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Old 05-12-2015, 10:47 AM   #15
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It is like insurance you don't need it until you do.

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Old 05-12-2015, 10:50 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by martin300662 View Post
I do always have a small 'chuckle' to myself when the number one rated TW in the UK/Europe would not be seen as adequate to tow the smallest trailer in the US

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Trailers in Europe are a different design then in the US. Much lighter tonque weights for one. What you see is often dictated by costs and restrictions and not by smarts or safety.

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:02 AM   #17
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Trailers in Europe are a different design then in the US. Much lighter tonque weights for one. What you see is often dictated by costs and restrictions and not by smarts or safety.
And it is amazing how having gas prices a quarter of Europe is used to justify that something 'bigger' is needed. I have no issue with a 'belt and braces' approach, but that doesn't mean you 'need' both.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:08 AM   #18
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I just drove home 220 miles with a 33' Streamline with no WD, no SC, and no brakes (!!!). With high crosswinds and over Raton Pass (7800'). It towed fine, attached to my Armada.

That being said, I will add WD and SC. Because why not. Cheap Insurance for the situation where my brakes fail, a semi overtakes me by 20mph, and I've drifted very close to said semi. It all adds up. My $0.02. YMMV
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:09 AM   #19
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The big Avions gave relatively low tw. My owners manual for my 30p mentions either reese or eazlift wd hitches withe the added on sway control. This was in 1984. I have towed mine on the ball with a one ton and I prefer to use a little wd in conjunction with the sway bars, I use two. I have an eazlift. Your 34 footer is listed as only I think 750 tw, probably less than that the way yours was set up. Jim
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:13 AM   #20
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If you can afford an Airstream you should be able to buy a good hitch. but if not its your life ......
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:15 AM   #21
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:20 AM   #22
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We towed the Caravel for many years on the ball, but used a friction sway control as well. We didn't feel weight distribution was needed on our E150 van, as the tongue weight was so low (about 250#). It towed great.

When we switched to the Flex you could see how much the rear went down with the tongue weight on it, so we added WD. Whatever it takes to get everything nice and level.

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:22 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by urnmor View Post
It is like insurance you don't need it until you do.

Totally agree. Run a one ton F350 Diesel, could easily do without equalizer, but don't.

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:24 AM   #24
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I towed naked ball until I sold the freightliner, didn't need WD or SC. Truck weighed 11,500 #'s, EB @ 7,800 #'s, pix in my gallery.
I didn't want to spend for two WD hitch setups unless I needed it.
My newer downsized truck I bought a Blue ox setup before I rolled again.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:25 AM   #25
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There are infinite possibilities, permutations and variables encountered in the real world.

The recommendations for "WD"(weight distribution), sway control/ elimination, braking, tires, loading, weighing, etc.. Are nearly as diverse.

As an example, a "screen door" is a marvelous invention!.. But it really is a poor APPLICATION to install one on a submarine. Same with a diesel vs gas vs dually vs Smart car comparison and their APPLICATION. Where I have towed 10,000 pounds with a 1971, 6 cylinder, manual transmission Chevy Chevelle, And survived without trashing the car,(but the clutch, brakes and rear axle complained), trailer or people, I have realized that was NOT a good thing to do.

So, now my TV (design specs) more closely match the work I do with it. Better brakes, drivetrain, suspension and anti-sway WD hitch. (Side note: My "towing experience" has greatly improved. )

As mentioned above, it is your "choice"... You don't have to "over compensate" my lack of manliness like I am. But, I FEEL I am safer and less of a threat to others I share the road with.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:25 AM   #26
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I use ball and sway bar only now. Last year I used Reese WD and sway. My 2500 tv was to much for the Bambi, I bent my a-frame almost 2" and had to have it replaced for very big $$$$$. My Tab and teardrop were ball only, but I had a 1500 suburban originally when I purchased the Airstream,which is why I had the Reese.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:35 AM   #27
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Ball only for me.. Seen more WD hitches set up wrong than right.. I found with ours that it tended to bind up on uneven ground too much. We like to go off road as much as possible and for us it just gets in the way.

Everyone is right,, proper loading of your trailer is important no matter if you pull with the ball or some high dollar hitch system.. Sodbust
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:48 AM   #28
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I towed my '66 Globetrotter on just the ball for about ten years before I picked up a used Reese hitch with weight distribution bars. I haven't noticed much difference, but I feel a little more confident with my setup now. Never had any trouble before or since.

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