View Full Version : Weight Distribution Hitch Info Needed
Dec. 8, 2009, 12:23 PM
So, I've bought my truck. It's a Chevy Silverado 3500 HD. I intend on purchasing a Hawk 2-horse bumper pull trailer with dressing room. I will usually only be hauling one horse locally or within a 3 hour radius for shows later this summer over relatively flat terrain.
I know the truck can handle the load, but should I still invest in a weight distribution hitch? How much of a difference will it make with my hauling?
Are there any particular brands to buy, or avoid? And finally, if I do go this route, do I need a hitch place to install it, or can I buy it over the internet and install it myself? I don't know how complicated it is to get it adjusted properly.
Any advice or experience are welcome! Thanks in advance.
Dec. 8, 2009, 12:30 PM
no weight distribution hitch necessary with a 1 ton truck and a 2H BP - you won't even feel that trailer with that size truck.
The tongue weight is the important factor and you will be fine. I have a 3/4 ton diesel and used to pull a 2H BP - didn't feel it. I now have a 2H GN LQ and barely feel it.
save your money and those hitches are super heavy and a pain to use
Dec. 8, 2009, 02:12 PM
I agree, save your money. The point of the weight-distributing hitch is to keep the tongue weight of the trailer from pushing the back of the truck down too much. You won't have an issue with that in a 1ton truck.
Dec. 8, 2009, 02:24 PM
Just out of curiosity you bought one hell of a truck, why not get a gooseneck instead of a bumper pull? Also just as with any bumper pull I still recommend sway bars.
Dec. 8, 2009, 02:36 PM
Well, when it's the end of model year, and you get about $8500 in various rebates, but last model on the lot is a 1-ton, you just say "Thank You" to your guardian angel and buy the new 1-ton instead of a used 3/4 ton, which is what I thought I was going to be able to afford originally. ;)
Have really thought about a gooseneck, but then there's another whole hitch to buy and about $2000 in the trailer, so guess that's where I finally had to draw the line.
Dec. 8, 2009, 03:58 PM
While you don't need the weight distributing part, the Equal-i-zer is a great hitch for sway control.
It allows for a full turning/backing, unlike some other sway control systems. And it's pretty easy to set up.
Overview of WD hitches and a review of Equal-i-zer (towards the end): http://mrtruck.net/wdh.htm
Product website: http://www.equalizerhitch.com/
Best price I've found online: http://www.rvwholesalers.com/catalog/
Another option is the Reese Straight Line.