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Old 08-19-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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WDH Selection

So I'm upgrading our travel trailer from a Starcraft 186BH to a Jayco Flight 27BHS.
Currently I'm using a Curt 800lb WDH with 1 away bar. This will be enough to get my new trailer home. The dealer offered me a husky or a blue ox WDH. $700 for the Husky and $1000 for the Blue Ox. I've looked online and can get them cheaper but are these WDH any good? I've looked online at reviews for different WDH without any conclusive answers.
Anyone care to share some advice?
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Old 08-19-2017, 05:56 PM   #2
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I have the blue ox with 1500# bars towing a 7800# dry weight trailer and absolutely love it. A friend of mine bought the Curt but had a lot of sway when being passed by a semi. He found a used Blue ox with 1500# bars and has no more issues towing 6800# trailer, he did just buy a pair of 1000# bars (at the suggestion of Blue OX) because he could not get a good bend in the 1500# spring bars due to the lower weight of his trailer.

Keep in mind this is only my opinion and there will be others that have good success with different WDH systems.

check locally on craigslist you may find a good deal ( friend paid $200)

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Old 08-19-2017, 06:14 PM   #3
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Thanks. Trailer dry is 6650. Dealer recommended the bars that range from 800 to 1200lb. I never knew they ranged like that.
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:19 PM   #4
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yes the spring bars for Blue Ox come in 550, 750, 1000 & 1500, they have Dots (indentions) on the end so you know what the rating is 1, 2, 3 & 4 dots
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A number of us on this site have the Equalizer brand WDH. If you check the poll results, you'll find it is the most popular hitch brand on this site.

I have the 4-point model and that is what I'd recommend. I've been using it and liking it for about 10 years.
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Yes I was just looking at that poll after I posted. What would you say makes the equalizer better or is it just brand reliability?
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Old 08-19-2017, 07:02 PM   #7
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I have a Blue Ox with 1k bars and couldn't be happier. It was between the blue ox and the equalizer 4 point. After back and forth between the 2, I went with the blue ox for a few reasons. It is incredibly easy to setup. Another member on this forum has the same camper as me and has had great results and lastly, I bought it at Sears of all places for $600 with free shipping. I had points to use and a pretty nice sized gift card that offset the price. After setting it up and hitting a cat scale, it is dialed in and I couldn't be happier. To answer your question, I made it home from the dealer with my old wdh rated for 1k, about 150 miles away, and it worked ok but not enough that I wanted to keep it. Also, keep in mind that blue ox has 2 different types, 1 for a regular coupler and 1 for an underslung coupler. I had to get the underslung for my Jay Feather.

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I agree with Oldman on the Equalizer. My camper has a dry weight of 6550 but we are closer to 8,000 loaded for camping. I started with a used 10k equalizer from a friend but felt it was a bit too light so I upgraded to a 12k and have had no issues with it at all.

The biggest downside to the Equalizer is if / when you upgrade you can't just swap bars, you need to upgrade the whole setup. Many of the others you can just upgrade the bars.
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Whatever brand you go with, get one that can handle tongue weights up to 1200lbs.


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Old 08-20-2017, 02:36 AM   #10
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The $1000 for the Blue Ox from the dealer seems high. Dealer installed a 1k on my pickup/trailer (23RB) for $650.

I had intended to put my 1K Equal-i-zer hitch on my truck when I bought the 23RB in June of this year. But the dealer said the L plates that bolt onto the tongue were too short, and it would be 3 days to order and receive new ones.

The dealer only carried Blue Ox so I reluctantly agreed to have it installed. I really prefer the Equal-i-zer. I understand it, and after the install, it's very easy to hitch up.

The Blue Ox is getting better I guess because I'm getting used to it. But the getting used to it included throwing away that awful short, wide "wrench" Blue Ox supplies to attach and unattach the spring bars. That thing is an abomination. Instead, through suggestions at JOF, I now use a round 2' breaker bar with 1" socket. Plus I jack up the truck and trailer as high as I can to relieve as much pressure as I can.
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