Trucks & Trailers - anyone here using a weight distribution hitch setup?
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03-05-2011, 04:54 PM
currently in the process of converting from surge activated drum brakes to electric/hydrulic disk brakes. Was looking at going with a weight distrubution hitch setup as well. My boat and trailer weigh in around 9500 lbs. I've seen prices anywhere from 179 to over 500 bucks for a setup rated for 10,000 lbs also looking for sway control
03-05-2011, 05:24 PM
What are you towing with ?
03-05-2011, 05:50 PM
WD hitches are worth every penny. I have one for my enclosed trailer that weighs around 8k. It raises the truck and tailer up a good 2 inches from sagging. It doesn't let the back end sag down for bad handling.
03-05-2011, 06:42 PM
Tow vechile is a 1997 chevy k2500 suburban. Is there a major difference between the style's? I've seen some setups that advertise a round bar setup.
Look at equalizer www.equalizerhitch.com. Their system will let you run a WD hitch with a surge actuator.
03-06-2011, 07:27 AM
Since i'm also converting to electric over hydrulic setup i no longer have a slding coupler
03-06-2011, 02:51 PM
"Since i'm also converting to electric over hydrulic setup i no longer have a slding coupler"
...even better! While helm is correct, in that the Equilizer WDH set-up works with boat trailers with surge breaks (because they use square tubes that mount into brackets. as opposed to round tubes that attach to chains on the trailer end), it's not a concern to you as you are changing over to electric controlled hydraulic brakes. I can recommend the Equiizer WDH, as I use the 1,000/10K set-up for my boat, and a buddy uses the same set-up (less adapter bracket for front of boat trailer) on his 26' camper trailer. I can not comment on less expensive WDH options, as i've never used them, and frankly never have seen them (chain type) on a boat trailer. -GD
2005 Albemarle 248XF
03-06-2011, 03:21 PM
My neighbor has the chain type hitch on his motorcycle trailer and he's said that it wears his Yukon out trying to stop the trailer or slow it down on downhill runs.
I had an Equalizer on a trailer that hauled a 28' Formula and both ride and braking were fine.
Suggest that you not get anything with the chain system.
03-06-2011, 06:40 PM
I can also personally recommend the Equalizer Hitches, and used one on a 96 K2500 Suburban pulling two different boats.
If you only pull short distances it may not be worth the cost & effort. If you pull long distances on interstates, for example, you'll find them to be a huge improvement. Not as huge as the E/H/Disks, but big nonetheless. Particularly if you've noticed what the bow wave and wake of big rigs passing you from behind at high speeds does to you.