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Weight distribution hitch - Event Date: 20 Jul 2016

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    Posted: 20 Jul 2016 at 4:55pm
Anybody using a weight list hitch. This 173 seams to behave well and light hitch weight.
 Just wondering.
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Many owners do.
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Sorry
thats weight distributing hitch!Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote grand beaver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jul 2016 at 10:04pm
I have been using an E2/600 by Fastway since we got our 2016/179 in Feb!.....We tow with a F150 and would not go anywhere without it!Tongue  Do you really wanna be "that guy" who can't maintain 60 mph in a windstorm?CryCryCry  Just sayin......

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I, on the other hand, got rid of my weight distribution hitch when I moved into my 180 a couple of months ago.  I felt the tongue weight didn't warrant it and as I move quite frequently, preferred the ease of a regular hitch.
Tow vehicle is a Ram 1500 and I have recently towed in high winds across South Dakota on two occasions, back to back actually, and experienced no issues other than improved gas mileage when compared to the travel trailer I just traded.  Smile
With a camper the size of the R-Pod, it's really based on the size of your tow vehicle and your comfort level.
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We also have a 173 R Pod. We have towed without the weight distribution hitch(wdh)  and also with one.  I think the difference is well worth the expense. We now use an Equalizer 4 point hitch that has the wdh function and also anti-sway. We have used it for over 5 years on several cross country trips. We chose the 6000/600 model and would not tow without it. It provides a lot of security, ease of towing and no issues once it is set up properly.  I highly recommend using this unit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CharlieM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2016 at 11:19am
I think the summary on WDH and RPODs is:

TV less than full sized 150/1500 pickup you need WDH.

150/1500 pickup you don't need WDH but you'll want WDH.

TV bigger than 150/1500 you don't need WDH and your camper is too small Wink
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I have a WDH (Equal-I-zer with sway control) for my 179. I tow with a Silverado 1500 and have towed without the WDH and much prefer having it. The first few times are a bit painful to hook-up but, once you get it it's easy and really makes a difference.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jato Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2016 at 9:20pm
We have towed our 177 for over 5 years w/o a WDH, use only a sway bar control.  TV was a '08 Explorer and is now a '13 Explorer.  Have been out west and back 3 times going as far as RMNP (2x) and Glacier once.  Been on a lot of mountainous roads and have experienced some severe cross winds in the mid-west exceeding 25 mph with no problems.  Also been through the Appalachian Mts into the Smokies as well.  Tows great for us, don't see a need for it with what we tow it with.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Beachguysc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2016 at 10:35pm
Just picked my new 182. TV is 2010 highlander hybrid. 3500 lbs rated vehicle. I just have sway bar control. It handled beautifully. Even went through an hour of severe thunderstorms with high wind and no problems. Gas mileage did go from 28 to 12.5. Temp was up to 97 and the engine temp was not even the slightest bit higher than normal. When I went to get the trailer, they said they said they were going to install he sway bar while I waited. When I came out, they had installed wdh. It was monstrous. Must have added 50+ pound to hitch load. They said they installed the wrong one, but I could have it for the low price of $500. I said no thanks, put the sway bar on please. 
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