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Old 11-12-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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We ordered our new 27RLS today. This will be our first towable RV, so not real sure on the hitch issue. Tow vehicle is a 2010 Ram 2500 and possibly on rare occasion a 2011 Expedition EL with tow package/air bags. Trailer UVW is 6030 and GVWR is 8600. I am looking at used weight distributing hitches. Is it ok to get one heavier than I need? There is one for sale locally that is rated to 12,000 lbs. It is the Equalizer brand and says 4 point sway.
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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They should be fine. Tongue weight should be about 15% of trailer weight so even with your unloaded weight of 6030 lbs your looking at about 945 tongue weight. If you have even 1000 lbs of gear bringing trailer weight to 7030 lbs, your tongue weight would be around 1054 lbs. So 1200 lbs bars would be a good fit. This is my understanding.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:39 PM   #3
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I agree 1200/12000 would be a good fit.
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:07 AM   #4
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Yep I agree with the others. That would be a great hitch for your new TT.
I have heard nothing but good things about that hitch.
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Thanks everyone! I will go grab it up before someone else does.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:40 AM   #6
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Ok, need more help. Just called the guy who has it. He is asking $230. He bought it used and ended up not buying a toy hauler. Says there is a "lever" that prys the bars that is missing but not needed?
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Ok, need more help. Just called the guy who has it. He is asking $230. He bought it used and ended up not buying a toy hauler. Says there is a "lever" that prys the bars that is missing but not needed?
Depends on how much you're loading up the bars as to whether you need the lever tool. I need mine and MIGHT be able to hook up without it depending on the angle, but my bars are maxed out.

$230 isn't a bad price for that hitch IMO if it truly is "lightly used", and if you need to, you can pick up another lever bar:

http://www.amazon.com/Lindon-Hitch-E...itch+lever+bar
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Thank you. Based on the photos, it does not look beat up, but then again not really sure what to look for!
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Thank you. Based on the photos, it does not look beat up, but then again not really sure what to look for!
I don't know for sure, but I would think it would be pretty hard to "beat up" a hitch. I guess if it were significantly overloaded during use for a long time, that could be a concern. But I don't see any rust on it, and from the pictures, it looks to be in good shape.

I would check out all the nuts and bolts to be sure they're not stripped out or anything. But even that wouldn't be a deal breaker; I would just ask him to knock some $$ off the price and go buy new nuts and bolts, no biggie...
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I never use the tool with mine. But I added booster springs to my truck (timbrens) and this allows me to setup my hitch without the need to raise the truck to the moon to get the bars on. The less your TV drops on hookup the less you need to depend on the bars to pick it back up. 1200lb bars set up on max will transfer to much weight to the front end on any trailer I have ever seen.
So think about it this way. Use the bars to transfer the weight you want transfered and use springs in the truck to hold up the camper. Do this and you don't need a tool.
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