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Old 11-06-2014, 04:25 PM   #11
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My experience is with the Reese Dual Cam, and I can say that I recommend this hitch system without reservation. I used it on several trailers at different gross weights and tongue weights, and was satisfied with all of them. One thing that I did was keep the same system for all the trailers. As the trailers got heavier, I just swapped out the spring bars for a heavier rated set, but kept the rest of the system, so once I bought into the system, keeping it over several trailers was pretty affordable. I don't know if the other manufacturers have something similar, but they might.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:15 PM   #12
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I have a Husky with 800-1200# bars and one friction sway control. What I like about the Husky is that there are 3 different sets of bars that you can use. For my 26BH the 500-800# bars worked fine. My current trailer is between 900 and 1000# on the hitch so the heavier bars keep trailer from bouncing.

Have never experience any sway with this setup. Having 13 to 15 percent of total trailer weight on the tongue will help with sway control.

I don't think you have to spend big bucks to have a properly set up hitch.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:31 PM   #13
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snip..... The trailer is 5500lbs empty and I'm factoring 1000lbs for gear, making a towing weight of about 6500 and GVWR is 7500. The odd time I will tow with a bit of water in the tank, which is forward of the trailer axles, adding tongue weight. I'll also have dual 6V up there too......snip
Based on your loading habits, I would use the TT's GVWR of 7,500lbs as a worst case loaded TT weight scenario.

A recommended loaded tongue range would be 13% - 15% of 7,500lbs = 975lbs to 1,125lbs.

IMO a would go with a 1,200b rated WDH. Both the Equal-i-zer brand WDH and Reese Strait Line (Dual Cam) WDH will give you excellent towing results. Also both of these WDH's have integrated sway control.

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Old 11-07-2014, 10:48 AM   #14
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Based on your loading habits, I would use the TT's GVWR of 7,500lbs as a worst case loaded TT weight scenario.

A recommended loaded tongue range would be 13% - 15% of 7,500lbs = 975lbs to 1,125lbs.

IMO a would go with a 1,200b rated WDH. Both the Equal-i-zer brand WDH and Reese Strait Line (Dual Cam) WDH will give you excellent towing results. Also both of these WDH's have integrated sway control.

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I agree with that. Even at 6500/900#, I would recommend the 1200# bars. Having used both hitches, I like the setup of the Equilizer best, but I like the flex of the Dual Cam bars better. My driveway is 10% and I never liked the stress that the much stiffer Equilizer bars put on everything. However, with the Equilizer, there is no drilling holes in the frame.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:36 AM   #15
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I have the Reese trunnion bar system with dual cam on that model trailer, with 1200 lb spring bars.
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:47 AM   #16
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I just towed it home empty with a borrowed Fastway E2 with 800lb bars. It towed acceptably, albeit not perfectly since I didn't take the time to tweak the hitch since it was a one time tow. The front fender was about 1/2in higher than unloaded so not bad. The trailer was 100% empty so those bars did OK.

I was looking at a 1000lb tongue weight set up, but you guys are saying go even heavier? What are the consequences of over-hitching? Those 1200lb hitches are what I see on 32TSBH's and similar.
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snip..... What are the consequences of over-hitching? Those 1200lb hitches are what I see on 32TSBH's and similar.
You stated an estimated loaded TT weight of 6,500lbs (not including the extra added weight you mentioned) will give you a recommended tongue weight range of 845lbs to 975lbs (13% to 15%)....., so a 1,200b rated WDH isn't overkill. Like any WDH, proper adjustment is "key" and a CAT scale visit is the only way to confirm. At the end of the day the majority of HTT & TT loaded tongue weights tend to be closer to the 15% end of the range which is desirable on the longer TT's.

Oh, in many cases a 1,200b rated WDH on a 32TSBH is just enough, or "under-rated". Most 32TSBH owners find that there starting "loaded" tongue weight is 1,200lbs, it goes up from there.

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

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As RVer-Bill says "My driveway is 10% and I never liked the stress that the much stiffer Equilizer bars put on everything."

This is the problem with going heavier with the Equal-i-zer hitch bars. They are not tapered. The other brands being discussed are tapered and it makes a big difference.

If the bars you get are tapered, you will do fine with 1200 lb rating. If you go with the Equal-i-zer non-tapered bars, IMO don't go over 1,000 lb rating.
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It doesn't matter what your DWH preferences are? Proper adjustment gives you a smooth operation. Even back in the 70's with a 750 lbs. round bar Reese (which I still have) needed proper adjustment. Most mfg's and distributers go nowadays to china for their products, no wonder there is a to much "look a like" with a made in china sticker. One distributor put 250 on a DWH another put 500 on the same. Well you have to pay for the name........right. Searching the web will tell you the story so it is with all the consumer goods. Whatever makes a person happy!
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It doesn't matter what your DWH preferences are? Proper adjustment gives you a smooth operation. Even back in the 70's with a 750 lbs. round bar Reese (which I still have) needed proper adjustment. Most mfg's and distributers go nowadays to china for their products, no wonder there is a to much "look a like" with a made in china sticker. One distributor put 250 on a DWH another put 500 on the same. Well you have to pay for the name........right. Searching the web will tell you the story so it is with all the consumer goods. Whatever makes a person happy!
Are you talking product quality, or product design?
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