Originally Posted by Bing-Bing
I am buying a new Equlizer hitch and need to know what the measurement is from the ground to the top of where the ball will be on a 1994 34'footer. The trailer is 900 miles away so I cant measure it myself. Also will I be o.k. with the 1000 lb. bars or do I need to use the 1200 lb. bars. I know at one time I could find weights and measurements at the Airstream site but now I cant seem to locate that area. Any help will be appreaciated.
A proper ball height can only be determined, "after" you load your trailer.
Torsion axles are weight sensitive, therefore the more weight you add to the trailer, the lower the ball height will be.
Also, if you have a 3/4 ton rated tow vehicle, you should not use more than a 550 to 600 pound rating hitch bars.
A 1/2 ton truck can use 750 pound bars.
Excessive rated bars usually offer little sway control, but do offer severe damage to the shell of an Airstream trailer.
Friction type sway controls are motion restrictors, period. They have no idea if your rig is in a straight line. A Reese dual cam hitch offers sway control, using torsion, not friction. It does know when the rig is not in a straight line. When that happens, the torsion on the arms increase, helping the rig to return to that straight line. You can do that within reason, by taking your hands off the steering wheel.
The trailer must have a soft ride, that is defeated as soon as you use an excessive rated hitch with a heavy duty tow vehicle.
Damage to the trailer, in time, from excessive hitch ratings, will run into the thousands for proper repairs.