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Old 05-31-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Which Equilizer hitch for me?

I just bought a 2012 Surveyor 305. I have a 2007.5 Chev 2500hd with a Duramax diesel. I also have Firestone airbags on the rear of pickup. I'm looking to buy an equilizer hitch with sway control. I have found a good price on a Hidden Hitch brand setup. I need to know what kind of tongue hitch weight I will need to be setup for? My options are 550lbs, 750lbs or 1000lbs. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:15 PM   #2
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what does the TT weigh and what is the Tounge Weight?
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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I need to know what kind of tongue hitch weight I will need to be setup for? My options are 550lbs, 750lbs or 1000lbs. Thanks.
Welcome to the forum.

I think you will want to verify the hitch you are looking at. Dealers sometimes try and pass off clones instead of the actual Equal-i-zer hitch.

The Equal-i-zer brand of 4-point sway hitch comes in 400/4000, 600/6000, 1,000/10,000, 1,200/12,000 and 1,400/14,000 where the first number is the max tongue weight (lbs) and the second number is the max trailer weight (lbs).

Make sure that both the TW and trailer weight of your fully loaded trailer are under the max tongue rating and max trailer weight rating of the hitch.
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I guess I should have said "equilizing " hitch. The brand is Hidden Hitch like I said in the first post. I do not know the tongue weight, that is why I'm asking for advice.
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Per the Forest River brochure, the specs for the SV305 is Dry hitch 732, Dry ship wt 7181 GVWR 10,892, the only constant is the gvwr, per this, I would choose the 1000 lbs option you mentioned. Also, I would probably look into the Equalizer that is rated for 1200/12,000
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that's just a plain WDH that you have to use separate friction anti-sway bars.
how much are they asking for it? a new real Equal-i-zer costs about $450 and you can get free shipping.
way superior to the HH basic WDH.

personally, i love my Equal-i-zer and wouldn't get anything else.
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I just bought a 2012 Surveyor 305. I have a 2007.5 Chev 2500hd with a Duramax diesel. I also have Firestone airbags on the rear of pickup. I'm looking to buy an equilizer hitch with sway control. I have found a good price on a Hidden Hitch brand setup. I need to know what kind of tongue hitch weight I will need to be setup for? My options are 550lbs, 750lbs or 1000lbs. Thanks.
Hmmm, I looked online, and can't find any information on a Hidden Hitch WDH. You got a link to a website for that ??

The FR website lists a 732 lb. empty tongue weight for the SV 305. You will probably need the 1000 lb. spring bars, and maybe more than that depending on how you load your camper. My concern with maximum 1000 lb. spring bars that you listed for Hidden Hitch, may put that brand at the maximum weight for the entire ensemble.

Give us a website to check out the hitch, and lets see what other options you might have.
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I read the "equilizer hitch" part. Not having any experience with hidden hitch, I am unsure but the basics rules go like this if you don't know the weight of your TT or its TV.

First, estimate the TT's weight. Either work up from the 305's dry weight of 7,200lbs or work down from its GVWR of 10,900.

Next: Multiply that figure by 12-15% to get an approximate tongue weight.

Example is trailer weighs 8,500lbs x 13% = 1,105lb tongue.

If it was an equal-i-zer hitch, you would step up to the 1,200lb hitch.
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You definitely want to go with the larger setup with that rig. I have a Fastway e2 hitch that I was initially disappointed in but after adjusting it properly (from the dealers supposed proper way) it's towing much better. Progress Mfg. Inc. make both the Equal-i-zer and Fastway e2 WDH system.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:35 PM   #10
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My rule of thumb is to determine what you think you need 750 tongue weight means a 1000 lbs should would work so I would get the 1200 lbs to be safe and for future upgrades. Just me... Measure twice and buy once.
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