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Old 05-07-2015, 01:03 PM   #141
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You should absolutely get a 4 point equalizer for sway control and even loading. I think you will be impressed with the handling.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:13 PM   #142
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You should absolutely get a 4 point equalizer for sway control and even loading. I think you will be impressed with the handling.

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Old 05-29-2015, 11:44 AM   #143
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We just bought a 2504s may 12015, tow it with out Touareg v8 with equalizer hitch. We had concerns before our first tow...wow the vehicle is a beast, we could have gone bigger on our trailer size. We live in Colorado , so the mountains can be tough. But wow , no problems at all. Touareg is amazing!! But the 2504s is even better!!! We upgraded from a trailmanor we bought 12 years ago. No comparison, so glad we no longer own the trailmanor, it was an ok trailer... But once you own a rickwood we would never go back. We love both our tow vehicle and trailer!
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:32 AM   #144
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Yes, you have to have a good hitch for sway and weight distribution. I can't imagine not having one. Good luck with your Rockwood, they make a nice unit. I'm now going to get Nitrogen in the tires. I think it's a smart move especially on a trailer. There are lots of advantages: dry, not prone to leaking, maintains air pressure. I also heard those quick tire changers can damage you axle. Too much weight on one axle. I'd use a jack on the frame to change a tire.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:27 AM   #145
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After having an Equalizer hitch on my last trailer, I switched to a Husky Centerline TS on my new Flagstaff 25BHS Micro Lite. The Husky is so much better. No screaming noises like my Equalizer, better set up on the trailer itself and the tool to pull the arms up also takes them off.

The dealership that I bought my trailer from didn't carry the Husky brand, so they had to special order it for me. The technician who installed it when I was picking my trailer up was extremely impressed with it and said he was going to recommend to the owner that they start carrying it.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:49 PM   #146
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No screaming noises like my Equalizer, better set up on the trailer itself and the tool to pull the arms up also takes them off.
My Equalizer never screams, and I've never had to use the tool. I just crank up the jack until they'll swing out. Sounds like maybe yours wasn't set up right?
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:14 PM   #147
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My Equalizer never screams, and I've never had to use the tool. I just crank up the jack until they'll swing out. Sounds like maybe yours wasn't set up right?

Same here. I have the tool... Never used it. I get an occasional "pop" when I make a slow turn, but that's music to my ears... I know it's doing its thing properly.


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Old 07-07-2015, 02:10 PM   #148
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Rob,

We are buying a new travel trailer and the 2504S is on the top of our list of preferences. We are also purchasing a new Durango RT with a tow package so we will likely end up with the same setup that you have.

We now own a 3000 lb, 20' Jayco and a tow with a Honda Ridgeline. Our current setup tows great - I've never experienced sway in the past seven years with several thousand miles on the road.

I know the Durango can handle toe weight but I'm a little concerned about length because of the tow vehicle wheelbase / trailer length ratio. Have you experienced any problems with sway? I plan to get to get a good hitch with sway control so I hope that mitigates any issues.

Thanks for any information.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:43 PM   #149
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Hi, Dave.
This is our second season to tow the 2014 2504S with our 2013 Durango RT Hemi. Based on some of the calculations I've seen on the forum, the Durango doesn't have the wheelbase to tow a 25' camper. I think it was recommended that we top out at 21' or 22'. However, I previously towed a 21' camper with a shorter Highlander with no problems.

As you point out, the Durango has more than enough tow capacity (7,200 lbs.) for the 2504S. I have an Equalizer WDH and for the most part I tow with no problems. However, I can definitely tell that the camper is behind me. And the engine works hard on some of the larger Ozark mountains (large hills?) that we travel.

I do experience some sway but it's been pretty limited to either windy days (especially those dreaded crosswinds) or when the 18-wheelers fly by. I've felt unsafe only once on a particularly windy/stormy drive last year (we pulled over and let it pass). Also, I generally limit my speed to 60 mph. On occasion, I've drifted above 65 mph and felt some sway, so watch your speed closely. Most of our camping adventures range from 1.5-4.5 hours of travel time.

We camp frequently with another couple who usually follow us on the road. Because I can't see sway (only feel it), I've asked them to monitor the trailer to see if they notice any sway visibly. So far, they have not observed sway.

If you want to stick with an SUV there aren't too many options that get you a longer wheelbase than the Durango. The Suburban, Excursion and Navigator have versions with a longer wheelbase, and I'm sure there are a few more. But many of the SUVs that have a higher tow capacity and appear larger, actually have a shorter wheelbase. Plus, the Durango is much more affordable than most large SUVs and rated pretty well with Consumer Reports.

Bottom Line: you likely will feel some sway as I previously described, but I believe the Durango and 2504S work fine together. Your WDH will help ensure a safer, more pleasant towing experience.

Best wishes for a great towing/camping experience.





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Rob,

We are buying a new travel trailer and the 2504S is on the top of our list of preferences. We are also purchasing a new Durango RT with a tow package so we will likely end up with the same setup that you have.

We now own a 3000 lb, 20' Jayco and a tow with a Honda Ridgeline. Our current setup tows great - I've never experienced sway in the past seven years with several thousand miles on the road.

I know the Durango can handle toe weight but I'm a little concerned about length because of the tow vehicle wheelbase / trailer length ratio. Have you experienced any problems with sway? I plan to get to get a good hitch with sway control so I hope that mitigates any issues.

Thanks for any information.
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Rob,

Thank you so much for the detailed reply. I agree with everything you say about the Durango. It's reassuring to hear that the combination works for you. I am a very conservative driver when towing - I try to keep it at 55 and never go above 60. Weather here in Southern California is generally mild but we do like travel into the desert and mountains where there can occasionally be extreme conditions. I have no problem with pulling over and waiting it out in doubtful situations.

The Durango is on order and comes in on the 19th or so; we hope to get the new TT within a few weeks after that. I'll certainly post an update when we do.

Thanks again for your help.
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