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Old 07-23-2021, 06:55 AM   #1
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Still need the WDH?

Just upgraded the rear springs, from an old saggy stock to 2500# 4 leaf.
'04 Silverado, pulling a 19 footer, about 3500# tongue wt 400#
With the old springs I had the WHD bars set pretty tight to keep the front end even and avoid rear sag. Now the rear drops about 3/4" and front end doesn't change at all. OK, maybe a little but less than 1/4". On a short drive it feels fine, wondering if I even need the bars anymore. Sway with this rig was never a problem, the sway part of the system was never used and never felt the need.
So why should I use the WDH bars? Seems like I don't need them anymore.
And yes the ride empty is a little rough, but the truck is mostly a trailer puller.
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Yes would be the short answer. There are many threads here and elsewhere on why or why not use it. Are you just wanting to avoid a step in your hitching process?
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Old 07-23-2021, 10:51 AM   #3
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Is the weight rating of the hitch itself being exceeded when you don't use the WDH? Most 1/2 ton trucks have a basic Class III receiver which is 500lb tongue capacity without WDH.

The WDH also helps with bounce of the trailer even if you don't need it for actual weight distribution.
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If you dont exceed the rating of the hitch and dont need it for sway id have that wdh for sale in a heartbeat. I dont understand the guys that run it just because.
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Old 07-23-2021, 12:13 PM   #5
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If you dont exceed the rating of the hitch and dont need it for sway id have that wdh for sale in a heartbeat. I dont understand the guys that run it just because.
becuase it helps minimize porpoising effect
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becuase it helps minimize porpoising effect
Must be a soft suspension thing. Ive towed alot of bumper pulls but ive never dealt with porpoising, but i cant even remember the last time ive driven anything less than a 1 ton.
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Old 07-24-2021, 07:32 AM   #7
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Thanks for the responses. I plan to keep the WDH hitch, it has the best weight rating and fits the ball. My standard hitch insert has a 2" ball for other uses.
There was no porpoising without the WHD bars, the rear springs are rated 1000 pounds over the stock ones so they are strong enough to resist any bounce. I think for the next trip the bars will stay in the bed of the truck just in case.
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Old 07-24-2021, 03:50 PM   #8
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Thanks for the responses. I plan to keep the WDH hitch, it has the best weight rating and fits the ball. My standard hitch insert has a 2" ball for other uses.
There was no porpoising without the WHD bars, the rear springs are rated 1000 pounds over the stock ones so they are strong enough to resist any bounce. I think for the next trip the bars will stay in the bed of the truck just in case.
Even if you're not applying any weight distribution it's better to use a plain ball mount. WD hitches will extend the distance from the rear axle to the pivot point and this tends to create instability. Another thing, some of these WD hitches are quite heavy and putting that mass directly on the hitch point also creates instability.
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If you dont exceed the rating of the hitch and dont need it for sway id have that wdh for sale in a heartbeat. I dont understand the guys that run it just because.
There's a common misconception out there that if you want to be safe you just have to have a WD hitch. I think this was started by trailer sales people who want to sell you the biggest possible trailer even if your truck is too small to handle it.
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