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Towing a pop-up trailer thats about 4000 pounds fully loaded

Discussion in 'Towing' started by nighthawk87, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Apr 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM
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    nighthawk87

    nighthawk87 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Do I need a Weight distributing hitch for this? If so, where do I get one and how much do they cost? Is it really involved to get one?

    I'm new to towing and may be picking one of these bad boys up this weekend!

    Thanks!

    Jason
     
  2. Apr 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    Personally, I would because you're almost at vehicle weight. It depends on tongue weight.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    I just bought a boat and its about 5k loaded and it did great pulling it. It got about 9mpg but it had plenty of power, brakes felt very good, and seemed really stable at speed. I wouldn't think you would need a weight distribution hitch.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    FYI. Boats and campers tow differently. I've towed some boats w/o a WD hitch and had no problems. My experience is that campers tend to sway more (especially when getting passed) and the WD is peace of mind.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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    I've never towed a camper before, just boats and quads. Now that I think about it, I can see how a camper would have a lot more wind resistance.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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    Now that I think about it, the dealer was going to make me sign a waiver when I bought my camper if I refused to go wih the W/D. I think they gave me the brake contoller and the W/D for about $300 which was fair. After all, my camper was only $17k +. Lol.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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    I would def recommend one. If you ever have to suddenly stop you don't want to fish tail or better yet jacknife that baby! Just my 0.02 Mine def neds one!

     
  8. Apr 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM
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    FOR SURE get a W/D set up. You can get great prices online at some RV accessory shops, and good thing is, if you spend a good amount (and with a W/D set up it should be no prob), they'll ship it for free.

    Good thing about getting it locally, they'll more than likely help you set it up for your taco and trailer
     
  9. Apr 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM
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    where do I get one of these? By the way I have a 2008 Taco 4x4 double cab with two package.
     
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    Reese, Draw-tite, EZ- Lift are all pretty common. If you having a Camping World by you or any RV dealer, they can help you out and would probably install and adjust it for you at minimal cost. They will need your truck and trailer for adjustment.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2010 at 8:34 PM
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    where do I buy the actual wieght dist. hitch? Does it replace my existing one that came with the tow package?

    Is there welding involved or is it a bolt on?
     
  12. Apr 20, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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    The WD hitch has a 2" receiver which goes into your trucks hitch. The receiver has an adjustment for the height of the ball and also the angle it sits. The WD also comes with parts that bolt on to your trailer frame. They connect with bars that distribute the weight (and the trailer ball). If you GOOGLE it, you'll have a better idea.

    Did you read the posts above?

    Reese, Draw-tite, EZ- Lift are all pretty common. If you having a Camping World by you or any RV dealer, they can help you out and would probably install and adjust it for you at minimal cost. They will need your truck and trailer for adjustment.
     
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