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Old 08-25-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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Harbor Freight Haul-Master Weight-Distributing Hitch

Harbor Freight Haul-Master Weight-Distributing Hitch

10,000 Lb. Capacity Weight-Distributing Hitch System

I thinking about buying this to tow my 66 Caravel with my 09 Grand Caravan. Has anyone bought one of these? It is a great deal using a 20% off coupon from there ad. I'm looking for any feedback.

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Old 08-25-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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If you get it, resign yourself to buying another complete setup when something breaks.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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If you get it, resign yourself to buying another complete setup when something breaks.
Thanks for your reply Terry

I know some people don't like HF. But I have had very good look with there stuff. They do a very good job when it comes to returns and replacements if needed. I can get this for $152 that in one third of what a Resse will cost me. With your thinking I can buy three of them.

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Thanks for your reply Terry

I know some people don't like HF. But I have had very good look with there stuff. They do a very good job when it comes to returns and replacements if needed. I can get this for $152 that in one third of what a Resse will cost me. With your thinking I can buy three of them.

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That's what I was thinking. I've had very bad luck with getting parts for their stuff. And yes, retail on a Reese is about $400. Reese is also now made in China.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:12 AM   #5
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Looks like the max. towing capacity for a Grand Caravan is 3,600. So for about the same price you could get your hitch here:
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:13 AM   #6
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I also have had good luck with 90% of the things I buy at Harbor Freight. You just have to be wise enough to know what to stay away from.

Having said that, I don't know that I'd buy a WDH from them. While it's several pieces, it's several KEY pieces and it's the only thing that ties your tow vehicle and your trailer together. I'd hate to skimp on something that important.

I have, and like, the HF electric tongue jack, but I'd spend the money on a Reese or equivalent for the WDH. Just my .02, of course.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:13 AM   #7
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Read their warranty policy on it, they don't warrant everything they sell the same. Some tools have and not others, and at the mgr's discretion sometimes. Check what happens when you get failure of product, a hand tool might not do too much collateral damage, however I wouldn't want to be the driver of a failed hitch.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #8
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the hitch is the life-line between the TV and trailer; DON'T BE CHEAP. It's NOT only your life that is in involved, and your insurance might be involved if you have an accident. The "sharks" will be looking.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:47 AM   #9
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Buy 2, then you have spare parts. Otherwise, if you have probs while traveling, options are few, and prices go up.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:50 AM   #10
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It has no built-in sway dampening. That would be an additional expense to add separately.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:03 AM   #11
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Since you asked. One thing is that if the hitch is good for 10000 lbs and 1000 lbs tounge weight it might be a bit stiff for that car/trailer combination. I like the Reese Straight Line better and you can get it with 600 lb torsion arms. I feel very good about spending the additional $300 for the Reese. I like the anti-sway control built into the Reese.

I do not need 3 hitches for $450; I need one that works well. Click on the Pro-Pride site and look at the Reese that they offer there.

I do not know of anything necessarly wrong with the HF setup. But it is not something that I would want to use. I want a hitch product that I think has gone through some real development and testing and has a record of performance.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:11 AM   #12
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I do not know anything about the HF's hitch so do your homework before you purchase. The hitch IMO is more then a lifeline between your TV and the AS. It is a lifeline between you and your passengers.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:37 AM   #13
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Interesting.... I see nothing wrong with it... looks just like my EZ-lift hitch. More than likely, it probably is the same. My only concern is that the bars seem to be rated for 1000 pounds? Might be a bit stiff for your trailer, but with the Grand Caravan's realatively soft suspension, it might work out ok.

Yes, you need sway control too.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #14
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Make sure you understand how to size your bars. The 1000 lb bars with this set-up are probably too much for your combination of trailer and tow vehicle. The 1000 lb bars would suggest that you have 500 lbs tongue weight and 500 lbs of cargo in the back of your TV. You want your bars to be as close as possible to your actual combination of weights. Over-sizing the bars by several hundred pounds will result in an overly stiff connection, which could result in damage. As far as I know, there are no options for different sized bars on the HF hitch system. If you do decide this hitch is the way to go, you can get the sway dampening device for about $30 at HF as well (bring your coupon too).

To vear off topic, slightly, on the topic of HF, I certainly use my share of 20% off coupons, but I try to buy only "dumb iron" there (nothing with a cutting edge, or a requirement for precision). Funny story, I needed to replace some pieces of steel that are roughly 3" x 1.5" x 0.25" that act as big washers tying the front and back of my trailer C-channels to the frame. A piece of mild steel bar stock would have cost me some $14 at the local hardware store, but I was at HF, and they had their small nail-puller type pry-bars on sale for $1.99. On a whim, I bought a couple of them, as they had the right dimensions for my application. By the time I got home, I was having second thoughts, as I figured I would burn up a band saw blade and a drill bit or two trying to cut what should be spring steel. Well, I went ahead with the project, and these pry bars cut like brass.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #15
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Looks like the max. towing capacity for a Grand Caravan is 3,600. So for about the same price you could get your hitch here:
Dodge Grand Caravan Trailer Hitch - 2009 | etrailer.com

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Sorry - one should never be doing three things at once....

Trailer hitch - EAZ-LIFT Weight Distribution Hitches on Sale - PPL Motor Homes

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #16
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Harbor Freight Haul-Master Weight-Distributing Hitch

10,000 Lb. Capacity Weight-Distributing Hitch System

I thinking about buying this to tow my 66 Caravel with my 09 Grand Caravan. Has anyone bought one of these? It is a great deal using a 20% off coupon from there ad. I'm looking for any feedback.

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First of all I don't buy cheap tools, so I don't shop at HF. However the purchase you are contemplating can be a life or death matter. I have no idea where this is made, but if it made using the Chinese Q/C techniques, I would be very dubious about it.

Even with your light trailer, a broken WD bar catching on the pavement at highway speed can easily throw the TV and trailer out of control. at 60 mph, it is unlikely you will be able to recover. I highly recommend you go with a well tested hitch system that has a good reputation with users here.

I would sooner tow with a hitch and ball. At least then you know what you are dealing with.

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Just spend the extra $250 and get an Andersen WD hitch with built in sway control. Easier to hook up and 100 x better. And it's made int the USA.
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Just spend the extra $250 and get an Andersen WD hitch with built in sway control. Easier to hook up and 100 x better. And it's made int the USA.
And if you want a more traditional designed WD hitch, that is also made in the USA ( well made, I should add ) that has built in sway control, consider the Blue Ox.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:37 PM   #20
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Come on now Ace, quite pulling people's legs with this joke
Well Frank I didn't think I was pulling anyone's leg. But guess I was looking a that Chinnesion stuff! Lots of good feedback. Well should I be a test pilot and try it out? I think not.

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