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Old 05-09-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default Equal-I-Zer hitch engaged while positioning camper

New to the whole camper thing and with towing in general. I'm interested in the design of the Equal-I-Zer brand of hitch but was wondering if it has to be disconnected when I'm positioning our 189FBS on the site. The Reese dual-cam supposedly can be left on while positioning. Anyone know?
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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I have never unhooked mine. I simply back her in no issues. I know on the friction sway controllers you can bend one but I never had that issue either on my old camper hitch setup.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Default Tonque weight

I forgot to also ask about choosing the correct weight distributing hitch tongue weight. Does anyone have any advice? I know that it involves the total weight (camper, cargo, etc), but I don't know if I have to stay under my vehicles max hitch weight, which is listed at 450 pounds.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:24 PM   #5
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You don't mention what trailer you have or are contemplating getting, but, the "rule of thumb", to avoid sway from the trailer (a very dangerous situation) you should have 12-16% of the trailer's gross weight on the tongue. With a 450 hitch weight restriction, you are going to have to have a very small trailer...

Even at 12%, you are going to be limited to a trailer that weighs in at around 3400 lbs. (you have allow for the weight of the hitch, too). That 3400 lbs. has to include the trailer and its cargo of supplies... With that kind of restriction, are you talking about a Class 2 or 3 hitch? If so, those hitches are designed primarily for bike carriers, small utility trailers or pop-up trailers. When I towed my 210WBS, my tongue weight was in the neigborhood of 900 lbs. as measured by my Sherline scale. With the weight of the Equal-i-zer weight distribution hitch, I was a tad over a half ton...

But, yes, roy was spot on. I towed my 210WBS for almost 50,000 miles and never disconnected the weight bars unless I was unhitching the trailer



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Old 05-18-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the good info. The trailer weight of the 189FBS as ordered & with the propane & battery is about 3600 lbs. adding my wife & me plus our usual cargo will bring it to about 4200 lbs. I'm looking at getting the 600/6000 equalizer hitch but wanted to make sure it wouldn't be too stiff.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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You should be good to go

You'll be pretty close to your maximum, but, the numbers work, however, you are going to be right at or slightly over your hitch's weight limit of 450 lbs. The weight distribution hitch will help you fudge it a little, but, you'll be walking a fine line of exceeding your hitch's weight limit and having adequate tongue weight to reduce the tendancy of the "tail wagging the dog". Slow and easy will be the order of the day... Hope you enjoy your "new digs"!



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Old 05-21-2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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Just wanted to say thanks again to everyone's help on this topic. Who knows, if we're too close to the limit with our current vehicle, that just means I get to go truck shopping! Sweet!
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