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Old 03-20-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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Just purchased a 22T and have a 2004 Dodge Durango with athe small V8 and tow package. Am wondering if I need a weight distrabution hitch. The book says the weights are 480/5000. Would appreciate any input.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:19 AM   #2
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Don't even think about it. Get a WDH and get it set up properly. The tongue weight probably exceeds the straight hitch limit. It will cost some dollars now but towing will be safer and much more comfortable. A straight hitch is okay if you are pulling a utility trailer occasionally, but a travel trailer is really designed to be used with a proper hitch system. A good brake controller is important also. The Prodigy is a pretty popular model.
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your hi-lo is very front heavy, you really need a wdh,and a reliable brake controller, make sure your water tank is empty
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Thanks for the quick comeback. Now, do I get a WDH or aWDH with sway control. etrailer has them and there is not that much differance in price. Also am looking at the P-3 Brake Controller. All the reports say this is a user friendly product. Any input would be helpful.

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If the WDH with sway control costs about the same, you can't lose by adding it.

A lot of different things can contribute to trailer sway: trailer tire design, trailer loading, suspension, road condition, cross wind, other traffic (like semis), etc. Some owners never experience fishtailing, and for others it seems to a chronic problem. Hard to predict.

A pure WDH will eliminate some of the physics that can cause sway, but not entirely eliminate the possibility. A sway control bar will pretty much dampen the remaining forces and eliminate any potential for fishtailing. Note however, that if you have severely unevenly inflated tires, or your WDH isn't properly set-up, or your trailer loading is way out of whack, even a sway control bar might not work!

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Codeman, look for a WDH on craigslist they go for a decent price there
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Just purchased a 22T and have a 2004 Dodge Durango with athe small V8 and tow package. Am wondering if I need a weight distrabution hitch. The book says the weights are 480/5000. Would appreciate any input.
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With your TV I would use a sway control with your WDH because of your short wheelbase. Every set-up is a little different, it not much more money for the sway control to tow it safely. Maybe you can find a packaged deal. I have a little longer wheelbase on my TV. The funny thing is I needed a sway control on my lighter wieght 97 21ft. towlite but not on my 06 22ft towlite. Always towing using a WDH.
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I have to agree with all the others, a WDH is the only way to go, especially with a lighter TV. Welcome to the forum. You will get a lot of good information here.

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I have the p-3 and It is fantastic for me. some people said that they have had problems with theirs, but later found out that they had bad grounds and too small of a gauge of wire(use 10 gauge blue)I have a reese wdh with built in sway control cams, but i have an extremely long tow vehicle thats almost 3000 lbs heavier , campthewestcoast has about the same setup as you. after your initial setup of wdh abd brake controller, test it on side roads and empty parking lots to get used to it and adjust it properly, you'll be just fine make sure all your tire pressures are correct and your terminals are clean
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