Originally Posted by hboy
. . . towing is night and day between the half ton and 1 ton. If the trailer is loaded right I would not expect to have any sway problems.
I have a 1 ton srw and towned a 28bhbe with and without the distribution/sway hitch. I could not tell any significant difference between the two in the one ton.
We towed a 306RKDS (9,900 lbs. loaded; 1,400 lbs. tongue weight) with a 2016 Ram 3500 SRW diesel with no WDH or sway control for thousands of miles with zero sway, handling, or sag issues. We did try towing with a WDH. There was a slight (1/2") reduction in rear-end sag, but it certainly wasn't worth installing, adjusting, removing, and storing a 100 lb. WDH just to get that slight reduction in sag.
A WDH is just about mandatory on a 1/2-ton truck when towing larger TT's. Primarily because most OEM CAT IV 2" receivers found on 1/2-ton trucks are only rated for 500-600 lbs. of tongue weight when a WDH is not used. Not to mention, most 1/2-ton trucks are near their maximum RAWR when towing larger TT's. On a 1/2-truck it's necessary to get that excess weight off the rear axle and transfer it to the front axle (by using a WDH).
If you're towing a larger TT with a HD (especially a 1-ton) truck and encounter a significant improvement in handling and sway when using a WDH and sway control, odds are you're simply compensating for too little or too much tongue weight
. Get the tongue weight within safe tolerances (close as possible to 14-15%), chances are you won't need a WDH or sway control (especially with a 1-ton HD truck).
FWIW, we briefly towed our 9,900 lb. 306RKDS with a 2.5" Weigh-Safe ball-mount (with tongue weight scale, 8" drop/rise adjustment, and 14,500 lb. rating). Worked great. We returned the Weigh-Safe simply because we decided we didn't need the adjust-ability. We replaced it with a forged 2.5" Curt ball-mount with a 20,000 lb. rating for $60.