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Old 01-16-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Equal-i-zer hitch for a Caravel

Hi Guys,
I'm considering buying an Equal-i-zer hitch for my '65 Caravel. Per my trailer's manual, My trailer weights 2,250 lbs and tongue weights 250 lbs (probably unloaded).
I can go with the 4K model (max tongue weight: 400 lbs and max trailer weight at 4K) but I'm thinking I may go a step bigger just in case (600/6000 lbs).
What are the drawbacks of getting a bit bigger set up like the 6K?
As always, thank you very much for your comments and suggestions.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:23 PM   #2
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I don't think you want to go bigger because the trailer will get a rougher ride. There's no reason to, because your 4k lb model is already overkill for your little trailer. I towed with an overrated EZLift for a while, and it was hard on the trailer.

You may also want to consider that the weight of the tongue has to do with the friction sway control, so too light a tongue weight may not be enough to activate the sway control. I looked into Reese Dual Cam hitches and they indicated that the 250# tongue weight was not enough to activate the sway control on their hitch.

Sometimes bigger is not better.

Also, just so you know, fully loaded our trailer runs about 2800# with a 280 tongue weight.
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Thanks Stephanie, I will probably go with the 4k like you suggested. I'm still not entirely sure if I need one, but better safe than sorry, right?
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I was pretty nervous starting out towing, but our Caravel has been no problem at all to tow. Just try to match the hitch up to the trailer. We were actually losing rivets out of the front panels above the A frame! Since we got rid of the too-heavy-duty hitch, it's been fine.
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Hi Guys,
I'm considering buying an Equal-i-zer hitch for my '65 Caravel. Per my trailer's manual, My trailer weights 2,250 lbs and tongue weights 250 lbs (probably unloaded).
I can go with the 4K model (max tongue weight: 400 lbs and max trailer weight at 4K) but I'm thinking I may go a step bigger just in case (600/6000 lbs).
What are the drawbacks of getting a bit bigger set up like the 6K?
As always, thank you very much for your comments and suggestions.
Suti
With a trailer that light, the tow vehicle has a lot to do with what you choose. Unless your have a light tow vehicle, you may not need any weight distribution. However, the design of the Equal-I-Zer, relies on the force created by the weight distribution to make the anti-sway portion effective. The construction of the Equal-I-Zer hitch with its square non tapering bars does a great job of transferring shock back and forth between TT and TV. I am guessing that would not be good for your light vintage trailer. I used an Equal-I-Zer for 7 years and did not no how jarring it was until I changed to a hitch with round tapered bars that allow some spring. I you decide on a Equal-I-Zer, I would recommend the lightest bars you can get away with. However, you will probably get a lot of opinions, and I am not representing mine as better than anyone else's.
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You may also want to consider that the weight of the tongue has to do with the friction sway control, so too light a tongue weight may not be enough to activate the sway control. I looked into Reese Dual Cam hitches and they indicated that the 250# tongue weight was not enough to activate the sway control on their hitch.

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The only way the tongue weight affects sway control with the Equal-I-Zer is indirectly. The force developed by the weight distribution increases the friction of the sway control. Since the real purpose of weight distribution is to distribute the tongue weight, if properly adjusted, less tongue weight, less weight distribution, therefore less sway control. You could however increase the sway control friction, by using the weight distribution to force more load to the front than necessary. This is, in effect, what I had to do to some degree when I was using the Equal-I-Zer.
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I've used this Reese 66024 lite duty on alot of heavier Coleman (Fleetwood) tent trailers, worked very well. http://www.reeseprod.com/fitguides/pdf/N66024.pdf

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You don't say what you tow vehicle is, but I would be afraid any of the Equilizer hitches would be too much for you Caravel, and ride too rough because of the square bars.

I have a light duty, one round bar hitch that I use with a 17' Casita that we also have, and think it is perfect for that size and weight trailer. Take a look at it here: Single Bar Weight Distribution Kit for A-Frame 3205 - etrailer.com
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Stephanie, are you using any sway control with your Caravel right now?
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My TV is Honda Passport. 4500 lbs max towing capacity. Do I need a sway control hitch?
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Thanks Steve, I'll check it out.
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Thanks Greg, does your Reese 66024 help with sway control or just WD?
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I use a friction sway control, (pictured below).

We actually just tow on the ball now, but our tow vehicle is so big it just doesn't need the weight distribution setup. If we switch to a smaller tow vehicle, I would like to get the single bar setup SteveH mentions.
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Like Stef, we just tow the Caravel on the ball, with no weight distribution or sway control. I've been very happy with the resistance to sway that the Caravel inherently has, and the 250-300 lbs of tongue weight is too little to worry about distributing to the front axle.

But I tow with a vehicle with about 123" of wheel base and your Honda Passport is considerably shorter, at about 106-109" (depending on model year). That makes a large difference in handling. It also is an SUV that rides well with an extra 300 lbs of weight in the back. Your Passport may not.

So the lesson is that "your mileage may vary." You'll have to do some experimenting to find the ideal solution for your combination. It would be nice if there was one single answer to your question, but the RV industry and automotive industries have left us to engineer our own hitch setups with barely any useful real-world guidance.

Generally speaking, however, the Caravel is one of the best-towing Airstreams ever made and I suspect you'll find it does very well.
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