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Old 05-02-2014, 06:55 PM   #11
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With your 4Runner I think you need a WDH. I tow my X17Z with an '11 Toyota Tundra and the truck manual states "If towing less than 2500 lbs., sway control is needed and if towing greater than 5000 lbs. a WDH is recommended. We also own a 2004 4Runner but only use it to maneuver and park the trailer in our home.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:58 PM   #12
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I have a 19H and pulled it with a GMC Envoy. The WDH was absolutely necessary. I now have GMC 1500 slt to tow with. Still using the WDH but what a huge difference in the towing performance.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:34 PM   #13
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Yes. I had a 4Runner (great SUV!) and the suspension was built for comfort. The WDH levelled everything out and took the bounce out of the rear.

I towed a 4000+lb 19H.

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I should also say that I had a V8 4Runner. The max tow was 5000lbs or 7000lbs with a WDH. It's almost like Toyota was recommending the WDH.

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Yes. I had a 4Runner (great SUV!) and the suspension was built for comfort. The WDH levelled everything out and took the bounce out of the rear.

I towed a 4000+lb 19H.

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Old 05-02-2014, 09:54 PM   #15
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My first RV was a 19' hybrid pulled behind a Ford Windstar. The dealer wouldn't let me pull off the lot with that combination (within the weight limits!) without a WD hitch. It adds safety and stability. Make the investment, you'll be happier in the end.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:20 AM   #16
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I use to pull an 18', 3500# ultra-lite trailer with a Ford Ranger "Edge" package, and didn't use a WDH or Sway Control. Yes, the truck did the job, but semi's passing me would scare the bejesus out of me. It was like they were sucking the trailer right into them. I say make the investment in a good WDH & Sway Bar system. The $250 - $500 investment will certainly make hauling easier and more enjoyable. It may even save your life!
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:27 AM   #17
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My major route in and out of my neighbourhood is the busiest section of highway in North America. Weight and sway and Brake equalizers are a must for the safety my family and myself. I can easily pull my x19h with the vehicle I have but I went for safety first! I had the highest end break pads put on my F150 (cost a small fortune) and it has been 20 years since I last pulled a trailer and it will calm my nerves knowing that my equipment is in tip top shape and safe as possible.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:24 PM   #18
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Have an X18D towing with a 2013 Taco V6. Essentially the same frame and power train, although mine is a real wheel drive only. Even with the four leaf rear springs, the trailer caused a lot of rear end sag, and corresponding front end lifting which takes a lot away from the steering. Put on a 8k Fastway (same as Equal-i-zer) and noticed a world of difference. Leveled the ride, stopped the rear end from bouncing, and tamed the sway from cross winds and semi's. Life's better with the hitch.
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breealee,

My wife and I am currently in the second week of a two month journey with our x17z. We left our home in costal NC and are currently camping at Lake Powell AZ. Between San Antonio Tx and Carlsbad NM we were dealing with 40MPH winds. The Equalizer WDH with anti sway bars did their job beautifully even when the big rigs passed us. We're towing with a Ram 1500 4X4 with the 5.7 Hemi. My advice...get the WHD/Anti sway hitch.
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is weight distribution hitch needed?

2014 4Runner - X20E Hybrid
Using an Equal-i-Zer

The general answer is yes to your question.

Watch YouTube videos on how to attach whatever ones you are looking at as options and see which suits your style and comfort.

I have only used two kinds. The one listed that we have on our new trailer and the one on the in-laws with the breaker bar.

I like the Equal-i-zer for us.

Good luck and happy camping !
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