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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Austin, TX
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The truck is rated to 8,000 lbs without WDH. To get to the 12,500 or 14,500, you need a WDH. And yes, even with 10% tongue weight, the new bars are a must.
I towed my 35' 8,500 lbs TT a few times without a WDH. I just used an easily adjustable ball (to accommodate other trailers). It worked fine (new trucks have built-in sway control), but on windy days, it wasn't ideal. I broke down and bought a WDH (got a great deal from the RV dealer). It tows much better on windy days now and doesn't move as much when passing semis, etc.
Basically, the built-in truck sway control only works when the truck begins to sway from the trailer moving it. The sway control on a WDH (if you have the additional sway bar), helps reduce sway as soon as the trailer starts to sway.
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