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Old 03-28-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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New AS Owner Needing Advice on Weight Distribution Hitch

First Post and New owner of 25' Silver Cloud and would really appreciate any advice on Weight Distribution Hitch I will need pulling the trailer. Tow Vehicle is a 2009 F-350 DRW CC 6.4 Diesel, hitch specifies tongue weight of 800 lbs........ Silver Cloud Spec lists the TW at 835 Trailer Weight is right at 8000 lbs loaded.

Keep in mind that I have never owned a trailer and am completely clueless as to what I need

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

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

Even though your tow vehicle can easily pull virtually any size trailer, a quality weight distribution/sway control hitch system is still a good idea.

The members on these Forums have their various favorites. There are a bunch of threads on all of these. The most popular brands are Equalizer, Reese Dual Cam, ProPride, and Hensley Arrow.

Take a look, decide which will best suit your needs, and get that Airstream on the road.

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You will not need any weight distributing hitch with that truck as much as you should consider sway control.

Hensley approaches overkill if used on a 350 dually and is costly. With Reese Straight Line and 800 lbs bars you would automatically have WD built in.

I recently purchased an Andersen No Sway hitch but have not installed it yet. They have developed a new hitch that shows an interesting concepts for sway control. The complete hitch is only $400.00.

I would not suggest a new comer get involved with a completely new concept. However I would suggest you do extensive investigation when deciding who installs your new system. Consider the advise of someone that has used their system for some time with far more interest than the advice of a Dealer. 99% of the Dealers will not spend the time necessary to install a WD hitch correctly and results can be detrimental rather than satisfactory.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:40 AM   #4
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Thanks Brian !

Really looking forward to our first trip but safety is paramount to everything so I will do some research on the Forums and like you say pick what best suits our needs.

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:48 AM   #5
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Thank You Howie,

I can already tell I have a great deal to learn !

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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I would not use A$ numbers for the tongue weight. I recommend that you weigh the rig once you have it packed for your needs.
Even though you have plenty of truck to handle the coach. You should check the rating of the hitch assembly installed on the truck. Be sure to check the ratings for the hitch with and without weight distribution. Also make sure the ball mount and ball are rated for your coach. Many ball mounts and balls are rated in the 500-600# tongue weight range. These will not be heavy enough for your needs.
The suspension on your truck is obviously more ridged than a 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck. And with the heavy diesel engine and components up front WD may not be necessary. But that is a personal choice and should be made after you weigh the rig.
My concern with a truck like yours is, it may make for a pretty harsh ride for the trailer. A$'s are prone to rivet popping and metal fatigue. Perhaps one of the air safe type assemblies would be in order.
There are many threads here on hitching and towing. And even more opinions on how it should be done.
Since you have little experience with towing, I would recommend that you limit your speed to 60 mph and drive very defensively.
I would recommend sway control in any case.
Also that you become familiar with the brake controller and the brakes on the coach so that you can tell when things are working properly.
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That's a lot of heavy suspension for an Airstream and I wonder if the usual numbers take it into account. An Airstream towing specialist who uses this forum is Can-Am RV in Canada. I would contact them for advice.

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Thanks To ALL for the feedback !

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Congrats, we live in Gig Harbor and recently got a 2012 FB Flying Cloud. Hope to see you on the road. We could take both trailers over to the Tides Tavern and take over the whole Parking lot.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:42 AM   #11
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Congrats, we live in Gig Harbor and recently got a 2012 FB Flying Cloud. Hope to see you on the road. We could take both trailers over to the Tides Tavern and take over the whole Parking lot.
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Thanks Dan,

Tides Tavern should be on the National registry have not been there in years but you are right about the parking lot being filled up if 2 25s were in the lot. We transitioed from a TC to the AS and while we have yet to take delivery (Friday the 30th) we are very excited about the purchase and our first trip. Lots to learn transitioning from the Camper to an AS

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Love the Tides Tavern.

We recently bought the 25' EB and I've been flip-flopping over which WD hitch to buy. The two I've narrowed it down to are the the Equalizer and ProPride. For a variety of reasons am leaning to the Equalizer. Curious what you guys did and what your experiences have been. My TV is a F-150.

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We have a new 25' Flying Cloud, Equal-i-zer brand hitch, and last generation Tundra. It's a decent combination but I understand the Propride would be better, and wish I had bought it in the first place. It would also give confidence in a smaller Euro-diesel type SUV that I would like to have in the future.

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First Post and New owner of 25' Silver Cloud and would really appreciate any advice on Weight Distribution Hitch I will need pulling the trailer. Tow Vehicle is a 2009 F-350 DRW CC 6.4 Diesel, hitch specifies tongue weight of 800 lbs........ Silver Cloud Spec lists the TW at 835 Trailer Weight is right at 8000 lbs loaded.

Keep in mind that I have never owned a trailer and am completely clueless as to what I need

Thank You

John
You might contact Andrew Thomson of CanAm RV (andy@canamrv.ca). He is the guru on these concerns. He assisted me with my first AS hitch selection. If you send him a email, he will get back to you fairly quickly. Welcome to the AS lifestyle!!
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