Originally Posted by JetTech
I'm sorry, I mis-read the 900 lbs as the tongue weight of your TT. But even with the 1270 lbs, if all other specs are in tolerance, and the vehicle isn't settling down in the rear, and/or pulling the front end off the ground, I guess I'm just asking if a WDH is even necessary? A class 5 hitch should be able to safely support towing capacities upwards of 20000 lbs and tongue weights of 2000 lbs. I'm sure there are some variables, but I think on average, or maybe even by reg, those are the numbers. Keep in mind that the stinger should also be class 5 rather that using an adapter and a class 3 stinger.
Where I'm coming from on this is my last camping setup was a 5500lb pop up with a heavy tongue weight around 1000 lbs that I was pulling with an '08 Hemi powered Durango. If I didn't use a weight distributing hitch, the rear of the Durango drooped pretty severely. The hitch lifted that rear end up and pushed the nose over a bit, leveling the tow vehicle, so it was necessary there, but connecting that to my Ram 2500, without the WDH, and you would never hardly know it was there. Yes, it drooped down a little, but it was fairly insignificant.
On that truck though, even the little bit of droop was corrected by factory installed airbags that raised the rear back up that inch or so, but even if it hadn't, I'd have been alright towing without the weight distributing hitch.
The Class 5 OEM receiver on the truck is rated at 1500# with or without WD so that has to be upgraded regardless.
As for using a WD hitch, do I have to? No, not once I upgrade the receiver, BUT......
I suppose it all comes down to a personal preference.
I have towed our current trailer, which is 36' long and about 9200# with a tongue weight just north of 1200#, with and without WD/Sway control and I feel much more confident and comfortable with it. So with our new trailer being almost 40' in length, a GVWR of 11250, and hauling it on a 3000 mi. round trip to Florida and back, I like the notion of having WD/sway control vs. not having it.