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Old 11-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #57
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There's a good discussion of weight distribution and other hitch related items on the latest episode of The Vintage Airstream Podcast | Vintage Trailer Restoration

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Old 11-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #58
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Weighty Discussion "WD"

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Old 11-14-2013, 06:32 PM   #59
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Thanks, Poppy. Good idea - looking it up :-)

Here's Google's definition of ideal as an adjective:

satisfying one's conception of what is perfect; most suitable

So if your Blue Ox restores your tow vehicle's requirement for front axle load replacement (I forget, does your MB even allow for WD?? ), it is adequate. Only you can decide if that is ideal. :-)

There's another definition of ideal that's close to impossible to attain. Like, ideally, Airstream would give trailers to its customers at no cost. :-)

Putting all the definitions together:

I love the ProPride. It is both adequate for WD and ideal (for me) in terms of preventing sway rather than reacting to it after the fact. AND, ideally, it would weigh 25 lbs and cost $100. :-)

On ideals - everyone's mileage varies. On adequacy, I think you've got a working definition to make that call.

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Old 11-14-2013, 07:54 PM   #60
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I suspect most would consider "adequate" an unacceptable goal for connecting their Airstream to a tow vehicle. It's a safety issue worthy of a higher standard.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #61
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Adequacy of the hitch is linked to the adequacy of the tow vehicle (pun intended). A late model GM 2500HD is rated by GM to tow over 15,000 pounds with no Weight Distributing hitch, so any or none will be adequate. Even the most expensive hitch will not make a light duty passenger vehicle tow nearly as well. (advertising to the contrary) It is the whole package, not just the hitch, tow vehicle, or trailer.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:13 AM   #62
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Have this same question, though more of brand reccomendation. I used to pull a Starcraft 28fb and the hitch was the most basic WD hitch available ; both of the chain tensionsers bent though fatigue, and I do not want that type of set-up again. Considering I'm towing with a 3500 (that will have this setup on it when we start camping more a WD hitch is not top priority, but a good sway control might be, and would prefer one that is part of the hitch, not an add-on.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #63
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Originally Posted by RickDavis View Post
I don't know how long the WD hitch has been around, but I know they were in common usage 40 years ago when a lot of towing was still done with large cars.
Many variables involved , but regarding the hitch itself stick to name brand products. Most of the makers have been around a number of years and probably would have been sued out of existence if they made a dangerous product.
Beyond that absorb all the varied opinions you see and make a decision based on your needs and what you are comfortable with.
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