Originally Posted by rjl1226
would i be ok to tow a 2007 casita
17' deluxe with my ford explorer with the factory tow package ? or do i need a wdh? my ford is rated at 5000 towing
A 5000# tow rating is sufficient to tow a Casita
17D. Whether it will be satisfactory for you
depends on your driving style, performance expectations, and the type of terrain you tow in. What year and engine do you have? Is it a FWD or RWD chassis (depends on year)?
As to weight
distributing hitch use...
(1) What does your owner's manual say?
(2) What kind of hitch do you have- factory integrated or bolt-on, and is it rated for WDH?
The answers determine whether it is required or even possible. Not all vehicles and hitches are capable of handling the forces of a WDH.
As to whether it is beneficial, if the ownerís manual doesnít give a specific threshold, the best way is to get axle
weights of your vehicle before hitching up and again after hitching up the fully loaded trailer. Include a full tank of gas and all passengers and cargo that will be on board when you travel. A cruder method is to measure the ground-to-wheel arch height front and rear. If the rear axle
is at or near its rating and/or if the front axle
is being significantly unloaded, WDH is indicated.
With a tongue weight
typically over 400#, I suspect you might benefit from WDH. In addition to redistributing weight
evenly across both axles, WDH can reduce the porpoising motion you can sometimes get with a heavy tongue load on a softer rear suspension, making for a more pleasant ride.