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For the guys that tow

Discussion in 'Heavy Duty' started by Ryan1126, May 8, 2020.

  1. Ryan1126

    Ryan1126 Senior Member

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    i just recently stepped up to a 2500 because my 1500 couldn't tow my toy hauler very easily. With my 1500 i used a weight distribution hitch due to the soft rear suspension on the 1500 rams but is it necessary with the 2500? My toy hauler is a tongue pull and its about 6500lbs dry, and with my rzr in it im pushing about 8000lbs. What hitches do you guys use? or what would you suggest?
     
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    I would continue to use a weight distribution hitch. It's not just the weight, it will help control the sway.
     
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    laws of physics still apply to a 2500 just like they did on your 1500. Trailer tongue weight pushed down on rear of the truck using the rear axle as a fulcrum lifting the front end up. A WDH helps push the tongue weight forward to help recover the weight lost on the front axle.
    To see what happens, watch this video of the difference between using a WDH vs Air Bags. The truck used is a 2500 w/1000 lbs tongue weight.

    Part of the reason why a fiver/gooseneck tows better is the hitch point is slightly in front of the rear axle which puts weight on the front axle also.
     
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    Yes, you should still use a WDH on a heavy duty truck. Like already said, you're still lifting the front axles by adding weight behind the rear axles. It's not as bad as with a 1500 truck, and you might not squat to the point where it looks bad but it's still happening.
    I'd also use sway control, especially with a bumper pull toy hauler. Those things are notoriously unbalanced and prone to sway.
     
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    My old TT was that exact size/weight and I used WDH 95% of the time and anti-sway 100% of the time. I honestly didn't feel a difference with or w/o WDH (yes, it was installed and set right). A couple times I'd make a short run w/o it.
     
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    The weight distribution hitch has nothing to do with sway control. Sway control is usually a separate unit in conjunction with a WDH.
    I still use the WDH on my 2500 that I used to use on my 1500 except that instead of putting the chain on the 4th link I only put it on the 1st link because the 2500 only settles about 3/4 to 1 inch as opposed to 3-4 inches on the 1500 with the same traier.
     
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    Depends on the hitch. Bar types(Equal-I-zer eg) do both at the same time. Most manufacturers say WDH use starts in the 6500-8000 range for HD trucks.


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    Looks like a cool hitch but @ 200# could cause some trouble for those trying to pinch payload pounds.
     
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