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Old 07-30-2014, 10:10 AM   #21
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where should i go from here? any ideas on make? curt? equal-i-zer? easylift? reese?
I would go with a Reese WDH Round Spring Bar w/600lb max tongue weight (#65509), or equivalent. This set-up doesn't come with a hitch ball, just purchase a 2" diameter hitch ball with a 1 1/4" diameter shank (or use your existing if proper shank size). This WDH will fit a TV receiver with a 2" pin box.

Reese WDH #65509: http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...e/RP65509.html

Hitch Ball Diameter 2", 1 1/4" dia. shank, 1 5/8" lg. shank: http://www.etrailer.com/p-A-90.html

You will also need a standard friction control sway arm.

Just food for thought.

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Old 07-31-2014, 12:25 AM   #22
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ok thanks...anyone else have 2 cents to throw at me?
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:11 AM   #23
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I will defer to Bob's (Rustic Eagle) experience here, but I like the Equal-i-zer with integrated 4 point sway. I really like those hitches, and as soon as I can come up with the cash, I'll have one of my own.

Either way, I would stick with Equal-i-zer or Reese...
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If the hitch is setup per written instructions it's not going to transfer it's full potential transfer weight unless it's needed. I believe all the bars work from zero weight transfer to max based upon setup.

However: If the design of the hitch is weight distrubution and sway control such as with the Equalizer hitch you would give up sway control if using heavy bars on light loads. This would reduce the friction and in that process reduce the lateral stiffness built into this design.

If the hitch is a chain type connection between bars and A frame then there is no lateral stiffness in the design to lose and here it would make no difference.

Sway comes from a lateral shift at the coupler, that is when the trailer is headed slightly east and forces the truck to head slightly west. You feel that in the wheel and see it in the mirror. Lateral stiffness in the hitch reduces this effect.

So it's important to have your hitch setup correctly and to take full advantage of the friction (lateral stiffness) you should be somewhat close to max on your bars.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:55 AM   #25
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snip..... but I like the Equal-i-zer with integrated 4 point sway. I really like those hitches,....snip
The one stand-out advantage the Equal-i-zer WDH has over the particular model Reese WDH I recommended in my prior post is that the Equal-i-zer has integrated sway control in lieu of the added friction sway control arm.

Reese also offers a WDH with integrated sway control in their "Strait-Line (Dual Cam)" models, or the integrated Dual Cam sway control can be added later to the Reese WDH model identified in my earlier post.

I agree, Equal-izer and Reese with integrated sway control are superior WDH's.

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I use a equilizer hitch and have not had an issue i always check all the nuts and bolts after i use it as the directions say too , just my two
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Hey guys thanks so much for the input. I feels good to get some real feedback. Looks like I'm leaning towards the equalizer set-up... we have a 184bh Baja edition. it says tongue weight is 350# and total is 3500# loaded... what should I be shooting for in terms of weight?
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Should I use a system close to 350# limit or a bit more?
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You definately want to check with a hitch specialist but a 6k would probably work
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Should I use a system close to 350# limit or a bit more?
RV and WDH manufacture's recommend a loaded tongue range is 10% to 15% of the TT's loaded weight. Based on the limited CCC of the 184BH, the TT's loaded weight will in most cases be close to or at it's GVWR of 3,500lbs.

So (10% to 15%) of 3,500lb GVWR = 350lb to 525lb tongue weight range.

In your first post it was stated your TT tongue weight is "close to 400lbs with my battery boxes", so a WDH with a 600lb tongue weight rating remains my recommendation...., and your covered for worst case loaded tongue weight condition as well.

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