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Old 01-20-2016, 03:44 PM   #1
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Do I need stabilizer and anti-sway hitch?

Hi All,
I'm looking to buy my first travel trailer soon and have been told a few different things about the need for a hitch with built in stabilizer and anti-sway.
I have a 2011 Chevy suburban 1500(1/2ton) with a basic tow/haul mode option built in. I am looking to buy a small-ish trailer maxing out at about 22' in total length, 4500lb gvwr, and 400lb tongue weight.

Based on others experience with this sized trailer, do you all think that I can get away with a standard "weight carrying" hitch, or do think I should be looking at a weight distributing hitch that has the stabilizers? Also, I assume you need a weight distributing hitch to mount anti-sway, but what are your thoughts on the need for that as well?

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Old 01-20-2016, 03:52 PM   #2
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Hi All,
I'm looking to buy my first travel trailer soon and have been told a few different things about the need for a hitch with built in stabilizer and anti-sway.
I have a 2011 Chevy suburban 1500(1/2ton) with a basic tow/haul mode option built in. I am looking to buy a small-ish trailer maxing out at about 22' in total length, 4500lb gvwr, and 400lb tongue weight.

Based on others experience with this sized trailer, do you all think that I can get away with a standard "weight carrying" hitch, or do think I should be looking at a weight distributing hitch that has the stabilizers? Also, I assume you need a weight distributing hitch to mount anti-sway, but what are your thoughts on the need for that as well?

Thank you,
Don
Hi Don,

I would suggest you look to getting a weight distributing hitch (WHD) with sway control.

There are many options out there, such as Equal-i-zer and Reese Dual Cam, both very good hitches.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:03 PM   #3
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Hi Don,

I would suggest you look to getting a weight distributing hitch (WHD) with sway control.

There are many options out there, such as Equal-i-zer and Reese Dual Cam, both very good hitches.


Hope this helps.
+1. Get a WDH with sway control. No brainer.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:12 PM   #4
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Thank you for the recommendation.
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Thank you for the recommendation.
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Better safe than sorry.

You might like this.

https://youtu.be/INyiMA3hfto
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WOW! That led me to a few other vids like it. I get it now.

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Old 01-20-2016, 06:33 PM   #7
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Blue Ox makes a nice WDH with sway control.
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snip..... Also, I assume you need a weight distributing hitch to mount anti-sway, but what are your thoughts on the need for that as well?.......snip
Don,

You don't need a WDH in order to mount a manual friction control sway bar, they make various style mounting plates that are held in place by the hitch ball and standard ball mount. But yes, a sway control device should be utilized even when a WDH isn't required.

IMO even if your OEM receiver is rated such that it will support your "loaded" tongue weight in "weight carrying" mode, a properly sized/adjusted WDH will enhance one's TV handling characteristics, especially in less then ideal towing conditions.

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WOW! That led me to a few other vids like it. I get it now.

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You may also want to consider a tire pressure monitoring system. A blow out on your trailer or truck can be just as dangerous and lead to similar results.

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You love your family? Then a WDH/SC makes sense...
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