Originally Posted by nbhybrid
his sig shows a 2012 F250. Even big trucks need WD. A travel trailer is a different beast than a flatdeck loaded. Creaks and cracks are normal and don't mean anything.
Just 2 days ago I was getting gas and a newer f250 diesel pulled in hauling a big 5th wheel. His fenders were almost 6 inches higher in the front than in the back. I am sure his steering was very loose. At least with a WDh you can get weight back to the front
Do you happen to know how much your trailer weighs ready to camp?
Weight of steer, drive and trailer axles?
Any idea what your pin weight is?
How is a travel trailer different? bigger sides sure = more wind load but pin weight is pin weight. There has to be something more then just having bigger sidewalls. There are millions of people hauling without WD, unless your an RV then everyone seems to be. " always felt it was a sales gymic with RV sales places" Remember WD is just for putting high pin weight onto the front axle, and rear axle of the trailer. VS trying to support the weight on the rear of the truck or TV.
So I can't agree with "Even big trucks need WD" My experience flat bed trailer hauling was 8K "3500 dodge truck" and 15K of trailer behind it," big john deere skid steer" with about 1,500lbs of pin weight, Yes I weighed it at the pin" Yes the hitch was beefed up but I didn't use bars. Truck towed it with no issues, rear springs helper leafs as I recall were not engaged on the truck or if they were it was barley. This is not the only truck I have used or trailer 3 Horse trailer 3/4, ETC.
Only thing I can think of is RV owners in general don't have enough TV and RV's themselves are poorly weight distributed and have a high pin weight when loaded.
F250 pulling a big 5th wheel.... Ford has squishy suspension, very well known and I bet the 5th wheel was way too big for the truck as a whole anyways. On my 5th wheel the front axle sees about 50lb more with the trailer vs not.
So I'm not sold on the WD with a proper TV... Sway control that is a whole other story. Big sidewalls little wind... small TV sure you need it and lots of it.