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Old 01-22-2018, 01:15 AM   #1
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Do we need weight distribution hitch, max. tongue weight 1040 lbs

Tundra CrewMax 2013, V8. Max tongue weight 1040 lbs, GVWR 6800-7000, maximum "towing capacity" 9900 lbs if that matters.

do i need a weight distribution hitch for a 21'? we figured on getting the sway control for safety and new towers, but don't know about WDH.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:20 AM   #2
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I wouldn't think you need WDH or sway control if you have a properly loaded trailer. I'd start with that.
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Old 01-22-2018, 02:30 AM   #3
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I doubt very much that you *need* a WDH with that setup. Buuut, I’ll also say that a WDH will make the trailer feel like it’s part of the truck. We have an F150 with even higher towing capacity than your Tundra. It tows just fine without the WDH. But it tows sublimely with it.
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I doubt very much that you *need* a WDH with that setup. Buuut, I’ll also say that a WDH will make the trailer feel like it’s part of the truck. We have an F150 with even higher towing capacity than your Tundra. It tows just fine without the WDH. But it tows sublimely with it.
hm. my husband is wary of driving his family around with no big towing experience. i think sublimely will appeal to him!
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And one other thing...if you’re getting a WDH, it is *much* easier to hook up and unhook if you also get an electric tongue jack. Just saying.

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Old 01-22-2018, 03:02 AM   #6
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And one other thing...if you’re getting a WDH, it is *much* easier to hook up and unhook if you also get an electric tongue jack. Just saying.

Kaching, kaching. Sorry.
don't do this to me. can you explain? my husband says, "I refuse!"
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:08 AM   #7
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So, WDH’s have big spring bars. There are two ways to attach them. One is to use a special tool that amounts to a crow bar to force them into place. The easier way though is to raise the trailer nose up high enough so the bars just slip on. Do the same thing to take them off. If you have a hand crank jack this amounts to a lot of cranking, every time you hook up or unhook. We had a manual jack and WDH on our 17 that we traveled all over in for a year. Our 19 has an electric jack, purchased without a moment’s hesitation or doubt. Hallelujah.
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:09 AM   #8
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If you don't get a WDH then you must be careful with loading your trailer. Your tongue weight should be around 10% - 15% of the total weight of your trailer. Check frequently and perhaps a tongue weight scale would be a good idea. Get one with a 1000 lb scale ... Sherline makes them.

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And one other thing...if you’re getting a WDH, it is *much* easier to hook up and unhook if you also get an electric tongue jack. Just saying.

Kaching, kaching. Sorry.
Only bad thing about the electric hitch is trying to leave real early. You are not going to be quiet when you raise or lower it.
On the 19's the electric hitch is an easy add on if I decided I want one. The 21 and the 17 I imagine are not as easy to do since the battery is not in the front.
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If you don't get a WDH then you must be careful with loading your trailer. Your tongue weight should be around 10% - 15% of the total weight of your trailer. Check frequently and perhaps a tongue weight scale would be a good idea. Get one with a 1000 lb scale ... Sureline makes them.

Be safe,

Tom

There is also this one if you would like to save $100 plus
https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...le/A-p8686024e

Here is the link about it on here.
Hitch scale at princess auto
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