with a wdh is much more dangerous then with out one.  Taking the weight off the drive tires causes the truck to spin sooner,  and could even cause the truck and trailer to jackknife.

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