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post #1 of 17 Old 05-15-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need a WD hitch....?

I have a 2004 F350 SRW CCLB. I also have a 21' aerolite TT that I am going to start towing. My question is do I need a WD hitch for the truck and trailer combo? The trailer has a sticker that says it weighs 3300 lbs empty. I hooked it up to the truck this evening to start getting it ready and it dropped the truck rear wheel well height 1 1/2", without anything in the trailer( no water, no personal items, etc) empty like when it came from the dealer. So it will probably drop it more when it is loaded. Will a WD hitch level it out? Should that trailer weight need a WD hitch? Is something else wrong, the truck shouldn't sag with only 3300 lbs?

Would a set of super springs be better? Thanks.

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your best option is air bag helpers.

a WD hitch is there more for stability than leveling the truck out. when you go over bumps at high speed, the weight of the trailer coming down gets absorbed by the torsion bars instead of pushing the full tongue weight down behind the rear bumper. my brother has blown out multiple sets of rear shocks on his truck while towing a loaded cargo trailer without a WD hitch.
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Trailer hitches have weight ratings. They are rated for weight carrying, and weight distributing. There should be a tag on your hitch cross tube. I'm pretty sure the stock hitch is rated for 500# tongue weight and 5000# trailer weight. Once you exceed weight carrying capacity of the hitch you risk hitch failure. You can stick 2 x 4's between your axle and frame to level the load, but you haven't addressed the safety issue. Your trailer is light enough that it doesn't require weight distributing. I sell trailers and would suggest to one of my customers in your situation to try it without for a trip or two. If you notice "porpoising" going over bumps, or trailer sway then it might be time to look into weight distributing. The tongue weight of you trailer setting your truck down 1 1/2" could be a result of soft suspension or a high unloaded ride height. Those trailers are pretty light. Just food for thought

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A 21 footer, no, doubt you need anything unless that trailer carries about 500 gallons of water(it doesnt) or is made of solid steel walls and bullet proof.

Your truck shouldn't even know it's back there. You'll see people tow way more than that, safely even, without anything everyday.

Air bags would be the best option overall, and healthiest for the truck, but that really shouldn't sag it that bad. I've done 4 bikes in a single axle trailer, 400lbs each, 1500 trailer, 2 generators(3500w), gas cans, tires, race gear, and 1 bike in the bed of the truck from FL to OH, and it sagged about the same, but no WD hitch, no bags, nothing. It was fine, and definitely "safe", no Oh sh*t moments at all.

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. The tongue weight of you trailer setting your truck down 1 1/2" could be a result of soft suspension or a high unloaded ride height. Those trailers are pretty light. Just food for thought
The trailer does sit higher then it did from the factory. The hitch is 26" off the ground. I had the trailer raised at the dealer because we camp off-road a lot.

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I would suggest supersprings and a rear sway bar. My trailer alone is 7k pounds...it does not drop much.



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I agree with the guys above your probably dont reeley need one but you might look into getting one. I know on my camper that it makes a HUGE diffrence running down the road on how it feels.
I dont need one on mine but I wont run it very far with out hookin it up. And while your at it look at a anti sway control set up. If you pull in any kind of wind you'll thank me later.
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this may have been avoided with a WD hitch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwOqARlw1EI#t=41

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Steve604 thatnks for that link. Their is some great videos in that!

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I would suggest supersprings and a rear sway bar. My trailer alone is 7k pounds...it does not drop much.

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