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Old 05-23-2014, 06:15 PM   #15
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I use a WD hitch when towing my 17 ft Casita DLX .I tow with a 2011 Ram 1500 rated to tow 8550 lbs . My vehicle's owners manual shows using a WD hitch when towing a trailer with a tongue weight of 500 Lbs. or above . My Casita' s tongue weight is between 425 to 450 lbs depending how the trailer is loaded. I feel that even though a WD is not required ,my trailer tows better with the WD hitch.
To me the WD hitch is like having A/C in your trailer ,it's not necessary but it mdoes make the trip more enjoyable

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Old 05-24-2014, 05:24 AM   #16
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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? YES.

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

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Old 05-24-2014, 07:33 AM   #17
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I ditched my WDH when I moved up from a Rav4 to a Nissan Frontier V6 for my ParkLiner. But I still use an anti-sway bar as a just in case...towed through some windy spots that I was glad I had it.

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Old 05-24-2014, 11:39 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Joe Romas View Post

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
And then there are those of us that have towed different combinations, some of which required the use of W/D and some that didn't.

Depends strictly on the weight of the tow/tongue as it relates to the capacity of the tug.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:23 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Joe Romas View Post

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

Then there's those of us that have used them and find them a pain and completely unnecessary with a properly balanced trailer (with our tow vehicle).

A 1/2 ton with working suspension should gain nothing with the use of a wd hitch with a trailer that light.

Mine will pull 8,000 pound trailers all day long, cross country (and has), with absolutely no need for a wd hitch. Even at that weight, it's still sitting level.

IMHO, at least half of them are being used to mask crappily loaded/balanced trailers.

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