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Old 02-02-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Who tows with out a weight distribution hitch

I have a f250 will be towing a 264bh swift 450 lb hitch weight plan on towing without any wdh. Just wondering what others have done?
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:48 PM   #2
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I had the same questions. I still have not purchased a hitch at this time. I am keeping my eyes open for one on craigslist though.

I have only towed my new trailer a few times. The tow home was in a 30 plus MPH wind. The trip went ok but lots of sway.

I loaded the trailer and even with the wind it pulls fine. I plan on putting one on but only if I can find one at the right price.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:53 PM   #3
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I would suggest hitting the scales to see the weight of the truck both with and without the trailer attached. Remember the WDH returns weight back to the front tires, so pay attention to the weight difference on the front axle.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:10 PM   #4
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Getting accurate weights is the best way. Next best is measure front fender to ground. If it raises more than 1/2 inch or your set up is not level you probably need a WDH. Just the 450# tongue weight alone tells me it is very likely you need one.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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I have a f250 will be towing a 264bh swift 450 lb hitch weight plan on towing without any wdh. Just wondering what others have done?
If your TV receiver's Weight Carrying limit is above your TT's "loaded" tongue weight one can tow without a WDH.

Jayco's published "dry" hitch weight for the 264BH is 485lbs..., I would think that a loaded tongue weight (ready to camp) for the 264BH would be around 700lbs.

The 264BH is a 29ft long TT, I would use 13% to 15% of the TT's loaded weight for the desired loaded tongue weight (RV & WDH manufactures recommend 10% to15%).

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I used to tow my 26BH without WD hitch on short trips, 30-40 miles type stuff. I have class V receiver and purchased a separate 2 1/2" in ball mount and 2 5/16" ball since my WD hitch head was only rated to 600lbs in weight carrying mode. In weight carrying mode my Class V receiver is limited 2500lbs and ball mount was 2000lbs. My 26BH TW was ~850lbs .. I was well in spec.

Also I didn't get sway, but the short trips were always on county roads and we only traveled 45-50 mph.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:41 PM   #7
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Let me throw out a few different mathematical formulas to you..

Cost of your new trailer, $15K to 22K
Cost of your Truck ? $K
Cost of a WDH and anti sway bar ~ $500.00 - $600.00

Cost of your safety and your families lives - $PRICELESS

Sorry, I don't mean to be tough here, but all of the $$ you have spent on your equipment, don't guess, don't try to get out cheap.. The WDH and anti sway bar are for 1 thing.. Your safety... Not a place I would even think about skipping on...
You decide
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I would look for a hitch on Craigs List. You should be able to find what you need for a reasonable cost. A WDH for a 29ft trailer is a good idea.
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Let me throw out a few different mathematical formulas to you..

Cost of your new trailer, $15K to 22K
Cost of your Truck ? $K
Cost of a WDH and anti sway bar ~ $500.00 - $600.00

Cost of your safety and your families lives - $PRICELESS

Sorry, I don't mean to be tough here, but all of the $$ you have spent on your equipment, don't guess, don't try to get out cheap.. The WDH and anti sway bar are for 1 thing.. Your safety... Not a place I would even think about skipping on...
You decide
Didn't realize this was a thread about cost, rather I thought it was about capability. Although I have towed several trips without WD hitch...that doesn't mean I don't have one. The OP never indicated he was trying to avoid buying one either.

Your not being "tough", you are just not aswering the question being asked.
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Didn't realize this was a thread about cost, rather I thought it was about capability. Although I have towed several trips without WD hitch...that doesn't mean I don't have one. The OP never indicated he was trying to avoid buying one either.

Your not being "tough", you are just not aswering the question being asked.
clubhouse, you are quite correct. I misread the OP's question.. Very sorry if I offended anyone.. Thanks for finding that...
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