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Old 02-12-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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Hitch Help????

I am new to pulling tt. I have ordered a signature ultra lite 8317rkss, with a hitch weight of 912 lbs, and dry weight of 6270 lbs. Loaded I'm thinking more like 7200 ish lbs. I will be towing with a 2004 dodge 2500 short box crew cab diesel. I am wonder what type of hitch would work best with this set up.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:50 PM   #2
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I would go with something like this from Reese: (just copy and paste the link if it not a active link.)

http://hitchsales.com/Merchant2/merc...roduct_Count=0

I would also buy a sway bar.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:43 PM   #3
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That is heavy. You will need a weight distributing hitch. I would get the one with spring bars rated for 1000 lbs - you may wisely decide you want the 1200 lbs spring bars. Your load would easily flex the lighter bars and transmit little force to the driver seat. But if you take a lot of gear and load the front properly, you may get better performance with 1200 lbs spring bars. I prefer the square trunnion style bars because the joint mounts into the platform of the hitch at two very strong points. Round bars drop into a socket. Anyone would have a hard time arguing which is better and why.

You will need a brake controller. It is strongly recommended you install the sway control also.

Be sure to take the time to level the trailer, adjust the shank height, adjust the ball mount angle, and recheck the level on the trailer. It will pull better, safer, and reduce forces that will ruin the trailer tires quickly. This has been discussed ad nauseum on this forum. Try some searches here. I just want to emphasize a level trailer puts the weight on five points - not on three.

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Old 02-13-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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I've been looking at the equalizer 10,000lb or 12,000lb units. equalizer seems to be slightly cheaper. Is there any pros or cons between the two that make the decision easier?
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Im pulling a 2009 Flagstaff 831FKBSS, tounge weight around 900 lbs and loaded at around 7200 lbs with a 2008 Dodge 2500 6.7 litre Diesel Crew cab and long bed. I opted for the Reese Dual cam with the 1,200lb bars. The set up tows very well and never has given me any problems, even in high winds and hilly terrain. Good luck!
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My trailer is pretty much the same and I've had no problems with my Equalizer hitch.
Either Equalizer or Reese is a good choice
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:29 PM   #7
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I use an Equal-I-Zer hitch. I have had no problems with it. One thing to know about it that it makes all kinds of noise when you turn. This is normal. Keeping it greased helps but when you first use it it makes you wonder what is going on. If nothing else its a head turner when you pull into gas stations. You only notice the noise at low speeds. Over all I am happy with it.
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I use an Equal-I-Zer hitch. I have had no problems with it. One thing to know about it that it makes all kinds of noise when you turn. This is normal. Keeping it greased helps but when you first use it it makes you wonder what is going on. If nothing else its a head turner when you pull into gas stations. You only notice the noise at low speeds. Over all I am happy with it.
The Reese is no quieter. It clunks, creaks, and makes all kinds of noises. It gets the attention of all non WDH owners.
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