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Old 11-02-2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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Do I even need an equalizer hitch? Help

Trying to finalize our 21' build sheet by tomorrow and having difficulty with selecting a EQ hitch - or not. We will wait till May to pick up so we can attend the 2016 Escape Rally as one of our first stops.

I have been pulling a 17' Casita with my 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8 2WD and don't even know it's behind me. I have a sway bar but don't notice any difference with or without it. I had a Toy Hauler before and it's so nice to have one less (heavy) piece of equip to deal with.

Do I even need an equalizer hitch to pull the 21' comfortably and safely? Does anyone out there pull a 21' without one?

If I need one, here's another issue. I recently traded my Harley for a new Vespa which will fit in the back of my Tundra. That adds about 325 pounds (pretty much centered over the back wheel - but sometimes I will leave the scooter at home.

I understand the E2 adjustments are set when bolted to the trailer. Will I have to unbolt everything to make adjustments when bringing the Vespa. If so, I probably need a different hitch - like the Anderson or Pro model that uses chains and a different settings can be selected during the normal pain in the A set-up process.

Hoping I won't need an EQ hitch but have little experience with RV'ing and would greatly appreciate some feedback and suggestions.

Thanks, Kenny
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:59 AM   #2
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Kenny,
I tow my 21 with a 2002 Tundra without a WDH. I was also in question of weather to get one or not, so I thought I'd try without one first. My biggest concern was keeping trailer and tug LEVEL . I used a product called a " Sumo Spring" They work essentialy like an air bag. So with everything level my tow experience is great, I'm not going with a WDH. Not to exceed the payload is a challenge for me.


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Old 11-02-2015, 10:32 AM   #3
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That's new to me. I will look into it. Kenny

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I tow my 21 with a 2002 Tundra without a WDH. I was also in question of weather to get one or not, so I thought I'd try without one first. My biggest concern was keeping trailer and tug LEVEL . I used a product called a " Sumo Spring" They work essentialy like an air bag. So with everything level my tow experience is great, I'm not going with a WDH. Not to exceed the payload is a challenge for me.


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Old 11-02-2015, 11:12 AM   #4
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Hi Kenny,
Timbren SES is another option for non airbag helper springs...
TORTUN4 - Rear Axle SES Suspension Upgrade - Timbren Ind

I'd leave the WDH off the build sheet and see how you like how it pulls. Easy to add later if you want.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:42 AM   #5
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Although, not the same set up. I tow a 19 foot with 2010 Tacoma 4x4 DCLB without a weight distribution hitch. Just the two of us and maybe 400 lbs max in the box. Have no problem keeping it level and no sway problems.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:25 PM   #6
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Hi Kenny,
Timbren SES is another option for non airbag helper springs...
TORTUN4 - Rear Axle SES Suspension Upgrade - Timbren Ind

I'd leave the WDH off the build sheet and see how you like how it pulls. Easy to add later if you want.
I looked at the Timbren. Stiffer at 6000LB rated. SUMO spring was at 1000LB. I'm very pleased with type of spring help. My truck would drop 3" when loaded with #500 tounge weight, only 1/2 inch drop with the the SUMO spring, and NO noticeable stiffer ride when unloaded. I don't need to worry about Air leakage and or adjusting the pressure.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:08 PM   #7
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I recently traded my Harley for a new Vespa...
It looks like you need one of these for your jacket (from http://savage.andruschak.net/FTP/hardly-a-davidson.gif):
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:24 PM   #8
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One of the hardest decisions made on the build sheet was whether to get the WDH or not. We got the Andersen hitch and it worked like it was supposed to on the way home. On the second trip the cone developed a growl, so I threw the chains off and brought it home without. I have a heavy enough tow where I wouldn't need one, but I could tell the difference. Without the WDH there was a little more bounce where with it, it was like one solid unit. I will get the new sleeve installed in the hitch and try it again. Loren
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:00 AM   #9
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Thank you!

I appreciate your feedback. I thought my best bet would be the Anderson, but maybe not. I plan to do a lot of traveling in 2016. Kenny

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One of the hardest decisions made on the build sheet was whether to get the WDH or not. We got the Andersen hitch and it worked like it was supposed to on the way home. On the second trip the cone developed a growl, so I threw the chains off and brought it home without. I have a heavy enough tow where I wouldn't need one, but I could tell the difference. Without the WDH there was a little more bounce where with it, it was like one solid unit. I will get the new sleeve installed in the hitch and try it again. Loren
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:26 AM   #10
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Equalizer Sway Control Hitches 6,000 lb 90-00-0600
True equalizer hitch.
Works very well and have not needed to replace any parts after 4k miles.
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