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Old 02-06-2015, 03:02 AM   #21
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I have a pop up and never needed this feature. Now I 'm looking at a Roo 183, not too big. Do I really need this option?
no one "needs" one but they are nice.
especially when hooking and unhooking to a WDH.
Will you be using a WDH to tow the 183?
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:38 PM   #22
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I don't have one on my Roo 19, but like Dan says, "It'd be nice."
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Old 02-06-2015, 04:57 PM   #23
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I have an Equalizer hitch and to go camping without the jack I need to go to storage, 1) crank up the camper, 2) lower the camper on the ball and lock, 3) crank up the camper, 4) put on the bars, 5) lower the camper, 6) drive home, 7) crank up the camper, 8) take off the bars, 9) lower the camper, 10) unhitch, 11) crank up the camper. Prep the camper for the weekend. Repeat 1-5 and drive to campsite. Repeat 7-11.

You get the idea! Having the jack makes things a little easier.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:14 PM   #24
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Wow, I had no idea. I only needed to crank up and down to level or hitch the pop up. The dealer for the Roo told me I would need an equalizer hitch, and that I couldn't use my bicycle rack which mounts onto the longer ball mount to the hitch.


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Old 02-06-2015, 07:20 PM   #25
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Is there a difference between an equalizer hitch and a weight distribution hitch? What I really need to know is if it is harder to crank a heavier travel trailer, as we frequently camp with just the women in the house. My daughters have had it with cranking the roof up on the Popup! We truly want to do everything a little better than we have been.


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Old 02-06-2015, 08:58 PM   #26
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The Equalizer is a weight distributing hitch. Don't get me wrong, it is a great hitch. You will have no problem with the manual jack on your camper. The setup will be easier than with the popup. Try the manual jack and it will probably work fine for you. If you want more convenience, the power jack can be added at any time. It is certainly not a requirement but something that I treated myself to after a couple of years.
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Is there a difference between an equalizer hitch and a weight distribution hitch? What I really need to know is if it is harder to crank a heavier travel trailer, as we frequently camp with just the women in the house. My daughters have had it with cranking the roof up on the Popup! We truly want to do everything a little better than we have been.


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Suggest you find someone that owns a TT and shows you what's involved in hooking one up to a WDH.
it's definitely not as easy as a popup.
an Equal-i-zer is a brand of WDH.
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I'd look into an Andersen WDH as well. If you're going with a light tongue weight trailer, look into Andersen. Equal-I-Zer is top notch and haven't heard too many complaints, but the Andersen is lighter, no noise and mitigates sway awesomely.
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Thanks for all the help. I was going to buy a new pop up last summer but after camping once with the old one, my camping neighbors said I should be afraid of a trailer. We make many trips to the bathhouse, and they watched all the stuff we did to load Kayaks, and bicycles, and open the popup. "If we could do all that, we could certainly manage a trailer!" So now I am trying to do that, I, Mom, just want to be sure I can do everything by myself if I have to. We have met the most wonderful people camping, and this forum seems to be much the same.


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Oops! Shouldn't be afraid of a trailer.


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