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Old 07-08-2017, 11:17 PM   #1
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Hand-me-down towing parts, what is here?

So, the in-laws gave us some parts and pieces. I have no idea what I'm looking at, no way to know whether these are usable for an Escape 21', and what we will need in addition to this.

Those towing accessories are so pricey, so I really appreciate any help figuring out if these are some of what we need!

EDIT: OK well I know this is a hitch, a sway bar, and equalizer bars, right? I just don't know what kind they are, if they are what we need, and what else we need that's not pictured.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:34 PM   #2
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Adrienne, you will need a hitch ball, so you might be able to use that. Since you're towing with a Tundra Crew Max, I'm not sure if the weight distribution hitch is needed.

You have the bars for the weight distribution hitch, and the receiver they attach to, but I don't see the brackets that go on the trailer frame that the chains attach to. Again though, you may not need a weight distribution hitch at all.

I would probably try towing with just a ball and see how it goes. If the ball on the stinger in your photo is a 2", just pick up a 2" stinger to attach the ball to and you're done. They have different "drops" depending on the hitch ball height you need based on your tow.
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It is a WDH that you may or may not be able to use. What is your tow vehicle? I would not want to use that ball mount unless I could use the WDH with it. Too heavy to bother with it.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:37 PM   #4
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It is a WDH that you may or may not be able to use. What is your tow vehicle?
2013 tundra crew Max.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:40 PM   #5
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Adrienne, you will need a hitch ball, so you might be able to use that. Since you're towing with a Tundra Crew Max, I'm not sure if the weight distribution hitch is needed.

You have the bars for the weight distribution hitch, and the receiver they attach to, but I don't see the brackets that go on the trailer frame that the chains attach to. Again though, you may not need a weight distribution hitch at all.
If a weight distribution hitch isn't necessary, can it still be beneficial to use? If it's just totally extra we'll just get a simple hitch. If we can still benefit from weight distribution I guess we'll figure out what kind of brackets we need for the trailer?

What about the sway bar?
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:45 PM   #6
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If a weight distribution hitch isn't necessary, can it still be beneficial to use? If it's just totally extra we'll just get a different hitch without the weight distribution. If we can still benefit from weight distribution I guess we'll figure out what kind of breakers we need for the trailer?

What about the sway bar?
I wouldn't worry about the sway bar.

A WDH is beneficial in that it distributes weight from the back to the front of your truck. If that's not needed, there isn't much benefit. It's lugging around a very heavy bunch of steel. If it is needed because your tongue weight is too high or you experience handling problems without it, then by all means use one.

Note that there are different ratings for a WDH in terms of the weight of trailer they're designed to tow. The one in the photo looks to be more than enough - maybe too much. But again, you're missing the frame brackets.
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Look for a label that tells you the WDH's capacity. You don't want one that is over-rated for the application. Those bars look substantial.
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If a weight distribution hitch isn't necessary, can it still be beneficial to use? If it's just totally extra we'll just get a simple hitch. If we can still benefit from weight distribution I guess we'll figure out what kind of brackets we need for the trailer?

What about the sway bar?
Yes, you may want a WDH. We knew people who used one to tow their 19' with a Tundra and I don't think they would tow without it. Don't know about the brackets for that. Ours is different. The bars, however, look like what we have although others are saying that they look too substantial. I can't tell for sure from the photo.
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Right, OK. I'll look for the label tomorrow. More than likely, we'll wind up getting something else. I posted these in case the response was "absolutely! Those are perfect!"

Now we'll have to decide if we want to get something from ETI in CDN ahead of time, or find something on our own online as needed, and potentially spend more...
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They might be perfect but we cannot tell. You can take them to a shop and ask about the brackets. Or maybe find the label or stamp.
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