Advice for WDH - 287BHBE and 3/4 ton Suburban
Just purchased a Jay Flight Swift 287BHBE. We will take delivery on 10/28. We have also purchased a 2005 Suburban 2500 with 6.0L engine and 4.10 gears. I am currently researching WD hitch systems. I do have experience RVing, having previously owned a 29' Terry trailer with 1999 Suburban 2500 with 454 and 4.10's. On that trailer, I had the round-style spring bars with dual-friction sway control. That setup worked well. I have extensively used my brother's 20' toy hauler with a Equal-i-zer hitch, and I like that it has the sway control 'built in' and it seems a little easier to hitch up. Currently I am debating between the Equal-i-zer or a Draw-Tite Trunion bar with the dual-cam sway control. I can get either one for almost exactly the same price ($445-$470...I haven't shopped extensively however.)
The setup will be used most frequently by my parents. I would like to make the hitching process as easy as possible for my father, who is still able bodied but no spring chicken. I also want to make it as simple as possible...less steps means less chances for error. Having experience with the friction and Equal-i-zer, I'm inclined to go with the Equal-i-zer. I like the simplicity and I've been happy with the performance...but I've read that the cam system is the 'Cadillac' of WD/anti-sway.
One last question...the TT has a GVWR of 8000 lbs and and empty tongue weight of 670 lbs. Since I don't have the trailer yet to take actual weights, I'm relying on the "hitch weight equals 10%-15% of gross weight" rule which puts me at between 800 - 1200 lbs. I'm thinking the hitch setup for 10k gross with 1,000 tongue should be sufficient. I don't see them loading the trailer too closely to gross very often. Thought/opinions?