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Posted: 01/11/18 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Small trailer, big truck. You should have no problem without a WD hitch. Drop it on the ball and go.


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Posted: 01/11/18 01:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think that we might have a jokester here, trying to find out how many of the weight police will advise that a one ton dually is not adequate to tow a rather smallish trailer without some kind of fancy hitch.

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Posted: 01/11/18 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a 1991 Prowler 15 footer back in the early 1990s. For it's size it was heavy. We didn't use a WD hitch and there were times when that thing got wild in a cross wind, etc.. Personally, I would always use whatever I need to stabilize the camper. The truck may be overkill but, that doesn't stop the trailer from wagging. Just get a Harbor Freight WD hitch. It's more than you need and will do a good job. Also, there's the issue of civil liability if you don't take reasonable measures to keep that puppy tied to your truck.

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Posted: 01/11/18 03:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If one needs a fancy hitch to tame down a "wild puppy", then they need to examine the setup and the geometry of the truck trailer combo. Trailers are not inherently sway machines. Sure, a high wind can buffet a semi-trailer or 747. I purchase tow vehicles with the capacity to handle trailers with nothing more than a simple ball mount. Just like the folks who deliver lightweight trailers.

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