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Re: WD-9 and 1/2 ton truck

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charles todd

06-03-2011 19:54:34

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I agree. When I pull my 1989 30' bumper pull camper, I use a weight distributing hitch and an anti-sway bar with a friction clutch. The camper throws my truck around a lot worse than the 8,000 lb tractor and 4,500 lb goose neck trailer does and it weighs half or more less. The factors of it having high sides (cross wind resistance) and being +4' behind the axle (trailer leverage) are against me. The only thing I worry about with a heavy goose neck load is running out of power up a long, steep hill (rare). I can stop fine and the 10 ply tires on truck and trailer handle the loads.

When towing off the bumper, its like mkirsch said, the trailer has leverage on the truck. Whether it be a 1/2, 3/4, or 1 ton dually, the leverage from the bumper can be a disadvantage over a goose neck or fifth wheel hitch. This is compounded when the roads are wet, snowy, or icy. I would rather have 10,000 lb on a 1/2 ton and goose neck than to have 10,000 lb on a 1 ton dually off the bumper any day. I'm an engineer and Physics taught me Newton's Laws. One of them being a fulcrum (cheater pipe). Bumper pulls are not my favorite setup, but many use them.

Good luck and happy trailering.


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