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dodge guy

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Posted: 01/28/20 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

5k lbs dry weight will end up around 6k lbs ready to travel. proper tongue weight should be around 12%. that would put you at 750lbs give or take a few. you will need a WD hitch for 800/8000lbs.


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kellem wrote:

Dealer will likely throw one in during negotiation.

That was the case for me too.


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Had a long winded reply typed up and the site crashed.
Short answer, your rig won’t struggle with a trailer that size at all.
You may want a wdh and antisway based on your preference, or if the trailer has inherently bad weight distribution or axle placement, but you may not need one at all.

I like the “I got it free with my trailer” comments. No, you didn’t. You got it included in the overall price. 2 different things, but a nice way to justify it.

I would suggest taking a drive with the trailer without and determine your need personally before spending the money. Unless of course you get one for “free.”


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I'm experimenting not using my WDH...Silverado 1500 with 5200 pounds wet and loaded/22 foot box TT. For instance there is less 18 wheeler sway passing me with the 1500 w/o WDH than there was with the 2015 Tahoe with WDH. Longer wheel base probably.


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I have been told that you can also use the rule of 3rds, of course with ALL the variables with tow vehicles and TT’s it is approximate. With a tongue weight of 600# when your WDH is properly set up it will transfer APPROXIMATELY 200# to the TV rear axle, 200# to the front axle and 200# back to the TT axles.

Go to a House Furniture mover, Van And Storage, CAT scales, feedlot or grain elevator will all have scales. Weight the front axle and the rear axle of the tow vehicle w/o the TT connected. Hook up the TT w/o the WDH engaged. Weight the front and rear axles and the TT axles all separately. Drive the rig around a little to see how it handles. Go back to your scales, engage the WDH spring bars, hang the recommended # of links, reweigh everything, go for another drive, change lanes turn corners etc. maybe you will have to tighten up the chains or possibly loosen them. I prefer to have the front of the TT slightly low.

Obviously the TV and TT have to be loaded like they will be when going on a trip, and record ALL the numbers so you can look at the different weights with or with out the WDH. You also measure and record the wheel well of the TT to the ground to adjust the WDH chain links.

Now how the TV auto leveling enters in to the operation I really don’t know, maybe talking to the TV dealer and/or the TT dealer can answer if you should have the the auto function turned on or off.


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I love this forum! I appreciate everyone's input. If the TT is the way we go I will definitely get the WDH and negotiate hard to get it thrown in.

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^You can’t just “turn off” the auto function.

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Get an Andersen hitch. Easy hitching, smoothest riding and quietest hitch I have ever had. A quick search on any forum will result in lots of hits.
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Grit dog wrote:

^You can’t just “turn off” the auto function.


Why not? My Expedition had a switch in the passenger side foot well beside the fuse panel to turn it off. Just reach down and turn it off.

As I mentioned. the WDH instruction were to let the Tv level itself, then turn off the air ride, and adjust the hitch.


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Grit dog wrote:

^You can’t just “turn off” the auto function.


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