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Old 09-14-2011, 10:34 AM   #1
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Re-Openning the "Anti-sway/WD" Discussion

I have read for months and made a decision on the 233S Roo to be delivered next month. I am a popup owner and know a little about towing. I have a 5.7 hemi Dodge Aspen with a factory tow pkg. The Roo saleman has seen my TV and claims, it is one of the best TVs he has seen. He claims I will need little in extra anti-sway/wd equipment and, if I want, he'll have basic anti-sway bars ($129) installed when we do the "walk through". Obviously, he could sell me top of the line equipment, since I know little about the sway/wd issues. I have read so many opinions regarding the brands available, but nothing relating to my specific question. If I am looking for the smoothest, SAFEST ride, any opinions? Is it worth paying $$$ for Reese or Equalizer systems, if the saleman is saying it is not needed?
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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there's no way i'd would tow without a good WDH.
i love my Equalizer. no drilling and once it's set up, you don't have to mess with it again.
for me, a quality WDH with built-in sway control was worth the $400.

don't believe the salesman telling you that you don't need a WDH.
check your owner's manual for the tongue amount that requires you to use one.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:48 AM   #3
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there's no way i'd would tow without a good WDH.
i love my Equalizer. no drilling and once it's set up, you don't have to mess with it again.
for me, a quality WDH with built-in sway control was worth the $400.

don't believe the salesman telling you that you don't need a WDH.
check your owner's manual for the tongue amount that requires you to use one.
X2 on the Equalizer!
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:20 AM   #4
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Wdh

I agree, you need a weight distribution hitch, as far as anti-sway, equalizer is an excellent product. But if you need to go a little cheaper, the set up the salesman suggested is all right as long as the weight is ok and a friction type anti sway bar is added,it would do the job for you almost as well. I tow a 6000lb trailer and that is the type of set up I use and it works fine,IMHO.


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Old 09-14-2011, 01:41 PM   #5
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I remember the Dodge Aspen as a compact from the 70's. Guess I'm showing my age

Anyhoo. I'd go with the Equal'i'zer or Reese Dual Cam. Either would address your need for smooth and safe (properly setup). Its true that they are both more expensive than the alternative, but you asked for safety first.

About your truck. Your SUV has a big engine and a good frame for towing, but its lighter than the truck I use and has a shorter wheel base. I wouldn't tow my 233S with anything less than an Equal'i'zer or Reese Dual Cam.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:47 PM   #6
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Thank you for the info. I try to be "clever" with responses, but this has worked for along time (showing my age): Better safe than sorry.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
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I totally agree on getting a quality WD hitch with sway control built in. THe Equalizer and Reese Dual cam are great but so is the Blue Ox Sway Pro and it is very quiet in it's operation as an added bonus and the new rotary snap up brackets are the best I have seen.
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:15 PM   #8
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Several suggestions.

Take the wheelbase (in inches) of the Aspen, divide by 5, and make sure that the Roo footage is under that.

Check to make sure your Aspen came with a heavy duty tow package.

Check your hitch sticker, to make sure it will pull and carry the tongue weight of the Roo.

Call your Dodge dealer, give him your VIN, see what final drive ratio you have, and ask what your Aspen is rated to tow. Make sure that the recommended maximum tow capacity is over the GVWR of the Roo. Just because there is a 5.7 L Hemi, does not mean you have the gearing, or the frame to pull that trailer.

Find another salesman.....the current 1 is feeding you a line just to sell you a trailer. A fairly short wheelbased SUV is definitely not the best TV out there.....although it may work well after doing your research.

If everything lines up OK, get a WDH with integrated sway control, such as the Equalizer, Reese Straight Line Dual Cam, or Blue Ox. Another reason to find another salesman.......a conventional travel trailer should not go out the door with without a WDH and sway control. You stated the salesman will set you up with a sway control (friction bar ??), but nothing about a WDH.
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:24 PM   #9
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I have a 5.7 hemi Dodge Aspen with a factory tow pkg.
Huh ?? The Dodge Aspen was made in the late 70s. The Chrysler Aspen was made from about 2007 to 2009....I think. -
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Huh ?? The Dodge Aspen was made in the late 70s. The Chrysler Aspen was made from about 2007 to 2009....I think. -
That's what i thought, too. Maybe they brought it back?


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