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Old 10-27-2010, 01:24 PM   #1
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Safari 25 ft '06 SE--what hitch R U using?

Had trailer delivered and now must buy WD hitch. TV is 2010 F 150 w/145 in. wheelbase.

Have gone to "hitch" site on this board and come away confused.

Thanks in advance for sharing your expertise and experience.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:39 PM   #2
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If you have a wheelbarrow full of cash, buy a ProPride or a Hensley -- perhaps overkill for a 25' trailer but I don't recall ever hearing a user of one of these say anything negative about them.

If a bucket of cash is what you've got, the Reese Dual-Cam seems to garner a lot of praise -- if you get Airstream Life magazine there was an excellent two part series on hitch set up recently and the author seems to favor Dual-Cams as well.

I have a Reese Straight-Line (came with trailer) and it works fine as well.

Everything seems to key on set-up. Get it dialed in and life is good, set up wrong and it is not only useless but potentially dangerous.

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Old 10-27-2010, 03:04 PM   #3
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I used to tow an '01 25' with a 1/2 ton GMC and a Reese dual cam hitch. Once the hitch was setup right, it worked pretty good, but the bad news is, it took me almost a year to get it set up RIGHT.

The newer type Reese Dual Cam hitch is just pain and simple, a PITA to set up. Do a search and you will find a thread that I wrote on how to get the cams set. If you do it like Reese says, it simply won't work. The older setup that used "U" bolts to hold and adjust the cam locations was easy.

I then bought a ProPride hitch and have never looked back. It works so much better than ANY WD hitch I have ever had before, that I'll never go back to a friction type sway control system.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:19 PM   #4
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I have an Equal-I-Zer brand, but cannot recommend it. Have never had sway problem and it distributes the weight fine. Really easy to set up, and adjust. But the weight distribution bars are as stiff as railroad tracks, and do not have enough flex to protect the trailer A-frame from bending when going over low dips, such as pulling into a gas station where the front of the truck is raised higher than the back.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:34 PM   #5
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I tow with almost the same setup as you - 2006 25' Safari SE with a 2005 F-150. My trailer came with the Equal-i-zer brand hitch and it works well.

However, my previous trailer had the Reese Dual-cam hitch and I prefer the Reese. With the Reese there's one breaker-bar to keep track of. With the Equal-i-zer there are two bolts, two L-locks and four pins to drop in the grass every time you unhitch.

The Reese hitch is also much more forgiving when you enter and exit gas stations and driveways. The Airstream Life article measured the stress flex on the receiver using different hitches and I believe the Equal-i-zer caused the most stress. Not good.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:11 PM   #6
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dual cam

I use a Reese Dual Cam which combines weight distribution and anti sway. Rock solid, simple design, not too expensive, and easy to hitch/unhitch once you get the hang of it.

Sometimes it will creek and moan a bit when backing into the camp site.

Dealer set mine up.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:30 PM   #7
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We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy. Lucy weighs 7400# ready to camp. We tow Lucy with a 3/4 ton Suburban. We have towed Lucy almost 70,000 miles in all terrain and conditions. We use a Hensley Arrow. We have never experienced that slightest bit or sway or had a single anxious towing moment. Cross winds and passing semis are meaningless.

Yes, a Hensley is expensive, but so is an Airstream.

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Old 10-27-2010, 09:39 PM   #8
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Score another one for the Reese Dual Cam which came from the Airstream Dealer. The PO of my 06 25 SEFB was a Dr. who seems to have bought the very best for this trailer. I pull it with a Lexus GX470, a little under rated but pulls her well.

I've had my trailer now 2 weeks so am learning a lot about it, love it. There's more posting on the Safari Forum under
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:21 PM   #9
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I am going to log in in favor of the Equalizer. I have towed with one for a number of years and have no complaints. It is easy to set up and you don't have to fool with a friction sway thingy and I never liked the chains that the others used.

To be fair, I have never used any other brand but when I was looking, the Reese needed to be disconnected before backing up. Today, they are much better and as you can read, they have many followers. I don't know if I agree with the post that says they are a big stress on your hitch. Properly dialed in and with the proper bars, the Equalizer is a fine hitch. Popping rivets and bending frames has more to do with too big of a truck with too stiff of a suspension and a hitch that is improperly set up.

Just my $.02
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:44 PM   #10
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Hi from Ga. . .I have a 06 Safari 25 and a F250 tv. I have a reese set up, installed by the dealer where I bought the trlr in September. It towed beautifully 1744 miles back home. I'm Happy. regards, Craig
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #11
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Thanks to all who have opined. My final question re the Reese--I'm guessing tongue wt. of trailer to be max. at 750 lbs (I don't tow w/liquid in any of the three tanks), but have to guess as I don't have a hitch so can't get to scales to confirm.

Those of you who have the Reese Dual Cam, do you have the 800 lb. Tongue Wt. or the next step up (apparently) of 1200?

Thanks in advance for your replies. When I know something about what I'm doing, which may take years or never materalize, I look forward to opining rather than continung to ask questions.
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We have a '07 25' FB with a Hensley. Bought a rebuilt one from manuf. It tows well, did take me a while to learn how hitch up quickly. I tow with a GX470.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:39 PM   #13
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Thanks to all who have opined. My final question re the Reese--I'm guessing tongue wt. of trailer to be max. at 750 lbs (I don't tow w/liquid in any of the three tanks), but have to guess as I don't have a hitch so can't get to scales to confirm.

Those of you who have the Reese Dual Cam, do you have the 800 lb. Tongue Wt. or the next step up (apparently) of 1200?

Thanks in advance for your replies. When I know something about what I'm doing, which may take years or never materalize, I look forward to opining rather than continung to ask questions.
If you just must go with the Reese, you want the 800 pound bars with a late model 25 footer.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:42 PM   #14
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Personally, my bars are one size UNDER my tongue weight -- with two loops of chain up the bars are deflected nicely and the ride is soft.

I think it is a mistake to go heavy (and therefore rigid) -- the hitch transfers every little shock and I believe that leads to damage.

Granted, I am no expert but it works for me and has for over 45000 miles of towing.

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You may be a little low on your tongue weight estimate. The static tongue of our 2005 25FB ready to camp is 1125#. This weight was done on a truck scale with the trailer unhooked from the tow vehicle and the tongue jack on an individual weigh plate. Some of this weight is transferred to the front axle of the tow vehicle with the weight distribution function of the hitch system. The actual tongue weight will most likely far exceeds your estimate. The only way to know for sure is to take the trailer to a truck scale, unhook, and put the tongue on the scale. While there, you should weigh your whole towing unit both together and separately. This way, you will know where you are really at, as opposed to some pie in the sky number on a chart on the manufacturers website.

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Bought an Equalizer. Will install in a few days and then take trailer out for a test drive. Assuming I survive, will report back here.

Thanks for all your input.

BTW: Dealer wanted $745 for the hitch and $210 for install. I bought hitch on line from RV Wholesalers for $459 w/no tax.
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HCR,

You did good....the Equalizer is the easiest of all the hitches to install. Now the adjustment may be another thing. I'd only advise to pay attention to the instructions, and as a preliminary adjustment, make sure the front fender to ground measurement is the same after hitch up as without the trailer hooked to the TV.
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Bought an Equalizer. Will install in a few days and then take trailer out for a test drive. Assuming I survive, will report back here.

Thanks for all your input.

BTW: Dealer wanted $745 for the hitch and $210 for install. I bought hitch on line from RV Wholesalers for $459 w/no tax.
Well, Haven't heard a report. Did you survive?
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Thanks to all who have opined. My final question re the Reese--I'm guessing tongue wt. of trailer to be max. at 750 lbs (I don't tow w/liquid in any of the three tanks), but have to guess as I don't have a hitch so can't get to scales to confirm.

Those of you who have the Reese Dual Cam, do you have the 800 lb. Tongue Wt. or the next step up (apparently) of 1200?

Thanks in advance for your replies. When I know something about what I'm doing, which may take years or never materalize, I look forward to opining rather than continung to ask questions.
HCR -- Your 750 lb tongue weight is close to the limit with the 800 lb torrsion bars. If you go to the Reese web site:

Catalog Download - Reese

On page 28 you will see that you also need to add any additional weight that you have in the tow vehicle behind the rear axle as well as any additional weight that you have in the trailer. For example, the tongue wieght of our trailer when it is empty is 790 lbs. In addition, I carry a generator in the truck and the truck has a canopy so the approximate weight behind the rear wheels is 100 lbs making the total weight 890 lbs. Therefore I needed the 1200 pound bars even if I did not carry anything in the trailer.
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To all who posted here --yes, I survived. Hitch installed and have been waiting to take on road until I get more miles on the new TV.

Thanks to all for information and advice.
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