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Re: Towing Vehicles / Weight Distribution Hitches
Title: Towing Vehicles
A weight distribution hitch (e.g. equalizer bars,
stabilizer bars, lift bars, "those extra gizmos") will take the load off of
your hitch ball and distribute it back to the trailer. I haul a light 2
horse stock trailer with a big 1-ton 454 Chevy dually. Even though I
have plenty of truck the WDH makes an impressive difference in hauling a
Drawback: for extreme off-road driving (visualize rutted
dirt track mountain 4WD fender-ripping bushes) I have to pull the bars to
get clearance. I can pull the bars in 5 minutes which I feel is
only a minor inconvenience.
I also have a sway-control bar but results are
inconclusive; no sway before installation, no sway after installation - possibly
because of the stability of the dually. I use the sway-control bar for
highway journeys. Where horse hauling is concerned I feel it is
better to err on the side of caution.
Go for the WDH. It's a good thing. If you're
paying a guy to drill holes in your trailer you might as well have him install a
sway bar while he's at it. Then you can tackle the Altamont
Pass in a severe windstorm without turning a hair.
El Granada, CA
(would a person with the good sense to haul a Miley really
choose to drive a Jeep Chickadee?)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2002 9:38
Subject: RC: Towing Vehicles
... Stabilizer bars – I think this depends on the
truck-trailer combo. If the truck has a long enough wheel base
stabilizer bars may not be necessary for a smaller trailer. My trailer
also has rubber torsion axles, which makes hauling it real smooth.
You’ve seen my trailer, it’s a 2 horse but it’s definitely bigger than a
Miley. The only people I know that have stabilizer bars drive a Jeep
Cherokee hauling a Miley. [EVERYONE ?! tr] Everyone else is
hauling a two horse trailer fine without stabilizer bars with their full size
pickups. [EVERYONE ELSE?! tr] We are talking
about those extra gizmos that go from the trailer tongue to the attach to the
truck besides the hitch ball and safety chains, huh? Or are we talking
about something different? I know I DON’T have stabilizer bars and have
been hauling for 3 years over sometimes very windy steep roads without having
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