Weight distribution hitch: yes or no?

Discussion in 'A-Frame PopUps' started by Yacoma99, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Yacoma99

    Yacoma99 Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2019
    The dealer I bought my ntu Ranger 12 from recommended a weight distribution hitch. The Ranger 12 is pretty light and my truck is rated to tow up to 6400lbs. What are y’all’s thoughts?
    Thanks
     
  2. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

    Messages:
    2,802
    Likes Received:
    391
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Location:
    Centerville, OH
    What is your tow vehicle? That would help us give a better answer.
     
  3. Yacoma99

    Yacoma99 Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2019
    My tv is a 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Sport, double-cab, long bed with the factory tow package.
     
  4. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,926
    Likes Received:
    720
    Joined:
    May 23, 2018
    Location:
    South Carolina
    We drag our Aliner Scout around, with an older F150, without a weight distribution hitch. Tongue weight, weighed it 2 weeks ago, is 160 lbs. loaded trip ready. Barely know it's back there.
     
  5. NMroamer

    NMroamer Active Member

    Messages:
    448
    Likes Received:
    201
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2016
    Location:
    Albuquerque NM
    The dealer is trying to make a sale. Rule of thumb is anything above 3000 lbs should have a WHD hitch. My trailer is just under the 3000 lbs and I put one on for piece of mine.
    If you decide you need one I have an extra that you can have a lot cheaper than the dealer would charge.
    Easy to install yourself.
     
    Rik Peery and Sjm9911 like this.
  6. durhamcamper

    durhamcamper Active Member

    Messages:
    713
    Likes Received:
    157
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Location:
    Pickering, Ontario
    I really doubt it's necessary. That is a really light trailer
     
    PointyCamper likes this.
  7. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Messages:
    6,834
    Likes Received:
    2,746
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    Location:
    Graceville, Florida
    I had a friend give me a wd hitch, I have never used it but I do use an anti sway bar, mostly to offset semi's passing or meeting me, I do pull a small TT which is higher that a pup, but I also used one when I had a pup.
     
    Sjm9911 likes this.
  8. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,398
    Likes Received:
    546
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2013
    Location:
    Anchorage, AK
    It's really more of a "how does it tow" function. While you probably don't NEED it, if it sways or you get a lot of rear sag, a WDH with sway control can help with that. So can other things, but if it tows nice without, if it were me, I'd skip it. I towed my PUP for 5 years without a WDH and never even felt it back there.
     
    neighbormike likes this.
  9. Strawhouse

    Strawhouse Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,233
    Likes Received:
    370
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2015
    Location:
    Muskoka, Ontario
    I’ve towed my 2014 Aliner 15 Ranger for two seasons without any additional towing accessories. It tows beautifully! My Ford Escape is rated to tow approx 4600lbs.
     
    PointyCamper likes this.
  10. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    549
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2016
    Waste of $$$
     
    Rik Peery likes this.
  11. giadiep

    giadiep Active Member

    Messages:
    385
    Likes Received:
    159
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Location:
    Syracuse, NY
    When you put weight on the back of your tow vehicle, it can take weight off of the front of your vehicle. Depending on how much weight you put on and how heavy or light your tow vehicle is, you may feel that you have less control of the steering. That may be another reason to use a wdh. Just because a vehicle is rated to tow a certain weight or a certain tongue weight does not mean it can cheat physics. Ideally, you distribute that weight evenly across both axles. Now, there are degrees of reason at play. If you’re towing a 2000 lb pup with a full size truck, it probably isn’t enough tongue weight to have much effect on your steering ability.
     
  12. McCampers

    McCampers Member

    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2016
    You should not need a weight distribution set up if your trailer is properly balanced and you have the right height drop hitch on the truck. Hook up your trailer to your truck then park on level ground. Measure the frame height in the front and the back of the trailer. Generally the front should be around 2 inches lower than the back for proper tongue weight. If it is not buy a hitch that raises or lowers the ball to that height. A lot of trailer sway is caused by too little weight at the hitch. If your rig is under 3000 pounds you should not need a weight distribution system. A balanced load at the right level should not have any sway. If your trailer is balanced and at the right hitch height and still sways you have a problem that needs to be fixed, usually a problem with a bent axle or the axle alignment. Either of these problems will leave you broke down soon enough and usually at the worst of places. Good luck and enjoy.
     
    tzmartin likes this.
  13. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,647
    Likes Received:
    1,792
    Joined:
    May 31, 2018
    Location:
    Nj
    I tow my westlake with a full size truck, its about 3500 lbs loaded as a guess. I dont even know its there. As others stated, tow it first. I would say you dont need it.
     
  14. Yacoma99

    Yacoma99 Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2019
    Thanks for all the replies. I am definitely going to tow it on a few trips before I buy a wdh.
     
    shuang2, theseus and PointyCamper like this.
  15. jadmt

    jadmt Member

    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2019
    I just bought a Ranger 12 a few days ago and towed it from Pasco Wa to Boise and then from Boise to Missoula so plenty of up and down and drove pretty much the speed limit and no issues at all and I was towing with a jeep wrangler. I have dual lp tanks and battery and my tongue weight is still pretty light.
     
  16. nhlakes

    nhlakes Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    643
    Likes Received:
    317
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Location:
    DE and NH
    If you were to install a WDH setup the first thing you would do is measure the height of your Tacoma wheel wells before and after the trailer is on the hitch. The Tacoma is a decent little tow vehicle. I seriously doubt the rear of the Tacoma is sinking low enough with the Aliner attached to require a WDH to redistribute the load. If the trailer is angled to much up/down, just get a drop-down ball mount of the appropriate height to lower or raise the ball.
     
  17. Yacoma99

    Yacoma99 Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2019
    As a follow up on the thread I started, I picked up my Aliner last week. After a 4 hour tow over various road conditions, I have determined there is no need for a wdh. I appreciate all of the input.
     
    William Freeman and gladecreekwy like this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.