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Old 01-18-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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weight distribting hitch

I'm thinking about using weight distributing hitch, because my towing vehicle looks sagged.

One concern I have is the following.
If the TV and trailer run into a depression on the road, and since the WDH prevent the back of the vehicle to go down as the rear tire run over the depression on the road, does that make the rear tire of the vehicle 'fly' and not having any traction ?

I've driven many state highway where the surface of the road is just not flat.
The road has many little valley that causes the vehicle to bounce over and over. Not so much a hole, just a sloped depressions.
With the WDH, my concern is, the back of the vehicle just fly over the valley, and not touching the road. Thus, it makes the vehicle to just run on two front wheels.
Is that a valid concern ?
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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You will still have suspension travel in your rear axle of your tow vehicle to prevent any loss of traction you are concerned about. Also, your WDH bars will flex during these situations too..
Don't over think it..they work.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:39 PM   #3
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snip...... Is that a valid concern ?
Not if you have a properly sized and adjusted WDH.

To confirm that your WDH is sized/adjusted correctly a visit to your local CAT scale under loaded TV/TT conditions will put your concerns to rest.

CAT Scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

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The WDH is only used to return weight to the front axle that was removed (think of a teeter totter) when the trailer was attached. If it's essentially lifting the rear axle too much then it is not properly adjusted. While the CAT scale is the definitive way to know if it is working when you set it up you are supposed to measure the space between the wheel wells of both front and rear wheels. Directions were in our manual.

P.S. The WDH did not help with the sagging on our Expedition even after adjustments.
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By the way, what is your setup?
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Mine is SLX 154BH and Chrysler town country 2012
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Mine is SLX 154BH and Chrysler town country 2012
Weights? What does your owner's manual for Town and Country say your towing limits are? Mine gives a chart that says a trailer over such and such weight only with a wdh. Is that a minivan?
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:24 AM   #8
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Mine is SLX 154BH and Chrysler town country 2012
Holy moley! I pulled an SLX 165RB with a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. You REALLY REALLY REALLY need a weight distribution hitch for that combo. I'll bet the T&C really sags at the rear, doesn't it?

Hey, could I interest you in a Husky 31330 Weight Distribution Hitch system? I used it on our Caravan to pull the SLX 165RB, and it worked just fine. We've since upgraded both TV and TT.

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Mine is SLX 154BH and Chrysler town country 2012
With unibody vehicle frames (like the Chrysler Town & Country) be "extra careful" when considering the use of a WDH. Proper WDH model/sizing/adjustment is very important.

Refer to your owners manual for any restrictions and/or limitations when using a WDH.

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Does it have sway control ?

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Holy moley! I pulled an SLX 165RB with a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. You REALLY REALLY REALLY need a weight distribution hitch for that combo. I'll bet the T&C really sags at the rear, doesn't it?

Hey, could I interest you in a Husky 31330 Weight Distribution Hitch system? I used it on our Caravan to pull the SLX 165RB, and it worked just fine. We've since upgraded both TV and TT.

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