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Old 10-07-2011, 08:25 AM   #15
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We have an Egg Camper and were told specifically by Jim Palmer, company president, DO NOT use a wd hitch with an Egg Camper. Even on our minivan, the rear only dropped an inch. With our truck, not at all.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:36 AM   #16
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Did he say why? Does your minivan manual say you should be using one? It seems a little odd for a trailer manufacture to say. IMHO its normally the tow vehicle manufacture thats the determining force and there are lots out there that require them.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:33 AM   #17
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He didn't say. It was during our delivery procedure. I haven't checked the minivan manual since it only drops an inch as measured. Probably won't check it now since we don't tow with the minivan any more, though it did a fine job. Since my wife & I are geezers, we prefer the comfort of the Chevy pickup seats to those in the minivan. MPG with either is 14-17 depending on conditions.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:06 AM   #18
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Carol, a WD hitch spreads the tongue weight not only through the vehicle chassis, but also the trailer frame. I should assume that the reason they don't recommend it is that the trailer frame is not designed to take that kind of stress. Many trailer hitched and many car chassis are also not designed to take this kind of stress.

The tension of the WD hitch bars help to spread out the weight. But think of it this way: They always say to lift with your legs and not your back, right? Well, what if your knees are bad? Then lifting with your legs might be a really bad thing to do. Same with a car or a trailer that is not designed to have the stress of a WD hitch on it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:05 PM   #19
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Here's a rough sketch (I hope) of the towing rig for my Trillium 1300 and a Tacoma with tow pkg. [3500 lbs]. They were called sway bars when I was growing up.
When the chains are attached to the trailer frame should the link just be slipped over the pin or should the bar and chain be pressured upwards to allow the second or third link to slip onto the pin on the trailer frame?
And, does moving the link change the weight/pressure/distribution?
Hope this can be understood. Thanks in advance. D
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:30 PM   #20
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Those are really weight distribution bars, not sway bars. They don't do much about sway. You usually attach the chain not with the first link, but with a subsequent link such that it takes some of the weight off the back (distributing it to both the truck's front axle and the trailer's axle) and levels the rig. Either you will crank up the jack to let you hook up the chains, or you can use a snap-up bar on the chain for leverage if you have one.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:43 PM   #21
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Have towed without an equalizer hitch, but not after i tried WITH one. The truck and trailer track like one unit.
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This was our experience and we traveled through several states with it. Our concern was sway because we could easily handle the weight of the trailer. The difference was unbelievable. The Equalizer is just bolted on which is one of the reasons that we had chose it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:07 PM   #22
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Better take McBrew's word that the light box tube in many egg frames will NOT take the stress of operating with a distribution hitch. Don't want to break the welds at the A-frame tongue, or worse, bend the frame! Investigate air shocks or rubber donuts installed in the coil springs of the TV. Timbrens is a brand of the passive type which don't require air. For heavens sake, don't put 6000# distribution bars on a 17' egg. I don't have to tell you this is from somebody who learned the hard way, do I?

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Old 02-11-2012, 09:45 PM   #23
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I think most trailers do not require a w/d hitch as long as the tongue weight is less than 500 lbs. That amount seems to be where most receivers say a w/d is needed if in excess thereof. I'd get a good tongue scales like Sherline here Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity Sherline Tools 5780 to monitor tongue weight. Then just hook up and tow and enjoy.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #24
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My Astro van is good for 5500 pounds towing, I use a Weight Distribution Hitch as it does level things out.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #25
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Here's a rough sketch (I hope) of the towing rig for my Trillium 1300 and a Tacoma with tow pkg. [3500 lbs]. They were called sway bars when I was growing up.
When the chains are attached to the trailer frame should the link just be slipped over the pin or should the bar and chain be pressured upwards to allow the second or third link to slip onto the pin on the trailer frame?
And, does moving the link change the weight/pressure/distribution?
Hope this can be understood. Thanks in advance. D

Pressured upwards to allow the second link. This should look level.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:32 AM   #26
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Thanks for all the information. I figured if they came with the rig, they should be used. Now I know how and why. One last question:
They will do no harm, if properly installed and used, right?

BTW, the Tacoma is a 4-cyl, Extended cab, 2WD, with tow pkg rated for 3500lbs.
Thanks again for the information. D
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Won't harm the Tacoma. The Trillium I have no idea about.
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