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Old 08-10-2014, 01:54 PM   #1
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26BHS on the way, hitch needed

We've just ordered a 26BHS and are trying to decide whether to buy the 800 or 1,000 lb weight distribution hitch. The unloaded vehicle weight on the trailer is 5,470 lbs. Adding the hitch, water, propane, battery, etc may bring this up to about 7,000 lbs. 10% on the hitch would have me buying the 800 lb, but 15% would lead me to buy the 1,000 lb hitch. I'm inclined to buy the 1,000 lb hitch, do you all agree? Thanks so very much!!
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #2
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I would go with the 1,000 lb spring bars on that unit. I use 1200`s on my trailer of similar weight. I Started out with 750`s and they were inadequate.
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Old 08-10-2014, 05:01 PM   #3
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X2 what he said. I pull 7500 lbs with an Equilizer 1000/10,000 lb fully loaded TT and I have been completely satisfied.
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X3! You'll be surprised at how fast your TT will gain weight with all the stuff you're going to be loading into it. Don't kid yourself, it will happen.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:35 AM   #5
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Ditto on the thousand pounder. I've had three brands including ProPride and find Equalizer the best fit for me. It has sway control and only takes about five minutes to hook up.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:42 AM   #6
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I agree with the others....., also with the length and loaded weight of the 26Bh I would target a 13% to 15% loaded tongue weight range.., much better TV handling in less then desirable road conditions.

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Old 08-11-2014, 01:58 PM   #7
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We've just ordered a 26BHS and are trying to decide whether to buy the 800 or 1,000 lb weight distribution hitch. The unloaded vehicle weight on the trailer is 5,470 lbs. Adding the hitch, water, propane, battery, etc may bring this up to about 7,000 lbs. 10% on the hitch would have me buying the 800 lb, but 15% would lead me to buy the 1,000 lb hitch. I'm inclined to buy the 1,000 lb hitch, do you all agree? Thanks so very much!!
I don't understand the mindset of the answers to these questions.
When purchasing a new TT for an existing TV (or vice versa), or purchasing a distribution hitch - why does everyone base their decisions on UNLOADED vehicle weights?

your TV tow rating should be greater than the TT MAX GROSS weight.
your TV cargo rating should be greater than 12% of TT MAX GROSS weight.
your distribution hitch spring rating should also be greater than 12% of TT MAX GROSS weight.

for your new 26BHS, the MAX GROSS TT weight is 7750#, therefore your spring bar rating should be at least 930#.

Also, your TV ratings (usually) only assume a 150# driver and one 150# passenger. Make sure you subtract the weights of the kids, dogs, the canoe on top, and the firewood in back from both the TV tow and cargo rating.

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:18 PM   #8
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I don't understand the mindset of the answers to these questions.
When purchasing a new TT for an existing TV (or vice versa), or purchasing a distribution hitch - why does everyone base their decisions on UNLOADED vehicle weights? Tim.
Apoligies if I misundersand you, but it reads to me we all thought the camper would gain weight, so went with the higher rated bars. Or am I
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Apoligies if I misundersand you, but it reads to me we all thought the camper would gain weight, so went with the higher rated bars. Or am I
What I have concerns with is making weight-based decisions (i.e. tow ratings, spring ratings) off of a trailer's unloaded weight and your guess of how much you are probably going to add over the years.

My position is that these decisions should be based on the trailer's max-gross weight, even if you don't think you will ever add that much cargo.

I also agree that the higher rated bars are warranted, and I base my conclusion on TT max gross weight calculations.
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What I have concerns with is making weight-based decisions (i.e. tow ratings, spring ratings) off of a trailer's unloaded weight and your guess of how much you are probably going to add over the years.

My position is that these decisions should be based on the trailer's max-gross weight, even if you don't think you will ever add that much cargo.

I also agree that the higher rated bars are warranted, and I base my conclusion on TT max gross weight calculations.
That's clear and I agree using the gross weight is the more conservative measure.
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