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Old 01-22-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Just ordered a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604

Hi All, I am a new comer to this site. Just ordered a Rockwood 2604. will pickup some time in March. I have a 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 ext cab short bed, 4 wd. I'm trying to decide if I should buy a Reese Dual Cam or a Equal-I-zer Hitch. They both sound like good hitches but does one have something over the other?
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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Either WDH should do you a fine job.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:47 PM   #3
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Welcome! I give the Equalizer high marks. I've used an Equalizer on my current and prior trailer, and purchased after much research. If you go that way, I do recommend purchasing the " Sway Bracket Jacket." These do make a noticeable difference.

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Old 01-23-2011, 06:35 AM   #4
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I would vote for the Equalizer. We had the dual cam hitch installed on our unit but the dealer could never get it to work correctly. So we experienced a lot of sway when on the interstate highways. We finally had the dealer replace the dual cam with the Equalizer and so far we have not had any sway problems. It is also easier for me to hook up.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:29 AM   #5
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Greetings and Welcome!!!

I can't speak about the Equalizer because I've never
had one.
I have the dual cam and like it OK but can't say it's
awesome or anything. I don't have anything to compare to.
One thing to consider-- the dual cam depends on tongue
weight to press down on the weight distributing bars
in order to dampen sway. If your tongue is light the bars
won't be able to do that as well.

I have a 2502 and don't really know what the
difference is between our trailers.
The tongue weight is not all that high on mine.
In fact the entire trailer is not all that heavy
(Mine weighs about 4500 loaded with all supplies
and half tank of water including tongue weight)

IF an Equalizer is supposed to work better with lighter
tongue weights I'd suggest going with that one but
I can't really speak for it because I've never had one!

IF you go with the dual cam be sure they don't stick you
with the 1000 LB bars. You want the light bars because
your tongue won't be anywhere near 1000 LBs.

Hope this helps a little.....
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:40 AM   #6
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The 2604 is a bigger, heavier trailer than the 2502. Your tongue weight will probably be in the 750 - 800 lb range all loaded up so 1000lb bars if what you would want if you choose the Equalizer.

Both hitches need TW to work properly and both will work fine on the 2604. You may want to invest in a powered tongue jack if your trailer doesn't come with one. That makes hitching and unhitching a breeze.

The EQ works great for my setup.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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First I want to thank all the people that reply to this thread. Second what a wonderful site this is. I have only been on here for a few days and by reading the different thead found more info then shopping for RV's in the last year. Thanks for all the info on the hitches.
The wife and I are looking forward to getting our Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604 TT.
Anybody that owns the Rockwood 2604 TT I would like to hear your comments, good or not so good.
I live in eartern PA and will drive to Ohio to pickup the TT sometime in March. I Have a 2007 Silverado 1500 entcab short bed 4wd 5.3 V8 with tow pkg. Also in 2007 Silverado had the classic body and the new body. My Silverado is the new Body. The TT dry weight is listed at 5317 but a couple 100 lbs more with extra options I added.
I live about 465 miles one way to the tt pickup. Does anyboby see any problems with this setup?
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I think you'll be OK but definitely not over powered!

My weight is real, loaded on the way to a camp ground
certified truck scales weight.

You know the "dry" weight.
As soon as you get it home and go somewhere with
full tanks, full fridge and full closets and pantry stop
at a truck scale and weigh it!!
ONLY then will you know what you're pulling.

Get weighed!! It's easy around here. Many truck stops
have certified scales.
Just pull up on the scale. Put the truck front wheels
on one section, the rear wheels on the middle section
and the trailer on the rear section.
Push the intercom button and tell them to weigh you.
When they say OK, go to the gas counter inside and pay.
You'll be glad you did!
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:15 PM   #9
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i had a Hensly Arrow on my last TT and i loved it, check them out, i think Hensly sells rebuilt ones that maybe a little cheaper but worth it
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:11 AM   #11
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Husky Centerline WD sway hitch here.

No complaints.

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I have the same truck in a 2008 and a 2010 2604SS, both loaded. The truck weighs 6100 lbs loaded for camping. The 2604SS weighs 6200 lbs loaded for camping. These are actual weighs on a local CAT scale. I use the 10,000 lbs Equalizer 4 point hitch. The truck pulls the TT great on level roads, I forget it is back there. I do know it is there in headwinds and on hills. I have no sway and very little affect from big trucks. I run in 3 rd gear (automatic) 60 to 65 mph with Tow/Haul on. I have towed this rig 8,000 miles with no problems. I have not towed in the "BIG" mountains so I don't know how it will handle there. But I will find out in July when we go to Canada. We like the 2604SS pretty well, just me, wife and idiot yorkie.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:58 AM   #13
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I am happy with my Equal-i-zer hitch. Make sure that you do not purchase the lower quality Equalizer hitch (E2). I also would go with the 1000 K model which has worked well for me.

There is a certain amount of "moan and groan" that the hitch will make when new, related to the anti-sway bars rubbing on turns. This can be reduced significantly by the use of a heavy duty lube at the points were the metal rubs together and also purchasing the special Equal-i-zer pads. Both of these should be available at your dealer or online.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:08 PM   #14
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I also tow in 3rd gear- automatic.
Even after all these years I am undecided on the tow-haul
mode or not.
Sometimes I think it causes the tranny to down shift to 2nd
too soon.
If I'm cruising along at 65 mph and come to a slight hill
I don't want the tranny suddenly dropping down to 2nd.
If it does the tack zooms way up and the engine is
screaming. I'd rather just loose a couple mph than down
shift at every overpass so I often driven with tow-haul off.
It seems to shift less with it off.

If I'm in heavy traffic and trying to "keep up with the flow"
I might turn tow-haul on and then shut it off once
we get on the interstate.
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[QUOTE=KyDan;79482]I also tow in 3rd gear- automatic.

Sometimes I think it causes the tranny to down shift to 2nd
too soon.
If I'm cruising along at 65 mph and come to a slight hill
I don't want the tranny suddenly dropping down to 2nd.
If it does the tack zooms way up and the engine is
screaming. I'd rather just loose a couple mph than down
shift at every overpass so I often driven with tow-haul off.
It seems to shift less with it off.

I only notice mine downshifting like you mention when using cruise control. Something we didn't have a problem with in the semi's I drove using cruise control.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:11 PM   #16
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Thanks to everybody who has replyed to my thread.
When towing my old camper(2004 Coyote 23 cms) I would turn on the tow-haul. What I'm reading there is times when you should turn it on and times to turn it off. My Coyote was alot lighter to tow. 3650 lbs dry weigh. The Rockwood 2604 I will be getting in March will be alot heavier. When I pick it up in Ohio then to home in PA. I will be on mostly flat land for the first half of the trip. Then some hills. Any comments on when to or not to press the tow-haul button on or off?
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I run in 3 rd gear with tow/haul on all the time. The only time my truck down shifts to 2 nd gear to soon is if I am using cruise control. I try to watch and if I see a hill up ahead I turn cruise off. But sometimes I forget and yea the next thing I know the tach is above 4500 rpms and the engine is screaming. I try to let my speed drop to 50 before I down shift to second. Try it out on the way home and see what works best for you. That's what I did when I picked up the TT in Elkhart. I found out real quick that Drive was not the best gear for my truck.
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I do the same as most, run in 3rd with tow/haul on. I had bought a used truck a few years ago and we just had a PUP, we upgraded to the FS 26RLS (think it is very similar to yours). While on a long trip at Thanksgiving, after getting fuel and re-entering the highway, the check engine light came on. When we got to our destination I purchased a code reader. The code was a transmission component slip. I cleared the code and had no problems/ indications on the way home (350 miles). The tranny was on it's way out. I just had it rebuilt and added a transmission temp gauge. If you don't have one, talk to a shop and get one put in. Wow, it's makes all the difference in the world. You can see what is happening and if you're working the transmission to hard. If you see the temp start to rise you can let it cool down and maybe try a different driving technique to help keep the temp down. On our last trip after rebuilding the tranny, I decided not to buy a new truck (I really love this one and I don't drive it much) for quite a while. Good luck with your new TT!
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:56 AM   #19
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Thanks kbrown1075. You brought up something I've been worring about and that is over heating the tranny. My 2007 Chevy 1500 has a multi display on the dash. If I press the button it brings up the tranny temp. So I watched the tranny temp on one of my trips. The highest the temp got to was 208 degrees. What worries me is I don't know what temp would the tranny need to get to before I need to take action. ( slow down, pull off as soon I can and let the tranny cool, ect.) Maybe I should contact my Chevy dealer and ask them?
If anybody out there has experance with tranny over heating or its limits. I would like to hear from you.
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Thanks kbrown1075. You brought up something I've been worring about and that is over heating the tranny. My 2007 Chevy 1500 has a multi display on the dash. If I press the button it brings up the tranny temp. So I watched the tranny temp on one of my trips. The highest the temp got to was 208 degrees. What worries me is I don't know what temp would the tranny need to get to before I need to take action. ( slow down, pull off as soon I can and let the tranny cool, ect.) Maybe I should contact my Chevy dealer and ask them?
If anybody out there has experance with tranny over heating or its limits. I would like to hear from you.

There was a recent thread on the subject. http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...hart-3427.html
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