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Old 04-02-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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New trailer@608 lb. tongue wt., 800 lb.-rated hitch OK?

We're moving up to a '11 Flagstaff 26RLSS with a 608-lb. tongue weight & will tow it home next Sat. with the same Reese 800 lb-rated weight dist. hitch w/ trunnion bars that we used for our previous '91 Citation 26K with 503-lb. tongue weight.
Question: should this 800-lb hitch be adequate for the larger trailer?
(Tow vehicle is 2009 Ford F-150 FX4, 373 Elocker w/trailer tow package.)
Thanks for any advice!
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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Welcome Matt.

Since that's a dry hitch weight at 608lbs I would say that the Reese with 800lb bars is adequate for this trailer only if you do not load it - such as towing it home.

Depending on options and any dealer add-on's plus batteries and empty propane tanks, I bet you are looking at an unloaded TT weight closer to 5,500-5,800lbs, which would give you a tongue weight of at least 750lbs. This will work fine with the current Reese but you're going to need to upgrade once you start camping, of course.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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As mentioned above, you may have to upgrade, but only the bars, maybe 1000 pound bars. The rest of the hitch should be fine. Congrats on the new camper.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:34 AM   #4
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If you do need to upgrade, you would probably only need to get new spring bars.....the rest of the setup should be good. I have ~700 lbs. on my tongue and use 800 lb. bars. I bought the 1200 lb. bars, but they seemed too stiff, so I am now back to using the 800 lb. bars. If you can get by the lighter bars, it makes for a better ride. If you approach an 800 lb. tongue weight when ready to camp, then you might need the next size up bars.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:21 AM   #5
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Matt....I agree w/ the above posts. I have the same T.T and went with the 1000 / 10,000. Try what you have and if needed just upgrade the bars !

We really enjoy the T.T....and the layout is perfect for us. Your truck will handle the T.T well.

Congrads / enjoy it !!
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I would bet that even though it says dry hitch wt, that that is loaded weight. Our V-Lite has a listed dry hitch weight of 848 (GVWR of 8848, dry ship of 6616 which is 7239 in reality with a dry hitch weight of 579 at that weight). The weight published seems to be abt 10% of the GVWR, same as yours. So I would not get overly excited till you actually see the trailer and the spec sheet inside with the actual weights on it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:43 AM   #7
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We have the 2011 26RLSS and use 1000lb bars.
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We have the 2011 26RLSS and use 1000lb bars.
What numbers are on the sticker in the trailer for actual weights. Ours is in the bathroom on the inside of one of the doors.
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