This one came with my camper, and it is indeed heavier and more trouble than I care to deal with. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...g-hitches/7370
When I met the seller he was using it on the back of a Honda Odessy. It was adjusted too high for my Honda Ridgeline, and due to time limitations and lack of tools I decided to use a tow bar that I carry with me. Just a simple bar with a ball. Towed the camper nearly 200 miles with absolutely "zero" problems and decided the WD Hitch, with sway bar was not needed. I've towed an additional 100+/- miles with the simple tow bar and still no problems perceived.
Just weighed them on the bathroom scale.
Sway bar= 10#
2 lift arms= 25#
Hitch = 40 #
of the WD hitch and components = 75#
Simple tow bar and ball = 8 1/2#. About the weight of a gallon of milk.
I can't say that other folk's vehicle doesn't need a WD hitch. But our Ridgeline stays relatively level with the trailer hooked up. I've detected no sway even when 18 wheelers pass from either direction.
EXTREMELY heavy winds might be a different story. Will deal with that if it happens.
Proper weight distribution inside the trailer is important. We put the bottle jack, tools and other heavy stuff in the floor storage across from the stove, which places them next to the wheel well and over the street side axle
. Anything else heavy goes in the storage compartment just forward of that, next to the bathroom wall. Trying to not put anything heavy on the curb side as the kitchen is possibly already causing that side to be heavier than the other. (Sure seems so when jacking it up.) Also heavy items of all types go on the floor to keep the center of gravity low.
I can't understand why Casita
chooses to put the kitchen, the fresh water tank, and outside tool storage all on the same side. Then they block part of the outside storage door with the fresh water tank .But they must have their reasons.