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Old 11-02-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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The right Blue Ox Sway Pro for the job - 16' Sport

Thanks to all the help from the very knowledgeable and generous members of Air Forums, we are getting closer to a new 2015 16' Sport. We have a Suburban 1500 with tow package (2004). According to the specs in the manual max trailer weight is 7500 # and Gross Combined Weight Rating is 13,000#. The trailer tongue weight should be 10 to 15% of the total loaded trailer weight, up to a max of 1,000# for the 1500 series Suburban with a weight distributing hitch. The gross vehicle weight rating for the 16 sport is 3,500 lb and the Suburban is 5,500 lb. The unit base weight for the 16 Sport is 2,860 lb.

As far as the sport is concerned, the hitch (aka tongue?) weight(w/ LP, and w/o options, water, and cargo) is 350#.

So the dealership is going to include a Blue Ox SwayPro hitch. However, I think they may be charging us too much for the hitch and installation, and I can't seem to get them to tell me which hitch they are planning on using (we're still at negotiation stage and I don't want to be overcharged at this point).

Can anyone tell me which would be the correct Blue Ox SwayPro hitch (they say it's the easy to hook and unhook one)? It looks like there's a 500#, 750#, and #1000 version.

I might take the hitch out of the deal and have it installed myself and I need to know which is the right hitch, and what a reasonable price to get it installed is.

I know this is a lot to ask and I totally understand if you don't want to get involved. I've caught on to almost everything else in regard to towing, but the hitch is kind of a black box to me. My husband knows even less than me as he has never towed anything before.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
Julie
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:29 PM   #2
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With a 350lb tongue weight you want the 500lb spring bars. In this case more is not better as the heavier duty bars will man-handle your trailer..

I have a '90 25' Excella towed by a Mercedes ML500 using a Blue Ox Pro with 750lb bars. I've covered about 6,000 miles so far under a variety of conditions and things appear to be working well.

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:48 PM   #3
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When I tow a trailer with 350 lb hitch load I do not use weight distribution. I think your Burb would be find without too, unless you are getting extremely close to exceeding payload limits of the tow vehicle and also need to shift some rear axle load to the front axle.
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When I tow a trailer with 350 lb hitch load I do not use weight distribution. I think your Burb would be find without too, unless you are getting extremely close to exceeding payload limits of the tow vehicle and also need to shift some rear axle load to the front axle.
Ok, dumb question , can I get the sway control without weight distribution on the Blue Ox SwayPro?
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Ok, dumb question , can I get the sway control without weight distribution on the Blue Ox SwayPro?
No, if you use the Sway Pro "without weight distribution", that means either you are using it with no bars installed, or the bars are installed and the chains are loose. The SwayPro only provides sway control when the chains are tight. When the chains are tight, you get weight distribution.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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i suggest the curt 600 lb hitch weight for that trailer

available from amazon for about $250 free shipping, you are not going to have any sway with that trailer. john skalet
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People with Casita trailers use sway control only with no weight distribution- the friction type that attaches to a small ball next to the trailer ball and another ball on the a-frame (tongue) of the trailer. You might can do this with your Suburban and Sport as the Casita 17 and Airstream Sport 16 are approximately the same size/weight/GVW.
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