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Old 03-28-2010, 09:57 AM   #1
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Getting New Surveyor 235 RKS

I'm picking up a new 235RKS in a few weeks. The dealer is supposed to set up the hitch, etc. Any suggestions on what to look for? My "for sale" camper is an R-pod and I did not need any wt dist or sway controls. My camper before the Pod also needed nothing special. Any advice on what I should be getting for this set up will be appreciated. My tow vehicle is a 07 Tundra 5.7V8, 4X4, double cab, longbed and is rated to tow over 10K. Thanks,
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:28 PM   #2
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Dealers will usually go with a "minimum" setup. We have an F150 and the SV235RKS. Our dealer recommended a Round Bar WD hitch without any sway control. This might be OK if you do not intend to tow very far. But we take 3,000+ miles trips. So, we went with Trunion Bar Reese WD hitch with the Dual Cam sway control. We can meet semi-trailer trucks on a 2-lane highway with nary a twitch; just the way I like it. IMO, you've got a lot invested in a truck, trailer, and your lives, why skimp on the hitch?

BTW, the SV235RKS tows like a dream. We've been very happy with ours. Best of luck and have a great time.
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My suggestion would be to not settle for anything less than a Reese Dual Cam (Straight Line) or and Equal-i-zer (not equalizer) weight distributing hitch with built-in sway control!

Whichever you get don't expect the dealer to get it set up correctly. Post back the model you get and we'll direct you to the right place to learn how to set it up correctly.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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Did I read that you bought at Couch's? Did they provide the Reese set-up that you have? They have quoted me $599 for the hitch but did not specify what hitch, etc.
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We live in MN and bought from Shorewood RV in Ramsey. I spent $550 on my Reese with Dual Cam and bought over Internet from eTrailer; they are great. I did my own install. Took maybe 2 hours. If you do your own install, you have the advantage of really knowing how your hitch works; and importantly, how to make adjustments if needed. At $500 installed from your dealer, I will be surprised if you get Dual Cam or Equalizer. More likely, a Round Bar WD with possibly a friction bar for sway. IMO, don't do this with your dealer unless you really know what you are getting, that it will do the job for you, and that your dealer knows what they are doing; not always the case.
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By the way, I would recommend 800 lb bars for the 235RKS. 600's are too light (you might max them loaded and with mods) and 1000's are too much (too stiff). Yeah, I made the mistake of more is better with 1,200 lb bars; too much.
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We took delivery of our 2010 235 RKS last September and camped through October. Definitely don't skimp on the hitch set-up. We have an EAZ-LIFT hitch with 1000 lb. torsion bars and sway control. Our dealer, Can-Am RV, custom welded the angle of the receiver draw bar, bringing the coupler closer to the rear bumper. Everything lines up nice and levelled. The ride quality and stability while towing is much better than when towing with our Coleman Williamsburg tent trailer (previous trailer). No white knuckling and the semis won't bother you. Our Toyota Sienna, yes that's right, we are towing it with a minivan, drops 1/2" at the rear axle and 3/4" at the front. Bumps are only felt once (no snaking). We've gone camping in Ontario, Quebec and Vermont. Stable ride and the cruise control never deviates from 100 KM/hr (62.5 miles/hour), not even on the hills. I'm sure I'm going to get lots of e-mails concerning my tow vehicle. Just remember the original Chrysler minivan was rated to tow 3,500 lbs. with a 4-cylinder motor. Anyway, happy camping. Hope you love it as much as we love ours. Only issue with the trailer is storage, or lack there of.
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Just remember the original Chrysler minivan was rated to tow 3,500 lbs. with a 4-cylinder motor.
And according to Toyota, the Sienna with the 3.5 L V6 is also rated to tow at 3,500 lbs.
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I had a 06 Sienna and towed a Jayco pup with it. It towed well but the hitch was a little low. What year is your Sienna? I have an 08 Highlander [replaced the Sienna] with the 3.5 which is rated to tow 5k but I had not considered using it to tow the 235RKS since actual towing weight of the 235 will be close to 5K and perhaps a few pounds more?
What MPGs are you getting with the Sienna?
Last fall I saw a Honda Odessey towing a trailer similar in size to the 235 and these folks were far from home and apparently it was working OK.
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Our Toyota Sienna, yes that's right, we are towing it with a minivan, drops 1/2" at the rear axle and 3/4" at the front. Bumps are only felt once (no snaking)
If you are dropping more in the front than in the back, that might be pulling the chains up a little too tight.
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