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Old 06-02-2016, 09:23 PM   #21
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When you get in wind- even with a 5300 lb SUV you benefit from a WDH.
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:44 AM   #22
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Crossing the divide with BlackJack and Andersen hookup on way to Osoyoos, both truck and trailer were pushed one lane over by wind, we went over as one, not a pair. Very frightening...
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:28 PM   #23
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When you get in wind- even with a 5300 lb SUV you benefit from a WDH.

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Crossing the divide with BlackJack and Andersen hookup on way to Osoyoos, both truck and trailer were pushed one lane over by wind, we went over as one, not a pair. Very frightening...

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Really helps, safety is the first.
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:18 AM   #24
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We have a 19 towed with an Xterra and the basic WD hitch. The headlights on an xterra are set high on the body and whenever we have any load in the back the lights raise and dine into oncoming cars. The WD hitch prevents this.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:41 AM   #25
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Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum and also new to trailers.
I have a pathfinder which has max tongue load 500lb.
and I'm getting a 17B with a storage box. My question is,
do i really need an equalizer hitch or the other 2 even more fancy options (Equalizer Hitch with Sway Control Bar / E2 Integrated Sway Control and Weight Distribution Hitch) ?
Anyone has experience with those things, any ideas will help?

Thanx!
For what it is worth,
I talked with a friend who pulls a travel trailer and asked his advice on this matter. He says he ought to know, he was a professional 18 wheel truck driver for over 20 years and had to deal with weight distribution. He says unless the weight of what you are pulling comes close to what your tow vehicle is rated to pull then you don't need one.

We used a sway bar on our Casita in the past and liked it.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:04 PM   #26
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Wdh

In the middle of a trip I stopped and bought a WDH for the 17 Casita that was being towed by a F150 super crew and I have not been without one since.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:42 PM   #27
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In the middle of a trip I stopped and bought a WDH for the 17 Casita that was being towed by a F150 super crew and I have not been without one since.
Jack

I will be doing the same thing when we get our 21' next January.

What brand and model do you have?

When you are hitched up to your 21', do you have enough clearance to lower your tailgate?
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:22 PM   #28
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With the Casita I bought a single bar hitch that was meant for a tent trailer or something similar. We now have the 21 and have been towing with the Jeep GC, but in the next few days we'll be leaving and towing with a Dodge Durango and using the
Andersen hitch.
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Old 06-14-2016, 02:00 PM   #29
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For what it is worth,
I talked with a friend who pulls a travel trailer and asked his advice on this matter. He says he ought to know, he was a professional 18 wheel truck driver for over 20 years and had to deal with weight distribution. He says unless the weight of what you are pulling comes close to what your tow vehicle is rated to pull then you don't need one.
I mean no disrespect to your friend, but I don't think any number of years towing 20-ton fifth-wheel semi-trailers with ten-ton tractors which are designed specifically for towing would provide anyone with any useful understanding either of weight-distributing hitches (which are not used in commercial towing, not used with large trailers, and not used with any size of fifth-wheel trailer), or of towing small trailers with passenger vehicles and pickup trucks.

One lesson of the trucking experience might be that for each axle there is a gross axle weight rating which must not be exceeded; that would be relevant since the purpose of a weight-distributing hitch is to reduce the load on the tow vehicle's rear axle. Unfortunately, the size of trailer which might lead to overloading of that rear axle is unrelated to the tow rating of the vehicle, so that tip is not valid. For many of our tow vehicles the tow rating is entirely a function of the drivetrain (engine, transmission, drive axles), so it has nothing to do with the factors that lead to the use of WD.

For illustration, pick any SUV or light truck that comes with a choice of engines. The tow rating will likely vary significantly between the engines, and even with the same engine it will often depend on a towing package consisting of a transmission fluid cooler. Selecting a bigger engine or a transmission cooler does not change the ability of the vehicle to handle hitch weight or to control a trailer, so they have no effect on the amount of tongue weight or size of trailer which requires equipment such as a WD hitch or sway control device.

If you want a single easy-to-follow guideline which is far more valid, try this: do what the owner's manual of your specific tow vehicle says.
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Anyone has experience with those things, any ideas will help?

Thanx!
Here is what I would do.
1. Buy and install the Pro Tow WDH.

2.Set up your hitch to tow level or slightly nose down

3. Use the money you save to buy a Sherline scale with 1,000 lb gauge.

4.Load your camper and weigh it.

5. Adjust your tongue weight to be 12 to 15 percent of the camper weight using the Sherline.

6. Take her out on the highway and run her up and down a few times and when nobody is around, jerk the wheel a couple of times. Might as well see what she'll do in a non crisis situation.
Just my opinion, as Donna says YMMV
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