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Old 06-28-2015, 12:23 PM   #1
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Weight Distribution Questions

My parents just bought their first camper on eBay it's 2 states away and I get to go get it. I have a 165 sport which doesn't require a WD hitch. The new camper is an ultra lite 4400 lbs dry with a 550 lb hitch weight. They have a crew cab 4x4 half ton 2008 Silverado. Will I need a WD hitch just to get it home or can it handle it? I didn't know if I could buy one and take with me and install on the new camper before I head home with it. I've read the links about these hitches and they sound like they aren't simple to set up or get dialed in. I have used one before on a race car trailer but I didn't set it up just used it on a buddies truck. Guess I'm asking if it's do-able. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:45 PM   #2
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Just my opinion but being you ask for advice I would guess you most likely know the answer. Personally I would tow it without a WD hitch and sway control.


But I also feel you should have given more information such as engine and axel information on the TV and year model and length of the TT


Also ask yourself what is your parents intended use for the camper. Are the going to be towing it or is it going to be put on a lot?
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:23 PM   #3
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Were you planning on getting a WD hitch? If you were, make arrangements to have one installed near the purchase. I bought an equalizer WD and it was bolt on only. If you have the right equipment it is fairly simple to install. It took me ~ 2 hours to get it installed, re-align and finalize, never having installed one before (or pulled a trailer).

Did the individuals you are purchasing one pull the trailer use one? Perhaps you can buy the one they were using or at least get an idea how they felt about pulling with or without one. I'd find out what the previous owners have to say (use a WD or need to have one). If you end up not using one take the long way home going slower until you are more comfortable and have more experience pulling this trailer.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:38 PM   #4
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It's a brand new 25 foot camper from a dealer. 1/2 ton crew cab Silverado will be the tow vehicle. I'm sure the dealer could sell one but I figured they'd stick it to us. I can buy the hitch and research it and install it just wasn't sure what I could accomplish on the side of the road somewhere. I know the mounts that go on the tongue just clamp on I wasn't sure if they had a standard install location or if that was what everyone talks about adjusting. I guess what I'm asking is 550 lbs to mice tongue weight without WD
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You "could" install one on the side of the road if you made sure to have the correct tools. May want to see how much the dealer would charge to install and set up then you can buy it anywhere.

Remeber that the 550 pounds toung weight is advertised weight, actual weight will be more with propane and batteries installed.

I personally prefer to use WD hitch even if it's not really needed.
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It's a brand new 25 foot camper from a dealer. 1/2 ton crew cab Silverado will be the tow vehicle. I'm sure the dealer could sell one but I figured they'd stick it to us. I can buy the hitch and research it and install it just wasn't sure what I could accomplish on the side of the road somewhere. I know the mounts that go on the tongue just clamp on I wasn't sure if they had a standard install location or if that was what everyone talks about adjusting. I guess what I'm asking is 550 lbs to mice tongue weight without WD
This is one item I would absolutely pay the dealer to install and configure. 25' trailers are big enough to easily really get overloaded. So arnt 1/2 ton trucks. Have the dealer bolt it on, align it, and check it.

Heck, 3/4 ton crews are easy to overload without even knowing it... Until you run it over a CAT scale. (Don't ask me how I know that so well...). . Lol

Point is, the WD will save your bacon someday. If you get one with integrated sway control, you'll be even happier. Trust me.
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:51 PM   #7
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snip..... Will I need a WD hitch just to get it home or can it handle it?.
Based on the information provided, IMO yes, you need a WDH to safety tow the trailer home, even under ideal towing conditions (which aren't guaranteed). A sway control device would be recommended as well for the tow home.

My opinion is based on the following:

* The dry weights stated are "published" weights, not factory weights (yellow sticker) which are heavier. If purchased from private owner it will weigh even more.

* The 2008 Silverado will be the tow vehicle with standard OEM receiver (I believe is 600lbs maximum "Weight Carrying").

IMO the tongue weight that will be placed on the hitch ball of the Silverado will effect the TV's front suspension and possibly compromise TV steering and/or handling.

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You need a WDH

According to the Costco Auto sales web page a brand new 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab standard bed 4WD is only rated to tow a 5000 pound trailer with a 500 pound maximum tongue weight when not using a WDH. Additionally, the weight ratings with a WDH are listed as 7000 lbs trailer weight and 1050 lbs tongue weight even though the truck is advertised as being able to tow 9100 pounds! Your folks 2008 is probably very similar.

See it here: Costco Auto ”‚ Car buying made easy ”‚ new vehicles & more! Go to the Specs & Features tab and scroll down.
All that said, I think you could probably get away with it once if you aren't going too far and if you exercise great care but I'd recommend going straight to a dealer upon arrival.
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The dealer may not really be sticking it to you although I wouldn't be surprised. I would check with Camping World or someone else who would sell and install one to see if the dealer is competitive. If the dealer is trying to be exorbitant I would point out the competitive pricing you found and see if they would work with you. They might want to maintain some sort of positive relationship in hopes of getting some service and/or future purchase business with you in the future. Is there a camping world nearby where you could get one installed? IMHO I think I could install one myself too, in my garage, but not too confident I would tackle the job on the way home.
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Couldn't you just buy the one you want, from where you want, and carry it with you? Then have the dealer set it up for you.
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