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Old 02-02-2010, 10:21 PM   #1
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We will be picking up our new AS in about a week and a half. The question I have is how do we know if we bought a good hitch? We ordered one from the dealer in Tampa (bates), but failed to ask what name brand we ordered???!!! It's probably not to late to change but we would like to know if there is a big difference in hitches?!??!
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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I would suggest that you do a search of the threads. There are MANY of them for you to research. I am sure you will have fun looking at the many opinions.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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We will be picking up our new AS in about a week and a half. The question I have is how do we know if we bought a good hitch? We ordered one from the dealer in Tampa (bates), but failed to ask what name brand we ordered???!!! It's probably not to late to change but we would like to know if there is a big difference in hitches?!??!
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Hitch ratings match the trailer to the tow vehicle.

Different brand load equalizing hitches do different things.

There are a couple of brands that cost a little less than $3000.00, yes three thousand.

There are brands that claim things in advertising their products do, but don't.

One of the most highly respected brands is Reese. They have been around for nearly a half century.

I would suggest a Reese dual cam 750 pound hitch for your setup.

Sometimes, dealers provide a hitch, that costs them very little.

It would be a good idea to ask what exact hitch the dealer plans on outfitting your rig with.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:20 AM   #4
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Mystery hitch?

Hi, I knew what hitch I was getting with my trailer long before delivery; Then I read all of the information about the hitch that I could find. I even got a video for the hitch. If I were you, I would at least call the dealer and find out what you are getting. Especially if you are paying for it. [mine was free]
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unless you specify something different you will be getting an equalizer, it is a good hitch just make sure bates sets it up correct.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:37 AM   #6
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Not only the trailer, but the tow vehicle you will be using has a lot to do with which hitch would be best for you. At a minimum, it is of utmost importance for the hitch to be adjusted correctly. You could have the best hitch built, but if it's not adjusted properly, it simply won't work well.

Andy in his post above has recommended the Reese Dual Cam, and it is a very good hitch. The problem is, it is by far the most difficult hitch on the market to adjust. So, if you end up with a RDC, make certain you understand how it adjusts, and make sure that it is adjusted properly, or the sway control feature of the hitch just does not work well.

Here is a set-up procedure that I came up with after struggeling with the Reese Dual Cam for a year that works well: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ams-52579.html

And about your question, "if there is a big difference in hitches?!??!", I say absolutely. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this website, and take the time to watch the video: http://www.propridehitch.com/
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:47 AM   #7
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If in fact you bought your AS from the dealer, why aren't you letting them equip your TV, matching it with the AS. This should be their expertise.

When I bought my AS the dealer set me up, good to go, very happy because it was done by professionals that do it all the time!

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We tow with a Hensley Arrow. We have towed our 25FB over 50,000 miles in the last three years. We have not had a single anxious moment while towing with this hitch system. There is no sway under any circumstances, regardless of the traffic or wind conditions.

The Hensley and the Propride hitch systems are quite expensive compared to the other systems out there, but they work, period.

I paid a bunch of money for my Airstream, and feel that it is worth the very best hitch system. I also enjoy traveling without any "white knuckle" driving incidents.

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unless you specify something different you will be getting an equalizer, it is a good hitch just make sure bates sets it up correct.
Bates RV will set you up with an Equalizer. Did you discuss tow vehicle, brake controller, etc with them at the time of purchase? Have them set the whole thing up for you; including exactly how to hookup / unhook the trailer and tow vehicle. Go through the sequence several times. There is a specific way to go about it.

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If in fact you bought your AS from the dealer, why aren't you letting them equip your TV, matching it with the AS. This should be their expertise.

When I bought my AS the dealer set me up, good to go, very happy because it was done by professionals that do it all the time!

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Hi Bill,
Notice that you said it SHOULD be their area of expertise .
Unfortunately my experience is that, more often than not, at least partially, that is not the case. It varies greatly from dealer to dealer with all brands of travel trailers. Dealers have all kinds of goals that are different than customers'. I am glad that you had a good experience, but just searching this forum will demonstrate that is not always the case. There is no substitute for thoroughly researching hitches before you make a decision or allow someone else to make one for you. Not that one should totally ignore a dealer's recommendation, but keep it in perspective.

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Ken,

Comment well taken. I did my research on my dealer in CT (RV Legends).

Very reputable and experienced, have a good rapport with the mechanic. He spent a considerable amount of time with us going over all the details, front to back including hitching up. After buying in September we hooked up and brought Our AS to FL 1400 miles, pulled like a dream and I am a newby trailer puller.

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Ditto on the Hensley recommendation by Moosetags....you spent a great deal on your new Airstream, get the best hitch, you will never be sorry.
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Thanks for all the replies....we plan on picking up our new addition to the family (yet to be named!) on the 15th..can't wait!!! You've all given us lots to ponder and many questions to ask/research, etc. Great forum...thanks again.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:19 AM   #14
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Just another 'brand' to toss at you...

We now use an Equal-izer brand WD hitch - one of the easiest to set up initially, IMHO, and it's THE easiest to hook and unhook during actual use...

Those hitches costing in the thousands do a good job, but everyone I've seen using them have trouble when they go to hook up each time - I'd sure find someone that uses one and ask questions before I went out and dropped all that 'coin' on something that's got to be hooked-unhooked all the time...Just my 2 cent's worth of 'coin'...
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