Originally Posted by popcan
I will be investing in a good WDH, with sway control etc. It seems like that is not a good place to go cheap on.
Reese males good hitches and cheap hitches. DO NOT
get a cheap Reese. If Reese is your brand, then be sure the hitch is the Strait-Line which includes dual-cam sway control.
Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66084
Husky also makes a good hitch as well as some cheap hitches. DO NOT
get a cheap Husky. If Husky is your brand, then get the Husky CenterLine
Hitch head: http://www.amazon.com/Husky-31390-Ce...VY1G9X7P01QXKS
1.200 pound spring bars: Amazon.com: Husky 31512 Center Line Spring Bar - (801 lb. to 1200 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity): Automotive
Blue Ox doesn't make cheap hitches, So if you want a Blue Ox, then get the SwayPro. Generally, the SwayPro will probably cost you a bit more than the other three hitches mentioned.
Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - Trunnion - 10,000 GTW, 1,000 TW Blue Ox Weight Distribution BXW1000
Equal-I-Zer also doesn't make cheap hitches. So any Equal-I-Zer with the correct weight spec will be fine.
For sizing, ignore trailer weight and concentrate on tongue weight. Assume 15% tongue weight, so you want a hitch rated for at least 15% of 7,000 pounds, or 1,050 pounds tongue weight That's more than 1,000 pounds, so go for the hitch rated for 1,200 pounds of tongue weight. Except Blue Ox jumps from 1,000 pound spring bars to 1,500 pound spring bars. So if you go with Blue Ox, then get the 1000, and try to limit tongue weight to not more than 1,000 pounds.
It's okay if you buy a hitch rated for more than the estimated tongue weight of your loaded trailer. My small TT has about 650 pounds wet and loaded tongue weight, and I tow it with a ProPride hitch rated for up to 1,400 pounds tongue weight. I simply tighten the spring bars only as tight as needed for my tongue weight.
Note that all 4 of the above hitches list for around $1,000, and you can order them from discount internet sources for around $550 to $650, including the required adjustable shank.. If you find one that includes the required adjustable shank for less than $500, you're looking at a cheap hitch, so keep shopping. I've seen the Reese Strait-Line for less than $500, but close reading of the fine print shows that it doesn't include the shank at that price. Add about $120 to that price to get the adjustable shank, or find a part number that includes the shank.