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Old 04-27-2018, 08:14 AM   #1
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Overkill?

Would a wd hitch thatís 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW be overkill for a 1972 airstream safari twin axle? Or would that be ok to use? I tow with a landrover thatís about 6000lbs with a hitch rating of 770lbs.
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Old 04-27-2018, 08:38 AM   #2
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In my opinion, it is probably overkill, but it is hard to say for sure without knowing the actual loaded weights of your trailer. Equalizer has a tool on their website which will tell you, given the GVWR and tongue weight of your trailer and the cargo in the back of your TV, which hitch they recommend.

Often overkill is a good thing, but probably not in this case. The main thing is the 10,000# bars, assuming it is a Blue Ox or Equalizer type hitch. They are stiffer than lighter bars. To get the weight distribution you need you will not crank then as hard, but they will transmit more shock to the trailer than 600# or 800# bars. If you slack off on them to reduce the shock they will not be as effective at weight distribution or sway control.

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In my opinion, it is probably overkill, but it is hard to say for sure without knowing the actual loaded weights of your trailer. Equalizer has a tool on their website which will tell you, given the GVWR and tongue weight of your trailer and the cargo in the back of your TV, which hitch they recommend.

Often overkill is a good thing, but probably not in this case. The main thing is the 10,000# bars, assuming it is a Blue Ox or Equalizer type hitch. They are stiffer than lighter bars. To get the weight distribution you need you will not crank then as hard, but they will transmit more shock to the trailer than 600# or 800# bars. If you slack off on them to reduce the shock they will not be as effective at weight distribution or sway control.

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It’s a equalizer hitch. I went to their website and it told me I needed the 1000/10,000 wd hitch after I entered all my info. Thanks for the heads up on the hitch finder tool at equalizer’s website.
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Are you basing the hitch weight on the published numbers or have you had the hitch on a scale? The 75 TW I had weighed several hundred more than the number Aiestream published.
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Are you basing the hitch weight on the published numbers or have you had the hitch on a scale? The 75 TW I had weighed several hundred more than the number Aiestream published.
Yes but Iím also adding 2 full 30lb propane tanks = 54lbs each and full water plus clothes/gear etc. water is 8lb per gallon so that times 45 gal. Tank = 360 pounds, to the equation.
Gear = 200lb. (Clothes, dishes, food, blankets, towels etc)
360 + 108 + 200= 668lbs
Trailer weight dry = 3200 gvw = 5800
3200 plus 668 = 3868lbs still about 1332lbs below gvw.
I know I should go get actual weights but just trying to get ballpark figures. It looks like with these numbers the 800/8000 wd hitch would work.
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Both my trailers were mysteriously over the published dry weight even after accounting for all added accessories and modifications. That said, with your GVWR, the 800/8000 hitch is probably the better choice.

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I would most definitely take it across the scales to confirm actual weights before concluding with assumptions. I have found that the published weights of my trailer are considerably different than the actual weights.
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