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Old 12-18-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Need some hitch info/help

Hey gang,

Putting the final touches on my build sheet. Yep, yesterday I just got the last of the two recently opened up slots for a 2016 21' trailer and I'm finalizing my build sheet. It helps that I had it pretty much figured out long time ago. I've rec'd quick answers from Crystal on prices and what they can and can't do for what we want.

Anyway, I've started to do a bit of research on hitches for the trailer, but nothing too in depth. And now they offer 3 different hitches! Yes, I know I can get another one and have them install it, so that opens it up to quite a few more hitches.

I read the recent article in Trailer Life about various trailer hitches and anti-sway and weight distribution. Boggles the brain and then some. Um, yeah, that's putting it mildly.

But what I really, really need help on is trying to figure out what will work best for ME. I don't have a lot of strength in my hands so I can't use a system that will need it. I'll be using the trailer quite a bit by myself so I can't rely on anyone else to hitch it up.

We plan to purchase a 2015 or 2016 (most likely) Toyota Tundra TRD Crewmax with the towing package. Some times I'll have the truck loaded up for bazaars to sell at, so it'll be heavier than the times it's taken out for sightseeing (although if I can combine the two, even better). Yes, I know about weighing the rig and all that.

But I need to get pointed towards some hitches that I can actually use without killing myself or not even being able to use it. Most of you have far more experience in that area than I do.

Oh, I'm ordering the power jack if that makes a difference. No way am I cranking that sucker up and down all the time.

Thanks much!
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:19 AM   #2
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I don't know a thing about which hitches ETI is offering as we got one of the last Andersen hitches that they sold. But having a WDH certainly smooths out the ride. What I wanted to say is by not having a power jack, we have enough room to open the end gate of our truck all the way down without unhitching the trailer. This really helps getting things in and out of the box, but every configuration is different. It ended up this way by pure dumb luck. Loren
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Old 12-19-2015, 05:29 AM   #3
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FWIW scratch the "Equalizer" brand off your list, good hitch but it's too heavy.

Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution

Not to be confused with the equalizer ETI sells. Can't help with any others.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:26 AM   #4
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With the Trundra you not going to need anything heavy duty just something to smooth out the ride. Also for what it's worth the TRD is just different shocks, skid plates and tires and is just needed for off road or a different look. A non TRD will actually ride better on the highway. All 5.7 tundras come with the tow package standard and the 2016 has a 38 gal fuel tank and built in brake controller and the 2015 does not. The extra 12 gallons of fuel makes a big differance in tow range so you don't have to stress finding fuel or planning fuel stops.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:23 AM   #5
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My suggestion is tow without anything special and then decide. The only time I use my Andersen set up is for my famous race across the country to get to Osoyoos. Otherwise it is not needed nor used.

ps, Tom and Cheryl, is that roof air dam aftermarket or factory?
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:32 AM   #6
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For those with clearance issues there is this item, works well....New Shop – Jack-E-Up
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:40 AM   #7
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My suggestion is tow without anything special and then decide. The only time I use my Andersen set up is for my infamous race across the country to get to Osoyoos. Otherwise it is not needed nor used.
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ps, Tom and Cheryl, is that roof air dam aftermarket or factory?
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:42 AM   #8
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Ha, Ha, thanks for the clarification...
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I agree with Jim that adding a WDH at delivery is unnecessary and symbolic of this whole build process. We tend to over think the process. Towing with a Sequoia (identical chassis to the Tundra) I know you may never need a WDH. I recall several years back that Reace towed with a Tundra and I believe his recommendation was to skip the WDH.

You may recall the advice to include items in your build sheet that cannot be added later, choices like wiring, outlets, insulation etc. Apply that advice here.

It can always be added later, it is an inexpensive installation, and it seems like buying one is like getting a new phone, there is a new recommended model every year. Furthermore, if you have hand or grip issues it is one less concern. Based on your limitations you may consider a power jack, again, this is something that can be added later. Clearance issues also need to be addressed.
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Hey gang,

Putting the final touches on my build sheet. Yep, yesterday I just got the last of the two recently opened up slots for a 2016 21' trailer and I'm finalizing my build sheet. It helps that I had it pretty much figured out long time ago. I've rec'd quick answers from Crystal on prices and what they can and can't do for what we want.

Congratulations, Laura!

I know you are beyond excited! I am excited for you!
Have fun finalizing the build sheet, making the 21 perfect for YOU!!
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