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Posted: 01/07/18 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bryan, it would take a class 6 truck to handle 6000 lbs of "tongue weight". ^^^^ I doubt your van is up to that.
OP, on here a popup would need WD behind a dually. I would not worry about a one time 500 miles trip. I have tied my 500 lb tongue weight bumper hitch to my 750 lb receiver to pull my 13,000 bumper pull equipment trailer without WD.


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carringb wrote:

My hitch receiver is rated for 6,000 pounds of tongue weight without WD, however once trailer tongue gets really heavy, braking distances get much longer without weight-distribution because the front tires get offloaded.


I highly doubt that 6,000 lbs. tongue weight capacity. A class 5 hitch - the heaviest pull-behind hitch made, is rated for a maximum of 2,000 lbs. pin weight. The Ford towing guide for 2000 shows that some of the E350 wagons with the V-10 had a 6,500 lb. max trailer weight. I think you've gotten max trailer weight and tongue weight mixed up.

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I doubt Bryan has things mixed up. IIRC he has a LOT of custom made items on his Van. I would personally not be surprised if it does not have a 6K HW rating. I also doubt his van would handle 6000 lbs too. As he notes. once you remove X lbs off the FA< your steering, braking etc does not function as it should. Hence why he would need a WD to fix these issues, Assuming he did put a trailer with HW over IMHO about 1500-2000 lbs. This is an amount of HW, I have found on my 168-175" WB crew cab pickups where I notice the need for a WD vs not,as I described above.

There are also many of us, that pull loads over the typical hitch one can find aftermarket, or from the dealer/manufacture, that go to custom shops to have hitch's etc welded up to handle the loads we know we will put on them. I've done the same in the past with pickups, and cab and chassis rigs I have owned.

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There are questions if it's really needed, but there is no debate, the WD bars will not hurt anything to use them.

I have a one-ton diesel dually and use WD bars all the time. I never tow without them. Why guess? Just use them. No harm done.


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I use a Reese w sway control. My father in law uses it on his truck too. We don't have to adjust the hitch between trucks bc they are the same. It would only take a few mins to set up the full wd and hitch on your friends truck so I say why not use it. Especially if he is taking your trailer and is not used to towing it.

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Posted: 01/08/18 04:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What advantage is there in not using them?


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It only takes a couple minutes to put them on, so why doesn't he want to use them??


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valhalla360 wrote:

What advantage is there in not using them?

Simpler hook up. It might take 60 seconds longer to use the WD. [emoticon]
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valhalla360 wrote:

What advantage is there in not using them?


Because an unloaded dually WANTS some weight in back. 0 need unless it’s killing the hitch receiver. But to that point, I’ll point out the vast numbers of duallies that fire up every morning with Waaaay more hooked up than that.....every day every where.

Remember like 95% of the wdh users are RV ers and 95% of the trucks are not towing travel trailers.


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While there is a need for wdh in some applications, much of their use can be viewed as training wheels for towing newbys IMO. The RV industry has a patent on their sales pitch.....

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