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Old 06-24-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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Do we need WD/Sway Control?

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I've been lurking here for awhile, but just registered I'm seeking all of you guy's expert advise. We have a Dodge 1 ton dually, it's a V10 gasser. It's just our TV not our daily driver.

We are pulling a 2015 Jayco Jay flight SLX 287BHSW with it. The TT is 33.3 feet long from tounge to bumper and has a 6500lb dry weight. Loaded I'm gonna assume is 7500-7700lbs. We travel with our 4 girls plus my husband and myself.

My question is do we need the weight distribution and sway bar when towing with this set-up? We do have both. Just trying to eliminate extra set-up if not needed.

Thanks in advanced
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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What is your tongue weight? I would assume since you are a 1 ton dually you would not need the WD. Hook it up and see how much sag you have. That would probably be the best way to tell.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:37 AM   #3
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Thank you for the quick reply The tongue weight for the trailer is around 800lbs? That was what a quick search came up with.

Jayco lists the dry hitch weight as 641 if that helps.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:10 AM   #4
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I have pulled a 36' Laredo, about 6500lbs since it was empty. I started out with it just on the ball, pulled level, but swayed because that is a lot of surface area to grab wind. Use the hitch. It rides better, is safer, and doesn't take much time.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:25 AM   #5
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Most towing experts say you need a weight-distributing hitch for any trailer with tongue weight more than 500 pounds. Your trailer has tongue weight of a lot more than 500 pounds. so yes, you need the WD hitch properly adjusted to distribut about half the tongue weight off the rear axles of your dually.

And along with the WD hitch, you also need excellent sway control or sway prevention. The better WD hitches include excellent sway control. The expensive (over $2000) hitches such as my ProPride include sway prevention.

Most people don't think about sway control until after they have experienced uncontrollable sway. Then they will pay the big bucks to prevent sway.
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Thank you for the responses. Since we already have both the WD hitch and sway control bar, we are going to use them Better safe than sorry!
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Most towing experts say you need a weight-distributing hitch for any trailer with tongue weight more than 500 pounds. Your trailer has tongue weight of a lot more than 500 pounds. so yes, you need the WD hitch properly adjusted to distribut about half the tongue weight off the rear axles of your dually.
Wouldn't this really depend on the tow vehicle more than just the weight?
500lbs on the back of a 1 ton dually is hardly a lot. However, a midsize SUV would be in trouble.

Sway control would probably be a good idea on that truck with no stability electronics. However, the real need depends on how well the trailer is set up. Nose down with heavy hitch weight is much more stable than nose up with light hitch weight.
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Nearly every hitch receiver on the market says W/D for anything over 500lbs tongue weight. There is a reason behind it one is that 500lbs 5ft behind the rear axle is 2500 lbs of lift in front of the axle. It's not so much about the amount of weight but where you place it.
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Not sure where you get that. My long wheelbase Ram 2500 has the receiver 4' aft of the centerline of the axle. And my SUV with self leveling air suspension specifically says never to use WD, and is rated to tow 7,716lbs.

The weight reducing effect on a 22' long 7,500lbs diesel pickup with 75% of its weight up front compared to a 15' long, 4500lbs SUV is not the same.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:42 PM   #10
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My bet is the receiver is the limiting factor here. Read the sticker or look in the owners manual to find out weight limits of the receiver with and without weight distribution. I have an aftermarket Curt receiver installed on my F-350, so I could run without WD, but I don't.
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