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Old 06-11-2016, 01:26 PM   #15
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In the case of my 2008 RAV4, the factory hitch was a Class II ( not capable for WDH ).
Condition of sale was that the dealer have a Class III hitch receiver installed for WDH.
Work was done in the dealer shop by an after market installer.
Was cheaper than the factory hitch too.

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Old 06-11-2016, 02:39 PM   #16
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My Bigfoot 17 tows great also, behind a 98 Tacoma with a 5,000lb limit. I haven't felt any need for WD. If you have money to throw around and would feel better with it, go for it. But I doubt it really needs one. I really like the way mine tows without one. I'd probably also like how it tows with one

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Old 06-11-2016, 02:57 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Carol H View Post
...many of the smaller tow vehicles factory installed hitches need to be upgraded and or have custom modifications made to them in order for them to safely withstand the additional forces placed on it when using a WDH.
Thompson reinforces hitches because he sets up vehicles to tow WAY over their factory rating. No need to reinforce anything when towing within the design limits of the vehicle or hitch, WD or not.

Personally I wouldn't tow anything close to the 3500 lbs limit of my Highlander without a WDH. My Trillium has one, and my Coleman Popup has one too.

To Glenn: Your owner's manual probably also contains other stupidities like "Do not exceed 72 km/h when towing"... (just about all Toyotas, up to the FJ Cruiser, have this "restriction"...). Some Hondas also have the "WDH not recommended" note in their manuals, for the same reason ("not tested by the manufacturer so they can't recommend it").
Also, I know that on some models, you go to Toyota's website and download the Owner's manual, and the WDH 'restriction' isn't there anymore. I've seen it and it has been discussed on the Toyota Nation forum.
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:43 PM   #18
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I towed a 17-foot Bigfoot tens of thousands of miles without a WD hitch or a anti-sway device. Solid as a rock. The most important thing is the get the weight in the trailer properly balanced between the tongue and axle, and make sure the tongue is slightly down.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:15 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Carl V View Post
To Glenn: Your owner's manual probably also contains other stupidities like "Do not exceed 72 km/h when towing".
Somebody should point out to Toyota's lawyers that they are putting their customers at risk by suggesting they tow at speeds that are way below that of other traffic.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:23 PM   #20
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We still do not know the towing capacity of the OP's Frontier. It might be 6500# or it could be considerably less.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:52 PM   #21
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My Astro van is good for 5500 lbs. and I use a WDH to keep it level.
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:35 PM   #22
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Thanks everyone for contributing with your hands on experience. My tow capacity( Frontier) is 6100 lbs. I am presently deciding weather to upgrade my axle and then I will make a decision on the weight distribution hitch. I do have to say that the Bigfoot seems to tow beautifully during the 1500 miles traveled so far since purchase. My next trip is months away so I have some time to process all the information before making an informed decision. I really do appreciate the input.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:01 PM   #23
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Sometimes vehicles just feel better with a device installed. When towing our 16 foot Scamp with the Jeep Wrangler, it is very sensitive to correct loading. If a little tongue light the trailer will just want to oscillate ever so slightly. If the friction device sway control is used the oscillation is not felt. Like a bandaid it covers the problem. It won't work for big loading errors, so not a magic bullet. The Jeep is tall with soft suspension and big squishy tires, so amplifies forces imparted by the trailer. I don't see how WDH would help the Jeep as it has plenty of traction up front and computer controlled air bags to carry the weight. Our new tug is an old 1/2 ton Chevy that has been lowered with firm shocks, springs, sway bars, and low profile wide tires. Towing with it is extremely stable, as it can resist trailer forces easily. It handles like it's on a rail. We have not used a friction device with it. A WDH is also not needed due to it having air bags inside the rear coil springs for leveling if needed. Front tire traction is not a problem with sub 500 lb tongue weight on the trailer. Front end weighs 2000lb and rear tires provide the drive.
Many people that use WDH's probably don't need them, but if it adds to the driving comfort level, why not if it's OK with the car manufacturer. They add a little time to hook up, but not a big deal.

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