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Posted: 02/12/18 02:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I recently asked etrailer.com a similar question. My soon-to-be-delivered Cougar 32RLI has an unloaded tongue weight of 1165 pounds, and I am trying to determine which Equal-i-zer hitch to get. Here was their response to me:

"The weight distribution kits for the most part work in a range of weights. For example, the Equal-i-zer 14K gross & 1400 lb TW kit (part number EQ37140ET) has a tongue weight range of 1000 to 1400 pounds. This range is listed on all of our weight distribution product pages under "Specs", unless the kit you are looking at is a low capacity kit. In that case it will give a maximum tongue weight spec only. For this 1,400- Equal-i-zer example, the bar will begin to spring at 1000 lbs and it can break after 1400. When the bar springs, it is doing its job (distributing the weight up your tow vehicle frame and down the trailer frame). Ideally, you will want your actual loaded tongue weight to fall right in between whatever the listed tongue weight range is. For this Equal-i-zer kit, you would want to achieve the closest to a 1200 pound tongue weight as possible, even if that means rearranging some weight in the trailer to help facilitate this goal. If you can reach the middle of the tongue weight range, and the kit is properly installed, it will perform to the standards the manufacturer intended it to for you and you will be very satisfied with it!"


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I will not make an "armchair" recommendation.
You need to determine if there are limitations of your TT frame. With many of todays TTs having lighter frames.... Going to heavy a bar could cause a problem. One of my TTs actually listed what size bars were permissable for each frame size. So.... First step.... Contact your TT manufacturer. Second step. determine your ACTUAL TW. Do these things first, and you will have your answer.



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Definitely contact Progress Mfg (Equal-i-zer) when my square sockets developed cracks they sent me new ones under warranty. They never asked for a sales date or anything. Even if your trailer is overweight you should at least fix the hitch for free so you can sell it.


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opnspaces, I see you have a 3/4 ton 96 Burb with a 350. How does it tow? seems like a lot of weight for a 350. I have a '94 Burb with 350 K-1500, 3.73 1/2 ton, the engine runs good but is low compression and is really weak. I've done several exterior upgrades so it tows halfway decent, pulling a TrailCruiser 26' just okay. Have you had to upgrade your engine much?
(dual exhaust, Fastchip computer upgrade chip, two cold air intakes, adjustable timing control, 15* advance)


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I have a 5000 lbs trailer and got an equal-izer hitch from Craigslist for $75 make for a 1000 lbs trailer and it works great, was not planned that way but if works for me. Over kill for me works good.

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LVJJJ wrote:

opnspaces, I see you have a 3/4 ton 96 Burb with a 350. How does it tow? seems like a lot of weight for a 350. I have a '94 Burb with 350 K-1500, 3.73 1/2 ton, the engine runs good but is low compression and is really weak. I've done several exterior upgrades so it tows halfway decent, pulling a TrailCruiser 26' just okay. Have you had to upgrade your engine much?
(dual exhaust, Fastchip computer upgrade chip, two cold air intakes, adjustable timing control, 15* advance)


Mine is stock, and up until the last few months it has towed great. Lately I notice it is not as fast up the hills as it used to be but it also just turned 190,000. I do have the 4.10 rear end which I'm sure helps and I'm also not shy about dropping it to second, putting my foot on the floor and holding it there until I get to the top. The worst thing is encountering a commuter car half way up the grade that causes me to drop out of the power band. Then it's just a slow crawl to get back up to speed. Since I still have kids I'll probably look for a 3/4 ton with a 454 when this one dies.

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The 12 and 14 use the same bars, so I don't see how the 14 is going to put more stress on your frame. The 14 hitch head will be heavier to lug around.


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