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Old 02-01-2010, 05:39 PM   #11
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2009 Ford towing guide states, [I]"CLASS IV - EXTRA-HEAVY-DUTY- Over 5,000-lbs. gross trailer weight - Most applications require a conventional weight-distributing or fifth-wheel hitch".[/I]

I would think that you would need a wd hitch with anti-sway contol since your tt is over 30' long and weighs 8k lbs.

There is a wd hitch that requires a friction anti-sway bar and there are some wd hitches that have the anti-sway built in. I have used both and the wd with anti-sway built in is far better.

I have an Equal-i-zer with 4 point sway control. I haven't any experience with the Reese Dual Cam hitches but there are those on this forum who really like them as well.

Here's a link for the equalizer hitches; http://www.equalizerhitch.com/

Just something you might want to check out.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:41 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice, I am looking into and reading about all the different WD options. I have airbags so I can take care of leveling just fine with those but I did experience some sway while on the road when the semi's passed me. Does that mean I should lean more towards sway bars rather than a WD hitch or does a WD do both?
i dont want to be a sticky... however with a 250 you shouldn't be using the bags for bumper towing. they do bring your rear up, but like it was mentioned they do not transfer weight to the front axle, which gives you stability and no porpoising
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #13
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Equal-I-Zer Hitch

Understood,...... I have looked at both the Reece and Equal-i-zer systems. I really like the fact the Equalizer has no chains and it seems fairly easy to install and disconnect, think I will go with it. Does anyone have a favorite parts place they think has the lowest prices? Best price I have found is $489 http://tweetys.com/equal-i-zerwithsh...trolhitch.aspx
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Please be careful if you order online and install yourself. There is another thread on here about being certified to do hitch work. Many of us have found out that even the guys in the business don't know how to set up a hitch properly. Nothing wrong with doing it yourself, and you may be better off, just make sure you follow the directions, and understand what each adjustment does and why you're doing it. I have the Reese dual cam, and when set up properly, works great. If you get the Equalizer, don't be afraid to ask for help, those that have one will chime in and help. I have also purchased from Tweety's and was pleased. They had the best price on a Prodigy brake controller.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:49 PM   #15
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I found the equal-i-zer at rvwholesalers.com for $459.99. 1,000/10,000 rating. Hitch ball sold separatly for $21.99. 1,200/12,000 rated hitch for $469.99, hitch ball $28.99.

Heres the link; http://www.rvwholesalers.com/catalog...ailer-hitches/

Not much difference in price, but thier web site says free shipping on orders $124.99 and up. I purchased my MaxxAir vent covers plus a couple of other items from them and they delivered quickly and everything was as I ordered.

You might also contact local dealers. They may come close since they can probably buy them cheaper and you wont have to pay shipping.

As windrider said, follow the directions carefully. My dealer installed mine incorrectly so I reinstalled it following the instructions in manual. I also adjusted the hitch when I purchased my new to me tv. If you get the hitch set-up properly, you wont hardly notice those semi's passing you.
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I don't know if they are the cheapest, but I have had good luck ordering stuff from etrailers.com.
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X2 on etrailer.com I've had really excellent service and prices from them. I also did my own Reese Dual Cam install. There are some real benefits to completely understanding your system and how it works. Then, minor adjustments are not a mystery and you know what you are doing.
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Please be careful if you order online and install yourself. There is another thread on here about being certified to do hitch work. Many of us have found out that even the guys in the business don't know how to set up a hitch properly. Nothing wrong with doing it yourself, and you may be better off, just make sure you follow the directions, and understand what each adjustment does and why you're doing it.
I had an "expert" at a dealer install my Equal-I-zer and he totaly messed it up. I told him to stop messing with it. I broke out my tools and did it myself correctly the first time by following the directions line by line. I did have to add one washer after I had everthing in the camper and truck. Hey if I can do it anyone can. ( I am an engineer and you know they can't do anything right the first time". I have not had to change it. I just chek every thing before each trip.
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Please be careful if you order online and install yourself. There is another thread on here about being certified to do hitch work. Many of us have found out that even the guys in the business don't know how to set up a hitch properly. Nothing wrong with doing it yourself, and you may be better off, just make sure you follow the directions, and understand what each adjustment does and why you're doing it.
I had an "expert" at a dealer install my Equal-I-zer and he totaly messed it up. I told him to stop messing with it. I broke out my tools and did it myself correctly the first time by following the directions line by line. I did have to add one washer after I had everthing in the camper and truck. Hey if I can do it anyone can. ( I am an engineer and you know they can't do anything right the first time". I have not had to change it. I just chek every thing before each trip.
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That's the point, there is no such thing as being Certified and I think It should be. The so called "experts" at the dealers are not trained properly. They would take more pride in there work if they had the paper work that shows they have been trained, and even care that the job is done right, so don't be fooled be the people that work at an rv dealer and consider them experts. You are right you are better off doing the hitch work yourself because you will make sure it is done right.
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X2 on etrailer.com I've had really excellent service and prices from them. I also did my own Reese Dual Cam install. There are some real benefits to completely understanding your system and how it works. Then, minor adjustments are not a mystery and you know what you are doing.
And I think that I could have done a better install myself, also. The directions from Reese are good, and the dealer guys didn't follow them exactly.
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