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Old 09-15-2014, 06:59 PM   #1
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Is this hitch okay? Hope to hear some suggestions.

http://www.amazon.com/Eaz-Lift-48051-Weight-Distributing-Adjustable/dp/B0024E6XBA/ref=sr_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1410810431&sr= 1-3 (Im considering 800lbs one)

Is this hitch Okay for my below towing setting? Thanks!

TV: Dodge Durango 14 RT, Hemi 5.7 V8, with factory towing package(mark as towing 7200lb)
Trailer: Airstream 16, 3500lb ~ 4500lb
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:03 PM   #2
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The 600# capacity will be fine, the 800 too stiff.

Be sure that the hitch box height and shank will work with the ball height of your 16' trailer. Some hitch boxes are so high that you cannot get enough drop on the ball without a new shank with more drop capacity.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:20 PM   #3
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Absolutely not ok. You have to go out and buy the most expensive and heaviest hitch on the market according to some here or you do not love your family or care about the lives of everyone else on the highway.
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That's the same one I got for my Caravel a couple months ago. I bought it at a local shop and they set it all up for me too.
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Absolutely not ok. You have to go out and buy the most expensive and heaviest hitch on the market according to some here or you do not love your family or care about the lives of everyone else on the highway.

You aren't kidding, I thought my coffee pot had to cost hundreds of dollars

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And portable fan.
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:00 AM   #8
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The 600# capacity will be fine, the 800 too stiff.

Be sure that the hitch box height and shank will work with the ball height of your 16' trailer. Some hitch boxes are so high that you cannot get enough drop on the ball without a new shank with more drop capacity.

Here is the spec:

base weight is: 3,261
GVWR: 4,300
Tongue Weight W/Propane: 459lb

should 600# be enough?
we have 3rd row ocupied by an adult and a carseat baby, should their weight plus bags behind 3rd row counted to Tongue weight?
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Here is the spec:

base weight is: 3,261
GVWR: 4,300
Tongue Weight W/Propane: 459lb

should 600# be enough?
we have 3rd row ocupied by an adult and a carseat baby, should their weight plus bags behind 3rd row counted to Tongue weight?
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:04 AM   #10
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and I just saw this,

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005SB..._1410854543089,

seems more gadgets, an inclusive package, similar price!!
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We've been selling a similar hitch setup as a lower cost option to the name brand hitches. With your tow vehicle, there may in fact be a problem with it.
The drop bar included with the hitch is limited as far as the height it can adjust to. Your Durango may sit too high off the ground to use the included drop bar, the trailer ball height may be several inches too high. After searching for some time, we finally found a longer drop bar to use with taller tow vehicles, but the drop bar is so expensive, it offsets most, if not all, of the cost savings of the hitch.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:58 AM   #12
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The drop bar included with the hitch is limited as far as the height it can adjust to. Your Durango may sit too high off the ground to use the included drop bar, the trailer ball height may be several inches too high. After searching for some time, we finally found a longer drop bar to use with taller tow vehicles, but the drop bar is so expensive, it offsets most, if not all, of the cost savings of the hitch.
The hitch on Amazon appears to use the standard shank. I've lately become a bit of an expert in shanks because we're having some issues finding the right one to go with our new truck - hopefully the one that should be in tomorrow will do the job.

However, as you pointed out, if they have to replace the shank, it'll be an additional cost - figure $150 online and probably $200 in a store. It'd be better to buy a hitch without the shank and order it separately.

To the original poster: etrailer.com, Reese, and probably other hitch brands have guides to help you figure out what drop you'll need. It involves measuring to the top of the receiver and the bottom of the tongue to calculate the drop you'll need. Those numbers should get you in the ballpark at least, and then you have to find a shank that matches, which can be the tricky part (often the dimensions given aren't exactly what you need, and the catalog our shop has lists a "drop" dimension, which isn't clear as to whether it's max drop or min drop...and the drop is different for round bar hitches versus trunnion bar hitches, because the head is different...).

I know you can get it cheaper online, but it may be worth getting one from a local hitch shop or RV dealer, simply because of the different parts you may need. Yes, we spent more for our (incorrect) drop bar, but we also knew we'd have no problem returning and wouldn't have to pay to ship it back to an online dealer if it was wrong. It's hard to put a price on the extra time and hassle online ordering can cause for something like this.
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I have been having the same issue with my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland using the Blue Ox SwayPro system. The shank supplied by the local dealership ended up being 2 inches too short. The automatic air suspension self adjust once moving and raises the Jeep 2 inches higher. I need 2 more inches of drop to get things level all around. The next size the dealership has is 4 and 6 inches longer. They were reluctant to exchange it for a longer hitch drop saying that another customer with the same TV hit a RR track crossing using a longer hitch drop. I just got off the phone with Blue Ox. The are swapping free of charge including shipping both ways for a 2 inch longer drop bar. It should be here in 3 or 4 days.
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Is this hitch Okay for my below towing setting? Thanks!
For the money it is a top quality WDH.
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