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Old 03-11-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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WDH or not with 3/4 ton, that is the question

So I upgraded to a 2016 Silverado 2500 to pull our 31QBDS. Loaded weight of the trailer is 9000 lbs. I used an Equalizer WDH with the 2014 Silverado 1500 which was definitely necessary. I am wondering if I need the WDH with the new truck. Also curious what I should expect when pulling with the new truck. Please share your experiences for those that upgraded from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:34 PM   #2
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So I upgraded to a 2016 Silverado 2500 to pull our 31QBDS. Loaded weight of the trailer is 9000 lbs. I used an Equalizer WDH with the 2014 Silverado 1500 which was definitely necessary. I am wondering if I need the WDH with the new truck. Also curious what I should expect when pulling with the new truck. Please share your experiences for those that upgraded from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton.

The short answer is YES !!! With a weight of 9000 lbs you'll have a tongue weight of around 1300 - 1400 pounds. The rear of your truck with still be loaded enough to require a wdh to make your truck and trailer level.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:50 PM   #3
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Not to mention the anti-sway features of most WDH's. Even a cheap one is better than none.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:07 PM   #4
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The 2500HD's are good for 1,500 lbs on the tongue, but you want to be around 1,150 lbs on the tongue to land in the middle of 10-15% recommended range, so use a WDH to move some of that tongue weight forward and help level things out. (a trip to the scales is always a good idea on a new setup)

Your truck probably has electronic sway control btw (my 2013 does), so WDH based sway control may be slightly less of a concern.

A few years ago I went from an F150 --> 2500HD, but on a smaller trailer (6K / 650lb tongue), so I was able to forgo WDH in that case. The big advantage for me was getting more payload as I was maxed out w/ the F150 on paper.

I miss the F150 when I'm not towing, but I'm way happier with the 3/4 ton when towing. Little heavier, bigger brakes, stronger suspension. It's just more "truck", if you catch my meaning.
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Well also it gives you more points of connection with the trailer for safety
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:29 PM   #6
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I say yes. I upgraded from 1500 to 2500 and use the Reese dual cam WD system. You still need it on the 2500 for all the reasons already mentioned.
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My previous TT was a 287BHBE with a 2500 Ram diesel. I had the 10k equalizer with it. It towed great...never any problems!
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I use a WD hitch with SC on my 4500 for all of the same reasons listed above. Worth the added ride comfort and level of safety IMO
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For me, from storage to the house, etc. i did not use WDH. But for highway traveling I did use WDH.
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I would say 100% yes as well, why not? Almost all trucks need to have a WDH over 8500lbs. 1/2tons require one over 5000lbs usually. Check your specs to see if you "need" to but I'm pretty sure you do. And why wouldn't you?
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