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Old 10-31-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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Draw-Tite Will Tell You

Check out the Draw-Tite web site. You can look up what ever you are interested in as a TV and it will tell you which hitch and what weights it can tow. http://www.draw-tite.com/content/fitguides.aspx

I think that's pretty neat!
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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It would be neater if the link worked.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thanks....fixed it.
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Hitch ratings.

When it comes to towing an Airstream trailer, the hitch rating that should be used is a function of which Airstream will be towed.

That chart make "zero" reference to the trailer tongue weight and/or length.

Putting 1400 pound bars on a Ford 350 is a fantastic way, "to tear up the Airstream" in record time.

Shop data shows after 40 years, the heavier the tow vehicle, the lighter the bars, or "else", the ride is terrible and damage to the trailer will happen.

But, shops don't care, since they always make a profit from owners mistakes and/or poor choices.

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So where should we go to figure out what weight bars to use?

Thanks!
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So where should we go to figure out what weight bars to use?

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Post your exact tow vehicle and what options were installed, such as overloads, 4 wheel drive etc.

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So where should we go to figure out what weight bars to use?

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I looked up your public profile.

The 2500 HD, is almost enough to pull the Queen Mary.

Your heavy duty tow vehicle will transfer road shock to the trailer with little difficulty.

I would suggest you use something in the order of the lightest rating Reese dual cam hitch that you can buy.

Some of the original 600 pound versions may still be around, if not then go with the 800 pound system.

The dual cam, is Reese's torsion sway control.

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The 2500 HD, is almost enough to pull the Queen Mary.

Your heavy duty tow vehicle will transfer road shock to the trailer with little difficulty.

I would suggest you use something in the order of the lightest rating Reese dual cam hitch that you can buy.


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Hmmmmm, don't think this is always true. We pulled our 25 footer about 20,000 miles this year with 1000 pound bars using a 2500HD, and had NOT ONE problem with the trailer caused by the hitch or the truck.

I will say, however, the 1000 pound bars where ProPride round bars, and not the square harsh riding Reese bars. There are bars and then there are BARS.
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OMG ... Hang on, this thread can become quite interesting. Are there any hitch opinions out there?
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Andy, thanks! I will post the exact setup tonight when I get back to my trailer. Everything was set up when We bought them. It has an EZ lift hitch. I think the bars are marked 1200... Not sure though. The roads in this section of the country are horrible so I was thinking about an air safe hitch or something else to minimize the shock. But maybe the answer is just making sure the system is set up right.
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Andy,
I have the Hensley, F450 with 4 wheel drive and 30 ft 2006 classic. What size bar will you recommend. Thanks.
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I have the Hensley, F450 with 4 wheel drive and 30 ft 2006 classic. What size bar will you recommend. Thanks.
Use the smallest one they have.

However, my experience says you still have waaaaaaay to much towing equipment, for your 30 foot.

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To keep everyone reading this thread informed:

There are definitely different opinions on hitch ratings.

The only place that I have ever heard advice to use hitch equipment (in this case weight distribution bars) rated at less than your trailers actual tongue weight or GVW is on these forums. Every reference that I have seen to do this can be traced back to Andy or someone who has heard it from Andy.

I guarantee you that any hitch manufacturer you contact will tell you to use, at a minimum, the bars rated to carry your trailers tongue weight. I am also sure the warrenty on any hitch you buy will not be honored if you use bars that are not rated high enough to carry the load.

For your own safety and and pocketbook, please talk directly to the hitch manufacturer before you follow the advice to use under rated bars.

It is my opinion that is is not good policy to use any equipment involved in safe towing contrary to the manufacturer's specifications, especially when that use is only recommended by one individual, regardless of the stated years of experience.

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To keep everyone reading this thread informed:

There are definitely different opinions on hitch ratings.

I guarantee you that any hitch manufacturer you contact will tell you to use, at a minimum, the bars rated to carry your trailers tongue weight. I am also sure the warrenty on any hitch you buy will not be honored if you use bars that are not rated high enough to carry the load.

For your own safety and and pocketbook, please talk directly to the hitch manufacturer before you follow the advice to use under rated bars.

It is my opinion that is is not good policy to use any equipment involved in safe towing contrary to the manufacturer's specifications, especially when that use is only recommended by one individual, regardless of the stated number years of experience.

Protect Yourself,

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Ask any hitch manufacturer, the following.

If their recommended ratings are used, and because of that, will they pay for "ANY" vibration damage done to an Airstream trailer.

Note that not one single hitch manufacturer considers the tow vehicle "AND" the trailer, in their charts.

When they tell you "YES", then and only then can their rating suggestions be followed to a "T".

Many posters on this Forums, agree that with a heavier duty tow vehicle, the bar rating should be reduced, for comfort of themselves and of the trailer.

Opinions usually differ from facts, and seldom, if ever, are the facts proven wrong.

But as always, it's the individuals choice to make.

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