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Old 08-18-2015, 09:59 AM   #1
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Weight distribution, sway bars

Have an X17A, for 2 years, just use plain hitch, have gone camping as far away as 500 miles without problems, will adding this make a big difference?
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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It should. What are you towing with?
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Depending on your tow vehicle, you may not need weight distribution. I would think your tongue weight with that trailer would be under 500#. Hard to say without knowing your vehicle. You should also check how much hitching raises the front end of the vehicle. But sway control might be good insurance.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:41 AM   #4
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Tow vehicle

I have a 2010 F150 super crew 5.4 Triton
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How does the steering feel with the trailer on? Do you feel you have the same level of control that you do when not towing? Have you towed in a heavy cross wind? If so, how did that feel?

The primary reason for a WD hitch is to restore weight, and therefore steering control to the front wheels.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:50 AM   #6
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Seems alright, did 300 miles of I 95 ok, didn't even have my brake controller working yet, just solved that problem last night
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:23 AM   #7
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Any sag at all? The reason I'm asking is, headlamp aim and tire wear. WDH help with the high-aimed headlamps and better for tire wear, especially on the front. The suspension should be fine and it may ride well but if you sag just a little, your headlamp aim will be off. Like driving with highbeams.
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We towed a 2,200# TT with a 1/4 ton truck for 6 years with zero difficulties using just a 6" drop hitch.


After I replaced the trailer's axle, I found the brakes hadn't been working properly since the trailer was new in 1983.


Having properly operating brakes on that rig was a noticeable, though minor improvement.


The new trailer (19RD) is just past 1/2 way into our truck's capability. Our first trip was with a 4" rise hitch. YUCK!!! I got a WDH before our second trip. What an improvement!


So, if your 1/2 ton truck is pulling your trailer nicely. And you don't feel like the handling has been compromised by the tongue weight, don't waste money on a WDH.


However, if the front tires of your tow have been unloaded so much that the truck is less than pleasant to drive when hitched up, go now and get a WDH! The difference is tremendous when needed. But if you don't need it, you're wasting money.
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We have the x17z and tow with a Jeep Grand Cherokee and only need the anti-sway bar. The Jeep has the factory tow package so we are comfortable on weight and tongue. The anti-sway really made a difference when getting passed by semi's and in a cross wind. Good luck.
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