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Old 07-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Greetings: Newbie with a 1976, 23 ft Safari to hitch to our 2005 BMW X5
I have pasted a reply I received from ehitch as I asked what size/type dual cam hitch system to have installed. They asked a good question which I am trying to get an answer to. Here is the post and I hope someone of you can shed a little weight on the issue. Thank you
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I am looking to have a Reece hitch installed on a 2005 BMW X5, 3.01. The Airstream people are saying to get a 600 LB Rating Bar. The Hitch weight for the air stream 1976 23 Safari is 570 LBS. and the Total Weight is 3460 LBS. Could you please advise the model type I will need to have installed. Thank you
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Selection of a weight distribution and sway control system should be made based on the fully-loaded trailer tongue weight. It is important that the trailer be loaded and equipped just as it will be when towed, with full water and propane tanks, and all usual equipment and supplies, etc. Manufacturer specs can provide dry weight and unloaded tongue weight, but a properly-tuned weight distribution system depends on knowing the actual as-towed trailer tongue weight
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:53 AM   #2
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Watch this before you deside on a hitch. If interested search on the Andersen user threads here on the Forum.

Andersen Hitches Weight Distribution Hitch with ground-breaking Anti-Sway, Anti-Bounce - YouTube
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Thank you for your quick response. Do you have any idea of the approx. "wet Weight" that I am trying to determine?
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Since you too have an X5, what hitch system do you find best fit your needs?

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Thank you for your quick response. Do you have any idea of the approx. "wet Weight" that I am trying to determine?
Your chassis can handle all the "wet" weight of the Airstream your considering since my 4.4i V8 and your straight 6 both use essentially the same chassis and my 2002 ASCL 31' has a GVWR of 8,300# and a tongue weight of at least 1,000#; the only real difference is engine power but your Airstream is much smaller so lesser power shouldn't be of consequence.
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Since you too have an X5, what hitch system do you find best fit your needs?

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I use the Hensley interface, but the ProPride works on the same principal; pricey but worth more than they cost in that they geometrically STOP sway WITHOUT use of friction. I highly recommend that you install, or have installed the BMW receiver. It comes with a "trailer module" which interfaces with the X5's electronic system and IS necessary. In 2001 it cost me $500 from the dealer; today I don't know the price.

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BMW X5 hitch and equalizer

I used to have an 2002 X5 3.0 pulling A/S 16' CCD, and it was an excellent towing vehicle. I would only consider the OEM [BMW] hitch, which is costly, but interfaces perfectly with the vehicle. It's close to the rear axle, senses the vehicle braking and is just the only way to go!

As far as a equalizer, I use the Hensley Cub. Other than totally eliminating any sway, the trailer tracks extremely well on curved roads, gives you better turning radius, no transfer of motions between vehicles and saved me when I had a trailer tire blowout at 70mi/hr. I heard the blowout, but didn't even feel it. I realized I had a blowout when I saw that the Bambi was leaning heavily to one side in the rear-view mirror... Thanks to Hensley - worth the money!
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