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Old 08-01-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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new 2010 surveyor 291

Hi everyone. I'm picking up my new surveyor in 3 weeks. I was just wondering for those who own that trailer, what weight distribution hitch they use and with what size of tongue weight bars? I'm thinking about getting a new system 'cause I currently am using the eazi-lift system with a friction sway bar and with 550lb bars. I think that's a little light for this trailer and would like to get away from using the friction sway control. In addition to that the levers that lift the chains up are too far forward on that trailer because they're limited by the supporting bar for the propane tanks. Any thoughts would be great!

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Old 08-01-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Like you we are new to this also. We bought the 294 a couple weeks ago. I tow it with a Chrsler Aspen, we do have a Hensley Arrow, and we have no problems. I was just correctly informed that the tires are only rated for 65mph, and I have been comfortably towing up to 70. We absolutely the the Surveyor product. Good luck with your purchase.

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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Forest River site says 440 pounds for a 291. But that probably doesn't include any of the options; nor full tanks, nor your personal items. I would think your tongue weight will be north of 500 pounds. You might want to consider 800 pound bars. We have a tongue weight of about 500 pounds; have 800 pound bars; works wonderfully.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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1000 pound bars on my 291. Made by company called Quality S. No problems at all.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:44 PM   #5
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1000 pound bars on my 291. Made by company called Quality S. No problems at all.
1000 pound bars on ours as well. Carryovers from the previous trailer but work great on the 291.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:24 AM   #6
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Hey get mad,
I actually use the same eazi-lift W/D hitch that you have. it's the one that we had on our hybrid camper and our dealer told us that it would work fine on our SV291. The only thing I haven't been comfortable with is having only one friction sway control bar. The sway isn't bad but it is there. My hitch head only accepts one of the small "balls"so if I have to replace the head I will replace the whole unit. I have thought about getting the Equalizer hitch with the 1000# bars. I do have a heavy duty suspension on my truck so tounge weight has never been problem.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:41 AM   #7
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Equalizer Hitch

Thanks to all that replied with the great advice. I'm sold on the Equalizer Hitch with the 1000lb bars. I'm going to order from "RV wholesalers" in Ohio today...unless anyone knows of a better place.

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