Originally Posted by kfloamy
Picking up Starcraft Autumn Ridge 26BH next Saturday.
Max wet and loaded weight = 6,500 pounds
Max wet and loaded tongue at 13% TW = 845 pounds TW
plus 100 pounds for a good WD hitch = 945 pounds hitch weight
What do you recommend as far as a WD hitch and sway control?
Nothing cheap. Stay in the high end of the affordable hitch class, including:
Blue Ox SwayPro
Reese Strait-Line with trunnon bars
Or if you want the best of the best, then go with a ProPride 3P. But the Pro Pride is in a much higher price class than the three mentioned above. I have one and love it and think it's worth the money, but most RVers would not consider it to be in the "affordable" price class.
How do I know whether I need one for 800, 1000, or 1200 lbs?
You want the hitch rated for more TW than you would ever have.
Your max hitch weight should be 945 pounds when loaded to the gills @ 13% TW. If you load the tongue to the max of 15% TW, then your max hitch weight could be 1075 pounds. So if you promise to never exceed 13% TW, then you could get by with a WD hitch rated for 1,000 pounds TW. But to be worry free about percent of TW, I'd want a WD hitch rated for 1,200 pounds TW.
Part of choosing depends of the TW available for your brand of hitch. Equal-I-Zer has WD hithes rated for both 1,000 pounds TW and 1,200 pounds TW. But the Reese Strait-Line Trunnion doesn't have one rated for 1,000 pounds TW so your only choice there would be 1,200 pounds TW. The Blue Ox SwayPro is available with 1,000 pounds TW but not 1,200. If you need more than 1,000 pounds TW, then the next level up for the Blue Ox is 1,500 pounds.
Don't be concerned with the hitch being rated for more weight than you will have. You tighten the spring bars to handle the actual hitch weight. My ProPride hitch is rated for up to 1,400 pounds hitch weight, but my actual hitch weight is only ~650 pounds. But I can adjust the spring bars to handle that 650 pounds hitch weight with no problem.