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Old 10-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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I have a new to me 2006 Shamrock 19ft trailer weighs in at 3500 and I will be pulling it with a 2005 avalanche. when hitched up it drops the hitch down 1 1/4 inches. The previous owner just had a friction sway bar, should I be concerned with a different setup or just leave it alone. The trailer is almost level just down a little in the front. Thanks Michael
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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You shouldn't need sway control at all with such a short trailer and a truck with the wheelbase you have. Curious you have sway control but no weight distributing hitch.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:02 PM   #3
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You shouldn't need sway control at all with such a short trailer and a truck with the wheelbase you have. Curious you have sway control but no weight distributing hitch.
A good question about the lack of W/D hitch. Did you measure any change in height at the front of the Avalanche when hitched up. If you did, a W/D hitch would be a good idea. If it has a W/D, you may need to adjust the hitch head angle for proper W/D dependent on your measurements.

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:21 PM   #4
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A good question about the lack of W/D hitch. Did you measure any change in height at the front of the Avalanche when hitched up. If you did, a W/D hitch would be a good idea. If it has a W/D, you may need to adjust the hitch head angle for proper W/D dependent on your measurements.

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I haven't measured the front but will next time I move it. Thanks
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:36 PM   #5
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I haven't measured the front but will next time I move it. Thanks
It raised the front just a 1/4in. Thanks Michael
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Is it a weight distributing hitch?

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Old 10-22-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
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my advice, owning a Roo 23SS and an '07 Avalanche, is to get a WDH with sway control.
that weight of 3500lbs., sounds like the UVW, meaning without battery, water and cargo.
it'll weigh much more loaded for camping.
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Is it a weight distributing hitch?

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No just a standard receiver with the little ball for sway.
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my advice, owning a Roo 23SS and an '07 Avalanche, is to get a WDH with sway control.
that weight of 3500lbs., sounds like the UVW, meaning without battery, water and cargo.
it'll weigh much more loaded for camping.
It has battery and propane but not loaded yet with anything else and the total weight was 3480.

What type or brand is recommended?
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the most recommeded WDHs, are the Equal-i-zer and the Reese Dual-Cam, since both have built-in sway control.
the E2(a budget Equal-i-zer with 2 way, instead of 4 way sway control) is a more affordable version.
i'm very happy with my 4 way Equal-i-zer. no drilling, no cheap friction bar and once mine was setup, never had to adjust it.
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