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Old 02-25-2011, 10:09 PM   #41
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Ok, so you all have me worried. I just picked up our new 233s on Monday. This being our first TT, I wasn't smart enough to ask about the WDH the dealer threw in for free. They put on an Ultra-Fab 1000/14000. Set up looks fine as my TV (2008 Sequoia 5.7L) and TT were perfectly level. I have very little towing experience, but I was very surprised at how well the trailer handled on the 80-mile trip home from the dealer - half of that on the DC Beltway sandwhiched between semis. The tralier never waggled an inch. But, I now have to ask...is this a safe/adequate hitch? Last thing I want is to endanger my family or have our first experience end in disaster. Thanks.
Dont be worried - some of it is preference and some of it is experiance
I have limited experiance with Weight Distribution hitches but my parents had them and my brother had one as well.

they wouldnt sell you something that will make you a liability to them.
If it handled well then I would go for it and just pay attention to how it handles and tow's - if you feel very comfortable with it and the trailer isnt all over the road then I would say it would be ok - the first time I do not feel safe with any hitch - it gets replaced.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:11 PM   #42
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I know my dh wants to call our dealer in the morning to see if they even sell them before we do anything. I'll keep this in mind for sure, though.
your dh?
if they do see if they will price match or come close to it - never hurts to get a good deal when you can
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:31 PM   #43
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Thanks, sherdep. Appreciate the practical perspective.
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Yes, my husband. He does the calling and bargaining and I do the towing. Works out well.
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Ok, so you all have me worried. I just picked up our new 233s on Monday. This being our first TT, I wasn't smart enough to ask about the WDH the dealer threw in for free. They put on an Ultra-Fab 1000/14000. Set up looks fine as my TV (2008 Sequoia 5.7L) and TT were perfectly level. I have very little towing experience, but I was very surprised at how well the trailer handled on the 80-mile trip home from the dealer - half of that on the DC Beltway sandwhiched between semis. The tralier never waggled an inch. But, I now have to ask...is this a safe/adequate hitch? Last thing I want is to endanger my family or have our first experience end in disaster. Thanks.
it's not a bad WDH, but it's a low-end one.it's made by Ultra Fab, which is a reputable company that carries a number of RV-related products.
did the dealer attach a friction anti-sway bar? cause the UF WDH doesn't come with one, it's an add-on item.
it won't compare with WDH's like the Equalizer or Reese Dual-Cam, which have built-in sway control.
and you don't have to unhook the bars to back up, like you do with a WDH like the UF one, since it needs a friction anti-sway bar.

IMHO, i would never have a WDH that uses a friction anti-sway bar. that's why i bought an Equalizer.
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Ok, so you all have me worried. I just picked up our new 233s on Monday. This being our first TT, I wasn't smart enough to ask about the WDH the dealer threw in for free. They put on an Ultra-Fab 1000/14000. Set up looks fine as my TV (2008 Sequoia 5.7L) and TT were perfectly level.
What do you have, the Ultra-Fab 1000 or 1400 ?? The 1400 is probably way to stiff for your trailer and tow vehicle. The Ultra-Fab does not provide sway control.

If you have something like this: Ultra-Fab Products, Inc.| - 1400-lb. Weight Distributing Hitch you also need something like this: Ultra-Fab Products, Inc.| - Ultra Sway Control Bar

If they installed the 1400 lb. bars, you might ask for the 1000s. That should still give you plenty of lift. You have a listed tongue weight of 532 lbs., so 1400 lb. bars are overkill. But I was wrong earlier in this thread concerning heavier bars, so you might need to contact the manufacturer.

The point of a WDH is not to level the tow vehicle and trailer. The job of a WDH is distribute the some of the weight of the trailer tongue to the front of the tow vehicle, and also put some of that weight back to the trailer tires. Just because the vehicles are level, does not necessarily mean it is set up correctly. To properly set-up the WDH, you need to do the fender measurements as stated in the WDH owners manual. After setting up the WDH properly, then is the time to level the travel trailer. The tow vehicle may or may not be level.......my truck still rides a little high in back when the trailer is hooked up.
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The sticker on the head says it has a 14000 lb weight distrubting rating but the dealer installed 1000 lb bars. And it does not have the sway control bars. So, based on what you and bikendan have shared, I'm seeing an Equalizer in my immediate future. And not having to drill more holes in my trailer and unhook bars when backing up makes that decision all the easier. Thanks much!
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The sticker on the head says it has a 14000 lb weight distrubting rating but the dealer installed 1000 lb bars. And it does not have the sway control bars. So, based on what you and bikendan have shared, I'm seeing an Equalizer in my immediate future. And not having to drill more holes in my trailer and unhook bars when backing up makes that decision all the easier. Thanks much!
With the 1000 lb bars, you should be good to go. The htich head has the maximum capacity as it can handle any of the bars.

It looks like the Ultra-Fab ball platform has the off-set and predrilled hole for a friction sway control bar. Friction sway controls work fairly well on shorter trailers. So, you have the option of trying that, or spending the money on an integrated WDH with sway control like the Equalizer (brand), Reese Straight Line Dual Cam, or the Blue Ox. Regardless of which system you go with, definitely go with some type of sway control.
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Thanks. I'm inclined to go with an Equalizer or Reese if for no other reason than not having to unhook the bars for backing up. Are these systems relatively easy to install yourself or is it best left to a dealer?
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If you have any kind of mechanically aptitude, you can do it yourself. My dealer did not install mine very well, and had to readjust the hitch when I got home.
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