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Old 07-09-2007, 07:06 AM   #15
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And I thought I was confused before . Does this mean yes, or no to a wdh?
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Ian, what's your point?

In short, it depends. Can you tow safely without it? If you balance your trailer's loading, air up the tires, have the proper amount of tongue weight, and don't exceed your manufacturers recommended tongue, tow, and gross combined vehicle weight ratings... most likely. Will it tow and handle better and more safely with it? If you do all of the aforementioned things, and then add the WDH/sway control... most likely. Very few folks who have towed a rig heavy enough to use WDH/sway control, and have towed it both with and without it will tell you that they preferred the handling of their rig without the WDH/sway control.

MY opinion of my Toyota/Burro rig is that it handled better and the rig was better behaved using the dual-cam setup, even though the Burro never wiggled without it.

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Old 07-09-2007, 09:29 AM   #16
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Thanks Roger, Brian and Pete and all others who read or weighed in. Sounds like it's a good ideea, even if only from an belt-AND-suspenders point of view. Thanks for all the advice and hopefully we;ll see you on the road soon.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:47 PM   #17
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Sure, I can see going for the most complete solution. Now the bad news... all that understanding of axle loads is still required to properly adjust the WD system. On the other hand, adjusting any friction-type sway control component is essentially random.

I second Roger's point: you still need to set the rig up properly, regardless of whether or not you add on devices.

If you get all of the hardware, then take the rig to a weigh scale, you can find out both how to adjust the WD system, and whether you needed it or not in the first place.... now that you have the axle ratings.

By the way, the WD heads are normally quite long (due to the height adjustment which always comes with them), so it will likely place the ball further back than it would need to be without WD, thus increasing load transfer from the truck's front axle to the rear. In other words, the WD hardware will increase the requirement for WD... which makes it easier to later rationalize buying the stuff!
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