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Old 07-05-2015, 02:05 AM   #1
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Buying and outfitting a 25FB

Howdy. Don't know if I've posted this correctly, but I'm seeking input on whether it is advisable to purchase the following for a new Int'l 25FB:

Solar Panels
Satellite
Weight-distribution and anti-sway bars for a 3/4 ton truck and 25' trailer

Thanks for any advice you have.

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Old 07-05-2015, 07:09 AM   #2
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Solar Panels - yes but aftermarket???
Satellite - sure, why not?
Weight-distribution and anti-sway bars for a 3/4 ton truck and 25' trailer - Certainly.

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Howdy. Don't know if I've posted this correctly, but I'm seeking input on whether it is advisable to purchase the following for a new Int'l 25FB:

Solar Panels - yes but aftermarket???
Satellite - sure, why not?
Weight-distribution and anti-sway bars for a 3/4 ton truck and 25' trailer - Certainly.

Thanks for any advice you have.

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Old 07-05-2015, 07:15 AM   #3
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1. We were advised not to buy factory solar. Not enough bang for the buck.
2. We held off on a satellite. We've been on the road 9 months and have had some sort of TV reception 98% of the time off the antenna. No, we don't see everything we liked at home but enough to satisfy us. I'd hold off and see how it works for you.
3. We have a pp weight distribution hitch and wouldn't travel without it. We know
others who do without. Just like the ad says, "don't leave home without it."
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:39 AM   #4
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1. We have factory solar and although it's not much bang for the buck it is installed very nicely and quietly and effortlessly keeps the two Lifeline AGM batteries charged. Enough for reasonable lighting, electronic, water pump and furnace use. We have found in sunny weather the weakness is not the solar output, but the battery capacity. We like it.

2. No satellite here, enough of broadcast HD TV available in most areas.

3. We bought two hitches before getting the ProPride/Hensley sway elimination design. Completely different, relaxed towing experience. Wish now we had got it in the first place, our hitch expense would have been less.
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:50 AM   #5
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No satellite. I've found I can get enough news and weather with my smartphone and local reception.

Reference your list, the WD hitch is the only must. Buy once on the hitch. Many folks end up buying more than one hitch. Pick a good one, get it up front and save money down the road. The pivot point projection hitches are superior from a vehicle dynamics viewpoint.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:03 AM   #6
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By the way dealers may try to talk you out of a ProPride or Hensley saying you don't need it, the one they stock is "just as good". Good dealers will get you one even though there may not be any markup in it for them. And they may complain about the difficult installation and that you have to take it off for servicing, which is not true. Just speaking from experience.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:53 AM   #7
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Solar by all means.
No satellite. Local tv and Sirius radio suffice.
A w.d. hitch by all means. If you are towing at the upper limit of your tow vehicle capacity a premium hitch makes sense.
I tow a 6000 gvw trailer with a 10000 tow rated 3/4 ton Excursion and have towed tens of thousands of trouble free miles with an Equalizer.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:16 AM   #8
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Solar...yes.*
Satellite...no.

WD hitch...wouldn't leave home without it.

*Solar newbie here, thought the dealer knew what it was doing in this regard, having my doubts now. Wishing I had turned to the experts in the first place.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:31 AM   #9
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I also tow a 6000# (6300) trailer with first an F150 and now a 3/4T truck and an 10,000/1000 Equalizer hitch. I have never felt any sway with either truck in wind or even with passing semis, and the weight distribution seemed to dial in just fine with both trucks. I did machine down the bars from 1000# to about 700# stiffness when I changed trucks since there was a lot of talk on here claiming that the Equalizer put more stress on the trailer, particularly with 3/4T trucks. I haven't seen any evidence of stress on the trailer, with around 5000 miles of towing.

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Old 07-05-2015, 09:55 AM   #10
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Howdy. Don't know if I've posted this correctly, but I'm seeking input on whether it is advisable to purchase the following for a new Int'l 25FB:

Solar Panels
Satellite
Weight-distribution and anti-sway bars for a 3/4 ton truck and 25' trailer

Thanks for any advice you have.

M and M
Solar panels and satellite antenna's are optional equipment, neither are a necessity. I find the antenna on my trailer is sufficient about 90% of the time. There are two places I boondock where only one tv station is available. My choice is to use a generator in lieu of solar panels and additional batteries, to keep the weight of my trailer down. My generator weighs about the same as a single battery. It would be nice to leave the generator home and charge the batteries in total silence.

Weight distribution is not a necessity for your 3/4 ton truck (read your owners manual to confirm this), unless you have the truck bed so heavily loaded that you need to transfer weight away from the rear axle. Though, if I were towing with your truck I would use a weight distribution hitch. Personally, I like the trunnion torsion bar type over the HA and PP, simply because of the cost and weight they add. There is no question that the HA and the PP are superior in performance.

Sway control is a safety feature. My opinion is one should not tow without it. Though, many people do.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:56 AM   #11
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Solar by all means.
No satellite. Local tv and Sirius radio suffice.
A w.d. hitch by all means. If you are towing at the upper limit of your tow vehicle capacity a premium hitch makes sense.
I tow a 6000 gvw trailer with a 10000 tow rated 3/4 ton Excursion and have towed tens of thousands of trouble free miles with an Equalizer.
Second this. I am towing with an '08 Tundra and mine is a very good combination. No regrets. Wish I had solar.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:09 AM   #12
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, I would forgo the solar from the factory. There are much better aftermarket systems out there that will give you more juice for less money.

Satellite is a matter of camping style. If you really want television, by all means, do it.

A quality anti-sway/weight distribution hitch system is something that you are going to want if you intend to tow the trailer any distance. We have always used one, even though our tow vehicle is a one ton pick-up.

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Old 07-05-2015, 10:18 AM   #13
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1. Solar is great. Just not the factory set up. You can get more for less aftermarket.
2. Satellite is personal choice. We're happier without it.
3. WD hitch. Absolutely!
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:23 AM   #14
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On our 2012 25FB the first thing was new custom slightly over sized twin mattresses and an RV500 (back then), instant on constant hot water heater (RV550 in our new 2015 30B). New Michelin tires and real chrome wheel lugs. There was also some major electrical upgrades but those were due to factory issues that have been corrected in newer models. Back then we used a Dual Cam and I changed to the Anderson Anti-Sway hoping for a quieter and easier way to hook up. It was a really bad decision and I bought the Pro-Pride system and would not tow with anything else even with our new 2015 Silverado 2500 HD. I also have a generator (Honda 2000) in lieu of the solar. I don't want more stuff and holes on top of the roof. Like others I don't need the satellite.
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