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Old 06-03-2012, 02:50 PM
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Reese dual cam fore as well. As mentioned above, payload is going to be your limiting factor...
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I have been told the equalizer wd hitch is the way to go so that's what I'm planning on getting. And yes my Platinum come equipped with towing package and integrated trailer brake controller. I think I'm gonna be fine with the 7,800 because that is total gross weight loaded out which I probably will never be. I have been talking with folks we know about RV'ing and many never even tow with anything in their tanks...some "rough it" without full hookups and have to tow very short distances with fresh tank full and then grey and black to dump but just short hauls.

The unit we are looking at is a Keystone Outback 274RB. It has the floor plan we like and features we think suit us best while remaining light enough to pull comfortably with my F150.
I have the Keystone Cougar 29rbk...
With those weights and lengths you will be fine... just be sure to get a good weight distributing hitch and make sure it is ((installed properly)). Just because the dealer does it doesn't mean they did it right. Also be sure they measure the actual tongue weight of the TT before you buy your WDH. The manufacture had a 835# tongue wt on mine but when I had the dealer weigh it, it came in at just under 1,200#.

I was going to get an "Equal-i-zer" brand WDH but changed my mind when I came across the Blue-Ox Sway-Pro brand... much better in my opinion. I see a lot of Equalizers that are rusted out but mine has a nice finish to it with no rust. I would still consider the Equal-i-zer to be my #2 choice.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:30 PM
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Another question...

Does this make sense, am I figuring correctly...the tongue weight on the travel trailer is 610lbs so I need at the bare minimum a 600lb rated wd hitch right?

But now once I have some stuff on the trailer itself and in the front pass thru storage area this increases my tongue weight, right? So I would then need the next step up 1,000lb wd hitch, right?

But what if I wanted to haul say a 4-Wheeler in the bed of my truck, or firewood, or coolers, or whatever, sites it make sense to get a 1,200lb rated hitch so I'll have the extra tongue weight capacity?

I'm strongly considering the Equalizer 1,200lb tongue weight / 12,000lb trailer weight hitch. Is my training right our I am I completely misunderstanding the way the weight distribution works?
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Originally Posted by Platinum_Dawg View Post
Another question...

Does this make sense, am I figuring correctly...the tongue weight on the travel trailer is 610lbs so I need at the bare minimum a 600lb rated wd hitch right?

But now once I have some stuff on the trailer itself and in the front pass thru storage area this increases my tongue weight, right? So I would then need the next step up 1,000lb wd hitch, right?

But what if I wanted to haul say a 4-Wheeler in the bed of my truck, or firewood, or coolers, or whatever, sites it make sense to get a 1,200lb rated hitch so I'll have the extra tongue weight capacity?

I'm strongly considering the Equalizer 1,200lb tongue weight / 12,000lb trailer weight hitch. Is my training right our I am I completely misunderstanding the way the weight distribution works?
If your tongue weight (TW) is 610# then you are more than likely going to be around 850-900# TW loaded. that being said I would too, consider the 1200# WDH... but for sure no less than the 1000# WDH.
are you sticking with equal-i-zer? give them a call, i did and they were very helpful and will be able to ensure you get the proper set-up.
As for the items in the back of your truck you'll want to look into add-a-leafs, air-bags, or super-springs. The WDH wont do much for your truck loaded cargo.
I have a set of 1000# add-a-leaf springs on mine but it was mostly to compensate offset of the front leveling kit. all three options have worked well for others but the add-a-leafs will stiffen the ride a bit.

Also for your hitch, unless the dealer is cutting a good deal. look on streetsideauto.com. I got my Blue-Ox swaypro from them for $555 after coupon code. My trailer dealer priced the same unit for $200 more, so it may be worth the time to look. If you haven't sealed the deal with the dealer yet, you may be able to get them to throw it in as a deal sweetener.
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Originally Posted by Platinum_Dawg View Post
Another question...

Does this make sense, am I figuring correctly...the tongue weight on the travel trailer is 610lbs so I need at the bare minimum a 600lb rated wd hitch right?

But now once I have some stuff on the trailer itself and in the front pass thru storage area this increases my tongue weight, right? So I would then need the next step up 1,000lb wd hitch, right?

But what if I wanted to haul say a 4-Wheeler in the bed of my truck, or firewood, or coolers, or whatever, sites it make sense to get a 1,200lb rated hitch so I'll have the extra tongue weight capacity?

I'm strongly considering the Equalizer 1,200lb tongue weight / 12,000lb trailer weight hitch. Is my training right our I am I completely misunderstanding the way the weight distribution works?
You need to get away from the brochure weights, the are always low. Easiest way to figure weights is to just add a couple 100 lbs to the dry weight. Then figure about 1000's for normal loading. More if you have kids. So on a 6000lb dry brochure weight TT, your looking at 7200lbs. 10% is min on tongue weight. 12%-13% is better. So at 7200lbs your looking at 864lbs @12%. If your going to add a 4wheeler to your truck you really need a 3/4ton. You won't have enough cargo capacity. If you adding just firewood or whatever then yes figure some xtra for WD spring bars. I run 1400lb bars with a tongue weight of 850-900lbs. My truck has 1857lbs for cargo rating. I've got a canopy and other stuff in the back. I also have SuperSprings installed. I originaly had 1000lb bars and even with the SS's I had a hard time getting weight transfered. Jumped to 1400lb bars and now have everything dialed in. I run the 1400lb bars at maybe 3/4 load. 1200lb would be cranked tight and would result in a stiff ride.
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I think you might be pushing it putting a 4wheeler in the back as well but it may be close. people are talking payload which does have to be a concern but most all of your stuff will go into the travel trailer or outside storage areas on the unit so for the most part it is you and your family. The units you described should tow well
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for the help everyone. Talked with the dealer and a buddy and decided to go with the 1.4k/14k equalizer.

I've been considering adding airbags to the back so I can lower the back and get the leveled look rather than raising the front. Traveling a lot and parking in parking garages lately have deterred me from lifting the truck at all. The airbags will provide the level look but still provide functionality of hauling. Plus now it helps tremendously if we do decide to haul a 4Wheeler or side by side while towing our new tt.

I think the stock setup and the 1.4k wd hitch will work fine for just a golf cart though. Now to figure out how to haul a jet ski with a tt!
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