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Old 05-05-2015, 02:54 PM   #15
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I believe that Equalizer 10K hitch I mentioned earlier does come with 1000lb bars. Out of curiosity what is the correct ball size for the 25ft FC?
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:33 PM   #16
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Our Airstream dealer sells the high-priced brands of hitches, but for our upcoming setup, they are recommending a light weight, modestly-priced Andersen hitch. Our setup is a 2015 GMC 3/4 ton Sierra Denali with Duramax/Allison and 2016 Intl. Serenity. They told us that we had minimal weight distribution needs with this truck and that the light weight Andersen hitch would serve very well. Can anyone confirm this for us?
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:39 PM   #17
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Our Airstream dealer sells the high-priced brands of hitches, but for our upcoming setup, they are recommending a light weight, modestly-priced Andersen hitch. Our setup is a 2015 GMC 3/4 ton Sierra Denali with Duramax/Allison and 2016 Intl. Serenity. They told us that we had minimal weight distribution needs with this truck and that the light weight Andersen hitch would serve very well. Can anyone confirm this for us?
The Andersen hitch is NOT RECOMMENDED, by Andersen, to be used with the coupler that the Airstream is equipped with. Additionally, it will not distribute the tongue weight properly.

Trust me, even though you have a 3/4 ton truck, proper weight distribution WILL improve the handling and the ride.

Get a real weight distribution hitch, and if you want to get one at a good price, I recommend e-trailer.com They will have many hitches at many prices that will distribute 850-1000lbs.

Been thru this many times, and proper weight distribution will improve handling and ride.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:58 AM   #18
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I went with the Silent Weight Dist. Hitch "No Sway" 4in Drop/Rise (2 5/16" Ball) for my 2015 25ft. works great and NO noise when you are turning. Wife can hook it up with no problem. www.thehitchstore.com

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Old 05-06-2015, 12:14 PM   #19
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I have towed a 2001 Safari 25 around 3000 miles using an Equalizer hitch, the 10,000/1000 version, first with an F-150 and now with a Ram 2500. I have spent about 2 or 3 hours each time I set the hitch up for a truck. I have experienced very little "pushing" of the combination when passed by large semis at speeds somewhat greater than mine, the effect was about the same as when driving the truck alone.

I did machine the bars down to make them about 700# bars when I upsized to the Ram 2500 to minimize stress on the trailer, but this should not be an issue for you.

I am very pleased with the performance of the equalizer.

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can you back up with the equalizer? installer said don't do it or only a very minor turn while backing.. but I see other boards where they say that's not true..

we were supposed to pick up our new 16' today but hit a few snags.
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Yes you can back up with the Equal-i-zer. I do it all the time with mine. As sharp as necessary.

The only backing up issue I've heard can be true is when using the friction bars that are used in conjunction with WD only hitches like EZ Lift and so forth. Depending how they're installed those could bend.

What's nice about the Equal-i-zer hitch is its an all in one hitch solution with no drilling into the frame required.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:23 AM   #22
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I like the Reese SC hitch that I'm currently using because it controls sway very well, distributes the weight very well, is simple to install and use, and makes no noise.

It's a pure friction sway control which operates similar to the Equal-I-zer, but uses brake material pads so there is no metal on metal to make the noises the Equal-I-zer makes.

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Old 05-08-2015, 08:34 AM   #23
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I have NO problem backing. Airstream here in PHX, AZ install it and like I said NO problems backing.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:11 AM   #24
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And while you are investigating all of these fine hitch setups, also look into the AirSafe Hitch. Your delicate Airstream tongue will ride on an industrial airbag...achieving a much smoother ride. I use one with my '72 25' Trade Wind and an F250 Super Duty. The AirSafe hitch virtually eliminates the up and down shockwave...resulting in a much smoother ride and better gas mileage. The AirSafe hitch can also be used with stabilizing bars (small additional cost for the adaptor), if you feel the need. It is a very impressive hunk of steel and technology. And it is one of the less expensive choices. Good luck with your particular choice!
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I tow a 25' Safari with an F-150, Reese Hitch, weight distribution bars and sway bar.
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