Hitch Advice for Argosy 24'
We are AS newbies...recently purchased a 1973 Argosy 24' and need some advice regarding hitch options.
The trailer's dry weight is approximately 3600 and the gross weight rating is 5800. I think the factory tongue weight is about 560, without water and additional cargo. We may replace the axles and upgrade the load rating if possible and advisable.
We have a 1999 F250 with 7.3 diesel. The pickup has a standard 2" receiver hitch, rated for 5,000/500 lbs. without a WD hitch and 10,000/1,000 with a WD hitch.
After replacing the trailer's old 7.00 15 LT tires with ST 225/75R15 tires, I experienced some light trailer sway until I lowered the hitch about an inch. I then towed the trailer home (without a WD hitch) at around 65 mph. The trailer pulled well with no significant issues, but I did experience some minor sway as semi trucks passed on the interstate. But, I haven't pulled the trailer through any curves or other challenging road conditions.
I'm thinking about buying the Pro Pride P3 hitch for maximum control and peace of mind. Is that overkill for my rig? If I do get the P3, which spring bars would be appropriate? If I find a used P3 with heavier spring bars, is that a problem or can I exchange them out?
Thanks to all the experienced Airstreamers for any advice or guidance you can give!!