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Old 06-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #15
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Mod hat on... The OP asked for advise on a hitch set up. Lets don't start auguring about which one is best. Mod hat off. I pull a 19' Bambi and use the Reese WD and anti sway (came with the trailer) and haven't had any problems. Your tow vehicle is more than capable of pulling your 16'.
Thank you, thank you! I will definitely check this out since we've considered this as well. Really appreciate your input.

Is there a particular size that is best? (someday..I will understand all this..)
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:04 PM   #16
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Some WD hitches require application of grease to parts of that are commonly handled. Some folks don't like having to deal with that grease, stating that they occasionally get grease on their pant legs, etc when hitching and un-hitching. One solution to that is to carefully wrap the greasy parts in plastic bags or similar as you remove the bars.
Some hitches can make loud popping or groaning noises in use, which is mostly just annoying, and does not effect the function of the hitch.
There are a few hitches in the "mid price" range that are quiet, and of the "clean" design. Blue Ox swaypro is one of them. This hitch is also available with different strength weight bars ( 550, 750, 1000, 1500 pound ) that you choose based on what the tongue weight is of your trailer.
The advocates of the andersen will point out as well that brand is also "clean and quiet".
Again though, not everyone cares about the clean and quiet part of it, but I throw that out there as something to consider.

I use the blue ox, and it works well for weight distribution and antisway with my white box SOB.

Ha.... I'm still looking for my "dream stream" though, so I cannot directly comment how the blue ox would work with your trailer. All I can say is it works well on my camper and one of my horse trailers.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:05 PM   #17
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Your Jeep weighs around 5000# empty, and your trailer weighs 3500# maxxed out with water, propane, ready to go. Tongue weight is 350-400#. You don't need WD. There's no weight to distribute. Install a good brake controller, drop the trailer on the ball, and go. That's what I've done for many years, with similar weights. Never an issue, and I've been through some high winds, heavy rains, and passed by plenty of big rigs. Unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket....just try it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #18
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If a 3500 pound trailer is set up with 13-14% tongue weight, that is 455-490 pounds.
Some would argue that on a SUV, that would make it wise to have weight distribution, and sway control. I would be one of those that would argue it would be prudent, but will admit that honest men can disagree.
I tend to be one who really likes the handling of my vehicles to be safe and predictable, especially on rain slick roads. Having the correct loading on the front tires helps in this regard, and WD hitches clearly help in maintaining front axle loads. Your mileage and handling needs may vary.......

EDIT: for what it's worth, if your tongue weight really is less than 350 pounds, then a blue ox swaypro may not be a good choice. On the "old version" like mine, they state that you must have a min of 350 pounds tongue to use that hitch.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:58 PM   #19
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With a single axel I'd use a WD with anti sway. I'm not an expert by any means but I believe it helps keep the smaller lighter trailers nice and straight. I consult Andy Thompson at Can Am for expert advise.

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:24 PM   #20
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Your Jeep weighs around 5000# empty, and your trailer weighs 3500# maxxed out with water, propane, ready to go. Tongue weight is 350-400#. You don't need WD. There's no weight to distribute. Install a good brake controller, drop the trailer on the ball, and go. That's what I've done for many years, with similar weights. Never an issue, and I've been through some high winds, heavy rains, and passed by plenty of big rigs. Unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket....just try it.
Thank you! Several people and RV places have agreed with you. That's what we were doing with the '99 Suburban and it towed beautifully. It's just that when you start reading all the posts, it can scare you to death! Shouldn't be that way, right?

We did add the Reese sway bar. Although, we did (out of necessity) tow it to NC from VA when we bought it, just on the ball, with no problems. I must admit, the sway bar gives me a little piece of mind though. Some say it's a false sense of security...I don't know. Thanks for breaking it out for me. That's exactly what I've been looking for. Even after reading everything I can get my hands on, I've still never quite understood what I should do. Many, many thanks!
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I bought my 16' used and it came with a 10,000 lb. capacity Equil-i-zer. It was really overkill and the ride was always stiffer than I thought it should be, on the Liberty and on the trailer. I recently changed to a new 6,000 lb. hitch and I am so much happier. Much smoother ride and still well within my weight capacity needs. I considered the 4,000 lb., but I want to add an extra battery to the front of the Bambi and I think the hitch weight will be over 400 lbs.

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I bought my 16' used and it came with a 10,000 lb. capacity Equil-i-zer. It was really overkill and the ride was always stiffer than I thought it should be, on the Liberty and on the trailer. I recently changed to a new 6,000 lb. hitch and I am so much happier. Much smoother ride and still well within my weight capacity needs. I considered the 4,000 lb., but I want to add an extra battery to the front of the Bambi and I think the hitch weight will be over 400 lbs.


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Thank you! You see, this makes more sense to me if you go the WD route, (from what little...very little.. I know and understand) This helps me a lot. Those big 10,000+ things seem like they would do more harm than good. But what do I know? This all still seems so subjective...it's really hard to figure out what to do. Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:42 PM   #23
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I bought my 16' used and it came with a 10,000 lb. capacity Equil-i-zer. It was really overkill and the ride was always stiffer than I thought it should be, on the Liberty and on the trailer. I recently changed to a new 6,000 lb. hitch and I am so much happier. Much smoother ride and still well within my weight capacity needs. I considered the 4,000 lb., but I want to add an extra battery to the front of the Bambi and I think the hitch weight will be over 400 lbs.

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We're going to check out the Equil-i-zer, maybe 4,000lb. Thanks so much!!
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