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Old 01-24-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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A little confused about WDH

Just bought a 2010 Forest River WILDWOOD 22RB Manufacturer's brochure says:
hitch wt: 310
shipping weight: 3615
GVWR: 5400

I will be towing with a 2006 Nissan Frontier 4X4 crew cab (tow rating: 6100lbs).

Which EQUALIZER WDH do I need to buy. My figures say 15% of the dry hitch wt is 542 lbs.. so where do they come up with dry hitch wt at 310?

And.. 15% of GVWR is 810lbs.. If I buy the 1000/10,000 hitch.. that seems ok on the hitch weight.. but way high on the GVWR.

If I buy the 600/6000.. its closer on the GVWR of the trailer.. but seems too low for the hitch weight.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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If those figures are correct, it looks like that model trailer has a low tongue weight. Adding a battery and propane to the tongue will get it up to around 10% of the empty trailer weight, and hopefully stay at least at that figure as you load the trailer. !2% would be better, but I don't think you will ever see 15% with that kinda initial tongue weight.

Equalizer offers 400, 600, and 1000 lb. bars. I would think the 600 lb. bars should be plenty for that trailer......1000 lb. might be overkill.
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Without doing a lo of research, (sorry, don't have the time right now), I would look for the 800 pound bars with your set up. 15% on the tongue is a little heavy for that trailer. using 10% for tongue weight, you should get the 600 pound bars, but with your truck, I would look for 800 pound bars, and sway control.
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A number of things come to mind.

It appears that the trailer has less than 10% of its weight on the tongue. Your figures are based on 15%. It is a little surprising to see less than 10%. Sometimes brochures have typos in them; common actually. Perhaps the dealer or a mfr rep could be of assistance to verify?

The figures from the Mfr are against dry weight; probably without options. Your trailer should have its actual factory weight on a sticker somewhere inside your trailer. Your actual weight is probably higher than the brochure.

I think it is highly unlikely that you will approach 800 pounds of tongue weight based on your initial 310 lbs on 3,615. IMO, 1,000 pound bars would be too much and you don't want your bars to be overly stiff.

600 pound bars would probably do the job but you could play it safe and buy 800 bars. For your own peace of mind, you should try to verify those factory figures. Good luck!
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Without doing a lo of research, (sorry, don't have the time right now), I would look for the 800 pound bars with your set up. 15% on the tongue is a little heavy for that trailer. using 10% for tongue weight, you should get the 600 pound bars, but with your truck, I would look for 800 pound bars, and sway control.
I agree.. but the EQUALIZER is not avail in 800/8000 size. However the E2 (2 point sway) is available in that size.. with round or trunnion bars. Which do folks prefer?
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For your own peace of mind, you should try to verify those factory figures. Good luck!
good advice.. I have found those same figures everywhere.. even stamped on the ID plate on the side of the camper.
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windrider and acadianbob, I beat y'all to the punch by a couple of minutes while you were composing your reponses, but it looks like we all agree.

Chuck, the E2 should be OK with that size trailer, and the 800 lb. bars would definitely cover your tongue weight, but might be a little stiff.
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Chuck, the E2 should be OK with that size trailer, and the 800 lb. bars would definitely cover your tongue weight, but might be a little stiff.
thanks.. I actually ordered that one from RV Wholesalers.. but put the order "on hold" after thinking (probably too much).

Do you have an opinion on round bars or trunnion bars?
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I don't think Equalizer has a round bar option. The flat trunnion bars rubbing across the tongue brackets is what gives you the sway control.

You are talking about the Equalizer brand by Progressive Manufacturing, correct ??

Let's other chime in before you pull the trigger. I am not as familiar with Equalizer E2 vs. the 4 point system, so others might suggest staying with the better system.
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I agree.. but the EQUALIZER is not avail in 800/8000 size. However the E2 (2 point sway) is available in that size.. with round or trunnion bars. Which do folks prefer?[/QUOTE]

My last trailer had similar weights to your new one. The dealer sold me an 800lb tongue weight WDH. If I remember correctly the GVWR was 10,000 and I think it was an RV Pro hitch.
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