Originally Posted by Gene Masse
I want to get a weight distribution hitch for my 16' Casita. I am looking at a Fastway brand. Does anyone have any opinion on them or others? What model do you recommend? There are about four sizes. The biggest is more than I need but I also want to think about the future if I upsize to the 17 foot unit.
I use a Weight Distribution Hitch to tow my 16' Fiber Stream
with my Honda Odyssey minivan. As Donna suggested, the most important thing
is what kind of Tow Vehicle do you have? My Odyssey's owner's manual states that it requires a Weight Distribution Hitch for trailers over
2000 pounds total weight up to an absolute maximum
of 3500 pounds total weight. My Lightweight Weight Distribution Hitch is rated for up to 350 pounds of tongue weight. I was taught to match the Weight Distributing Hitch Capacity to the actual Tongue Weight of my trailer. In essence, my Weight Distribution Hitch enables the full towing capacity of my Odyssey. Using a heavier rated Weight Distribution Hitch cannot increase
that capacity above the 3500 pound maximum.
My recommendation is that the smallest Fastway Weight Distributing Hitch
is more than adequate for either a 16' or a 17' Casita
. The average
16' Casita's tongue weight is below
300 pounds, and the average
runs in the 420 pound vicinity. A bigger Weight Distributing Hitch will have the risk of bending or breaking your trailer's tongue, your Tow Vehicle's Hitch Receiver, and/or your Tow Vehicle's "frame."
If I didn't already have the Weight Distributing Hitch that came with my Fiber Stream
trailer, I would definitely consider the Fastway Brand on my short list of contenders. I own a Fastway Flip
tongue-jack foot that has made my life much easier.