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Old 01-14-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Equalizer Hitch Needed?

Our last coach was a 30' gasser, we towed a 7k trailer using an equalizer hitch: worked fine. Now we have a 36' Journey DP, same trailer weight. I am conflicted as to whether I still need the equalizer hitch on this much heavier coach. Opinions?
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I would think the air suspension would compensate for the tongue weight of the trailer. You may want the Equailzer hitch, if it is the Equalizer brand for sway control though.
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Thinking I'd want some assurance on that as well. Assuming your hitch is properly rated, have you looked to Winnie for some guidance?
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You need to go by the hitch rating, which I suspect still limits the load carrying capacity to around 500 lbs. Beyond that, a WD hitch is required. Since you already own the excellent Equalizer, why not use it? It does a better job, even if the only benefit is sway control.
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Equalizer Hitch Needed?

As far as checking with Winnebago, my build sheet shows a 5k hitch, but the hitch on the coach is a 10k with 1000 lb tongue weight. I try for around 750lbs tongue weight (10%)so that is within spec. But, the equalizer hitch does throw some of that tongue weight forward, which couldn't hurt. I was just thinking about the extra effort with the bars and such. Getting lazy. I have the hitch, it could only help, may as well us it. Thanks, campers
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As far as checking with Winnebago, my build sheet shows a 5k hitch, but the hitch on the coach is a 10k with 1000 lb tongue weight. I try for around 750lbs tongue weight (10%)so that is within spec. But, the equalizer hitch does throw some of that tongue weight forward, which couldn't hurt. I was just thinking about the extra effort with the bars and such. Getting lazy. I have the hitch, it could only help, may as well us it. Thanks, campers
In 2002, I believe that the actual hitches were the same, but the rating depends on which engine you have. ISB=5000, CAT3126=10,000.
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