Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-06-2007, 06:55 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
Devils Lake , North Dakota
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 169
How Big a Hitch Equalizer???

I am confused on what size equalizer to get. I am pulling a 26' Argosy that comes in at 3800 dry. But almost every equalizer is like 6,000 to 10,000 range.
__________________

__________________
Sundance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2007, 07:06 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
TomW's Avatar
 
1967 26' Overlander
Huntsville , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,918
Images: 2
Equal-I-zers are too much for vintage.

I think the Reese-brand hitches are better suited for vintage Airstreams.

I use a Reese dual-cam antisway hitch with 550 lb spring bars with my 3/4 ton tow vehicle to tow my Overlander.

Tom
__________________

TomW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2007, 07:08 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,941
You did not fill in your profile so we do not know what type and rating your tow vehicle has. It makes a difference. With my one ton dually with the crew cab and full size box, I easily pull my Overlander 26 without equalizer bars or damping control. if you have a smaller rated SUV, you will need something. Find out your ball weight and start from there.
__________________
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2007, 07:25 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Bob Thompson's Avatar
 
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
I would go with the 600/6000 pound hitch. It should produce a good ride for the trailer and a good ride for the tow vehicle. If you go up to 1000 lb. bars, the hitch will transmitt firm jolts to the tow vehicle when going over rough expansion joints etc. because the trailer weight isn't heavy enough to flex the WD bars. I can feel some in my own case where my trailer weighs about 5200 lbs. I went with the 1000/10000 model and can feel sight jolts on highway expansion joints, but in my case, the 600/6000 would have been a bit on the light side.
__________________
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 09:31 AM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
Devils Lake , North Dakota
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 169
Thanks for replies. I have updated my profile. My tow vehicle is: 1995 Chev 3500 6.5 TD Dually Ext Cab Long Box. I towed the Argosy 26' home with my 96 Chev 2500 with wind and it towed extremely smoothly. This truck is a long box extended cab, not a dually. If I don't need sway control with the dually......... all the better. But I want to be sure I am set up right.
__________________
Sundance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 09:42 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
TomW's Avatar
 
1967 26' Overlander
Huntsville , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,918
Images: 2
Try a sudden, high speed swerve without anti-sway

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundance
... If I don't need sway control with the dually ...
You can get along without weight distribution with a 3500, but anti-sway is another thing.

For safety's sake, I recommend you at least have some sort of anti-sway device.

Tom
TomW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 09:48 AM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
Devils Lake , North Dakota
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 169
Thats how little I know about these hitches. I assumed weight equalizing and sway control were the same animals.
__________________
Sundance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 10:04 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
TomW's Avatar
 
1967 26' Overlander
Huntsville , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,918
Images: 2
Here's what Reese says about both:

Trailer Hitch-T-One Connectors

Tom
TomW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 10:31 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Bob Thompson's Avatar
 
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
Sundance, on the Equal-I-Zer hitch, they are one in the same. I agree, you can get along without the weight distribution with the 3500, but sway control would be important. FWIW, I have a sway control setup, virtually identical to the one shown on the website TomW provided, which I'm trying to sell. It comes with the ball for the hitch head, the friction slide, and the ball/mount plate for the trailer frame. I bought an Equal-I-Zer and don't need it. I'm asking $35 for it. Let me know if you are interested.
__________________
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 01:55 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
1992 34' Limited
Falls Church , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 945
I think I have the ans.....!

I think I have the answer here..... I would recommend getting the 600/6000 Equal-I-Zer set up. They are a terrific unit that should serve you long and well. The safety provided as an addition, behind that great TV you have, will just serve to give you even more piece of mind when you get out on the road.

Do it. Then get out there and enjoy the heck out of the trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report back (With PHOTOS!!!!) after you get back - you can post on this very thread so they have continueity.

Axel
SilverToy
__________________
SilverToy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 06:44 AM   #11
Just an old timer...
 
85MH325's Avatar

 
Tipton , Iowa
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 4,031
Images: 37
I am also a Reese Dual-Cam fan, having used them exclusively for over twenty years. They incorporate sway control and weight distribution. The single advantage they have over the Equalizer brand is the self-centering action of the cams. I believe they are also a little more expensive than the Equalizer. I also recommend that even when towing a trailer with a truck large enough that weight distribution isn't needed, sway control IS needed.

Roger
__________________
AIR 2053 Current: 2006 Born Free 32 RQ Kodiak Chassis, & 1995 Coachmen B-van
Former Airstreams: 1953 Flying Cloud, 1957 Overlander, 1961 Bambi, 1970 Safari Special, 1978 Argosy Minuet, 1985 325 Moho, 1994 Limited 34' Two-door, 1994 B190 "B-Van"
85MH325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 09:32 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,941
Your tow vehicle is the same as mine as is the trailer. I have Reese hitches with sway control and used them at first on the Overlander but then conducted some road tests without the bars and could tell no difference so I have been running without the frictional contol for three years. I works great and you do not have to remember to disconnect it every time you park. The trucks will try to push you off the road with or without the bars but even my wife can drive the dually in Interstate truck traffic without a worry.
__________________
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 10:02 AM   #13
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
I wouldn't tow consistently without antisway. I will move my uncompleted Argosy to and from storage without it at modest speeds. Nobody needs antisway until that momentary situation that will occur. The more miles you put on, the more you'll settle into the old pilot's adage -- 99% boredom, 1% sheer panic. Antisway will save your tow in many or most of these marginal control situations. When a 4- to 5000 pound trailer gets a mind of its own, it will destabilize your control of any normal tow vehicle. There are a lot of duallys transporting RVs for dealerships -- pull up alongside on the freeway and you'll see antisway bars engaged.

Weight distribution is just part of the bargain when you install modern antisway gear.
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 10:07 AM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
Devils Lake , North Dakota
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 169
Thanks for the great advise. I will go with anti-sway for sure. I just need to figure out which one now. The friction style is surely a bunch less money.
__________________

__________________
Sundance is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hitch light plugs ALANSD Brakes & Brake Controllers 4 10-12-2002 10:04 PM
61 Tradewind tires lee_jachter Tires 11 10-04-2002 01:00 PM
Hitch Setup Jabba Hitches, Couplers & Balls 2 10-04-2002 11:33 AM
Hitch height help daydreamer36535 On The Road... 4 09-28-2002 02:11 PM
grey water tank BIG question escapeez Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 19 09-05-2002 07:52 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.