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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Weight distribution hitch

I have a 2500 diesel, pulling a 36' travel trailer with a hitch weight of 850 lbs. On the drop the weight drops my rear 1-1/2". I have a sway control bar, but do I need to use a weight distribution hitch? What is the added addvatage? Thank you for your insight!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 10:42 AM
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If your trailer weighs more then 8 thousand pounds I would say it would be a good idea for a wdh. It spreads the tongue weight out between the axels so the trailer isn't just slamming on the hitch.
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Not only that but it will give you a smoother ride. (Less bouncing up and down of the rear end)

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I still run mine on my 32' trailer behind my 2500hd... barely drops the rear bumper, but can tell a difference in the ride with it vs not with it

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I personally dont like how far most of the brands set the ball away from the bumper. I think theyre ok if your going to pull once and awhile. For every day pulling its money well spent to add more rear suspension to the truck, airbags, bigger springs. And upgrade receiver hitch to a heavier model.

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Are you still using the stock hitch receiver? If so, I would upgrade that with so much weight on it. As for the WD hitch, you don't NEED it, but it does smooth out the ride and is worth the money. you absolutely need to do one of the two, either a new hitch receiver or a WD set-up. Not a bad idea to do both.

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Good idea to upgrade-! The stock hitch is only rated 7500 lbs-. Read the sticker on the hitch.

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