Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles
Unless you're carrying a LOT of weight
in the back of the Silverado, I don't understand the logic here. That far below maximum dead weight ball load, the tug should still be riding level. What benefit does W/D provide in this circumstance?
W/D transfers weight both to the trailer and the front of the tow vehicle, using the trailer's tongue for the necessary leverage. Every pound of force exerted by W/D is felt by the attachment point on the trailer. The cost of "restoring" weight to front tug axles can be substantial. Why add that load to a lightweight trailer unless necessary for control of the tow vehicle?
I'm curious enough about this question that I looked the manual up for a 2007 Silverado. Link
Without knowing which model you have, of course...but I see no W/D language at all there for any model except as applies to bigger models attempting to tow trailers in the ten thousand pounds and up neighborhood ( 1500 pounds of tongue weight)-?
Your not being able to find anything about using a WDH on a 07 Silverado does not surprise me, the owner's manual is the size of a phone book but trust me it's in there and I have no intention of looking it up for you.
Also the 07 Silverado is a split model year and I have the newer one. My truck is a extended cab 1500 z-71 4x4 SL trim with 5.3L V8, 3.73 axel and 4 speed auitomatic.
Think about this. The 400 pounds of tongue weight is not in the bed but a good foot behind the bumper, think about that.
Is it necessary to have a WDH on a standard size pickup, no. But does it result in a smoother ride, keep you from blinding oncoming drivers with your head lights
Please accept there are those of us who believe in and use a WDH and those who have not experienced the differece and don't