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    Default weight distributing hitch with load leveling

    Hello everyone,

    I have a 2002 Suburban with the 8.1L engine. I am looking to tow a 7000lb trailer and am wondering about the weight distributing hitches. The suburban has the factory air shocks that self level.

    The question: do I use a weight distributing hitch system or not? What do you guys use.



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    The main concern should be the tongue weight. I'm not sure what your trucks max tongue weight is, but putting the weight distributing hitch will help reduce the wear on your rear end regardless. Even if the truck levels itself out the rear end will bear the burden of the weight, the weight distributing hitch will spread that out to both the vehicles axles as well as to the trailers axle, in effect lightening the tongue weight.
    I tow a 5000 lb camper with my 1500 and still use one to help out, and it works great. Hope this helps you, good luck!
    Paul- Maine
    2007 Classic Silverado
    Crew Cab Z-71
    5.3 Flex Fuel V8
    24' Antigua Travel Trailer

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    I agree.

    I use the WD Hitch and I noticed 200% difference in hauling my trailer.

    its worth the money every time as far as Im concerned, I haul 7500lbs tailer constantly with my 1/2 ton and it works beautifully.

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    I would tend to agree with everyone, the weight distributing load levelling hitch is worth it, I pull a 5500 lbs
    travel trailer with my '04 Suburban 1500 with the 5.3 liter. It's well worth the $400 + - .

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    I would definately recommend the weight distribution hitch. one it will make a big difference with the load and two most all hitches for these trucks are rated at 5000 lbs without it regardless of the tow rating of the truck. so it mostly goes to a legal thing, if you get in an accident with a 7000 pound trailer on just a regular hitch you can get hit with a negligence (sp) issue.
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    A weight distributing hitch is always a good idea as is the sway control arm that is commonly an option on newer weight distributing hitches. You can never have to much leveling or sway control.

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    Towing that much weight would be a lot better with a weight distributing hitch. It will help wear and tear, fuel economy and sway. Also you said you have self leveling suspension, thats good. When a trailer is loaded on th hitch you want the tow vehicle to be level. MAny SUV's sag considerably i the rear whic effects everything. Keeping the wheel wells in mind, measure before and after hitching the trailer. If its off a lot consider beefing up the rear suspension with air lift or similiar.
    I use a weight distributing hitch on my 8000 pond trailer and none on my father in laws 10000 pound boat and can tell a big difference.
    Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
    2007 GMC 2500 4X4

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    Lake Norman, NC


    no brainer...use the WDH.
    Tom -
    2005 Suburban 4x2
    2005 Equinox LT AWD

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