Heavy Slide-in Campers, Horse Trailers, RV Trailers etc, can test your truck and SUV's suspension. Truck leaf springs are longer now. SUV's are mostly rear coil springs now and they need help with trailers. (Picture below is the dual model. Single tire model picture at the end of article.)
I review trucks and trailers for a living. I used the Stinger Hitch Helper in many of my reviews. I don't own the new truck and trailers I review, so I can't be adding springs to the trucks or weight distributing hitches to the trailers. This makes Stinger a perfect tool for me. Slides on and off in seconds without tools. Really makes the trucks and trailers handle better with less steering effort because the front axle keeps the right steering weight, my headlights point straight ahead instead of the trees and the trailers are level with even braking to both axles.
Used a Stinger hitch helper on the way back to Colorado from SEMA in Vegas. At one point in Nevada leaving a gas station, I found those dips in the road that sneak up on you. And yes I scraped the tongue jack, which was all the way up. I was thinking "if I just had a wheel on the hitch to prevent this". And low and behold at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufactures Association) in the new products section was "Hell-Ya,” Stinger Hitch Helper.
The Featherlite SURV trailer, empty heading to Colorado, like an empty horse trailer LQ, was tongue heavy. I adjusted the Stinger Hitch Helper to one hole above where the tire was touching the ground before hooking to the trailer. Towing the 8000 lb Featherlite SURV, level. The Stinger hitch helper did improve the handling of the trailer without a weight distributing hitch. Stinger did keep the nose heavy trailer from dragging the jack again and some of the wavy pavement between Salida and Green River through Utah, bounced less.
It takes some of the weight off your rear truck axles. Measuring the mudflaps, we were 1 inch higher off the pavement coming home with the Stinger Hitch. Curves in the mountains had less under steer and of course I didn't bottom out the jack going through gas stations coming back. The Featherlite SURV has a 1250 lb tongue weight when empty, lighter with 4-wheelers in the back. On the "way home" is always a tricky event going back through the Rockies on I-70 in November (snow) over Vail Pass (10,600 ft) and the Eisenhower tunnel with it's famous 7% grade at around 11,013 ft. Of course I had to be extreme in my testing to prove value, so I overloaded the Stinger with a 1250 lb tongue weight. It was an average of 75 degrees F and I traveled between 65 and 70- mph. The trailer towed better with the Stinger and curves felt safer with less trailer feedback.
Stinger which slides into your receiver hitch, has a 6-ply tire that is spring loaded. The Stinger Hitch Helper single tire is rated for 1000 lbs of tongue weight. Now a new dually model rated at 2000# tongue capacity. There are advantages helping your tow vehicle reduce tongue weight. A level truck or SUV has better steering control especially if you can transfer weight forward. Stinger is well built with the similar components as a receiver hitch and is powder coated. It has height adjustment, easy to hook up and take off. You may need to add a couple of links to the safety chains.
I like to use it too with the SUV's with rear independent suspension. Even rear coil springs on newer SUV's can get squirrelly with a trailer. Stinger solves that problem. Hitch Helper is an easy and fast way to stabilize a tongue heavy trailer. Truck manufactures are rating 1/2 ton trucks to what 3/4 tons use to be rated. The rear leaf springs on modern 1/2 tons don't keep the trucks level when towing near their capacity at 10,000 lbs.
I took a 2006 Logan Coach Rembrandt horse trailer for a spin up to Estes Park next to the Rocky Mountain Park. Scenic winding roads around mountains, was a good test for the Stinger. I had the wheel down helping support some of the tongue weight on the way up and wheel up for no weight on the way back. Yes I could tell the difference. I could take the curves faster using the Stinger Hitch Helper with less steering effort and more control. Stability is a good thing towing trailers, especially in the mountains. Towing was smoother.
I've tried Stinger on travel trailers, tested it on horse trailers and will with a slide in camper this spring. This may be the next big thing in towing. Boat trailers should benefit from the Stinger Hitch Helper as for some unknown reason, the majority of boat trailer manufactures especially those using torsion axles, don't like weight distributing hitches.
Makes no sense to me, not all WDH's will affect the surge brake coupler system found on most boats. Having some trailer tongue weight on the Stinger spring loaded tire does take some sway from the trailer. I'd like to try the Stinger on some of the expansion joints on the freeways of California, where the bouncing Porpus action of a bumper pull trailer can drive your crazy.
For more info http://www.stingerhitch.com/ 1-877-851-0096
Written by Kent Sundling, aka Mr. Truck.