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Old 03-14-2014, 01:37 AM   #1
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Weight Distribution Hitch?

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With my GMC 1500 I did not need a weight distribution hitch for my 17B trailer, whereas I did have one years ago when I had a 17' Boler and a Pathfinder.

Will I need this type of hitch for a Toyota Tacoma and my 17B?

What do all you out there with Tacomas and 17B use? I'd love to hear about your set up. Thanks.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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Nadia - we had Reace install a WDH when we picked up our 17B. I have towed without it on and greatly prefer using it. It makes the Tacoma and 17B feel like one unit more than a truck towing a trailer. We both feel like the ride is much better with the WDH installed - much less porpoising. The one we have is the standard WDH not the newer more expensive Andersen model. Our old "crude" one works very well for us, but seems to be an object of derision here lately

I would have to look in the manual again, but I think for our year Toyota recommended a WHD.
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I did not get a WDH when I bought the 17, and the trailer tows fine. That said, I'd like to experience towing WITH a WDH to see the comparison.
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I did not get a WDH when I bought the 17, and the trailer tows fine. That said, I'd like to experience towing WITH a WDH to see the comparison.
I was the same towing my 19 with my Pilot. I had no issues at all without the WDH. Last year I put it on as a curiosity, and due to the fact that I wanted my wife driving more, and it did make a difference to the ride. It kinda removed some of what I refer to as 'trailer action'. Something I do not consider unsafe at all, but for someone not used to towing, a WDH might give them a bit more confidence.
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I did not get a WDH when I bought the 17, and the trailer tows fine. That said, I'd like to experience towing WITH a WDH to see the comparison.
You can come try out ours when we get back. We're having ETI install the Andersen WDH.
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Hi: For 3 years, I towed our 17B with my Tacoma (Access Cab, 4*4, V6, tow package) without a WD hitch. The 17B was glued behind the truck including in high winds. No problems with either sway or porpoising. Switched to a 19 last year which catches the wind more than the 17. Consequently, I added sway control (the weight distribution part of the hitch doesn't have much to do as the tongue load is well within the truck's capability). The Tacoma manual recommends sway control for trailers over 905 kg and weight distribution for trailers over 2265 kg. While the 17 is a bit heavier than 905 kg, based on my experience, I'd try pulling the trailer without sway control and see how it feels. ps. big benefit of the Tacoma and 17B is U turns, the trailer is a little shorter than the truck, so if the truck can do a U turn, the trailer can to! Great news if you're like me and make wrong turns a lot. It's the one thing I miss having moved to a 19.
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Page 227 of the 2014 Tacoma owners' manual says to use a weight distribution hitch if the gross trailer weight is over 5000 pounds.

http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/docum...df/sec_2-5.pdf

This is the same recommendation given for my Tundra, so I wonder if it really is just a blanket statement they make for all trucks?
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I looked at the 2008 Tacoma online manual and under trailer towing it says: " We recommend you use a weight distributing hitch when towing to keep your vehicle level with the ground." I can't find any other mention of weight with that recommendation. As far as sway control is says: "If towing a trailer and cargo weighing over 907 kg (2000 lb.), it is necessary to use a sway control device with sufficient capacity."

So Nadia, I guess it depends upon what year Tacoma you end up with, as far as what Toyota recommends.
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If I could, I would do without the WDH. It's heavy and a PIA to use. But, since my RAV drops two inches without it and the ride is significantly improved with it, I use it.
I'd try without first. At least that way, you'll appreciate the improvement when you use it.
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This is the same recommendation given for my Tundra, so I wonder if it really is just a blanket statement they make for all trucks?
Probably. It likely goes with a hitch weight limit of 500 pounds without WD, and an assumption that hitch weight is 10% of trailer weight. If you have more hitch weight than that, they want to counteract some of the load transfer from front to rear with a WD.
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