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    Weight distribution hitch and sway control

    I made a couple of posts in December of 2016 regarding our plans to get a Durango for my wife's use plus as a tow vehicle. Shortly after the posts, we got a nice 2015 Durango Limited AWD 3.6L with the trailer tow package. Based on comments in this forum, we got the Tekonsha P3 brake controller from eTrailer.

    We still don't have the travel trailer. The model we are looking for is the Jayco 23B hybrid. It has a GVWR of 4950 lb and a tongue weight of 410 lb.

    Having no experience towing a travel trailer, I am wondering if I need to get a weight distribution hitch, and if so, should I get the sway control feature also? Does anyone have a specific recommendation?

    Thanks!
    Craig

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    Weight distribution hitch and sway control

    Quote Originally Posted by cwilly8 View Post
    I made a couple of posts in December of 2016 regarding our plans to get a Durango for my wife's use plus as a tow vehicle. Shortly after the posts, we got a nice 2015 Durango Limited AWD 3.6L with the trailer tow package. Based on comments in this forum, we got the Tekonsha P3 brake controller from eTrailer.

    We still don't have the travel trailer. The model we are looking for is the Jayco 23B hybrid. It has a GVWR of 4950 lb and a tongue weight of 410 lb.

    Having no experience towing a travel trailer, I am wondering if I need to get a weight distribution hitch, and if so, should I get the sway control feature also? Does anyone have a specific recommendation?

    Thanks!
    Craig
    We recently got our new travel trailer and I tow it with my 2015 RT with tow package. Weight and sway distribution hitch is highly recommended I would say necessary in order to pull that much weight. We got a Jayco 25bh is almost 6k pounds and 30 feet long Durango does well pulling it.


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    100% yes, get the WDH with sway control. My last trip to maine, I remembered the WDH but totally forgot the sway control and wished I had it the whole way. I've towed my camper each way and will never go back. You won't regret it.
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    Yes WDH required at that weight.

    Something like a Reese SC hitch has integrated sway control, just hitch up and go.
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    WDH highly recommended. I have the Equalizer 4 Point system which has built in sway control. Don't forget to add WDH weight to the tongue weight. My numbers are hitch tongue capacity 720lbs (factory installed) 10,000lbs hitch capacity, and it weighs 88lbs.
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    From what I have read, it is best not to get a WDH that is rated much more than the trailer. So with a GTW of around 5000 lb and a TW of around 500 lb, here is a link to the Reese 49902 Pro Series. It is rated for a GTW of 10,000 lb and a TW of 750 lb. Seems like a good match for a Durango with a tow capacity of 6,200 lb. Comments?

    https://www.amazon.com/49902-Pro-Com...h+sway+control

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    A WDH must be a travel trailer thing as I've never needed one with any of my boats I've pulled, even my last 30' boat.
    Never had any sway issues at highway speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase300 View Post
    A WDH must be a travel trailer thing as I've never needed one with any of my boats I've pulled, even my last 30' boat.
    Never had any sway issues at highway speeds.
    It is in a way becuase of the way the travel trailers are weighted, plus the drag they produce behind a vehicle. Typically unless your pulling a big cabin cruiser or pontoon boat your not going to need one with a boat.
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    Here's another Pro Series model with a TW rating of 550 lb, which would be closer to actual TW of the trailer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Pro-49901-Com...+control+49901

    For a trailer with an unloaded TW of 410 lb, would it be better to get the 49902 (TW rating of 750) or the 49901 (TW rating of 550)? Thanks!

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    My 2014 owner's manual (page 127--Trailer Towing Weights) says that loads over 3500lbs require a weight distribution hitch.

    Based on the recommendations of tomk and Lauren I got a Reese WD/SC hitch with 800lb bars: find it here. I'm very happy with how it tows and I recommend it because it is easy to hook up and you have such flexibility for install options.
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