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lap527

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Posted: 07/23/19 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have 3500 dodge dually and going to pick up a trailer, Camplite, with 400 lb tongue weight. I called hitching post and they told me the dodge won't even know it's back there. I was concerned about sway but guess from what I am told we are going to be good. We have a TC now and thinking of going back to a TT. Age and decreasing our toys plus doing more camping instead of traveling. We shall see if I can handle the TT like I can the TC. I don't have any problem towing with the TC either. The idea of getting rid of our TC is giving me the creeps. LOL!

Let me add we have a torklift superhitch and use a torklift truss while towing the motorcycle trailer.


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On a dually, WD is not generally needed until you get over about 30' overall length. And even then, it's more of a "nice to have" rather than a "need to have". Unless you you want to pull the TT behind your truck camper on an extension. Then it would be needed.


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carringb wrote:

On a dually, WD is not generally needed until you get over about 30' overall length. And even then, it's more of a "nice to have" rather than a "need to have". Unless you you want to pull the TT behind your truck camper on an extension. Then it would be needed.


A weight distributing hitch is needed for all trailers over 5k pounds unless your truck is equipped with a hitch rated for a higher weight carrying than that. If your truck has a class V hitch, it may be rated higher than that.

WD does not assist with sway, OP, if you were worried about sway (which you shouldn't be given that trailer, if loaded correctly and towed level), WD would not help with that. Sway control is separate from WD and can be run with or without WD.

I nearly always use WD.

I never use sway control.

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twodownzero wrote:

Sway control is separate from WD and can be run with or without WD.

Mine is integral part of the WD "system".

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Since you have a SuperHitch, you may find it is easier to tow in the lower receiver to get level with the trailer. You will not need a WDH for such little tongue weight and I doubt your front end will unload much. If you get sway, it most likely due to to lack of tongue weight. Either drop the tongue down slightly or rearrange your load in the trailer toward the front.


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twodownzero wrote:


A weight distributing hitch is needed for all trailers over 5k pounds unless your truck is equipped with a hitch rated for a higher weight carrying than that. If your truck has a class V hitch, it may be rated higher than that.


Every modern dually has a hitch receiver rated for weight carrying much higher than that.

The OP's Torklift Superhitch is rated for 1,700 pounds tongue weight, weight carrying.

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Load the trailer so you have about 15% to 20% tongue weight and forget the WDH. It won't sway either with that much tongue weight and your dually will ride better.

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lap, umm, listen to yourself and look at your picture and signature.
Why would a trailer NOT sitting out on a hitch extension that weighs the same or less than the one you're towing currently need a wdh?

You're good. Wdh on a dually to tow a 4klb trailer? Don't get brainwashed by the rvnet hitch police.


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