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Posted: 07/27/20 02:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buy your trailer first.

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bgum wrote:

Get your hitch and sway control from your trailer dealer. You should make it a package deal and may save a few bucks.


I agree with Begum !
I did that on our first two trailers and never had to worry about it

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campigloo wrote:

Adding the hitch is a simple and quick deal. Camping World might not be your best choice of shops to do it. Buying from the dealer you buy the camper from is good advice. CW has a less than stellar reputation.


No matter which dealer does it I'd double check their setup, measure the wheel well front and rear, drop the trailer on the ball, measure, then attach/engage the WDH and measure a third time. The third measurements front and rear should be roughly halfway between the first and second.


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A transmission cooler is a good addition if your truck doesnt have one. A business that sells utility trailers and some U haul places install hitches. It doesnt have to be a rv place.

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afidel wrote:

campigloo wrote:

Adding the hitch is a simple and quick deal. Camping World might not be your best choice of shops to do it. Buying from the dealer you buy the camper from is good advice. CW has a less than stellar reputation.


No matter which dealer does it I'd double check their setup, measure the wheel well front and rear, drop the trailer on the ball, measure, then attach/engage the WDH and measure a third time. The third measurements front and rear should be roughly halfway between the first and second.
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wdh hitches are all about distributing the weight . Wheel well or bumper height measurements are critical. when done properly. WDH bars must match the loaded tongue weight to be effective.
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Posted: 07/27/20 10:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or save hundreds of dollars and buy used wdh on Craigslist.

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Interesting. I had seen a couple of negatives re: Camper's World here and there.
I didn't realize the feeling was so widespread. I'll follow y'all's advice and wait until I purchase the trailer.

Thanks for the info.

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SlothHorn wrote:

I'll be going to Camping World locally to have the equipment installed.


Don't buy anything from CW, not let their service people attempt to install it. Wait and get it done at the RV dealer you buy the RV from. And don't buy an RV from CW either.


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Due to the fact that the bars on a WDH are specific to ranges of tongue weight, you really need to wait until you get the trailer.

Equal-i-zer® brand hitches DO NOT have interchangable bars, they are removable but due to design differences you have to replace the entire hitch head (but not the shank) and the bars, as a unit if you need to go from one weight range to another. Other hitches have interchangeable weight bars, such as the Blue Ox Sway Pro, its available with 350 lb. 550 lb, 750 lb, 1000 lb and 1500 lb weight bars. The hitch head is the same, you just change the bars (but thats a $200 plus proposition).

Many dealers do not really know how to set up hitches. An Equal-i-zer in particular is not the easiest to set up.

Shop for a good used WDH, they are on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you just gotta search for them, and know what you are looking at. I just bought a 7 month old, possibly used once (ball was not scratched) Blue Ox Sway Pro hitch with 1000 lb bars for my 800 lb plus tongue weight. Paid $300 for it, cheapest I can get it delivered to my door for was something over $600, plus the cost of the ball. I made a 900 mile round trip in the car to get it, but I got a bunch of other camping stuff also, the guy was cleaning out his garage. New Camco lego blocks, Zero Gravity lounge chairs, dogbone adapters, and a couple of other valuable items all thrown in. Camping was not his bag and they were moving.

One thing to pay attention to is that whoever sets up the hitch has TORQUE WRENCHES to tighten the ball and the two bolts that retain the head to the shank. Many people think "German tight" is good enough, but you are playing with fire if they come loose on you.

A ball will generally have a 1¼ inch threaded shank and (fine thread) will be torqued to 450 lb/ft (yes, you read that right) and the 3/4 cross bolts holding the hitch head to the shank are torqued to 260 lb/ft (and yes, I own the proper torque wrenches).

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You should be able to figure out what spring bars you need one you decide on the trailer. Order it from etrailer or Amazon, and watch a YouTube video and set it up yourself. My Blue Ox sway pro was super easy to install and setup.

Maybe it was just my dealer, but he did not instill much confidence when he started to scrape some excess caulk off with a metal puddy knife on the fiberglass siding.


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