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Old 11-15-2019, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Trailer Weight Distribution and sway bar set up

How many of you use these on your camper or trailer? I'm taking my brothers 29' bumper-pull camper with my wife and kids over the summer (pulling with my 2017 F250 6.7) through NM and CO over two weeks.

I've pulled his camper a few times before for camping weekends in central Texas, but never this long of a trip. I imagine with the increased grades through the mountains I may need a little more stability.

I'd love anyone's input!

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Old 11-15-2019, 03:33 PM   #2
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They to help a lot when pulling trailer in high winds.
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Old 11-15-2019, 03:37 PM   #3
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They are worth the money on long or heavy trailers, absolutely use one. Keeps the tongue up and pulls much better!
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Old 11-15-2019, 03:57 PM   #4
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I use one. We bought a 30í bumper pull this summer. It definitely makes a difference. Iím pulling with a 3/4 dodge with Cummins.


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Old 11-15-2019, 04:01 PM   #5
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I use one with my 1500 and 25' bumper pull. Big difference between when i use it and when I don't. If I'm make a quick trip, I don't mess with it, but any trip of distance it's a requirement as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 11-15-2019, 04:02 PM   #6
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good to know....I guess the Harbor Freight units are as good as any?
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Old 11-15-2019, 04:04 PM   #7
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Don't pull without it. Makes huge difference I stability and distribution of weight. Makes truck and trailer ride level which gives better pull and ride and a lot safer
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:10 PM   #8
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Wouldn't tow our camper without one. Big difference. Even with the HD trucks. That and a good brake controller if your truck doesn't already have one from the factory.

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Old 11-15-2019, 06:20 PM   #9
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Forgot to mention...sounds like a great trip. Definitely memories you and your family will remember. Have fun and best of luck! Post up and let us know how it turns out when you go.

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Old 11-15-2019, 06:43 PM   #10
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Default Trailer Weight Distribution and sway bar set up

MikeyG, do it the right way. Traveling that distance, it is a must.

You canít just slap it on and expect good results.

These type of hitches must be set up properly. There are several YouTube videos that will help you, but Ifín I were you, I would spend just a little more and purchase from a dealer.

Reason why, ifín you take camper to that dealer, they will set up everything to where the camper is level when pulling.

Trust me, it will make all the difference in the world. Especially the distance you are going. You can get the top of the line hitch for $400Ė$450.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:26 PM   #11
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MikeyG, do it the right way. Traveling that distance, it is a must.

You canít just slap it on and expect good results.

These type of hitches must be set up properly. There are several YouTube videos that will help you, but Ifín I were you, I would spend just a little more and purchase from a dealer.

Reason why, ifín you take camper to that dealer, they will set up everything to where the camper is level when pulling.

Trust me, it will make all the difference in the world. Especially the distance you are going. You can get the top of the line hitch for $400Ė$450.






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Old 11-15-2019, 07:53 PM   #12
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Just use your brotherís hitch and adjust it to your ride height. Itís not hard to figure them out at all...


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Old 11-15-2019, 08:09 PM   #13
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I use the Equalizer brand pulling my camper. 32 foot with a half ton GMC. I don’t pull it far or fast, but I have been happy with it.
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:11 PM   #14
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Hopefully this isn’t hijacking the OP’s thread but what about shorter trips? I was planning on pulling mine 180 miles to our family farm for the first time and hadn’t even thought of adding one.
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:40 PM   #15
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You need to use one on ALL trips. The length of the trip has nothing to do with stability. We always think of wind causing a problem but an abrupt maneuver (i.e. avoiding debris or an unexpected maneuver from another vehicle) might be all it takes for a complete loss of control. That can happen 1/5 mile from your house. They are easy to set up and mandatory for every trip if you ask me.
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Old 11-15-2019, 11:51 PM   #16
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Hopefully this isnít hijacking the OPís thread but what about shorter trips? I was planning on pulling mine 180 miles to our family farm for the first time and hadnít even thought of adding one.
Dont need it.
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Old 11-15-2019, 11:59 PM   #17
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MikeyG, do it the right way. Traveling that distance, it is a must.

You canít just slap it on and expect good results.

These type of hitches must be set up properly. There are several YouTube videos that will help you, but Ifín I were you, I would spend just a little more and purchase from a dealer.

Reason why, ifín you take camper to that dealer, they will set up everything to where the camper is level when pulling.

Trust me, it will make all the difference in the world. Especially the distance you are going. You can get the top of the line hitch for $400Ė$450.
Word.

I haul balls to the wall without blinking in my very similar setup...and I smoke everything else...with a crosswind. Leave the sway brake off. Roll on.

You can do it with just a ball but its not the same stability by any means...regardless and especially because of rolling through the winds of West TX and NM and CO.

Good luck. Be safe.
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:02 AM   #18
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You need to use one on ALL trips. The length of the trip has nothing to do with stability. We always think of wind causing a problem but an abrupt maneuver (i.e. avoiding debris or an unexpected maneuver from another vehicle) might be all it takes for a complete loss of control. That can happen 1/5 mile from your house. They are easy to set up and mandatory for every trip if you ask me.
I agree, sudden maneuver can cause incidents. 2 years back when coming back from the lease, my dad had to swerve out of somebodyís way who hit the barrier wall and shot across all 4 lanes. Camper ended up turning the whole truck around on the highway before the camper rolled over on its side, actually broke the hitch in several places. Shockingly truck stayed upright (frame ripped clean out of the camper floor and bent). It could have been a lot worse without that hitch I believe. I believe it is a must for anything over 20 feet.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:18 AM   #19
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On my 31í I used load distribution and sway control with my F-250. With my 350 I only use the sway control as the truck needs no help with tongue weight.
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