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Posted: 07/28/20 10:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK, here are a couple of things for you to think about. I agree with the concerns about CW. I would go somewhere else if I could.

I think having the dealer sell and set up your hitch is probably the safest way. Before you do that though, find out what kind of hitch they recommend. Go online and see what the cost is and how hard it is to adjust. Every manufacturer should have directions for you to follow.

Knowing the price going in will help you in negotiating. I have an Equalizer and I don't find it all that hard to adjust. But, to be honest, I have never used any other hitch and I am somewhat handy around a wrench. There are a lot of good hitches out there. Find out the one the dealer sells and come back here and ask owners how they like theirs. I would look for one that is easy to set up, easy to hook and easy to unhook.


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If you stay below 6k pounds loaded, you should also look at an Andersen hitch. By far the easiest to set up, hook up and unhook.


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Lynnmor wrote:

Skip the CW & the Good Sam. Get CoachNet if you want an assistance plan. Buy your WDH from eTrailer using their advice. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to drop a ton of money on a WDH, most issues are maladjustment. If you closely follow instructions, you can install or get some help from someone that has mechanical ability. I drove home from my wonderful dealer with the hitch completely loose on the shank.



Best advice! Get Coachnet and use eTrailer.

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I've got nothing to add that is on topic, but here are a few important points:

Your question was not dumb.

There are no dumb questions, except the one you don't ask.

Keep asking questions -- it provides guidance for other folks with similar issues, and it gives us old timers something to do! [emoticon]


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Get it at the same time and place you buy the trailer. If you really want to buy it early look at Etrailer. They always have great deals.


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surprised no one mentioned ebay for a source. I get the best deals there. I think because you have many sellers selling the same part they have to compete with each other.BTW I like my reese weight distrinution hitch with cam anti sway.Not cheap but works good.check it out

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LakeN wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Skip the CW & the Good Sam. Get CoachNet if you want an assistance plan. Buy your WDH from eTrailer using their advice. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to drop a ton of money on a WDH, most issues are maladjustment. If you closely follow instructions, you can install or get some help from someone that has mechanical ability. I drove home from my wonderful dealer with the hitch completely loose on the shank.



Best advice! Get Coachnet and use eTrailer.


Just think, several said the safest thing to do is let the dealer install it, they could have killed me.





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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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This is really important stuff from CharlesinGA if you are at all inclined to "do-it-yourself." I learned the hard way that the wrenches you need for this job are EXPENSIVE. I had the dealer set up mine originally. But then I changed tow vehicles, and then changed tow vehicles again. I decided at that point that it would be wise to re-adjust. I am the sort of person that loves doing my own work, and I generally don't buy a specific tool until I run into a job that requires it. Well, this job required it, and as I said, the torque wrench especially, was not cheap. But now I have the tools, and the know-how, and I can do the job again when necessary. Plus I can help others if and when the need arises.

But don't go into it with your eyes closed.

(BTW - the readjustment was the right thing to do. There were some significant changes needed due to differences in hitch-height and suspension differences.)

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What truck do you have?

You do need to get a hitch. There is no reason to "match" a hitch to a trailer, this is non-sense. The only reason to match would be if you were to get a really heavy trailer and need a heavy-duty hitch, but unlikely, and that's why I say non-sense.

Class III (3) are what typically comes on a truck, or what is typically installed and will work for most all tt's out there. Look at the class V hitches as they are the most robust and really not that much more expensive.

Get your hitch from U-Haul. Yes, really. If you are having to pay someone to do it then U-Haul offers really good prices. They are in business to rent trailers, not sell hitches, so more important that you have a hitch so you can rent their trailers, which is their business...

Or

Etrailer.com has great prices on hitches if you will install yourself. Shipping is cheap/free.
You can check rockauto.com also as their auto parts prices are amazing.

Check craigslist for used hitches, that is the cheapest, but again, you will be installing yourself. Self-install is sometimes really easy, but sometimes can be harder work, just depends on the truck.

Check ebay.

Wait to get the WD hitch until you have the trailer. Some compatibility issues might arise. You will need a shank and ball so you can tow, but having a ball that is not part of the clumsy WD hitch is quite useful if you ever need to tow something else, so is a good investment, again, check for used ones. Probably lots in your area...

If your truck has auto adjusting air bag suspension then the WD hitch is not needed to "level" the truck, but WD is good for spreading the weight to the front axle, so still can be considered. For a heavy trailer then a WD hitch is good, but for a lighter trailer it might not be needed at all. You will know as soon as the trailer is dropped on the hitch.

Wait until you actually do a tow before considering sway control. You do not always need sway control as many trailers do not sway. Just having the WD system is sometimes enough of a friction resistance to limit sway, but some trailers/drivers/trucks just do not sway. Why spend money for something you do not need just because some forum guys panic.

Sway can arise from improperly loaded trailers. Too much weight behind the trailer axle can cause sway, so proper loading should be followed.

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When I bought my truck used it had a hitch assemble already installed. We pulled our PUP with it, then we found a larger trailer used. It came with a WDH and bars...the dealer set it up for me. I ordered a Prodigy P2 from Etrailer and installed it myself. After we had the trailer loaded I had to reset the adjustment on the WDH and adjusted my Prodigy brake controller.

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