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  • What is the Difference Between Trunnion and Round Bar Weight Distribution Systems
  • The round or trunnion bars refers to the end of the spring bars. Round bars are typically designed for lighter applications, are a bit harder to install and are usually priced lower than trunnion bars. Trunnion bars are typically designed to be used with heavier weight applications, and easier to install than round bars. Trunnion bars typically offer more ground clearance as well. I attached an FAQ article on weight distribution for you to check out.
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  • Comparing Fastway e2 Round and Trunnion and Equal-i-zer Trunnion Weight Distribution Systems
  • Between round bar systems like # FA94-00-0600 and trunnion systems like # FA92-00-0600, I recommend going with a trunnion system because it will provide you better ground clearance than the round bar system. The trunnion bars come straight out from the hitch head, while the round bars come down from the head before moving out. For the Fastway and Equalizer systems, the manufacturer has already factored the hitch weight into the calculation. With these systems, you will only need to...
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  • Reducer Sleeve and Hitch Pin for a GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD with 2-1/2 Inch Factory Trailer Hitch
  • You are correct. Some OEM 2-1/2 inch hitches from different vehicle manufacturers are too wide for the standard size pin due to extra material on the outside of the hitches. You can get a reducer sleeve by itself. You can use reducer sleeve # DTADP25. Our customers have found that it fits the GM trucks with 2-1/2 inch receivers but not Ford OEM 2-1/2 inch receivers due to a slight design difference. Since you have a GM reducer # DTADP25 will work. For a locking pin that will fit...
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  • Replacement Keys for Diversi-Tech Ball Mount
  • You can purchase Re-Keying Kit, # DTLBM02RK, to re-key your ball mount. The kit includes a tool to remove the locking cylinder you have in the ball mount now. Once you receive the kit, you will need to put some air tool oil in the hole that the lock set screw goes in and let it soak for a while. This will release the thread locker and allow you to remove the set screw. The set screw is located under a piece of tape on the ball mount. Once you get the Re-Key Kit or if you know the...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for R-Pod Trailer with 500 lbs of Tongue Weight
  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. The Fastway e2 part # FA94-00-0600...
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  • FastWay e2 Weight Distribution System Recommendation for R-Pod Camper with 300 lbs Tongue Weight
  • For your tongue weight of 300 lbs the FastWay E2 Weight Distribution System part # FA92-00-0450 that you referenced would be a great option that would be rated perfectly for it. For a hitch ball you then would want the part # 40038.
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  • Comparing Weight Distribution Systems With Sway Control When Towing 32-Ft Travel Trailer
  • Based on your trailer weight the tongue weight when the trailer is loaded and ready to tow may be at the high range of the three systems you referenced. You really want to have your tongue weight fall right in the middle of the system range, so if your tongue weight is 1,000 lbs you may want to check out systems that can handle up to 1,200 lbs like the Strait-Line Weight Distribution w Sway Control, part # RP66074. This system can handle tongue weight between 600 and 1,200 lbs. The...
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  • Recommended Locking Hitch Pins 5/8 Inch Diameter Keyed Alike for 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • The Fastway Trailer Hitch Lock and Adjustment Pin Lock Set for Flash E Series HD Ball Mounts # FA86-00-3685 does not allow a 3rd pin keyed alike although the 2 in the kit come keyed alike. If you want 3 pins 5/8 inch diameter, then the DeadBolt Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock - Extra Long - Flush Design for 2-1/2" Trailer Hitches # RH5-XL is the only option, but you can get as many as you like. This will work with the Fastway Trailer Hitches but won't have separate lengths like the kit.
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  • Can Bolt Cutters Cut the Locking Pin on the Tow Ready Trailer Coupler Lock
  • A set of heavy-duty bolt cutters may be able to break the locking pin on the Trailer Coupler Lock. The locking pin for this coupler lock is 1/2 inch in diameter and is made of 1407 steel. There are heavy duty bolt cutters that are available at hardware stores that have the ability to cut up to 1/2 inch or 9/16 inch diameter objects. Another coupler lock that you may be interested in is the Fastway Coupler Lock, # DT25013KA. This lock uses a 5/8 inch diameter locking pin. Although there...
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  • Trunnion Bars vs Round Bars & Ground Clearance
  • The round bar extends about 2-1/2 inches below the weight distribution head, while the trunnion bar does not extend below the weight distribution head at all, as you can see in the side-by-side photo I edited for you. This is why we recommend folks that have vehicles with low ground clearance like minivans and compact trucks go with a trunnion bar system.
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  • Rust Proof Ball Mount and Hitch Ball Setup Recommendation
  • First thing you will need to do is determine how much rise/drop you would need from a ball mount to tow your trailer level. For that you will want to check out the help article that I attached that details how to do this. Once you figure out what you would need I attached a page that has all of the aluminum ball mounts we carry. You would want to select the amount of drop you would need from the filters and all of the correct ball mounts will be listed. You would want to use a stainless...
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  • Is Sway Control Needed When Towing a R-Pod 173T Trailer with a Ford Excursion
  • Sway control is not necessarily needed when towing smaller trailers like your R Pod 173T, but it would not hurt to have one. The best way to determine if you need sway control on your trailer is to load your trailer as if you were leaving for a trip and drive around for a few miles on the highway and see if sway might be an issue. If you feel that your trailer is swaying more than you are comfortable with, then you could go with an individual sway control bar like the Pro Series Friction...
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  • Aluminum or Stainless Steel Adjustable Ball Mount Recommendations for a 2012 Toyota Tundra
  • I assume that you are wanting a 3 inch rise or drop ball mount for your factory installed 2012 Toyota Tundra with a factory installed Class IV hitch that has a 2 inch receiver. You have indicated that you would prefer a ball mount that is made of all aluminum or stainless steel components, has an anti-rattle device and is lockable. Unfortunately, we do not have a fixed stainless steel or aluminum draw bar that will provide a 3 inch drop or rise. However, we do offer several options for...
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  • Adjustable Ball Mount Recommendation for a Ford F-350 Pickup
  • The adjustable ball mount you will need will depend on the height of the top of the hitch opening on your F-350 with 2-1/2 inch receiver hitch. We have an article that explains how to measure to select the correct ball mount, see link. For instance, on my 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 the top of the receiver opening is 20 inches from the ground when parked on a level surface. I use an adjustable drop receiver at 5 inches of drop, top of receiver opening to top of ball mount, for towing a equipment...
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  • Difference Between 2-Point and 4-Point Sway Control on Weight Distribution Systems
  • The Equil-i-zer Weight Distribution with 4-Point Sway Control, like # EQ37041ET, differs from the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution with 2-Point Sway Control # FA92-00-0450, because it does utilize 2 more points of steel-on-steel friction at the head of the system. The 4-point system uses a tight connection with the trunnion bars at the head, in a way sandwiching the bar and utilizing that friction to keep it from moving as freely. The Fastway e2 2-point system has a slight gap between the...
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  • Hitch Ball Shank Size Required for Fastway e2 Replacement Weight Distribution Head # FA94-02-1055
  • I went to our warehouse and checked the Replacement Head # FA94-02-1055 for Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Systems and found that it takes a hitch ball with a 1-1/4-inch diameter shank. You can use the link provided to view all 2-5/16-inch hitch balls with this shank diameter. We have options in chrome-finish, raw steel and zinc-plated. You can click on the weight capacity you need to see suitable hitch balls. As examples, for a 12K-rated chrome ball you can use # 19286 or for a raw-finish...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 23 Foot Travel Trailer w/ 5400lb GVWR
  • In addition to all the items on the trailer that will increase its dry tongue weight, you'll also need to add the weight of anything you carry in the bed of the truck behind the rear axle. The right way to do this is to load up the trailer as you would typically have it, and take it to a truck scale or use the # 5780 Sherline Tongue Weight Scale. Ideally, the TTW of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the weight distribution system...
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  • Difference Between the Diversi-Tech # DTALBM6625 and # DTALBM6625-2S
  • The only difference between the two ball mounts is that the trailer ball assembly of the # DTALBM6625-2S is stainless steel, while the ball assembly of the # DTALBM6625 is chrome plated steel. The stainless steel trailer ball assembly will be more corrosion resistant over time. Once the chrome plating of the ball assembly of the # DTALBM6625 is worn away, the assembly will be susceptible to corrosion. If you plan on using the ball mount quite a bit, you might want to go with the # DTALBM6625-2S. Also...
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  • Will Rock Tamers Heavy-Duty Adjustable Mud Flaps ERT00110 Fit Fastway Ball Mount FA42-00-2825
  • The Rock Tamers Heavy-Duty Adjustable Mud Flap System for 2-1/2-Inch Hitches # ERT00110 requires at least 1-inch of available space on the ball mount shank. This 1-inch of clearance between the back of the ball mount face and the trailer hitch receiver opening is needed for the mounting collar which is secured with the two included bolts. On the Fastway Flash E Series HD Adjustable 2-Ball Mount # FA42-00-2825 the available space on the shank from the center of the hitch pin hole is 3-inches....
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  • Recommended Power Jack for Travel Trailer With 500 lb Tongue Weight
  • Although the jack you referenced would work well with the amount of weight you mentioned, when choosing a jack I always recommend overkill. Choosing the highest rated jack you can find will mean the jack will not need to work so hard. This means the jack will lift the trailer more quickly and will last longer. I really like the Husky Brute 4500 lb capacity model, part # HT87247. The jack provides some unique features, like ball-bearing operation for smoother and easier lifting and less...
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  • Recommended Adjustable Ball Mount for 2.5 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • The highest rated adjustable ballmount for a 2-1/2" hitch receiver is rated for 10,000 lbs. So I would recommend going with the Curt Channel Style Adjustable Ballmount # C45900. This adjustable ball mount is rated for 14,000 lbs, and has a rise of 5-1/4" and a drop of 6" and fits 2" trailer hitch receivers. You will then want to use a reducer like # 58102, which adapts a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" hitch receiver opening into a 2" x 2. I spoke with my contact at Curt about adjustable ball mount...
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  • Comparing Fastway e2 and Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System For Safari Condo Alto Trailer
  • Both of the weight distribution systems you asked about are very nice systems. You will want to choose a system where your fully-loaded-ready-to-tow trailer tongue weight added to the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your towing vehicle is near the middle of the system range. In my research I found that the dry tongue weight of the larger Alto trailer is around 250-lbs. Food, clothing and any other cargo can add up fast so knowing what the total tongue weight is important. I...
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  • Comparison of Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Systems for Trailer with 800 Pounds Tongue Weight
  • Both the # FA94-00-1061 and the # FA92-00-1000 weight distribution systems are rated for 1,000 pounds of tongue weight which is a good choice for your trailer that has 800 pounds of tongue weight. The difference between the two is that the # FA92-00-1000 uses trunion spring bars and # FA94-00-1061 uses round spring bars. There isn't much advantage either way except trunion bars connect to the head by sliding directly into it and round bars come in from the bottom. The benefit is that...
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  • What To Do If Key For Lock Is Missing On Diversi-Tech Ball Mount
  • Without the key or the key number you will need to remove the locks that are on your Diversi-Tech ball mount and replace them with Diversi-Tech 2-Pack Re-Keying Kit, # DTLBM02RK. This kit will have 2 keyed-alike lock cylinders with 4 keys and lock covers. It will also include 2 set screws and an allen wrench. On the Diversi-Tech ball mount there will be a set screw that is located under the warning label on top of the hitch. If you lift up the warning label there will be a hole with...
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  • Dimensions of Fastway Replacement Round Spring Bar Arms for Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Systems
  • All of the Replacement Round Spring Bars for the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution systems, # FA94-02-1099, # FA94-02-0899, and # FA94-02-0699, measure 31-1/2 inches long. The diameter of the bar at the upper end is 1.39 inches, and the inside groove measures 0.91 inches. I have attached a photo showing these dimensions for you. The spring bars differ based on their tongue weight capacities. The construction of the bars determines their weight capacity, rather than the size of the bar....
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  • Will Weight Distribution Be Needed on a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • With the trailer weight that you provided, I recommend using a weight distribution system with sway control on your towing setup. Any time the trailer weighs more than half of the weight of the two vehicle we recommend using a weight distribution system. Even using a hitch with a 2-1/2 receiver opening will not negate the use of weight distribution with a trailer weighing as much as yours. I have attached a FAQ article on weight distribution that will have more information on when weight...
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  • Selecting Fastway Weight Distribution Shank for R-Pod 179 Trailer and 2016 Jeep Cherokee
  • You can measure the height of your R-Pod's coupler to determine what amount of drop you need in a weight distribution shank. With the trailer level, measure from the bottom of the coupler to the ground. The height difference between the coupler and the Cherokee's receiver is the amount of drop you need. I checked the R-Pod's specs but coupler height is not indicated. The shank in the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution system # FA94-00-0600 has a maximum drop of 1-5/8-inches from top of hitch...
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  • Recommend Trailer Coupler Lock That Will Help Deter Theft
  • I walked out to our warehouse and pulled the Tow Ready Trailer Coupler Lock. The locking bar measures approximately a 1/2 inch in diameter. The representative at Tow Ready informed me that the lock is made of 1407 steel. I then contacted our representative at Fastway about the Universal Trailer Coupler Lock, part # DT25013KA. He informed me that this locking bar has a diameter of 5/8 inch hardened steel. He informed me that this is the biggest and strongest lock on the market and is...
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  • Best Coupler Lock for Travel Trailer with Bumper Pull Coupler
  • The coupler lock we recommend the most is the Fastway # DT25013KA. This lock is great because it is very universal and can fit almost all coupler styles, is hard to defeat and our customers who have it really love it. I attached a review video that shows the lock being used for you to check out as well.
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  • Availability of the Fastway Weight Distribution with 10,000 Gross Trailer Weight Trunnion Style
  • I have a solution for you. We carry the Fastway e2 # FA92-00-1000 which is the same weight hitch that you referenced without the trailer ball. All you will need is # EQ91-00-6100 trailer ball with the this Fastway hitch.
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