Help with Weight Distribution Hitch on Bigfoot 21RB with no storage box. - Fiberglass RV



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Old 05-22-2019, 03:34 PM   #1
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Help with Weight Distribution Hitch on Bigfoot 21RB with no storage box.

As the title says, I'm trying to figure which weight distribution hitch for my Bigfoot 21RB with no front storage. I bought the trailer used and the previous owners cut out squares in the fiberglass cover when they attached a BlueOx hitch. When I contacted Blue Ox they said I would have to cut even more off of the fiberglass to attach the hitch I wanted. No thanks on that... The huge cuts are ugly enough without having to cut more.


Grant at Bigfoot recommended the Equilizer brand hitch but the instructions for that hitch say to install brackets between 22 and 32 inches from the ball. On my trailer the wall to the battery box covers the entire area they recommend adding the bracket. Does anyone happen to have pictures of an installation of this type of hitch, on a Bigfoot without the tongue box? Attaching pictures of what mine looks like. Do people just drill through the metal to install the bracket?


I'll also post this on the Bigfoot owners club but traffic there tends to be a bit slower.


Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:43 PM   #2
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How much does the trailer weigh - and what is the tongue weight?
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:47 PM   #3
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Not sure how much it the trailer weighs but at the moment the hitch weight is about 375-400#. Of course that's completely empty no water, and 2 empty propane tanks. It has a battery but nothing in the trailer...
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:16 PM   #4
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I'll try to get pics up of mine by the weekend. 21RB without the box.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:49 AM   #5
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Being a past owner of a 21RB, you would require the Blue Ox 750. What is their distance requirement for the bracket install along the tongue?
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:52 AM   #6
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Get a 3/4 ton tow vehicle and dispense with the equalizer hitch. Much safer towing and quicker easier hookups.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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Being a past owner of a 21RB, you would require the Blue Ox 750. What is their distance requirement for the bracket install along the tongue?

Thanks for the reply. I talked to the Blue Ox customer support. They said for my truck they recommend the Sway Pro not the round bar as the previous owners had. So that means cutting off even more of the fiberglass cover.



Have you used the Equil-i-zer brand? Grant (CEO of from Bigfoot RV) recommends the Equil-i-zer brand so I plan to stick with his recommendation. He's probably seen a Bigfoot RV or 2 in his time so I kind of trust his advice. I've also read many good recommendations from others who have it. I was just looking for help with the install.



I heard back from Grant and others have confirmed that for the Equil-i-zer hitch I will need to drill a hole in the battery box.


Thanks for the help all.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:54 PM   #8
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I've installed the Equalizer on my Escape 19 (love it by the way).
The brackets install with bolts around the frame, no drilling.

So it looks like you would have to cut a hole in the battery box to install the Equalizer, or most weight distribution hitches for that matter.

I've heard of some people welding on the bracket, so that might be an option.

I'd maybe contact Equalizer and see what they recommend.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:19 PM   #9
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I've installed the Equalizer on my Escape 19 (love it by the way).
The brackets install with bolts around the frame, no drilling.

So it looks like you would have to cut a hole in the battery box to install the Equalizer, or most weight distribution hitches for that matter.

I've heard of some people welding on the bracket, so that might be an option.

I'd maybe contact Equalizer and see what they recommend.

Yep, good idea. I just contacted them and they confirmed exactly what you said. Cut/drill a small hole for the bolt, or weld the bracket on which would be permanent.

Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:21 PM   #10
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Get a 3/4 ton tow vehicle and dispense with the equalizer hitch. Much safer towing and quicker easier hookups.

Great sense of humor. Some of these responses are just comical!
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:09 PM   #11
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Here are pics of my EAZ-Lift:







It's clamped on with a bolt on the interior of the frame. No drilling or welding required. From the center of the bracket to the tip of the coupler is about 31".

Edit: The ball bracket for the sway controller is drilled/bolted to the side of the frame (self tapping bolts).
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:09 PM   #12
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Not what you asked for but this is what I did on my 21fb

Hi Jon,

I have a 21fb with weight distribution. I went a little non conventional and used a Anderson WDH. I did this after much research and talking to Grant and several others. No one told me to do the Anderson so my choice and it has worked great.

I bought and installed the model 3350 see link for information:

https://andersenhitches.com/Products...-5--6-brackets

I welded the half the bracket to the frame itself. See pictures.

I did not notch the propane cover because I figured out the cover would slip over the welded brackets. I made sure to radius the edges on the bracket that came in contact with the fiberglass to prevent to much scrubbing. The cover has a lot of flex so no issues. Lots of miles and no cracks.

This works great with my Canyon Diesel. I enjoy the sway control more than the weight distribution because the younger weight did not effect the ride height very much.

Like everyone else I struggled with a disission on a 3/4 ton but I was already pregnant with the Canyon so made it work. It’s safe and I am happy but the TW is always a personal choice so nuff said.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:24 PM   #13
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Not what you asked but here is what I did with my Anderson WDH

Anderson kit 3350.

Welded on brackets.

Propane cover slips right over welded brackets.

Lots of miles and no issues.

Please, no comments from the 3/4 gallery
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:07 AM   #14
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...I was already pregnant with the Canyon so made it work.
Wow, that must have been a difficult delivery! Good thing it wasn't a 3/4 ton

Joking aside - Nice set-up! How is the little diesel for mileage and power?
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