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    Posted: 02 Apr 2019 at 7:31pm

We have a 2018 Toyota Highlander 3.5L  as our TV and I have deliberated for some time as to whether we should use a WDH or simply just an anti sway device.   Up to this point in time I have not established a real need as our towing experience so far has not shown any need to adopt either, although I may change my mind later as we gain experience with this combination.  Incidentally my tongue weight is typically 236 lbs.  

WDH’s do not appear to be recommended for uni-body constructed TV’s and I could not find anything in the Toyota user manual or Toyota website that could substantiate this.  So, just for the record, I thought I would check it out with our local Toyota contracted hitch installer and the local Toyota dealership.  Now, I don’t know of any reported issues but would be interested to hear from R-Pod group members on this.  

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Whoops, I should have said that both the hitch installer and Toyota dealership stated there were no issues with using WDH's as long as tow weights were within their recommended limits. 
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We tow our RP180 with a Silverado pickup.  I use the weight distribution hitch with minimal pressure simply to control porpoising when going over bumps.  In my opinion the sway control is a must.  Cross winds and trucks passing can create dangerous sway situations that can be hard to get out of.  I am not familiar with the uni-body towing and WD hitch compatibility.  I would assume that it would not be a problem as long as you don't crank a lot of pressure on the torsion bars which could put undue stress on the tow vehicle suspension and body.
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Just curious at this stage and am monitoring our trips to date.  I guess I am trying to understand what we really need as weight is a consideration when towing with a 3.5L TV.  I did notice the change when we downsized from our previous 24' 5th wheel trailer and 6.6L Duramax/1 ton truck TV that was as steady as a rock and there was no noticeable difference when adding another couple of hundred lbs of "stuff" that was not really needed.Smile  
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