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RE: Introduction post

Some of my friends retired early and are not happy they did so. That would make a good topic. Agree. And "early" means different things to different people. If they weren't happy, at what age did they retire?
bakerkids 02/12/20 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

IMHO, first find the right floorplan/model. 2nd, find the tow vehicle easily capable of towing that floorplan.{especially TV's payload capacity} 3rd, find the right WDH for the tongue/GVWR of the TT. 1)Trailer chosen 2)Test driving trucks tomorrow and Saturday with double tow rate of dry trailer (one exception that has only 2k over camper dry weight). 3)This post is all about finding the right hitch once that truck is purchased. Apparently I've posted too soon, but just wanted advice on who and where does that...private business, prospective buyer, dealer.
bakerkids 07/18/19 09:12am Towing
RE: Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

It looks to me like that trailer will probably have a tongue weight around 700lbs when loaded for use. I think it would be an excellent candidate for an Andersen hitch. This hitch is a new design (in past several years) and works well with light tongue weight trailers. It also does not put a lot of downward force on the smaller A frame trailers like a traditional WD hitch does and has anti-sway built in. Before purchasing a hitch, check with the dealer on what size ball is required for that trailer. Most travel trailers take a 2 5/16" ball but many of the smaller ones only use a 2" ball. Barney Barney, if he ends up purchasing the Laramie, with a 9,095 tow capacity, Hemi, heavy duty cooling, class IV hitch receiver, tow package, etc., it's possible he may not need the weight distribution part, correct? Just the sway bars and hitch?
bakerkids 07/17/19 08:50am Towing
RE: Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

Missing the other half of the equation....what's he towing it with. That's a little trailer for a full size rig, hook it up and drag it home, may/likely not need anything at all. If towing with a mid size truck/SUV then yeah, need a wdh fo sho. He has a RAM but it's a V6 so is also truck shopping for a Hemi. Initially was going with a lighter camper with the present truck. Now he's going to test drive a Laramie with a tow capacity of 9,050 this weekend. He has two others on the list but all have sufficient axle ratio and engine, tow package, etc. I would rather him at least have 7k capacity, and at the lowest 6k. He will be going cross country and staying in it for up to 13 weeks. Not weekend camping or a vacation. He will be the only passenger.
bakerkids 07/17/19 08:24am Towing
RE: Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

Blue Ox sway pro is a popular newer hitch with built in sway. It would be a good choice. The dealer will try to sell you what they carry which may not be the best choice. Whatever you get you should learn how to set it up yourself. There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to do it. It’s really not that hard. The dealer will usually install it for you, or have it included in the deal. Either way, the dealer won’t usually take the time to adjust it properly and it will be set for an empty trailer. You will need to adjust it once loaded up. Yes, I believe after initial setup he can make adjustments. I just want someone to set it up and show him. He may be able to have them adjust it after it's loaded instead of prior. Others in my camping group are telling me dealers will usually set it up first. That's not your experience? He should ask that before purchasing.
bakerkids 07/16/19 07:55pm Towing
RE: Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

After owning 3 TT's I would skip the EAZ lift and get one with built in sway control. Like an Equalizer type or what I'm using now, a Blue Ox Sway Pro. The 'All in one's' are easier to use as you aren't dealing with two separate systems. No unhooking to backup like the EAZ lift package in your link. Most all dealers will set you up initially. I bought my own hitch off Amazon and took it in when I picked up the TT. Goducks, Thanks so much. Could I bother you some more and ask for a link to one that would be suitable?
bakerkids 07/16/19 06:14pm Towing
Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

My son is buying a Forest River Surveyor 201RBLE and we need advice on a hitch with sway control, and I assume weight distribution. I tow a tiny trailer with no sway or weight distribution so this is foreign to me and I'm no help. Do people new to camper ownership and towing purchase their hitch prior to purchasing the camper, or does the dealership help choose and set this up for buyers? He wouldn't know how to set it up on his own and would need someone with knowledge to help him. He is thinking of purchasing this EAZ Lift 48058. I have read enough to know that people are either in the "Anderson" camp or "Equal-i-zer" camp, or whatever their fav is so I suspect people will have hard opinions about brands. Where does he start? He's working out of state and I'm trying to hep gather this because he has a deadline. Thanks for your opinions!
bakerkids 07/16/19 05:50pm Towing
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