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Old 02-13-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Gonna buy a hitch on Monday, Unless you say otherwise.

I am trying to do my homework. I'm going to buy Reese pro series S/C on Monday. Is this a good hitch? It has Weight Distribution and sway control. I know nothing about hitches. Is this acceptable?

My Tow Truck is a 2007 F250 Crew Cab 4x4. With a 12,500lb hitch, also has tow/camper package.

My Airstream is a 2010 25' International FB.

Thank you so much.

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:15 PM   #2
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Gonna buy a hitch on Monday, Unless you say otherwise.

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I am trying to do my homework. I'm going to buy Reese pro series S/C on Monday. Is this a good hitch? It has Weight Distribution and sway control. I know nothing about hitches. Is this acceptable?

My Tow Truck is a 2007 F250 Crew Cab 4x4. With a 12,500lb hitch, also has tow/camper package.

My Airstream is a 2010 25' International FB.

Thank you so much.

Shane
I have been towing with an earlier version of the hitch that you are describing since 1995. I have traveled all over the lower 48 and have always been very pleased with its performance. The one thing to be careful of with this hitch is the weight rating of the weight distribution bars - - I suspect that the 600 pound bars would likely be the preferred setup with you new coach.

Good luck with your new coach!

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Shane, a fine hitch, heed Kevin, and don't forget the sway bar. See you out on the road.
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Shane, a fine hitch, heed Kevin, and don't forget the sway bar. See you out on the road.
From what I understand the S/C stands for sway control.

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From what I understand the S/C stands for sway control.

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A gentle jest about the other thread. Don't forget to spend the time tuning the system. You can do it with scales or a tape measure, but do it.
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A gentle jest about the other thread. Don't forget to spend the time tuning the system. You can do it with scales or a tape measure, but do it.
I'm going to have a hitch company install it,,,,again, I'm clueless.

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Old 02-13-2010, 10:10 PM   #7
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Shane, I am not the most technically proficient member nor the most eloquent where hitches are concerned. On the other hand, I can provide the gist. The idea behind the WD hitches is that they evenly distribute the weight of the load among all of the axles. How you adjust the hitch (links and what not) determines how effective the hitch is in doing so. You can weigh the entire rig (CAT scales at your local truck stop) and then one set of axles at a time, or you can use a tape measure to determine if the wheel well clearances (front and back) on your tow vehicle are the same. Either works. The main thing is to get the weight distribution among the axles as close to equal as possible. Do this again after you have traveled for a while and have added the inevitable junk to the TV and camper.
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Not familiar with that hitch at all but just watched the online install video...save yourself the install bucks and do it yourself. You will learn all you need to know about the hitch. There are no holes to drill and only a few measurements to make. IMO...simple & well worth the effort.

The only thing I question....there is very little adjustment of the spring bars to compensate for different trailer and TV loading. Makes for a simple system but you do give up the flexability.

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If you're clueless, don't buy the hitch yet, because you may be easy pickin's for a not-so-honest installer. Educate yourself, and this forum has plenty of opinion and advice.

We bought our Airstream last year and settled for an Equal-I-Zer hitch. Works fine and good price. Reese is at least as good. But these provide only sway dampening. There are newer inventions, ProPride and Hensley hitches, that provide sway prevention. A lot more money, but decide first before forking out the cash for a lesser product, then deciding you want the safest and best handling available. We are tossing the Equal-I-Zer in favor of the newer design.

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This new SC model design from Reese looks like a copy of the Equalizer style hitch. The w/e bars look awfully stiff which is the same problem with the Equalizer hitch. You have a heavy duty truck with stiff suspension. You are trying to tow a softly sprung Airstream. The other Reese systems allow you to pick a more flexible lower weight rating set of w/d bars. They would act as the damper between the truck and the trailer and not cause the abuse on the Airstream this system would cause when encountering less than smooth roads. I own a Reese twin cam and a Equalizer system and have used them with a stiffly sprung 350 Dually. I no longer use the "Equalizer" hitch system because of the damage it has done.
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There was a thread some time back following a "quick quiz" wondering how many people had their hitches installed correctly. I, and I would guess several others, were surprised to learn how many folks had their hitches installed INCORRECTLY - so learn about them, read about them, study them and soak up all you can about hitches here on the FORUMS. Only YOU can prevent them from being installed incorrectly. It is worth the effort to take a little more time and see that its done correctly. Be careful - don't let them get away with doing half a job and pushing you out the door. As others have said - take a little extra time and get it done right, THE FIRST TIME. Doesn't that sound like your father, or grandfather or other mentor??? Good luck - nothing like 'streamin!!!
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Shane,

Not try'n to be a smartass but.....I see you as me when I first started Stream'n.

I would see something I thought I needed and usually go off half cocked to get it. More often than not with regrets later.

Luckily about the only thing that didn't apply too was our first AS.

Take some time on your hitch decision. Weigh the + & - carefully. If it were me I would like to see softer bars with more adjustability. In my experience the friction type sway controls are just not as efficient as the more modern designs, disclaimer...have NEVER used this hitch.

A lot of experience here...take advantage of it. Good Luck.

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I'm going to have a hitch company install it,,,,again, I'm clueless.

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My advice based on my own bad experience:

Read about it until you understand it and how the various adjustments effect it. Then install it yourself.

I made the mistake on my previous trailer of assuming that the dealer would have the knowledge and ability to install the hitch better than I could. My belief may or may not have been true. However what the dealer lacked was incentive to do it correctly. What I found out weeks later was that the very experienced service tech that installed my hitch was in a dispute with the dealers management and quit a week after my installation.

I am not saying he intentionally did a crappy job, but I am pretty sure he didn't care if it was a good job. The worst of what he did was send us on a 150 mile trip home on the interstate towing a trailer with a 2 5\16" hitch with a 2" ball on our truck. Luckily it stayed together. When I got home, found that mistake, and read all the hitch instructions, I ended up removing everything and reinstalling it myself. After that I was able to maintain it and keep in in proper adjustment because I understood it.

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I keep hearing about this hitch:

Equalizer Hitch - RV Parts, RV Supplies & RV Accessories for 5th Wheels, ToyHaulers, Campers

Better than the Reese Pro series With sway control?

Pro Series SC Weight Distribution by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese, 1,100 TW, 14K GTW 49579 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

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