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post #1 of 27 Old 06-21-2010, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,just took my new camper out this weekend ,got to talking with a fellow camper and he reccomended an equalizer hitch.I didn't think I needed one since I tow with an F-350 CC Dually.But we got to talking about the bucking bronco effect I get when going over dips in the road and he said the equalizer would take some of that out,is that true,and when I looked on ebay for hitches they rainge from $149.00 to over $600.00. How do you tell if you need a 1000lb or 1200lb .To muchto concider with out talking to someone who knows, Thanks for any help here guys.

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A few years ago back when I had a bumper pull trailer, I paid $600 for mine. Absolutely best money I have spent. The Equalizer is the BEST load equalizing hitch out there for the money and it has sway control built in. It is absolutely true that it will take some of the "bucking bronco" effect away.

In terms of which hitch you need, that measurement is rated in tongue weight, so determine your travel trailers tongue weight and go to the next bigger size hitch. There should also be a gross weight. I think the 1,000 lb tongue weight is rated at 10,000 lb gross weight and 1,200 lb is 12,000 lb...

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An EQ hitch is great, but there are some different types also. Depending on the type is where the money comes in. You should be able to get a chain type for a reasonable price, maybe around $400. If you already have the hitch with the spots for it, then you can just piece together the rest of the hitch.

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Thanks guys,always learning.My camper weight is 5500 pounds and add another 400 for supplies,I figure a total of around 6000 pounds .So i guess a 1000 pd. Equalizer hitch should do.

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I used an 1000# equalizer setup for our old trailer, which weighed about 6800 loaded. You should be fine with the same.
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I have a Reese with 1200 lb bars. My camper is light weight, and the sway control is great.

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I went to the camper place where I had my awning installed and they have a 1200 # for 209.00 so I feel they would not sell me something that I didn't need ,I think I can install this myself.looks simple.

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I have a10k 4way equalizer for my popup toyhauler, I needed it because of the tongue wieght when I traded down to an f150, but I have found the sway control aspect to be worthwhile when the jayco Baja is loaded with dirtbikes etc. Even though my f250 does not need it to tow the thing 5.5k loaded, because it is a lifted "offroad" popup toyhauler with a high center of gravity I can feel it more than a heavier conventional trailer.
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Well I bought the equalizer and installed it this weekend,I drove it about 30 miles and can't really tell a whole lot of difference,I did notice a little less bucking when going over dips in the road.Now I have to install the sway bar this next weekend.

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I was told the other day while camping that I need to move my gas bottles on the tounge so my equilizer hitch chains hang straight down,is this true,mine slant back about two inches to line up with the bars.

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