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Old 11-03-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
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School me please!

This is on my 67 Tradewind, says Reese on the bars. My questions are: Is it all there? Can what's not there be obtained and if so is it worth obtaining? This is my first trailer and I'm not ready to tow it since I'm currently doing a major renovation, but want to know if I need to be on the lookout for a good deal on a new or used one or can this be used? Thanks!
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:06 PM   #2
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This is on my 67 Tradewind, says Reese on the bars. My questions are: Is it all there? Can what's not there be obtained and if so is it worth obtaining? This is my first trailer and I'm not ready to tow it since I'm currently doing a major renovation, but want to know if I need to be on the lookout for a good deal on a new or used one or can this be used? Thanks!
The dual cam sway control arms are there as well as the snap up brackets for them.

The trailer has everything it needs.

Additionally, you must have the correct Reese ball mount, and depending on the exact type of tow vehicle you have, the correct rating bars which must also be used.

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Old 11-03-2009, 06:14 PM   #3
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And YES to worth obtaining.
I've towed LONG distances with and without.
Won't leave home without again.
Makes ALL the difference in the world, stable, no swaying.

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Old 11-03-2009, 06:22 PM   #4
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You need the weight distribution bars. Use the size with the same number as your tongue weight of your trailer. You need a hitch head for your tow vehicle. You may need an adjustable head if the ball does not come out at a proper height for your particular trailer. The specifications for ball height for your model can be found on the Airstream.com site. You likely will not need a frictional sway dampener because you have a Reese twin cam hitch.
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Use the size with the same number as your tongue weight of your trailer.
Not trying to hijack, but related questions I have are:


Does this formula apply regardless of TV rating? For example would I need the same for a 1/2 ton vs. 1 ton TV? Is the calculation based solely on tongue weight? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Not trying to hijack, but related questions I have are:


Does this formula apply regardless of TV rating? For example would I need the same for a 1/2 ton vs. 1 ton TV? Is the calculation based solely on tongue weight? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Mary.

In order to keep the soft ride, for the trailer, the tougher the tow vehicle, the softer rating the bars should be.

For optimum performance, a soft riding tow vehicle and higher rating torsion bars, do the best job.

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is there a guide or formula

somewhere that give the tongue weight / tow vehicle / rating on the bars / which link on the chain to pull it up....how do we figure these things out???

all I've seen on here (and it may just be me not doing a good enough search) is the instruction to not use a tow vehicle that is "too heavy" "too light" with weight distribution bars that are "too heavy" or "too light"...be sure to set the hitch "correctly" ...

where do we find the formulas?

thanks for the help...

and welcome Silverhoot! you came to the right place to get answers...be certain that there are the little stay pins to keep the snap up brackets in place when you have the bars in place with the chains....

find someone in your area that has this same hitch and mak sure that everything is in place for towing...then set it up...and go, go, go...!
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Ok, since some of the posts have disappeared due to the forums glitch.....

Since we have a 1 ton, 4x4, we should be using lesser weight bars, correct? Like 500#? and this will give the softest ride for both the TV and AS?

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Ok, since some of the posts have disappeared due to the forums glitch.....

Since we have a 1 ton, 4x4, we should be using lesser weight bars, correct? Like 500#? and this will give the softest ride for both the TV and AS?

Thanks, Mary
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Absolutely correct.

Then afterwards, please let others know the results of the change.

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When we moved up from a 19' to 23' to 25' we kept the original 600 lb. tongue weight Equalizer hitch from the 19'. When we put it on the 25' I called Equalizer to ask if I should be getting the 1000 lb bars. The official answer was "yes", the tech's personal answer was "no". Our TV is a 3/4 ton HD pickup. Because I was getting two answers I wasn't convinced until reading Andy's essay. We have 3500 miles on the 600 lb. setup and feel comfortable about it.
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