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WD Hitch vs. Air Springs for towing dump trailer with variable loads

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by LlamaResistance, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. Oct 24, 2018 at 6:46 AM
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    LlamaResistance

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    Gentlemen,
    I've seen a lot regarding pulling travel trailers which have fairly constant loads but in my situation I'm looking for which is a better option for variable trailer weights. I've been pulling dump trailers mainly and the vast differences in trailer weight and tongue weights between loaded and unloads seem to suggest that a WD hitch may not be the best option. Anyone with experience regarding hauling heavy dump trailers and how to best tame them? Suffice it to say but hauling without one or the other is not an option, way too much pucker factor.
     
  2. Oct 24, 2018 at 7:50 AM
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    Towing at highway speeds?
     
  3. Oct 24, 2018 at 7:52 AM
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    Yup, moving dirt and base materials. Getting rid of dirt around here is expensive, but I have a friend who has a need for it but is 35 miles away.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2018 at 8:46 AM
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    Since I’m CA your supposed to go 55 mph towing (right?), I personally would use both a LDH and some airbags, but as low pressure as you can, since the airbags are counter productive to a LDH.

    Set you LDH for a typical load, then fill airbags 5 psi at a time until desired result.

    Remember if you ever get questioned about your load, “I’m not in commerce.”
     
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  5. Oct 24, 2018 at 8:55 AM
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    Yup, 55mph max. Slow going is fine by me since braking suffers greatly towing 10k lbs even with trailer brakes. Tongue weight was making my front end lighter than I'd like and drivers around here will cut you off pretty egregiously. I'd like to avoid a collision if at all possible, I like my truck if not my front bumper (weak as hell, been repaired twice this year because of bad drivers). Thanks for the input!
     
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  6. Oct 24, 2018 at 9:04 AM
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    A properly set up LDH will cure the issues your having. I would go that route before airbags.

    Need to find out your actual tongue weight for LDH sizing.
     
  7. Oct 24, 2018 at 9:12 AM
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    Yeah, unfortunately that varies which is part of the problem. Loaded I'm sure I'm at near 1k lbs.
     
  8. Oct 24, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    Sounds like a pain in the ass but maybe just readjusting your weight distribution hitch set up every time it’s loaded and unloaded may be the answer.
     
  9. Oct 24, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    Maybe so, she tows fine empty so I may have to find a WD hitch with easily removable bars so I can run without unloaded and engage them when I'm loading.
     
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  10. Oct 24, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    Have you looked into timbrens or sumo springs? Adjusting the WDH the best you can will help the most, but timbrens/sumo springs will help support any additional sag. Fairly cheap too
     
  11. Oct 24, 2018 at 10:52 AM
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    Yeah I'm aware of them, but if I'm gonna go through the effort, I'll put on air springs.
     

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