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Old 02-11-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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weight distribution hitch ?'s

Hello everyone! I posted a couple weeks ago about going with an f150 ecoboost or f250 diesel to pull our new TT with. Thank you all for your responses, after much considereation we did buy the f250 super duty diesel 6.7L and have it in our garage now! Just can't wait to put it to use as soon as our TT gets done being made at the end of February!! My husband asked me to post the following message, I will forward all responses on to him. Thanks again!!

"I have a 2011 Super Duty F250 Supercrew with the 2.5” hitch and need some recommendations on a weight distribution hitch.
My trailer is the 320BHDS Coachmen Freedom Express and lists at 35’;
Its listed as 7,015 lbs. base weight with a tongue weight of 841 lbs.
It is listed on the dealers website as dry weight 7,912 with a tongue weight of 841 lbs.
We had someone reply to a previous post that wrote on the way home after picking it up, nothing in it he ran it across the scale and it weighed 8,600lbs.
I have to imagine between the stuff my wife packs and the stuff in the back of the truck we will be pushing 10,000lbs.
I currently do not have a weight distribution hitch and was looking for some recommendations and a good place to purchase.
The dealer did say they sold them but thought the options would be limited and possibly more expensive?
Any thoughts?"
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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CONGRATS ON THE NEW TV!

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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W/D hitches with integrated sway control such as Equal-i-zer or Reese dual cam.

Congrats on the new truck.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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W/D hitches with integrated sway control such as Equal-i-zer or Reese dual cam.

Congrats on the new truck.

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And probably 1200 lb. spring bars.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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I,We, should be able to have our Dealers put a W/D-Sway Control hitch on our TT when we Buy from them! If they are so Confident that the Hitch they sell will Perform with the TV & Unit They sold Us,for a FREE Trial! If it works to our satisfaction, we Pay for it. If it does NOT work,they take it off and try somthing else. Then people & Dealers will have to Pony Up for a Proper hitch right off the Bat! Youroo!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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Hi OP,
Congrats on your new truck!

A heavy long trailer like yours will definitely require an integrated sway control as Dave said and you are looking at the heaviest set of bars (at least 1,200 or probably the 1,400lb bars for a 10,000lb loaded trailer).

In general, I like the Equal-i-zer for a number of reasons but either that or Reese Dual Cam are solid. There are other brands as well (Blue Ox and Andersen are fairly comparable). All of these are adequate for the job.

Two others are Hensley and Propride, which are a step up in safety and cost. People who use these swear that they eliminate sway control, which is what they are designed to do, whereas the others I listed dampen but do not eliminate the chance for sway.

In your exploration, give Progrress Mfg a call at (800) 478-5578. They make the Equal-i-zer and are very helpful on the phone. They will help you to narrow down the size bars and shank size you will need.

A good place to buy the Equal-i-zer is RV Wholesalers (good prices and free shipping). Note that installing one of these requires special tools so ask your dealer if they are willing to install if you buy it elsewhere.

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Old 02-11-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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I am a previous propride owner and I would never tow a travel trailer again without one. All I can say is night and day difference.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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I have been towing for the last two season with the ProPride 3 P and it lives to it's reputation, no sway and no white knukles. From my point of view best hitch on the market for travel trailers. Go with the 1400 lbs spring bars. Here is link to ProPride:

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Definitely get a wdh w/ integrated sway control like Reese dual cam or equal-i-zer. You will want to size the bars up from the gvwr of the TT. The dry weight plus cargo capacity of your TT gives you a gvwr of 10,658 lbs. 15% of gvwr is 1598 lbs. 13% of gvwr is 1385 lbs. you will not likely load fully to gvwr. Reese sc can be ordered with 1500 lb bars. I would go with that. At minimum I would use 1400 lb bars.
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I recently bought the Andersen no sway hitch. It is light weight and easy to install. At $500 (Canadian) I feel that have an excellent hitch for the money. The company customer service was also impeccable.
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I recently bought the Andersen no sway hitch. It is light weight and easy to install. At $500 (Canadian) I feel that have an excellent hitch for the money. The company customer service was also impeccable.
An interesting spin on W.D. with sway control.

Nice, clean design.

Can you lift the trailer with the tongue jack enough to release the pin in the ball and triangle? It would also be a tool free design if that's possible!

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I recently bought the Andersen no sway hitch. It is light weight and easy to install. At $500 (Canadian) I feel that have an excellent hitch for the money. The company customer service was also impeccable.

Have u had any trouble out of your hitch. I seen a post reporting problems for the Anderson. How many miles have you pulled with your Anderson hitch?
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:12 PM   #14
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I recently sold my 35' Outback that was around 8600 lbs or 9000 lbs. with full fresh tank. I used the reese dual cam and it worked flawlessly once setup properly. Having a 3/4 ton truck with a stiffer suspension than a 1/2 ton, I eventually moved down to 800 lb. bars, as the 3/4 ton doesn't need the weight distribution as much as you need the sway control. The truck is rated and designed to carry a load such as the tongue weight you should have. The lighter bars softened the connection and made for a nicer ride and less jarring of the trailer. The tongue weight loaded/flexed the 800 lb. bars more than it did the 1200 lb. bars and gave great sway control. Not the conventional thinking, but the heavier bars work much better with the softer suspension of the 1/2 ton trucks and the lighter bars work better with the stiffer, heavier suspensions of the bigger trucks. Just something to think about as you shop. The hitch head needs to be rated for the tongue weight, but the bars work better when matched to the truck suspension. I'm not sharing this to stir debate, but because no matter what hitch you get, if it's not setup properly, it won't perform correctly. I had issues with improper dealer installation, and only through the help of others on another forum was I able to get it correct. After that, trucks, winds were no problem. It went from white knuckles to setting the cruise at 68 and rolling right thru winds and not caring about trucks. Here's a couple of links if you care to read up as you prepare to make your purchase.

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Laydback,
That's interesting. I leafed through some of your links but couldn't find answers to a few questions about your method in using very light bars with a very heavy tongue.

You mention that the bars work better when matched to the truck's suspension. Is there a manufacturer rating that shows the best match for bars to truck? I don't believe the literature I've seen from Progress addresses the issue.

More importantly, I see you were using Reese and I think I recall that you spoke to them. Did they have any comment about using 800lb bars with a 1,400lb TW? Are these lighter bars spec'd to handle that much weight?

I know you state you don't want to stir debate but, in this case, you're recommending something to the OP that seems a bit extreme and unconventional (so I am looking to be educated).
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Laydback,
That's interesting. I leafed through some of your links but couldn't find answers to a few questions about your method in using very light bars with a very heavy tongue.

You mention that the bars work better when matched to the truck's suspension. Is there a manufacturer rating that shows the best match for bars to truck? I don't believe the literature I've seen from Progress addresses the issue.

More importantly, I see you were using Reese and I think I recall that you spoke to them. Did they have any comment about using 800lb bars with a 1,400lb TW? Are these lighter bars spec'd to handle that much weight?

I know you state you don't want to stir debate but, in this case, you're recommending something to the OP that seems a bit extreme and unconventional (so I am looking to be educated).
Here's what got me convinced. It worked for me and the guy that bought my trailer towed it from St. Louis to Florida and was ecstatic over the hitch's performance, and I just did a quick setup that I told him he'd have to fine tune. As stated, I'm just offering it up, to each his own.

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Get a Hensley or ProPride. Can't go wrong with either.
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Laydback,
That's interesting. I leafed through some of your links but couldn't find answers to a few questions about your method in using very light bars with a very heavy tongue.

You mention that the bars work better when matched to the truck's suspension. Is there a manufacturer rating that shows the best match for bars to truck? I don't believe the literature I've seen from Progress addresses the issue.

More importantly, I see you were using Reese and I think I recall that you spoke to them. Did they have any comment about using 800lb bars with a 1,400lb TW? Are these lighter bars spec'd to handle that much weight?

I know you state you don't want to stir debate but, in this case, your recommending something to the OP that seems a bit extreme and unconventional (so I am looking to be educated).
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Definetly don't skimp on the WDH setup...great advice on this thread, it'll make all the difference in an enjoyable tow experience...especially bumper pulling 35' ( like a wind sock)



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I understand that you believe it is correct to undersize the bars, but it is not according to the manufactures of these hitches (unless you can show otherwise). This is important for the OP and anyone else to know.

The links and discussions you point to are definitely interesting but are not a convincing argument and don't address my original concerns or questions.

I do not advise that the OP trust the method you've espoused "unless" you are able to provide evidence that the manufacturers support your argument. If they do, than my hat is off to you. It's time to move on, but you can continue this discussion in a new thread should you choose to start one. My apologies to the OP in helping to hijack your thread.
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