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Old 07-14-2014, 05:02 PM   #1
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What's the proper price range for weight distribution hitch for 16' sports

Hi, there

Was in an AS dealership, and they are selling 2 type of weight distribution hitch. One is asking $995, another is heavy duty around 12xx.

They suggest us buy the $995 one for 16' Sports. I'm thinking it's so strange, why the hitch is so expensive.

I saw some hitches in Amazon only cost around $200-300. Any differences?


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Old 07-14-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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The brand will determine the price in most cases. What brand were they selling? Some brands are more expensive than that and as you have noted some are cheaper.

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Old 07-14-2014, 05:26 PM   #3
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The very inexpensive hitches that are out there (even Harbor Freight probably has one) are most likely made off shore and although might be just fine, they also may be questionable quality. One just does not know. Since a hitch is a safety item, I would be careful about cutting corners with what you buy. That said, even dealers are tempted to buy off brands and resell them at high prices to make a large profit on the item.

I would recommend staying with an old line US brand such as Reese, EZ lift, Draw Tight, and others. To be honest they still may be made off shore, but at least have US design specs and quality assurance by the manufacturer.

Then there are the Pro Pride, Hensley, Andersen, and the like which are designed and made in the US, no question. A 16' sport will not put a heavy load on your tow vehicle, yet you still want a WD hitch.

Which hitch specific? Who knows. Every one has a favorite and will often defend it to the max. Do some reading up on them, and best of luck in finding one which will do the job for you. However, I would not buy by lowest price only. You can buy major brands on line, and save some money probably, but if you don't know anything about setting one up, maybe a dealers unit, set up by them, would be still a good deal.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:32 PM   #4
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Take a look at the Curt hitches on , they are good to work with, have good prices, and the Curt is made in the USA. Just one word of advise, make sure you get the lightest version they make for use with a 16' trailer.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:51 PM   #5
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What are you towing and what are you towing with? Without that info no one can give you real advice.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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You may not need any weight distribution depending on what you tow with. Sway control is probably something to consider.

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Old 07-14-2014, 07:45 PM   #7
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I bought a Fastway E2 roundbar off the interweb in the $350 price range. Same unit the dealership was selling at 2.5X the price. Great unit, works fantastic, easy to install, tons of video's on it. I got the round bar 600# unit for my 16 Bambi. Fitted it to the FJ and now redid it on my GMC sierra in about 20 minutes. Never had one bad wiggle with it installed. No chains. It obviously handles some degree of sway as well as WD in my case. I am up in the Wind River range right now and have had 0 problems even in strong crosswinds.

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