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Old 03-08-2016, 05:58 AM   #1
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Final weight distribution decision

Hi everyone,

I have been posting various questions on weights and appreciate the responses. Now I really need to make a decision on a weight distribution system. I have pretty much narrowed it down to 2 options.

I just purchased my first travel trailer and now that I'm getting ready to take delivery, I am getting a bit nervous about the size and can use Some help on a weight distribution / sway control system. The trailer is a forest river grey wolf 26dbh with a dry weight of 5,622. I will only be camping for short trips so don't see the weight ever going above 7,000 lbs.

I will be towing the trailer with a 2014 Ford Expedition EL (long wheelbase) with the tow package which has a max tow of 8,700 lbs and a max tongue weight of 900 lbs. I see my biggest limiting factor being the max tongue weight. I am considering the Equalizer 4 point sway control system. With my limitations on tongue weight I would not be able to go over an 11% tongue weight with the equalizer.

Another system that I am considering is the propride 3p; however this hitch is significantly heavier (about 100 lbs). My understanding is that because of its no sway design tongue weight can be left at 9 to 10% very comfortably which may offset the extra weight. I understand this hitch is significantly more, which I am okay with if it's necessary for the most comfortable experience.

I need to make a decision because I need to purchase the hitch before picking up the trailer. Does anyone have any thought? Would I be okay with the equalizer or should I spend the extra $ on the propride? Or should I avoid the propride because of the extra weight? Also, my expedition has the ford built in sway control. Will this change anything or just be addition control?

Thanks in advance.
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I just looked up the pro,p since I have never heard of it , $2300.00 and some change If you have the money go for it. Seems a little overkill for the Gray Wolf.
We just got our 26dbh and we use the Husky centerline with the 800# bars and are very happy so far. For the money I would do the equalizer.

Good luck.
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:41 AM   #3
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With the options you have listed, I would go with the E4 setup, but if you had included the Husky Center Line TS in your choices, I would go with that.

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I just looked up the pro,p since I have never heard of it , $2300.00 and some change If you have the money go for it. Seems a little overkill for the Gray Wolf.
We just got our 26dbh and we use the Husky centerline with the 800# bars and are very happy so far. For the money I would do the equalizer.

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What are you towing your grey wolf with?
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What are you towing your grey wolf with?
Tundra Crewmax.
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You would have to lighten the tongue weight by 100 lbs. just to make up for the extra weight of the Propride. You can only do that by removing cargo from the front or shifting it to the rear, and with most travel trailers the cargo goes mostly in the front, so shifting it rearward may be difficult. I suggest trying the Equal-I-Zer. If that proves to be inadequate, sell it and go for the Propride.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:51 PM   #7
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I just towed my new Eagle with the Equalizer rig 1200 miles!!!!

It worked flawlessly and my unit weighs closer to 11,000 pounds fully loaded.

You will be just fine with your lighter load. Just make sure you size it right.

Here is a link that you might find helpful. Do not rely on the dealer or supplier to do the right calculations.

Hitch Sizes

I was VERY happy with its operation the whole way with NO sway and great adjustment for ride height and leveling. Something that is important to consider, as well.
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I have the equalizer brand hitch and love it. Works great on 26ft apex. Doesnt move at all when tractor trailers go by.
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I use the eq 4 pt on my EVO 2850 and love it!!!!

Remember if you are trying to stick within weights to add in the hitch to your tongue weight, my eq 4 pt weighs in at 99 lbs (everything- hitch, bars, ball, and supporting hardware).

So if you have a max tongue weight of 900 lbs minus the hitch out of there (900-100=800) and that is your "new number".
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