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choosing a weight distribution hitch

Discussion in 'Towing' started by jeffro, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM
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    jeffro

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    Just got a tt ( trail cruiser 21rbh 2867 dry, 5000 gvwr). Don't have tow package but installed a old brake controller for now looking at getting prodigy 2. Got a set of cipa utm's hard to keep tight tho. Getting a hayden trans. cooler. Truck pulled it good on 1'st trip out just went to local park. I know I need a wd hitch with sway control, but do'nt know what tw is can'nt read factory sticker. Thinking I would be ok if I got one rated for 600lbs. Looks like a lot of people use equilizer, also was reviewing the e2. Looks like main differents 4 way sway con. vs 2 way. Any pros or cons?

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  2. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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    I use the E2 on my 2500 lb travel trailer and it works great. We bought our camper this spring, and when i towed it home without the E2 it was all over the road. It was a easy install and it levels the truck out too. I highly reccomend it.
     
  3. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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  4. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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    Which lb rating did you go with?
     
  5. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    Mine is rated for 600lbs. Whats the tongue weight of you TT?
     
  6. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM
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    It cant be too much based on the dry weight of your trailer.
     
  7. Aug 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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    The 600lb setup should be about right. The 800lb would be too much IMO
     
  8. Aug 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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    Finally got tw using etrailer's homemade scale procedure. Scales showed 220, x 3 (660) does that sound right for a tt weighing 2867 dry 5000 gvwr? Equilizer's site says I need a 1000# hitch, seems a little much to me. What's everybody else using with their trailers?
     
  9. Aug 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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    Can't be right. I am guessing your TW with empty trailer sound be around 300-350lbs.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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    Called equilizer they said useing a 1000# hitch would be ok. Said they work great for lighter tt. Does anyone use one of these and how well does it work?
     
  11. Aug 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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    I use a 1200 Reese dual cam WDH. My trailer is around 6000 loaded 27' TT. Love it does awesome. Also have a P3 controller with tow package. 2011 DCSB 4x4
     
  12. Aug 24, 2012 at 5:48 AM
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    I use an 800# E2 trunnion-style hitch and it works great. I tow a 3740#, 21' Dutchmen Aerolite TT and the E2 hitch is easy to install and I never have a leveling problem.
     
  13. Aug 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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    That is dry weight number?
     
  14. Aug 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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    Yep, 3740 dry. The trailer is rated 4900 GVWR, but it's never been loaded that much, even with the fresh water tank filled.
     
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