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Old 03-08-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Dealer sold me 1000/10k hitch for my 4000lb trailer -- should I care?

I bought an Equal-i-zer hitch at RVW when I picked up my ~4000lb Rockwood 2306 trailer there this past weekend. I "suggested" to the parts counter girl that I needed the 600/6K model; she looked confused and said she wasn't even sure they stocked them. She brought the tech over and he agreed that the 1000/10k hitch was the right choice -- "as long as it's rated more than the weight of the trailer and tongue you're good to go".

Not knowing enough about them to push back I went with the 1000/10K. I have to admit that it worked brilliantly -- I was very impressed with the overall feel and ride quality. However, I can't help but think I'm running the "wrong" bars. Should I care?

Assuming I should care, or worry, what are the chances I could simply swap the 10k bars for the 6k ones?
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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RVW sold me the same hitch last year for my 2104 which weighs about 3500 lbs. It has performed flawlessly, & we're very happy with it. The hitch wasn't really all that expensive, so my advice is to enjoy your new rig and hitch, and most of all .

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The hitch head and slide (the part that does in the tube), are going to to be the 10,000 pound rating. The bars have their own rating, and can be 400 up to 10,000, maybe even more. Not sure what part of the hitch you are reading to get your numbers. Look the bars up separately, but if it worked, and you liked it, what is your complaint? No real money difference.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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I bought an Equal-i-zer hitch at RVW when I picked up my ~4000lb Rockwood 2306 trailer there this past weekend. I "suggested" to the parts counter girl that I needed the 600/6K model; she looked confused and said she wasn't even sure they stocked them. She brought the tech over and he agreed that the 1000/10k hitch was the right choice -- "as long as it's rated more than the weight of the trailer and tongue you're good to go".

Not knowing enough about them to push back I went with the 1000/10K. I have to admit that it worked brilliantly -- I was very impressed with the overall feel and ride quality. However, I can't help but think I'm running the "wrong" bars. Should I care?

Assuming I should care, or worry, what are the chances I could simply swap the 10k bars for the 6k ones?
You shouldn't care or worry - just use the 1000 lb ones and realize that next year when you trade your trailer for a new one with a heavier hitch wieght you won't have to get a new hitch.

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Old 03-08-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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If you are having a good ride why change out the bars. You do not have to put as mush pressure on the bars to get the TV level. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:55 PM   #6
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Have you weighed your trailer loaded for camping?

At a 13% tongue weight, a 4,000lb trailer would give you roughly a 520lb tongue. A 4,500lb trailer is at 585lbs. I would have gone with the 1,000/10,000lb anyway with your trailer just based on those estimates.

Also, Progressive (Equal-i-zer) has told me in the past that they engineer their 1,000lb bars for a range from 400lbs to 1,000lbs.

I think you are fine as long as you are not bouncing down the road, which is the issue that might be expected with bars that are too heavy.
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Thanks for the inputs -- I'm going to stick with what I have. Now I just need to get my setup weighed.
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Have you weighed your trailer loaded for camping?

At at 13% tongue weight, a 4,000lb trailer would give you roughly a 520lb tongue. A 4,500lb trailer is at 585lbs. I would have gone with the 1,000/10,000lb anyway with your trailer just based on those estimates.

Also, Progressive (Equal-i-zer) has told me in the past that they engineer their 1,000lb bars for a range from 400lbs to 1,000lbs.

I think you are fine as long as you are not bouncing down the road, which is the issue that might be expected with bars that are too heavy.
Based on the estimates you have shown, it seems to me the 600/6000 comes closer to matching than the 1000/10,000. Why would you opt for the 1000/10,000? Just curious because I have seen this before and never quite understood why. I talked to Progressive and they told me the same thing but didn't explain why. First thought for me would be to match the numbers up. In this case it would be the 600/6000.
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Based on the estimates you have shown, it seems to me the 600/6000 comes closer to matching than the 1000/10,000. Why would you opt for the 1000/10,000? Just curious because I have seen this before and never quite understood why. I talked to Progressive and they told me the same thing but didn't explain why. First thought for me would be to match the numbers up. In this case it would be the 600/6000.
Good question. Here's my logic.

Its been my experience that I have better results not pushing the limits of product ratings. I've made some mistakes that have bitten me later on. So, when I can, I like to have the rating be in excess of what I need it for. Hence the 1,000 bars even though, technically, the 600lb bars might be sufficient.

This is not always possible for me, of course. For example, I currently am pushing the limits of my TV's payload, although I am still below it. In my case, I am happy to push the limit as the alternative would be relatively expensive.

In the OP's case, the cost is de minimus going from 600lb to 1,000 lb bars, other people have reported good experiences using heavier bars with the Equal-i-izer WDH and Progressive says that its engineered to be that way.

Also, I'd be concerned that the OPs trailer is heavier than they think once its loaded up for a real camping trip (A good reason to weigh it when setting out on a real trip). The trailer's GVWR is 4,700lbs which might give them a TW of over 600lbs. So, practically, the 1,000 lb bars give them room to pack and not worry about it.
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I would have even taken the 1200/12000 or the 1400/14000 bars had they offered.
You never know when you will buy a larger trailer and there is more market for higher capacity bars than lower capacity bars. You my $.02... $.98 more will get you a coffee :>)
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