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Old 04-03-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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WDH required?

So I started setting up my WDH for my new TV('15 Sierra)and here's my issue my truck only moves .5" on the front and 1.25 on the back do I even bother? My trailer is a single axle x17z. As everyone knows these trailers are a balancing act tires rated (3200lbs) to carry less then capacity (3500lbs) tongue weight expected to carry difference (+/-300lbs) is taking weight off the tongue and putting back on axle a good idea? Maybe I am over thinking this

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Old 04-03-2016, 08:24 PM   #2
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While it may not look like a lot of movement, the weight shift forward will give you better handling, steering &breaking.

Short trips, maybe not.....


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Old 04-03-2016, 08:25 PM   #3
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I would not think you would need it with that combo. If your were using a lighter TV like an Mid size SUV or 1/4 ton truck might be a good idea but a little over kill with your set up imo.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:48 PM   #4
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I probably wouldn't worry about a wdh for less than 4K but if you had sway issues something like a blue Ox hitch would help... That camper may be light but it is a box on wheels and will catch side wind...
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:58 PM   #5
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Technically your tongue weight should be below 500lbs so you probably do not need a WDH. The main purpose of a WDH is to restore weight to the front axle that is removed by adding weight to the receiver. Add too much weight (tongue weight) to the receiver and it lightens your steer axle enough that steering feels light and floaty and in extreme cases dangerous to the point that you can't steer as your front wheels have no traction.

Sway control is something totally different but some WD hitches have sway control built in. You can also install sway control separately.

On a small trailer like that I would probably not bother with either.
Does your truck have electronic sway control built in? Are you loading the trailer to its GVWR?

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Old 04-07-2016, 04:52 PM   #6
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Try towing with it. See how your steering is. WDH is for putting weight back on the front end to restore steering control. Rear squat is normal even with WDH. 1/2 inch on the front doesn't seem like much but it can change the dynamics of the truck. If it feels "light" or "squirrelly" on the steering control at freeway speeds then you need the WDH. If it steers fine you may not need the WDH.

GM spec is to bring the front fender back down to stock height.

We when we had our Kiwi 17a (ancestor of the x17z, and similar weight specs) I definitely needed the WDH for both my '95 Suburban and my '03 Trailblazer.

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