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Old 08-07-2016, 04:58 PM   #953
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Help with bar selection

We're waiting on arrival of our 2017 FC26U. We'll be towing with a F-250.
The dealer is a 'bigger is better' advocate.
What bar rating should we be using?
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:07 PM   #954
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We're waiting on arrival of our 2017 FC26U. We'll be towing with a F-250.
The dealer is a 'bigger is better' advocate.
What bar rating should we be using?

Hi, no more than 1,000 lb. bars and no less than 600 lb. bars. Hopefully someone towing with an F-250 will chime in.
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:30 PM   #955
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Hi, no more than 1,000 lb. bars and no less than 600 lb. bars. Hopefully someone towing with an F-250 will chime in.

Yep, 1000 lb bars are working well on my 27FB and F250. Adequate weight transfer to the steer axle, and a smooth ride. Well except on California freeways, but that's no fault of the hitch ;-)


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Old 08-10-2016, 08:06 AM   #956
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When I bought my used airstream in 2012 the hitch came with it. I always thought the the hitch was racked, one side was lower he the other. It was also sloppy, so sloppy when I brought it to ford they replaced the receiver. Long story short the service manager gave me a spare shank. The original shank was unlevel a lot and the new shank was level. I hope that this will make a difference I always thought that one bar was carrying most of the load.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-10-2016, 08:35 AM   #957
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An "anti-rattle" device or hitch tightener will solve that.


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Old 08-10-2016, 09:39 AM   #958
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Yep, 1000lbs bars here. 30' Classic, F250. I did go with the larger 2.5" hitch rather then use the reducer.
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I do have a stowaway hitch tightener. The L brackets were at the same level but I had to raise the tounge to get the other bar on.


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Old 08-13-2016, 05:16 PM   #960
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Just got our 26u a few months ago and have been following the Equil-i-zer thread. Just went out to see if my L-brackets had moved on our just completed 2,000 mile trip. No movement at all BECAUSE now there is no space between the upper and lower bolts and the A-frame and there is a second (even thicker) steel plate on the outside of the A-frame. I guess the hitch guys have been listening!
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:19 PM   #961
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When I had the problem of the L-brackets moving Equal-i-zer sent me some new link plates.


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Old 08-31-2016, 10:13 PM   #962
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I picked up our '17 Airstream 27FB on Monday and ran across the scales. Appreciate any feedback on the #'s.

TV - 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited, 3.92, 4X4, short box, air suspension, crew cab.

Equal-i-zer 90-00-1000

Tow vehicle - full fuel, wife and me, no camping gear:
Front axle - 3608 lbs
Rear axle - 2816 lbs
Total wgt - 6424 lbs

Trailer left factory @ 6025 lbs but the dealer filled the water tank so 6350 lbs approx, otherwise empty.

Tow vehicle and trailer, with WDH:
Front axle - 3322 lbs
Rear axle - 3960 lbs
Trailer - 5390 lbs
GCVW - 12,672 lbs

I like where the GCVW ended up but need to move some weight forward.

The AS dealer installed the hitch, and it was just slap it on and hand me the keys. I do see he installed 4 spacers.

Any suggestions for dialing this in for more weight on the front axle? Add 1 or 2 more spacers first? Adjust the bars second? What about moving the hitch shank closer to the truck? I posted in my Ram forum and that's what I've been told to try.

Appreciate any comments and suggestions.
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How is it that your rear axle load (without trailer attached) is measuring ~800# lighter than you front axle load (2816# rear vs 3608# front)?

Do you have those numbers backwards or do you haul around a pallet of bricks on the front hood of the truck?
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Hi, I would add two more washers. My magic combination is with six and a half washers.
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How is it that your rear axle load (without trailer attached) is measuring ~800# lighter than you front axle load (2816# rear vs 3608# front)?

Do you have those numbers backwards or do you haul around a pallet of bricks on the front hood of the truck?
Here are the scaled weights at the factory as per the VIN decoder, no fuel, no Bak-Flip tonneau, no passengers:

Front - 3313 lbs
Rear - 2489 lbs
Total - 5802 lbs

The Ecodiesel engine is heavier than the Hemi, and an empty pick-up truck box is light. Anyone that has weighed these trucks empty have similar ratios front to rear.
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Hi, I would add two more washers. My magic combination is with six and a half washers.
Dumb question but when you say 1/2 a washer, you mean a thin washer?
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