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Old 05-23-2018, 10:00 PM   #1
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Equalizer hitch size ?

I just purchased a 2014 xlr hyperlite 27hfs
Cant decide on which equalizer hitch to go with
12000 or 14000
My TW will change depending onf if im just going camping
Or loading up a bike and equipment in the back
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:17 PM   #2
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14,000.

With a listed hitch weight of 1018, add a couple batteries and propane tanks and the 10%-15% tongue weight could easily be rated at 1400lbs.

I made the mistake of buying a hitch rated for my gross trailer weight as opposed to actual tongue weight. After the first season, I ended up buying the heavier bars and that made a world of difference.
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:26 PM   #3
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Looks like im leaning towards the 14000 equalizer
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:27 PM   #4
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Thanks !!
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Old 05-24-2018, 01:30 PM   #5
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dry = 5786
GVWR = 10059 (no chance, never gonna happen)
cargo capacity = 4273 (no chance, never gonna happen)


For estimating TW, for a WDH kit:
For a large trailer like this, add 1200 lbs over dry weight, to account for factory and dealer options, accessories, and all of your stuff. Let's call it 7,000 lbs, estimated loaded trailer.


12.5% average TW = 7000 * 0.125 = 875 lbs estimated loaded TW
I always recommend adding 100 lbs to this number, to stay away from the max WDH rating, to avoid bouncing/"porpoising". So that's 975 lbs. Round up to the next available kit, which will be 1000 lbs.


If you want to be more conservative, using 15% TW would push you to the 1200 lbs kit. I see no real situation where a 1400 lbs kit is needed here.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:17 PM   #6
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If the difference is 12 or 14 go with the larger. Go under hitch weight and that's definitely not good... but way overkill will not give you the stability and distribution you want.
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If the difference is 12 or 14 go with the larger. Go under hitch weight and that's definitely not good... but way overkill will not give you the stability and distribution you want.
I agree. But I would say the choice is between 1000 and 1200.
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For a what it's worth, the equalizer would not be my choice if I was going to have substantially different tongue weights at different times. I'd look into one that uses chains that can easily accommodate different distribution. And I run an equalizer 14k. It's great, I just wouldn't want to adjust it once I got it nailed for one setup.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:45 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone!! talked to tech at equalizer and the explained to me that the 12000 and 14000 are the same .
The difference is only the heavier duty head casting everything else is the same as the 12000
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The tongue weight on our TT says 1146lbs so I thought I would need the 14k rated set up and my dealer said the 12k rated set up is the one I need because they go by after the weight is distributed which was 960lbs at the tongue and the 10k set up was too close, I figured they know better than me lol
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