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Old 02-26-2010, 02:54 PM   #15
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We have the same trailer you are going to pick up. We tow with a Ford F-150. I use just the hitch with no sway control and it tows like a dream. The trailer is so short and light weight that nothing other than a hitch and chains is needed. I do have a load level hitch with anti-sway bars and never used it with this trailer. No need for it. Enjoy the trailer!

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:33 PM   #16
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I should have put what my TV is. I will be towing with a Tacoma, 6cyl., 4x4, 6500# rating, 4130 Curb Weight.

Pulling 16' Sport 3500# GVWR

So, my vehicle will weigh more, I am definitely going to get WD, but have been told I could go without sway control by dealers.
While your TV may weigh more than the trailer there are other things to consider such as wheelbase and is the TV equipped with a tow package. The other thing many of us don't account for is the amount of stuff we carry with us when we travel. I'm the first one to raise my hand on this one. My trailers are loaded with cook wear, chairs, hiking gear, bikes, etc... and then there's the stuff in the TV as well. This extra weight adds up and affects your ability to tow safely.

The big thing for us is a "Safety Factor" . You'll never really appreciate having properly spec'd and functioning equipment until you find yourself having to make an emergency stop or swerve maneuver. There have been several times where we were required to do just that and thankfully there was no harm to anyone. Though I did have to change my shorts a time or two.

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Old 02-26-2010, 04:35 PM   #17
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I use just the hitch with no sway control and it tows like a dream. The trailer is so short and light weight that nothing other than a hitch and chains is needed. I do have a load level hitch with anti-sway bars and never used it with this trailer. No need for it.
When my bh and I first met/dating we decided to go for a leisurely bike ride (pedal bikes). Because the plan was to take it very easy we left the helmets at home.

Well as fate would have it, and to make a long story short the lady ended up going over the handle bars, flying into a creek, and hitting the bridge abutment head first.
A hectic two hours later she was getting 26 stitches, securing a 3 inch head gash.

The safety equipment does no good unless one uses it. When and where you need it one never knows.

Lesson learned the hard way. Perhaps others will learn from our mistake.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:53 PM   #18
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I cannot speak to anyone else's setup, I only know what works well for mine. I'd say get the best hitch you can afford, and upgrade later if you feel it is not giving you adequate control. But don't mistake a heavier duty hitch for 'more control'. Try to get one that is properly rated for your trailers weight and tongue weight, so it will perform as intended without unnecessarily beating up your trailer with a stiff ride.

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Old 02-26-2010, 05:31 PM   #19
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My 2 cents worth

I couldn't agree more with STEFROPRTS but would like to add...

1. TV- 1990 F-150 overhauled and set up for towing. Weighs 5,060 lbs. loaded.

2. Wt. distribution hitch adds approx 100 lbs to TV's front axle.

3. The rig has gone from Denver, to Portland, to Quartzsite, to Denver, to Chicago, to North Carolina, to Tampa Bay, FL, to west Texas, to Denver, to Yuma, AZ, to Western Montana, to Denver, then to Timeless Travel Trailers for serious hail damage repair. The only "trouble" we have is the rig just barely pulls to the left as a truck overtakes us on our left. We rarely drive over 65MPH. It has stayed right behind me all that time.

4. The TT can officially carry 97 lbs. worth of our stuff, so we are usually overweight, approx. 250 lbs. Yes, we are addressing this but...

Bottom line-I suggest not skimping on hitch and sway control; you'll probably sleep better. Check the trailer's carrying capacity carefully and avoid costly upgrades.
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Originally Posted by 2airishuman View Post
the term overkill makes me cringe...

dead is dead.

UNDERkill is the issue.


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