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Old 01-01-2015, 09:46 PM   #1
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I have a 2003 GMC Sierra V8 4x4. I'm towing a 154BH. That should be plenty of truck, but I'm curious about what you all think about a WDH with this set up. The truck squats about 2in or so when the trailer is hooked to it. I've taken it on a couple of trips and haven't noticed any issues. For $300 or so, is it cheap insurance or a waste of money? We have a trip to FL in the works and I want it to be as easy on the truck as possible.

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Old 01-01-2015, 10:04 PM   #2
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I have a 2003 GMC Sierra V8 4x4. I'm towing a 154BH. That should be plenty of truck, but I'm curious about what you all think about a WDH with this set up. The truck squats about 2in or so when the trailer is hooked to it. I've taken it on a couple of trips and haven't noticed any issues. For $300 or so, is it cheap insurance or a waste of money? We have a trip to FL in the works and I want it to be as easy on the truck as possible.

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Weigh it, then you'll know for sure. It's not about how much truck you have, it's about how it's set up. With that model, you want the front fender returned to unloaded height. If you get it weighed, you want the front axle weight returned to unloaded weight.
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To be easiest on the truck (and the driver), you would want the truck and trailer riding close to level. The WDH redistributes the trailer tongue weight from totally on the rear axle and tires to both front and rear.

Also important is the anti-sway features of a WDH. With some brands, sway control is a separate friction device that can be added and adjusted. BTW, having appropriate load range tires and keeping them aired up to nearer the maximum will also reduce sidewall flex and help prevent sway.
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You definately want to have a WDH that distributes the weight evenly as well as controls the sway. I would not haul a trailer with out one for safety reasons. I have an equalizer WDH and love it.
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You definately want to have a WDH that distributes the weight evenly as well as controls the sway. I would not haul a trailer with out one for safety reasons. I have an equalizer WDH and love it.
Ditto, I also have the equalizer and can't imagine towing without a WDH.
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Thanks, I really like the equalizer, especially because I have clearance concerns with my particular trailer. I have also seen the Fastway e2 trunnion hitch. Looks like the same thing, even made buy the same people, but it is significantly cheaper. Does anyone have any experience with the e2? It seems the only difference is that the equalizer is made in the USA.
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I don't have any experience with the Fastway e2 hitch. However I can tell you I have been in some windy conditions with my equalizer hitch and others had cheaper hitches. When we got where we were going they said the were white knuckling it all the way. I had no issues what so ever in these conditions. I have always been most concerned about the extreme conditions, thats when you need the anti-sway the most. It may be a couple of hundred bucks more, but to feel safe I feel a couple hundred bucks is cheap!
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2012 Chevy Silverado, towing a 2014 248RBS using an Equalizer hitch. I am within a quarter of an inch of where the truck sits not hooked up after hooking up the trailer. It tows excellent. I usally tow at about 60mph. I know a little slow but that is where I get the best mpg
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I have a 2003 GMC Sierra V8 4x4. I'm towing a 154BH. That should be plenty of truck, but I'm curious about what you all think about a WDH with this set up.....snip
I agree, the TV will handle the 154BH (3,200b GVWR), but I would also confirm that the TV receiver's "weight carrying" mode limit is also up to the task should you elect not to use a WDH. If you tend to load your TV/TT on the heavy side, a WDH may help in reducing the weight placed over your TV's rear axle.

At a minimum your TV/TT combination should have a manual friction control sway bar installed, especially with a single axle TT. Also, for optimum TV handling of the 154BH insure that the "loaded" tongue weight is in the 10% to 15% range of the TT's gross loaded weight (closer to 15% would be ideal).

JOF reference thread WDH/154BH (350lb max tongue weight):

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=15808

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Thanks for the replies. I have towed the trailer a couple of times so far and we did get a significant amount of bounce in the truck. especially when the trailer went over the bump. I do have a sway control bar and have never had any issues with sway but again I'm wanting to take any unnecessary burden off of the truck. The hitch says it allows a TW of 600lbs without WDH. My next question is how close to your TW does your WDH need to be? I mean they offer systems for 400, 600, 800lb, etc., tongue weights. Do I need the closest to my TW without going under, or is there a 100, 200lb window? This is all new to me so thanks for the help.
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