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Old 12-29-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Buying a Weight Distribution Hitch

It's a snowy afternoon and in about a month I expect a call from the TT dealer to let me know my new TT is in. It's a Flagstaff Microlight 21FBRS. Having purchased from etrailer before, I thought I would give them a call and order my weight distribution hitch. I have the TT brochure in front of me with all the specs and thought this would be easy. I don't want a hitch that is too light or one that is too heavy. I was told during the phone conversation that I should pull the trailer to a scale after I load it to get exact weights before ordering a hitch. I didn't think it was that critical. Your thoughts?

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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it would help if you posted what your tow vehicle is, with year, engine size, rear end ratio, factory tow package or not, cab/bed size if it's a truck.

need to know to be able to recommend a WDH.
the most popular WDH's, are the Equalizer and the Reese Dual-Cam.
both offer built-in sway control and are priced well for all they do.
RVW probably has the best prices on the Equalizer in the country.

based on the trailer's fictional "dry" weight of 3624lbs., it'll weigh around 4000lbs. when it arrives from the factory. then you add the weight of water, propane, battery before even starting to add the weight of cargo.
the "dry" hitch weight of 369lbs. will probably be closer to 500lbs. when loaded for camping.
so, a WDH with a 600/6000lbs. minimum capacity will work, since the trailer's GVWR will be 4731lbs.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:26 PM   #3
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Another thing to look at, is if the trailer mount is welded on top or bottom of the frame. My buddy bought a 4 point Reese hitch for his new Rockwood and had to exchange it for a different model because his mount was welded to bottom of trailer frame, and that hitch set up would not work. I never would have given it a thought, if I wasn't there with him.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:58 PM   #4
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Another option is to buy the Andersen WD hitch. It is total adjustable for weights up to 1400/14000 if I remember correctly. This is the hitch that I am running and I really like it, also I can move it to the next TT we get without having to worry if its too heavy or too light for the TT. Just another option, good luck.

On edit: Depending on what your tow vehicle is, it is possible that you may not even need a WD hitch. Our old Kodiak K215 had a loaded tongue weight of 500lbs +/- 20lbs depending how we loaded it, I towed it with my 04 F150 with no WD hitch and it towed great.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:55 PM   #5
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I'm currently driving a 1999 Dodge 2500 with a 411 rear end. But that will be sold next year and I will be purchasing a friends' leased 2011 GMC Sierra. Here is the WD hitch I was considering. http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...s/PS49903.html
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:10 PM   #6
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That's a pretty basic setup and should do fine if the you are doing mostly short trips. This is the setup I used with the TTs I've owned. If I were doing extensive traveling, I would look into hitches that incorporated the sway control, instead of using friction bars.
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well, your Dodge should only need a sway bar, to pull the Flagstaff.

but you don't supply any info about the Sierra. 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, 1 ton?
crew cab, regular cab? factory tow package? gasser or diesel?

the WDH you picture, is a basic chain-type with a basic friction anti-sway bar.
with this WDH, you'll have to drill holes into the A-frame of the trailer. and you'll have to disconnect the anti-sway bar to back up the trailer.
about as basic a WDH you can find.

this is why i bought an Equalizer. no drilling needed and never have to disconnect anything to back up. 4-point sway control with no cheap add-on friction bars.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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Installing the sway device is easy. It typically requires 6 self tapping screws if I recall. Regarding backing up, you do NOT always have to remove the sway device. That is dependent on the vehicle.

While Anderson, equalizer and the other high price hitches may be better, I run a Husky just like the one you linked to and have had zero problems. Personally I like the cheaper models like the one you linked if for no other reason than if something does break it is easier to get parts.

No matter what you buy just check and double check the install.

Good luck and congrats on the trailer!
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Here are the truck specs. 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Ext. Cab 4WD VIN 1GTR2WE35BZ252333 - Free GMC Sierra 1500 VIN Decoder
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:31 PM   #10
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well, since it's a 1/2 ton, you will need a WDH and sway control.
one thing, as far as i know, newer GM trucks/SUV's have the 6 speed tranny, not the older 4 speed tranny that the website you linked to states.

should be a fine combo. i suggest you do some research here and other RV forums about WDH's before deciding on what to buy.
many owners of the type you posted from etrailer, rave about switching to an Equalizer or Reese Dual-Cam, stating that they wish they'd bought one in the first place.
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