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Old 04-04-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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weight dist. recommendations

Hi, first time here. I need help in deciding which weight dist. setup to use. I have a 2007 jeep gr.cherokee limited with a 3.0 6cyl diesel engine and a class iv receiver rated for 7200lbs. I am buying a 2010 rockwood roo 21ss and can't seem to pin down the exact tongue weight from either the dealer or from the brochure. It varies from around 400 to 645 depending which dealer site you look at. The 645 seems kind of heavy with gvwr being only 5143. Anyone using the equal-i-zer system, if so do you like it .
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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The equal-i-zer hitch is probably the best hitch available right now, but not the cheapest. The Husky round bar with sway will do. If you want the very best, it will have to wait till late May when the Husky Centerline comes out. More pricey than the equal-i-zer, but more features/benefits. I've heard good things, but haven't seen one in person yet.
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Old 04-05-2009, 12:00 AM   #3
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Tongue weight on a TT should be between 10 & 15% of the TT weight, so 645lb tongue weight with a GVWR of 5143 is probably about right.
I had a wd hitch with a friction anti-sway control on my old TT. Had alot of sway, never too bad though, and felt the tug as semis went by.
I had the Equil-i-zer installed on my new TT and have only pulled the new TT about 150 miles but I can tell a real difference. Hardly any sway and I don't get "sucked" over by passing semis.
May be a few more bucks but worth it. JMHO
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:04 AM   #4
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Here's my recommendation. Go with either the Equal-i-zer 600/6000lb unit or the Reese dual cam 600lb model. Both of these are good hitches and both have sway control built in. The one thing to make sure of is to get the hitch set up correctly and don't assume the dealer does it correctly. Learn yourself how to set it up correctly.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:19 AM   #5
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That's excellent sound advise Baba, I have already experienced that and ended up with a bent part on my hitch system. When I had my new truck rehitch for the camper the dealer replaced the part free of charge. So yes educate yourself so you can check behind the dealer if that's the rout you take.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:25 AM   #6
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thanks for the help I don't mind spending a few more bucks if safety is improved
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:26 AM   #7
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can you over due it by getting the 1000/10000 set up
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You can over do it with too big of a system. For example, a heavy dual cam reese system will practically lock you into a straight line, thus decreasing your maneuverability, and will give you a stiff ride. Keep in mind: Dual cam sway control/equal-i-zer/straight line are nearly useless on slippery roads. Something with a removable friction sway control will take away that handicap, should you ever have to tow on snow/ice.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:05 AM   #9
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I have the Equal-i-zer for my 33' TT and love it. Pay the extra money and have peace of mind.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:53 AM   #10
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Here's my recommendation. Go with either the Equal-i-zer 600/6000lb unit or the Reese dual cam 600lb model. Both of these are good hitches and both have sway control built in. The one thing to make sure of is to get the hitch set up correctly and don't assume the dealer does it correctly. Learn yourself how to set it up correctly.
I usually agree 100% with Bama's reponses, but will have to maybe disagree with just 1 part of this reponse. If the true tongue weight of the trailer is 645 lbs., then the 600/6000 lb. bars may be too light. I am aware or several members of the Trailmanor forum that started with the 600 lb. bars, and had to upgrade to the 800 lb. bars because the lighter bars did not give them enough weight distributing with their ~550 lb. tongue weights. For me, I have already upgraded to the next weight up, and someone else on this forum has down-graded to smaller bars. Owners need to be aware of their actual tongue weight, and potential tongue weights to make a decision on the proper sized spring bars.

There is a nice little chart about 1/2 way down the page on this site:
http://www.etrailer.com/c-wd.htm showing the weight ranges of different sized spring bars.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:58 PM   #11
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Thanks again everyone, hoping to fly to michigan soon to check out the trailer before they ship it. Hopefully then they will have the exact numbers for me as far as the hitch weight and all.
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