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Old 04-22-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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What WD hitch to buy?

I have purchased a new Wildwood 26TBSS, 5800#, 800# tongue weights. My tow vehicle is a 2000 Yukon XL, 6L, 3/4 ton 2WD. This trailer is a big step up from my previous tent trailer so I am in a whole new world of weight distributing hitches.

I will be travelling to pick this trailer up so I have to install hitch away from home, so simplicity is an assett.

I have been told that the trunion style is the best, but at all my local dealers they carry only round bar type. Only one dealer offered any information on this, saying that the trunion style is better for vehicles with low ground clearance, but otherwise no advantage.

Part of my concern is if I will require sway control. The reese dual cam system (Flat bar?) is available here, but looks like it will be more complicated to install on the road. Most of the round bar hitches only have one connection for a sway controler (right hand side), is this good enough for this trailer? No one stocked the Equal-i-zer brand. Also, is the 800# hitch or the 1000# hitch required. Again I got mixed opinions from dealers.

I have found the local information lacking as well as the information on the websites for manufacturers. I would appreciate some advice on this.

I also need to install a brake controller in my truck. Any thoughts here are appreciated. Again, local dealers had little information, but the Tekonsha Primus seemed to be the best value vs performance offered around here.

Finally, does anyone have any experience with clip on or slide on mirror extensions? Any thoughts or experience with these would also be appreciated.

Thanks.....Vince
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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I pull a 5'er so I am of no help with the hitch. Tekonsha does make a good brake controller though and I think the Prodigy is their top of the line at around $125 or so.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #3
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On the hitch I would say 1000 lb bars and I bought here and never looked back I love the equi-l-zer

http://www.rvwholesalers.com/catalog...8&cat=0&page=1


As far as mirrors go I used these for years and they worked well for me.
http://www.rvwholesalers.com/catalog...5&cat=0&page=1

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Old 04-22-2008, 07:53 PM   #4
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Oh and yes the prodigy brake controller imo


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Old 04-22-2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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Hey Vince,
Congrats on the new TT. I use the Reese Dual Cam system and really isn't that difficult to install. I also have the cheaper Tekonsha (about $80) and have never had a problem. The only thing i've noticed about the brake controller is sometimes i have to adjust the intensity depending whether i'm on the highway or back roads. It seems that i need more intensity on the highway. Also, about the mirrors. I use the slide on mirror extensions but i camp with a lot of friends who use the clip on mirrors. I haven't heard any negatives about either type. Good luck.




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Old 04-22-2008, 08:47 PM   #6
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Best ones out there are Equalizer or Reese Dual Cam.
Can't go wrong with either. I have Reese Dual cam but would get the Equalizer next time as it is simpler design.
Prodogy brake control seems to be most popular.
If money is no object Hensley hitch is the Rolls Royce.
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Welcome!
I'm a prodigy guy too.
I used the Equal-i-zer brand hitch too. Great hitch, built in sway control. I don't tow anymore, so mine is in the garage now. (offers taken!)
I have no Reese experience, but many RVers love them too.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:14 PM   #8
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thanks for the all great help
We came across these today
Anyone ever had any expereinece with these

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/WEIGH...spagenameZWDVW
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Sway control not good on that style

Was ok for our 22' trailer but I would not use it on anything larger.
Check price of Equalizer assembly at RV Wholesalers.com
Very reasonable
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Congradulations on the new trailer!

I had an Equalizer hitch installed at RVW when I picked up the trailer...works great.

I've tried the slide-on CIBA mirrors and found that there was too much vibration and still were not able to see along the curbside of the trailer. Have since installed a set of factory towing mirrors.

Happy camping!
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