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Old 01-20-2018, 03:15 PM   #1
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Eaz-Lyft recurve w/hitch?

Just bought her! At dealership now...need info for pulling with a 2003 V10 Excursion. Outdoors RV Mountain series 250rks. Dealers says the Eaz-Lyft R3 recurve 1000 weighted with hitch is what we need. Price 650 installed. Anything better, where to buy and price? Help🙄
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I just did a quick search and that hitch is about 300 anywhere else. I have the ORV 240 RKS and use a Curt round bar WD hitch and it works fine, I have never seen or used the hitch you're referring too. Perhaps post on the Outdoors RV forum and others with your model of TT that know the weights better can give their input.
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:06 PM   #3
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I am sure it is too late now but that is a cheap hitch. You want a premium hitch like an Equal-izer 4 point with built in sway control. Dealers wait until they have squeezed you for all the extras they can and then try to sell you a cheap hitch because you are tapped out. The hitch is the most important part of the tow setup, not the place to save a buck. I would make them put a premium hitch on. Reese straight-line or Blue Ox sway pro are also good. I have been on these forums for several years and never heard of that hitch.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:36 PM   #4
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Dealers says the Eaz-Lyft R3 recurve 1000 weighted with hitch is what we need. Price 650 installed. Anything better, where to buy and price? Help��
As others have noted the CAMCO EAZ-Lift R3 Recurve 1000 is a cheap hitch. It's probably the best cheap WD hitch you can buy for around $300, but not good enough for my TT. It probably has as good weight distribution as other cheap hitches, but it falls down for sway control when compared to the better WD hitches available. Here it is from Camping World.
Eaz Lift ReCurve R3 Hitches with One-Bolt Sway Control- 1000 lb. tongue weight - Camco 48752 - Sway Controls - Camping World

Much better are the WD hitches with better built-in sway control, such as these 4:

Equal-I-Zer

Blue Ox SwayPro

Reese Strait-Line trunnion bar

Husky Centerline HD #31390

Those all list for around $1,000 complete with adjustable shank and 1000 or 1200 pound spring bars, and you can buy them on-Line for around $500 to $700. Here's my Reese StraitLine:
https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...e/RP66084.html

Don't worry about installation of the WD hitch. It's a relatively simple but exacting process that the dealer's installer will probably screw up anyway, so plan on DIY.

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I have been on these forums for several years and never heard of that hitch.
Yeah, it's a relatively new hitch from CAMCO/EAZ-Lift, which you have heard of if you browse RV suppliers
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Yeah the recurve name threw me but that seems to happen more often lately. Been working too much OT and not camping nearly enough.:(
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We purchased out trailer on Saturday, won't take delivery until mid-February. Our salesman tried to pressure us into buying their WDH. We did not bite, we are getting the Andersen. BUT, they did say that legally they have to install the ball onto our truck AND will charge us an hourly rate of 135(labor) for doing so! Do you know if this is indeed the correct information. We beat them up pretty hard for the price on our trailer. Husband was in the auto business and knew all the tactics.
If this is not the case, or you know where I can research, call or check into this, please provide information.


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BUT, they did say that legally they have to install the ball onto our truck AND will charge us an hourly rate of 135(labor) for doing so! Do you know if this is indeed the correct information.
It's nonsense. Just another way to try to squeeze more profit out of the sale. If you show up with the WD hitch head/ball mount and ball already installed in the receiver, they do not have to do anything to have a legal weight-carrying hitch.

If your state or local laws require a WD hitch to be installed before you move the trailer off the lot, then it shouldn't require more than a few minutes for you to bolt on the spring bars and tighten them down. You'll have to spend an hour or so after you get the trailer home to adjust the hitch, but you can do that at your leisure.

To roughly adjust the spring bars good enough to get you home with an empty trailer, all you need other than hitch parts and wrenches is a tape measure. Measure the distance from the front fender lip to the ground without the trailer tied on. Then tie on the trailer and tighten the spring bars only enough to bring the front fender back down to not more than a half inch higher than the unloaded position.

If your WD hitch requires holes to be drilled in the tongue, then you'll also need a drill motor and drill bits.
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Yea, its best you learn how to properly set up your WDH. There are videos out there showing you how its done. Most dealers do a poor job of setting these up. Plus once you get it home and loaded up youll have to redo it anyways.
The Camco Recurve R3 is not a bad hitch. I am running it on my setup and it works great. But my Lance TT weighs 5k pounds and pulling it with a Ram 1500. I didnt need to distribute a lot of weight because my tongue is at 600lbs. I like the streamlined look. The sway control is adjustable by using a Allen wrench to tighten up the collar that utilizes brake pad material. Ive now traveled over 6k miles in all types of weather and it performs great. Different setups require different WDHs. I would post this under the ORV owners forum so you can get an idea of what others are using with the same trailer, and tow vehicle. But just remember WDHs can be opinionated as everybody thinks theirs is the best.
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