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Posted: 09/01/22 06:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Purchasng a used coachman 2021 spirit northern ultra lite 1943Rb. Its about 24 feet weighting about 4900lbs with a hitch weight of 520lbs. Will be towing w/ a 2020 ford F-150 w/ the small eco engine and a tow capacity of 7300lbs. I am 76 years old and looking for hitch that is capable but hopefully easy to hook up. Thank You

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Posted: 09/01/22 07:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Equal-i-zer brand is a good one. A 10,000 gross/1000 hitch weight rated one will do just fine for your weight of trailer. Like any hitch it is on the heavy side. I ordered one of the hitch gripper handles to use to carry mine and it does help. I think the Equal-i-zer is easy to hook up compared to some others with the chains type.

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Posted: 09/01/22 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a Hensley Arrow or a Pro-Pride. Each cost a few $$. I purchased mine used on eBay. IMO it should be against the law to sell a TT without one of these hitches. ... [emoticon] .... [emoticon].

NO MORE TAIL SWAY. I once had a wheel come off my TT while driving 75 MPH and did not know it until a car passed me and wave me down to pull over. The Arrow probably saved my life.

Search the posting to see other comments. I am 85 and not problem hooking up. A few tricks to learn. Most important is do NOT turn you steering wheel the last 5 feet when you back up to the hitch.


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If you're worried about weight the lightest I'm aware of is Andersen.

https://andersenhitches.com/product/weight-distribution-hitch/


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Posted: 09/01/22 09:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those weights are all empty weights - pretty useless numbers and should not be used for determining an appropriate tow vehicle or hitch. The GVWR of that trailer (fully loaded) is 6,500 lbs. which will yield a tongue weight around 780 lbs.

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Posted: 09/01/22 10:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Second Chance wrote:

Those weights are all empty weights - pretty useless numbers and should not be used for determining an appropriate tow vehicle or hitch. The GVWR of that trailer (fully loaded) is 6,500 lbs. which will yield a tongue weight around 780 lbs.

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Actually 6,500 lbs GVWR has the potential of 975 lbs at 15% of tongue weight when fully loaded..

780 lbs is only 12% of TW, the max towing stability is achieved when your TW is at 15% of the trailer weight.

Yes, the recommended TW range is 10% - 15% and 12% is in sort of in the middle, it is better to shoot for 15% than 12%.

Maxing out your TW to 15% is advisable.

Granted, most likely you will not get to the GVWR but one should always plan for it just in case you end up getting close to the GVWR..

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Don’t have one but it seems the lightest and easiest to adjust is the Anderson.
I have a Husky Centerline TS and it works great but is sometimes noisy and heavy for me. And I’m a young whipper-snapper at 67!


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"weighing about 4900lbs with a hitch weight of 520lbs."

That's just a spec over 10% and too light IMO. Shoot for 13 to 14% of the loaded weight of the TT.


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A reasonable going camping weight for this TT might be around 6,000 lbs. That would indicate a tongue weight of 600- 900 lbs. 700-800 would be reasonable. An Equal-i-zer 10,000 - 1,000 should serve very well. The hitch head is heavy.

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I have a 10000 gvwr car hauler carrying a 7000 lb blue tractor/implements. Trailer axles scales 8840-9260 lbs depending on which implement is on the tractor.

I some times pull it with the wifes '16 1500 chevy 4wd 5.3 engine 6 speed tranny short bed.
I use a Husky Centerline TS with 1200 lb bars as the tractor has a cab and makes a top heavy load above the trailer deck. No more trailer over steer on sudden lane changes or curvy state/county roads.
I'm 80+ and have no problems installing/removing the hitch minus the bars. Its a friction style hitch and can groan a bit if the L brackets are rusty where the bars slide. After the first couple of turns no more noise.


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