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Old 02-19-2020, 01:34 PM   #1
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1st TT next week (pictured), 4200 lbs. Tundra. Do I need WDH?

Our first camper, 24 foot No Boundaries 19.3, 4200 lbs dry, arriving next week. We have a 2017 Tundra trd pro.

Intended usage mostly weekend trips to Smoky mountains here in NC, but taking small kids on two week national Park trips each summer a primary motivation in buying the camper. We have air bag system already installed.

Do we need a WDH, and if so which models should we be looking at. Thanks.


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Old 02-19-2020, 01:55 PM   #2
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I am in the same boat asking if I need a WD hitch to tow a 6,000lb trailer with a 2017 F-250.

Here is what I think/know.

A WD hitch ties the trailer to the truck better than just using the ball. This makes the truck and trailer seem more as one unit and muffles the hard bouncing that you might get without a WD hitch. I used a Drawtite WD hitch towing a 5,000lb Gulf Stream Streamlite 22SLB with a F-150. This set up towed so well that I let the wife drive for about 60 miles.

I am thinking I will buy another Drawtite WD hitch since I liked the one I used years ago. It will make a long trip more plesant I think as the truck will not get jerked around as much.
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Old 02-19-2020, 03:02 PM   #3
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I say yes. Better to have it. My camper weighs close to the same, plus thatís dry weight. I pull with a F150. This is the one I use. Donít know if itís the best or not but it works and mine was free.


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Old 02-19-2020, 04:29 PM   #4
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With a rig that size (under 5k lbs.) I'd say get a weigh-safe hitch and just make sure the tongue weight is proper.
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Old 02-19-2020, 05:18 PM   #5
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I'd use a simple Blue Ox or Equalizer type hitch. Tongue weight will be 750+ when loaded. That will squat the TRD and raise the front too much.
I'd tow it home to get a feel as too how it handles. If it feels solid then maybe just a simple EAZ-Lift type hitch. The NOBO axles are far enough back from the center of the TT to give the NOBO a solid tow.

FYI air bags do nothing for towing a TT.
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Old 02-19-2020, 05:48 PM   #6
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FYI air bags helped the handling of my truck pulling and empty. It really helped with towing the camper, made just as much difference as the hitch itself. Now this is on a 2019 F150, they are made to ride good not haul or tow.
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Old 02-19-2020, 06:08 PM   #7
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Yes use a WDH. Something with anti sway.
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For my first TT the dealer said I'd be OK with the TV I had (listed below). The curb weight of the TV was almost 500# greater than the GVWR of the TT. That said, I never had an issue with sway or control, but I don't drive faster than 55 mph. When I purchased the new TT (listed below) I did get a WDH. I've not noticed any difference in handling between the old 19' box and the new 24' box, which to me is a good thing.

Somewhere else on some site someone said you don't wish you had a WDH until you wish you did. In hindsight I'd probably get one for the smaller rig if I were to start over today.
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Short simple answer is YES. You need weight distributing with integral sway control.

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Our first camper, 24 foot No Boundaries 19.3, 4200 lbs dry, arriving next week. We have a 2017 Tundra trd pro.

Intended usage mostly weekend trips to Smoky mountains here in NC, but taking small kids on two week national Park trips each summer a primary motivation in buying the camper. We have air bag system already installed.

Do we need a WDH, and if so which models should we be looking at. Thanks.


Dan
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Yes you do.... Get one with sway control. The place that you are buying your new travel trailer from will be glad to sell you one and set it up for your combo.
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Thanks guys. Is the equalizer a good WDH for my application?

Any specific model hitches I should consider, or avoid?
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Old 02-21-2020, 11:32 AM   #12
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Equalizer 4 point with built in sway control is a great hitch. You should have to use the tongue jack to jack the rear of the truck up to put the bars on even using the cheater bar it comes with or it is not really doing much. Most dealers do not set them up well, go to youtube and Equalizer has some videos explaining how to do it. Setting it up at a CAT scale is WAY more accurate than just using a tape measure on the fender, but that will get you close.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:50 PM   #13
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Thank you sir, I really appreciate the insight. I watched a few videos on YouTube of The equalizer. Looks pretty straightforward. I will try to locate a reputable dealer here in North Carolina for the installation and initial setup.


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