Originally Posted by reylocs
We just purchased a new Excel 37SDF GVW is 18,750, pin weight is listed at 2800, (im sure that is conservative).
Extremely conservative. Pin weight of that heavy a 5er will probably be between 17 and 20 percent of gross trailer weight. Count on 20 percent of GVWR, then hope for 17 percent.
With a GVWR of 18,750, you can expect wet and loaded weight to be about 18,000 by the middle of your third RVing trip. 20% 0f 18k would be 3600 pin weight, so that's what you should plan on. Then if it winds up as only 3,060, you'll feel really good about making such a smart purchase.
I was thinking I need Airbags also, Can someone give me advise on an airbag Brand to get and what they think of my hitch choice?
Great choice for a hitch for that monster-size 5er. Check online prices for both the hitch and the install kit - especially ETrailer.com and reese-hitches.com, and I always check Amazon.com - just in case. Then if you decide to have a local shop do the install, at least you'll know how much they are gouging you on the parts.
By far the most popular brand of air bags for the rear suspension is Firestone RideRite.
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