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dedmiston

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Posted: 07/29/19 04:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stepping in as a moderator to give my opinion:

You're seeing a wide range of opinions, many of which I consider to be absolutely wrong and from members who have no experience with toy haulers.

For the sake of the peanut gallery, toy haulers are designed with their axles much further back so they can carry much heavier cargo (bikes, quads, rails, side-by-sides, etc.) in the rear. This means that they have way higher tongue weights than common travel trailers.

Our last trailer was a 30' bumper pull toy hauler. My setup was very safe and it pulled fine, but I had a good WD hitch with heavy duty sway control (not a $140 sway bar). I towed for the first 9-12 months without the sway control and it was a rough ride. The sway control made it much safer and easier to tow.

For starters, don't even consider a friction sway bar. Those are made for much lighter trailers and they'll snap like balsa wood on a trailer this heavy.

When I bought our 30' TH in 2004, I went with the Reese heavy duty weight distribution hitch. One of the reasons I bought this was that it was designed so I could start with the WD hitch and then add the dual-cam sway control later.

Honestly, if you're not already familiar with the concepts and technology and you're as eager to pick up your new rig as most of us were at the time, the $750 for a good Anderson hitch installed properly really isn't that bad. You can go to https://www.etrailer.com to shop around and do some homework and see if it's practical to beat their price. Watch some of their videos and get familiar with the tech.

In the meantime, beware of some of the free advice (including my own) that you're getting here. Some of it is downright horrible.


2014 RAM 3500 Diesel 4x4 Dually long bed. AISIN trans & 4.10 rear. B&W RVK3600 hitch • 2015 Crossroads Elevation Homestead Toy Hauler ("The Taj Mahauler") • Hooligan #3

Toys:
  • 18 Can Am Maverick x3
  • 05 Yamaha WR450
  • 07 Honda CRF250X
  • 05 Honda CRF230
  • 06 Honda CRF230



dedmiston

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Posted: 08/01/19 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So L8173?

What did you end up with? Have you brought your new hauler home yet?

Dirtclods

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Posted: 08/04/19 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your truck will pull it just fine. The anti sway bar/hitch is a good safety measure if and when you come across windy areas and you will.

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Posted: 08/04/19 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all of the knowledge and input. We brought the toy hauler home, Anderson weight distribution and anti sway assembly worked perfectly. I say that because I had no issues. Passed by several semis going much faster than me, lol, and no issues. Only about a 15 mph wind. but again, it was fine.

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Posted: 08/10/19 11:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thought the 17 and up super duty didn't need weight distributing hitch because the way they designed the receiver. I know that was something Ford advertised.


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