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Question about whether or not WDH is needed

If you were towing a smallish 19í travel trailer with a newer 2500 would you use a WDH? Hereís my scenario, I was gifted a 19í travel trailer from a family member and he had the whole WDH set up for it. I went ahead and put it on my truck and made adjustments but to be honest Iíve never used one with this light of a trailer. The tongue weight literally barely lowered my rear suspension and then trying to snug up the bars just raised my end back to normal or a little higher. I ended up with the bars only having a little tension on them. I towed it home 500 miles but I really am not sure on whether to use the WDH at all. Interested in your perspective on this. The TT has. GVW of 5800 lbs.


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I find it's more due to length than weight. Our TT isn't much heavier, but is a 27' (32 or so overall) and we need a WDH to settle it down on bad roads. Meanwhile, I've towed heavier, but shorter trailers (dump and enclosed cargo) with no WDH just fine.

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If you were towing a smallish 19í travel trailer with a newer 2500 would you use a WDH? Hereís my scenario, I was gifted a 19í travel trailer from a family member and he had the whole WDH set up for it. I went ahead and put it on my truck and made adjustments but to be honest Iíve never used one with this light of a trailer. The tongue weight literally barely lowered my rear suspension and then trying to snug up the bars just raised my end back to normal or a little higher. I ended up with the bars only having a little tension on them. I towed it home 500 miles but I really am not sure on whether to use the WDH at all. Interested in your perspective on this. The TT has. GVW of 5800 lbs.
I have a 35' bumper pull toy hauler that has a hitch weight of 1500lbs.

You don't need a WDH. I'm not using one.

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I would never think of not using one on a bumper pull trailer. Especially on a SRW 2500.
I like to boogie when I tow. Coming in and out of corners with frost heaves makes a world of difference for control.
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I have towed LOTS of bumper pull travel trailers(up to 9500 pounds actual weight) and never have used a WDH on either my old f250 or current 2500.

Now, my 2500 has the self leveling rear air suspension, so it has always been able to lift whatever trailer tongue weight I've put on it.

What you will get from the WDH is a better ride, leveling, and maybe some extra sway control.

For a 5800 GVWR trailer, I would never bother with it, and don't.

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Thanks for the responses. I had a Tundra that I pulled a 27í TT with and it needed that WDH badly cuz the end would sag so much. But I really donít think I need it on this little trailer. The other thing that concerns me is it seems Iíve read that when you are maneuvering dips and inclines (like I would here in the mountains on forest service roads) that the bars are more of a hinderance too. I towed a 26í boat that weighed over 8,000 lbs back and forth from Texas to LA many times and never used a WDH.
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I like to boogie when I tow. Coming in and out of corners with frost heaves makes a world of difference for control.
Same here. I have 1400 kms to cover before I see anything interesting. The first hour and a bit is heaved like crazy and that gets the TT rocking. Have to slow down to 40/50 km/h (or less sometimes) repeatedly and I still feel like I'm beating up the poor trailer. Wouldn't be able to do it without the WDH, the 2500 is just too soft in the rear for that road.

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Do you know what the tongue weight of the trailer is?
What type of tow vehicle did the previous owner use the hitch with?
There is a good chance with such a small trailer you don't need the weight distributing hitch but I would be more concerned with a hitch that would prevent sway. Cross winds, bad roads and evasive maneuvers to induce sway are your biggest enemy.
You could get a small sway bar that goes on the side of the trailer tongue - cheapest route.
Anderson makes a wd/anti-sway hitch that may work for you. It is supposed to have great anti sway qualities but this hitch is known to only be able to tranfer small weights on the weight distribution side.
I run a fancy weight distribution/anti-sway hitch (hensley arrow) with my travel trailer (900+ lbs tongue weight, 31 ft long) and it makes a big difference in the performance of the towing.

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It says the tongue weight is 450 lbs.

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It says the tongue weight is 450 lbs.
But what is it really, as when you're going out with the trailer for camping?

Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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texas cub, you answered your own question in a couple different ways. If you don't have enough weight to meaningfully split the hairs from none to too much weight dist on a little trailer like that, then it's either doing nothing, or it's actually making matters worse if you're pulling weight from the back of the truck.
The only situation where I can think it might be of some use is if you already have the truck loaded down really heavy and need to lose the tongue weight.

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You are correct. And I had a long chat with a guy who sells and services RVís at a large local shop today and he said he didnít see the need for a WDH with my setup. He basically said if you want to run one then do so but in his opinion it wasnít necessary unless I had a lot of weight in the bed of the truck. He also absolutely advised me that if I am going to go down rough two track roads that have creek crossings and steeper slopes the WDH is a quick way to damage my truck, and make sure I remove the bars before doing so. Anyway thanks for the responses , helping me make up my mind.

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