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Weight distribution hitch - Event Date: 20 Jul 2016

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    Posted: 10 Nov 2019 at 9:55am
Look closely when buying and thinking tow package.  On the 15 Chev Colorado, w/o tow package the hitch ball is in the bumper and rated 3500. With tow package the hitch is attached underneath bumper to the frame and rated 5000. Plus you get all the wiring done. I also think you get a different rear end ratio. For about $300 back then, it was a no brainer.  

I use a $80 sway bar and with a full load of water (tank behind axle of my 178HRE), and a bit of loading thought to keep weight on the tongue, I have no problems, no real sway with the Colorado.  One thought, as I have done numerous I-70 mountain passes with this -- down shifting and brake capability is important. TV + R-pod is about 2/3 GVW of Colorado 12,000 rating.  In the mountains I would say my comfort level is very good, but would not want to push the GVW% any higher.  A vehicle with 3500 and a lower GVW max would be a concern on steeper grades.  On the flat plains, not a concern.
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I should have added that I use an Anderson weight distribution/anti-sway hitch when towing with my Tundra.  I like it and very much appreciate the sway control.

I also have the Toyota tow package on my Tundra.

I also moved my spare tire from the back to under the trailer in front of the axle by using a BAL Hide-A-Spare.  This is an effort to move more weight forward of the axle when the water tank is full and improve the trailer handling even more.
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Plus one on the Andersen.... Great and super easy to setup..... love it.
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Originally posted by geewizard

I should have added that I use an Anderson weight distribution/anti-sway hitch when towing with my Tundra.  I like it and very much appreciate the sway control.

I also have the Toyota tow package on my Tundra.

I also moved my spare tire from the back to under the trailer in front of the axle by using a BAL Hide-A-Spare.  This is an effort to move more weight forward of the axle when the water tank is full and improve the trailer handling even more.

I get so many folks like the Load Leveling Hitch and I won't Say say use or not use, just be aware of what you're doing and the effects created.

To you GW, I'm surprised you have one! I have a Taco (vs. your Tundra) and today I hauled an hour away with just my new sway bar. Stopped a couple times to play with and adjust and driving normal, 60-65mph. I was going to my dealership for yet another issue, another thread.. Once there we had a good conversation about the sway bar and learned I still wasn't tight enough for the highway. So as I reached the highway I adjusted. I found it ran awesome.

What I learned today (and I'm open to other interpretation) is sway is only really required for highway speeds. There are no major turns involved. Here's where the sway does does best and should be set lighter when running byways (typically decent turns in the road).
I am finding I like this sway only more as I learn more about using it properly.

The Load Leveling Hitch, at least mine, doesn't give me this adjustability.

My mechanic checked it over and agreed, My Taco sits proper with just sway.

Just what I'm doing. 

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