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Old 01-02-2019, 07:38 PM   #21
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Buying a Blue Ox Hitch, buying question..

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What is the correct blue ox sway pro for a 2012 Airstream trailer? Standard or under mount?



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When choosing weight distribution it is key that we know exactly what our unloaded and loaded tongue weights are on the trailer we are pulling. We must choose a system that is light weight enough to handle your trailer while dry but heavy enough to engage properly while fully loaded. I can make a suggestion based on your estimates but please know that we would not be able to accept a weight distribution system back once it has been installed if you find it is not properly working for your needs.

We also need to know the height difference between your towed vehicle and trailer. I have included a few articles below that I feel would be helpful in obtaining this information.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:55 PM   #22
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On the sales page, there is a picture with a ruler on it. To the left are choices; instructions, warranty and literature. Click on literature and on page 2 it shows under and over mount.
I have over on my 10 FC. Follow the instructions and it is an easy set-up. Only problem I had was getting the torque wrench and socket for the ball. I used the hitch on my truck to help put the receiver on rt angle to help tighten the nuts.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:09 PM   #23
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Sherrif - per the E-trailer web site.
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The difference between Blue Ox SwayPro heads # BXW4011 and # BXW4012 is the angle at which the trunnions are relative to the head. Head # BXW4012 is designed for underslung, also called bottom-mount, couplers so the bars are not at as a steep of an angle compared to the standard version # BXW4011. It is hard to tell without looking at them next to each other.

An underslung coupler would look like # CA-5335-B and would be mounted at the bottom of the tongue rather than at the top like a standard coupler. So if you have this style you would need # BXW4012.

If you have a regular coupler positioned at the top of the tongue you would need # BXW4011. If you are not certain you can email me a picture of the tongue/coupler and I will be happy to identify it for you.

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edit - on the website - the CA-5335-B is a link to a picture of an underslung coupler
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Believe you want a standard head. The BO works with preload dialed into the spring bars. Less bar angle only is required if the coupler is mounted low. The AS couplers are not underslung. Suggest you send them a picture to get E-trailer's determination if the above is unclear. Pat
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:52 PM   #24
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I asked etrailer as well and included a pic of my coupler. You can see the response here. http://www.etrailer.com/question-333319.html?fb=yes

They say standard head. So, two sources do not agree with my AS dealer (Bretz in Missoula MT).


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Old 01-03-2019, 06:44 PM   #25
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We use the standard hitch head with our blue ox. To my knowledge our airstreams do not use underslung couplers.
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:11 PM   #26
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I've created another thread asking about a 2nd hitch type, just wondering if anyone had an opinion.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ml#post2197368

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Old 01-09-2019, 10:12 AM   #27
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Blue Ox online purchase

We'd bought a Blue Ox hitch from the dealer with our Airstream. When we downsized, we bought new lighter capacity Blue Ox spring bars for the hitch from Hitchfinder.com with great service and results. Instead of replacing the hitch with a change in trailer size, you just change out the tension bars.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:46 AM   #28
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For my first AS (FC19CB) I had the dealer throw in the Blue Ox as a no charge item as part of my delivery. For my 2nd Airstream (IS 25FBT) they were happy to swap out and install the unit as part of the delivery with no charge. Either way, most reputable dealers should be happy to install what you may already have at no cost as part of the delivery process. This way both you and the dealer know it is installed properly, in particular as most states require a signed affidavit to the effect that the new AS was properly matched to the TV at the point of sale.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:57 AM   #29
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Hi. I got my blueox from dealer. Probably doesnít matter where you get it. I love it! But...got 500 lb bars for 25í int serenity. 1000 would work for sure. Most important is that trailer is level. Good luck! - tai
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:14 PM   #30
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I have had two Blue Ox Sway Pro hitches and when I made contact with their customer service, I found them to be among the best that I have dealt with. They really stand behind their products! With that said, if you are going to do a self install go for the best price. If you feel that you need a professional installation, buy it from a dealer.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:17 PM   #31
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Check into the Andersen Hitch before you buy! There're incredible!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:04 AM   #32
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I bought mine off craigslist for around $200. It was only used long enough to tow a trailer to a permanent location and then removed from the tow vehicle and trailer and stored in a garage. I had no instructions but a friend who had one set it all up for me and printed out the manual for me. I have had zero issues with it. Word of warning: don't use that crappy little wrench thing to set your bars. Get a long breaker bar and socket from Harbor Freight. You don't want your face or hands anywhere near that thing when you are trying to crank it up or down. Also jack up both the vehicle and the trailer to release pressure on the bars before hooking up or disconnecting. I forgot the first time to crank it up when I went to disconnect and it about broke my wrist.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:40 AM   #33
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My truck has a 2 1/2 inch receiver so I would prefer the 2 1/2 inch shank with the 1000 pound bars. Has anyone ordered this setup? I can get the shank separate but it's > $150.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:15 PM   #34
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My truck has a 2 1/2 inch receiver so I would prefer the 2 1/2 inch shank with the 1000 pound bars. Has anyone ordered this setup? I can get the shank separate but it's > $150.


I would love to do this as well but the drop isnít as much on the larger shank models. Thatís dumb to me as all the bigger trucks with 2.5Ē receivers have a higher stance too...but regardless Iím stuck using my trucks included adapter sleeve.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:55 AM   #35
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I would love to do this as well but the drop isnít as much on the larger shank models. Thatís dumb to me as all the bigger trucks with 2.5Ē receivers have a higher stance too...but regardless Iím stuck using my trucks included adapter sleeve.

8" isn't enough drop for you?
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:01 PM   #36
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-- snip --got 500 lb bars for 25í int serenity. 1000 would work for sure. -- snip --
This is a valid point for the real issue that the bars get exchanged. You have to check what you are getting. Our hitch was incorect for the packaging, because a tech had exchanged them prior and not remarked the box.

From the internet - Blue Ox has an easy system for determining the weight capacity of your spring bars, whereas other companies may use measurements or printed capacity to assist. With Blue Ox, there is a 5 dimple system: No dimples means it is rated for up to 350 lbs total tongue weight. One dimple means it is rated for up to 550 lbs. Two dimples indicates up to 750 lbs. Three dimples indicates up to 1,000 lbs. Four dimples indicates up to 1,500 lbs tongue weight. Five dimples indicates up to 2,000 lbs total tongue weight.

Know what you need and verify what is installed is correct. Pat
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:13 PM   #37
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I was looking at the BXW1003 for my hitch. We have a 27 FBQ Globetrotter ordered. I will be pulling it with a 2013 Silverado 2500 HD 4x4, gasser. The 2 1/2 inch shank has the same mounting holes as the 2 inch shank with the BXW 1003. As an aside, my build sheet/MSRP lists the hitch ball height as 17 3/4 inch. I am assuming I can use that and my truck receiver height to assure I pick a drop height shank that will work.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:21 AM   #38
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FYI - Post 21 identifies experience with deformed spring bar and replacement.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...-192842-2.html
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