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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
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

Scamp is about 2600 lbs, 16' overall. But if he gets the rear end swapped out it opens up all sorts of choices. Doggone these kids that don't get married nowadays. My daughter, same thing. Ugh! I know! So frustrating. I work in the court system, and we have women with babies from 4 different dads. Don't get me started on the non-commitment thing. Ugh. I wanted him to consider a Casita, but he's passing on it unfortunately. FOr one thing, a couple of my suggestions have a dry bath.That's to bad he didn't consider the Casita or Scamp because their resell value is unmatched in the box trailer world. True. Although I think he'd feel more confined. I have a friend who owns the one with swivel chairs, which is rare. Lance makes one, but they're few and far between. However, I feel confined in hers with both of us in there, and they'll be in their trailer in one location for up to 13 weeks.
bakerkids 06/27/19 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

Scamp is about 2600 lbs, 16' overall. But if he gets the rear end swapped out it opens up all sorts of choices. Doggone these kids that don't get married nowadays. My daughter, same thing. Ugh! I know! So frustrating. I work in the court system, and we have women with babies from 4 different dads. Don't get me started on the non-commitment thing. Ugh. I wanted him to consider a Casita, but he's passing on it unfortunately. FOr one thing, a couple of my suggestions have a dry bath.
bakerkids 06/26/19 10:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

Hmmm...admittedly, this is the RV forum, but if I were young, camping with two kayaks, maybe watching a budget, moving around, I'd do what I did, a cargo conversion. Mine is 3,000lbs fully loaded. 7x16 Conversion I now tow it with my Mitsubishi Montero V6: https://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/attachments/wp_20181007_11_17_11_pro-jpg.476787/ He doesn't have the time, tools, or skills to build out something. My advice to him is a ready-to-roll camper. In this post I'm looking for a trailer weight he shouldn't exceed. It most likely will be easier to sell a camper, as well, if they find they want to put down roots in one of the areas. This is supposed to be a minimum of a one-year experience. Thanks for sharing your option.
bakerkids 06/26/19 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

Ditto carringb and TurnThePage: The Pentastar V6 is the often-overlooked "engine that could". Very capable and tough, but does need to rev to get it done in the hills. Interesting that swapping from 3.21 to 3.55 increases the trailer rating by 3,000lbs, on the same equipped truck. Noticed you have a Tab trailer, what kind of camping is your son likely to do? Haul kayaks, bikes, traditional trailer, stay at regular campgrounds or off the beaten path? Take a look at IntechRV for Luna, small toy haulers, or even the fancy new Sol trailer. Any of those would be an easy fit for the Ram, even with 3.21 gears. Also consider Winnebago's Micro Minnie series. I did pass along the Micro Minnie as a possibility too. They do have two 8' kayaks. I don't think they'd like spending time long-term in the Luna due to not having a permanent bed. I did forget about the Sol completely, so thanks for the reminder. My son will be in one location for 13 weeks at a minimum before moving on so I suspect they'll find a monthly rate at a private CG. Totally the opposite of what I do.
bakerkids 06/25/19 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

If he's within the ratings, I think he's golden. The only part of that platform that will get worked is the engine. It won't win any races, but should be good to go. Thanks for your opinion. It's appreciated!
bakerkids 06/25/19 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

My son is interested in buying a family member's RAM to tow a small couples trailer, but I was surprised to find the low tow rating of 4400, and max payload of 1794. The rear axle gearing is 3.21, and has the 8-speed transmission. He would be the only person in the tow, and he weighs maybe 175. I was going to recommend these: CampLite 16, CL16TBS. Dry weight is 3010, and the GVWR 4,400 CL16TBS Lance 1475 (I'm sure too $$$) Dry weight 2600, GVWR 3700 Lance 1475 Possibly one of the White Water Retros, but I believe many have had issues with their earlier models. The 177FK and SE have dry weights around 3000 and the larger 179 is 3360. Are even those too heavy? Girlfriend is a traveling nurse, so the use would be two adults the majority of the time. Not a lot of options for them with that truck. He has zero towing experience and this mama is a little rattled. lol Would love some feedback.
bakerkids 06/25/19 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where are the modern euro style travel trailers?

Check out the Avia by nuCamp, builder of [email protected], [email protected], and Cirrus. Avia
bakerkids 01/20/19 12:31pm Travel Trailers
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