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Old 08-01-2016, 03:20 AM   #1
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WD hitch or not

I have a 2016 ram 2500 4x4 with a 6.7L Cummins, tow pkg, and we just put a deposit down on a 2016 Outdoors RV Creekside 27bhs.

Service/parts guy at the dealer said we shouldn't need a WD hitch with our setup, would like some more input!

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Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.) 660
Net Carrying Capacity 1805
Maximum Trailer Weight Lbs. 8800
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Old 08-01-2016, 04:28 AM   #2
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If the truck is a dually, you may not need the WD system. If the ride height is to your satisfaction, not pointing the headlight into the air, the suspension should handle the tongue weight and the dual rear wheels will not flex as much as singles, keeping the chance of sway way down.


If your truck is not a dually, I would use a WD system to even out the load just a bit better over all four wheels of the truck.


There won't be much need to use heavy springs on the WDH as the amount of weight you'll distributing is minimal, but very important in a low air pressure rear tire situation.


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Old 08-01-2016, 05:49 AM   #3
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I personally would put a 1000/10000 lb 4pt Equil-i-zer hitch on and go.
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:12 AM   #4
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You are still going to want sway control, so why not get a decent WD hitch with sway control and call it good.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:08 AM   #5
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Buy a Blue Ox Sway Pro. High quality hitch and you can tow with or without the bars. Let us know which way feels better.
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Budget constraints not withstanding, I'd go with a WD hitch with sway as well. But I also tend to over engineer for a safety margin. Better to have it and not need it sort of thing.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:49 AM   #7
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Buy a Blue Ox Sway Pro. High quality hitch and you can tow with or without the bars. Let us know which way feels better.
Actually, I agree with this statement, with and then without the bars, and you'll know exactly what you need to satisfy your control and safety comfort zone.

I have to disagree with using the bars just because.
I know from first hand experience this will work against you and can be very dangerous.

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Old 08-02-2016, 09:27 AM   #8
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Service/parts guy at the dealer said we shouldn't need a WD hitch with our setup, would like some more input!
That guy is dangerously misinformed. Most experts say you need a weight-distributing (WD) hitch for any trailer that has 500 pounds or more hitch weight.

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Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.) 660
Net Carrying Capacity 1805
Maximum Trailer Weight Lbs. 8800
Dry weights are useless. Ignore them and compute the wet and loaded weights.

If the GVWR is 8,800, then your max tongue weight will be about 1,144 pounds if you load the trailer to 8800 pounds and your trailer has average tongue weight for a tandem-axle trailer. More likely is a wet and loaded trailer weight of 8,000 pounds, with tongue weight of 1,040 pounds. Add the weight of a good WD hitch and your wet and loaded hitch weight will be about 1,100 pounds. That's way over 500 pounds, so yes you need a WD hitch.

When sizing the WD hitch, you need one rated for at least your max hitch weight. Your max hitch weight could be about 1,200 pounds, so get a WD hitch rated for at least 1,200 pounds TW (tongue weight).

There are cheap WD hitches available, along with very good WD hitches, and a couple of very expensive but great WD hitches. Ignore the cheap hitches. If the hitch uses sway bars, that's a cheap hitch. Move up to the WD hitches with built-in sway control and that list for around $1,000 or more. You can buy those for $500 to $700 from etrailer.com or Amazon.com or other discount retailers. Examples of the good WD hitches with good sway control are:

Equal-I-Zer
Blue Ox SwayPro
Reese Strait-Line
Husky CenterLine
Curt TruTrack

Reese, Husky, and Curt also make cheap hitches, so if you get one of those brands be sure you get a Strait-Line or CenterLine or TruTrack. Husky and Curt are less expensive, so you might find a CenterLine or TruTrack for less than $500.
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I have a similar set up. It pulls fine without wd. But running the highway it would get that bucking effect sometimes, and the sway bar was needed for crosswinds. We use a wd with sway.
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Get a Blue-Ox Sway pro. It is a great hitch but also much quieter than most other hitches which can bang and pop all the time.
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I'd go back and re-read everything that SmokeyWren said again, a little more slowly. There is wisdom in those words. Your possible max hitch weight, on the farthest outside chance, is found by multiplying the GVWR of the trailer by .15. A more realistic figure can be found by multiplying the GVWR by .125.

The best part? You won't have the slightest notion what it will be loaded, gassed, batteries, and all your groceries, clothes, fishing gear (for example), etc. until you get it home and load it up. That number simply will not appear until then, when you take the thing, your family, the dog, the cooler full of sandwiches, etc. down to a scale and weigh it.
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I have the same truck and my Arctic Fox tongue weight is 900 lbs due to added batteries up front. I don't use a WD hitch and the rear sits 1" higher than the front. This is full of propane, water and my generator, blocks and grill in the bed of the truck. I do use a sway bar.

The truck comes with a Class V hitch that supports 1,800 lbs tongue weight. I only use a Reese Class V 5" drop hitch with the sway bar tab welded on. The Reese hitch handles 1,300 lb tongue weight and can tow 13,000 lbs. my trailer loaded is 6,500 lbs. I don't get any sway at all. I've towed it this way for over 6,500 miles this year and love the setup. I realize most use a WD setup, I just don't see the need with this truck and trailer combo.

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I am pulling a 7700 GVW 28' TT with a 3500 dually using the Blue Ox. My tongue weight is a scaled 960 pounds ready to go camping (that is on a advertised 500 some pound dry weight trailer). It handles it without the bars, but with the bars the trailer is locked in and it's as close as I can imagine to feeling like its not even there. It only takes a few extra minutes to hook it up and unhook it and it makes the towing experience much more relaxing and in my opinion safe.
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Thank you all for your replies. Headed to the dealer tomorrow, most likely going to pick up a blue ox with sway control.
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