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Bigfoot2005

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Posted: 08/10/19 04:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey guys

Will be getting a new Imagine 2800BH next year and looking into getting a Equal-i-zer Hitch

I did the hitch size calculator on their website and it is telling me to get the 1400 lb version.

GTW - 7995 lbs
Tongue weight - Dry 604 lbs - Rough actual - 13% is 1039 lbs
Cargo weight in bed of truck - 400 lbs

Truck hitch says max is 1250 lbs

is 1400 lbs bars to stiff or should I go with the 1200 lb version

All figures are estimates but close

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Posted: 08/10/19 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seems like 1200 lb bars to me. I don't think the weight in the bed comes into play.


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Posted: 08/10/19 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you go with the heftier system, you'll never have to purchase a set again when you decide to get a heavier trailer someday. I had 14,000 / 1400 Equal-i-zer's but my trailer was heavier and my truck was a 1 ton dualy. Overkill? perhaps, but I never had issues of being under-par. Your choice, but if mine again, I'd go with the heftier system.

I gave my Equal-i-zer system to a colleague at work who purchased a Keystone Passport (approx 8000 pounds) towing with a 1500 Expedition. He said it towed with no problem at all. The WD system worked just fine.

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Posted: 08/10/19 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

opnspaces wrote:

Seems like 1200 lb bars to me. I don't think the weight in the bed comes into play.


When you do the calculation on their website they ask for the bed weight i guess because you are transferring weight from the rear axle and anything over the axle adds to the transfer weight

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Bigfoot2005 wrote:

opnspaces wrote:

Seems like 1200 lb bars to me. I don't think the weight in the bed comes into play.


When you do the calculation on their website they ask for the bed weight i guess because you are transferring weight from the rear axle and anything over the axle adds to the transfer weight


What is the issue with having to stiff of the bars? 1400 versus 1200

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Posted: 08/10/19 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm using the 1,400/14,000 Equal-i-zer 4 point with the 7,800 lbs trailer gross in my signature and the Ram 1500. Rides fine. I had the 1,200/12,000 previously and the hitch head broke. To my mind, the dynamic forces are a consideration rather than just the non-moving static weights. If your hitch weight would be 15% of gross based on trailer loading in the front, you'd be at 1,200 lbs anyway.


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Posted: 08/10/19 05:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

Bigfoot2005 wrote:

opnspaces wrote:

Seems like 1200 lb bars to me. I don't think the weight in the bed comes into play.


When you do the calculation on their website they ask for the bed weight i guess because you are transferring weight from the rear axle and anything over the axle adds to the transfer weight


What is the issue with having to stiff of the bars? 1400 versus 1200
A rough ride and potential damage to the type frame
Bars are like shoes
Bigger isn’t better
The right size is the right size

As for the bed weight some believe in adding it in
Some don’t
Whatever you believe only the weight behind the tv rear axle would be counted
I have now had 3 different sized EQUALIZER hitches
As I moved up in tt weight I bought the next size up to match the weight

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Posted: 08/10/19 05:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bigfoot2005 wrote:


What is the issue with having to stiff of the bars? 1400 versus 1200


Stiffer bars make for a bumpier ride. That's about all. A softer bar allows more porpoising. Some receiver hitches in vehicles are rated at different weights.

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Stiffer bars put more stress on the A frame to chassis point of the trailer as well. Picture if the bars didn't give at all. The A frame would have to. Unless it's built like a tank, you might be posting one day of a broken or bent A frame. I prefer no weight distribution but I'm over the weight limit for non WD. So I'm using as little as I can to pull the front of the TV about half way back to unloaded height. Tows like a champ.


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Hannibal wrote:

Stiffer bars put more stress on the A frame to chassis point of the trailer as well. Picture if the bars didn't give at all. The A frame would have to.


Yep, the bars are basically springs that need to flex, use the correct size.





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