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bikendan

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Posted: 07/18/19 03:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO, first find the right floorplan/model.
2nd, find the tow vehicle easily capable of towing that floorplan.{especially TV's payload capacity}
3rd, find the right WDH for the tongue/GVWR of the TT.


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Bikeden has correct answer. Find trailer first. Then truck with payload to handle HW, people quantity and their weights, animals, canoe, kayak, orv's, generator, firwiod, crossed toolbox/fuel tank etc. One may find they need 3000 lbs of payload towing a 6-7000 lb trailer as I was, with 4 adult sized teens. I needed a 3500 crew cab to tow a trailer most 15 series trucks could do! Even the smallest of 6cylinders could pull it. Not saying you would be fastest rig on road.....

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bikendan wrote:

IMHO, first find the right floorplan/model.
2nd, find the tow vehicle easily capable of towing that floorplan.{especially TV's payload capacity}
3rd, find the right WDH for the tongue/GVWR of the TT.


1)Trailer chosen
2)Test driving trucks tomorrow and Saturday with double tow rate of dry trailer (one exception that has only 2k over camper dry weight).
3)This post is all about finding the right hitch once that truck is purchased.

Apparently I've posted too soon, but just wanted advice on who and where does that...private business, prospective buyer, dealer.


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Good questions baker. And good to find a more powerful truck. That 6 banger will tow, but it’ll be at its limits and will be a turd from the getgo.
Sorry, can’t help with preferred wdh. Never used one, but if you ask some folks they’re the next best invention since beer in a can.
It’s also no wonder CW sponsers this board. Some of these discussions sell more “stuff” for RVing than one could possibly imagine. WDHs being one of the predominant items!

Personally, I’d tow the trailer “naked” first and see what’s needed. But thsts me. I don’t like spending $ on something I might not need before I know if i need it based on internet reccomendations.


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Posted: 07/26/19 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This time around I bought the trailer and hitch first and then went truck shopping! I don't recommend this path but circumstances just worked out that way!

I am an Equalizer guy! I have used the chain hitch in my youth and the Equalizer is just easier!

Another person posted this comment - "A complicated hitch is a bandaid for not enough tow vehicle." No disrespect - I just don't agree with the statement.

A Weight distribution hitch with sway control does just what the name says it does, It transfers a portion of the trailer weight to the truck and pushed the front end down and helps control sway. The hitch bars in essence make the truck & trailer one. Yes - the right truck is an important part of the equation! But if you don't need a one ton truck why buy one? Then again not having enough truck is a disaster - been there once, never again. I am sure there are those that bought a WDH because the dealer said he should! Then there are those of us that have studied and investigated. There is a reason why the vast majority of us use a WDH hitch. We have better control, less wear and tear on the truck, sway control, ect..

Get the right truck, the right Hitch for the combo and enjoy the ride!

Just my thoughts

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