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  • Recommendation for a 2-5/16 Inch Trailer Hitch Coupler Lock
  • The highest rated and most popular 2-5/16 inch trailer coupler lock we carry is the Fastway Universal Trailer Coupler Lock, # DT25013KA. This lock actually will fit 1-7/8, 2, and 2-5/16 inch couplers. It features a pick-resistant lock cylinder and dual-action, bolt-blocked locking system that locks both arms instead of just one. To add even more security, you can use the The Wheel Club - Tire and Wheel Lock, # WI490, to one of your trailer wheels. This wheel lock fits tires up to 28...
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  • Coupler Lock Comparison for Securing a Travel Trailer
  • Any type of lock you put on your trailer will be a theft deterrent. I recommend using the Fastway Universal Coupler Lock, part # DT25013KA, because it can mount on 1-7/8, 2 and 2-5/16 inch couplers and it fits on a wide variety of coupler types. The Diversi-Tech lock will be harder and noisier to break off than the Master Lock coupler lock which is a better deterrent for thieves. Wheel locks are also a secure option, but can be tedious to apply and still gives thieves a chance to hook...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Troubleshooting E2 Weight Distribution Hitch Sway Issues
  • It sounds like the Fastway e2 # FA94-00-0800 or # FA92-00-0800 is the correct system for your 1/2 full trailer but not for your loaded trailer. You want a system rated for total tongue weight which includes the tongue weight of your trailer and any cargo weight behind the rear axle of your F-150. That total tongue weight will ideally be in the middle of the range of your weight distribution system, so your Fastway e2 is not the correct system for your needs. For a 1000 lb e2 upgrade...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Complete Towing Setup For 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan With Weight Distribution For Camper
  • Your understanding of the GVWR is correct...it is the total loaded weight of the trailer and the cargo. For your 2013 Grand Caravan, I do suggest a weight distribution system along with sway control because you are very close to your max capacity with this vehicle. Let's start at the beginning since you weren't clear if the small cargo trailers you've towed were with this vehicle. If you don't have a trailer hitch receiver, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver...
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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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  • Recommended Weight Distribution for a 16 Foot Haulmark Cargo Trailer
  • I have just the weight distribution for you and your 16 x 7 Haulmark Cargo Trailer. For the weighs you mentioned the 10,000lbs Equal-i-zer system # EQ37101ET will work great for your 2015 Ram 3500 SRW and 2-5/16 inch coupler on your Haulmark. This system has a 4-point sway control system that doesn't include a shank already so that you can get the one you need. The Equal-i-zer shank I recommend for you is the # EQ90-02-4400 which has a 9 inch drop. The only optional add-on you may...
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  • Fastway Weight Distribution Recommendation for 3,500 lb Trailer
  • Thanks for providing as much information on your setup as you did. That makes my job very easy! So your trailer at it's heaviest would be 3,500 lbs which would mean the tongue weight could range from 350 to 525 lbs. The part # FA92-00-0450 is most likely going to be not rated high enough as you also have to factor the weight of cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle as tongue weight too. The part # FA92-00-0600 would be a better option as it has a tongue weight limit of 600 lbs...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Keyed Alike Locking Pin For Ball Adjustment And Hitch Pin On Fastway Ball Mount
  • The Fastway Flash E Series Adjustable, Aluminum Ball Mount - 2 Chrome Balls - 6" Drop, 7" Rise - 10K, # FA42-00-2600 you said you have is a fit for 2 inch hitch receivers not 2-1/2 inch hitch receivers. The Fastway Trailer Hitch Lock and Adjustment Pin Lock Set for Flash E Series Ball Mounts, # FA86-00-3660, is a fit for this hitch and its compatible 2 inch receiver opening measured inside to inside. I'm guessing that you measured the receiver from outside vs. the inside opening and this...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Leveling and Weight Distribution for a Truck with Camper Pulling a Trailer
  • Prior to purchase, I want to recommend a few things to double check before purchasing your kit. First, you'll check with your trailer manufacturer to be sure that your trailer is approved for use with a weight distribution system. Some trailers, especially aluminum ones, can be too weak to stand up against the forces applied by a distribution system and can fail. You'll also verify that your extension and hitch are rated for use with weight distribution systems. Next, you'll...
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  • Recommended Coupler Lock For Horse Trailer With 2-5/16 Inch Coupler
  • If you are looking for a coupler lock when the trailer is parked and not hooked up to your towing vehicle I recommend the Fastway Universal Trailer Coupler Lock, part # DT25013KA. This lock slips inside the coupler where the hitch ball goes and has a hardened shackle that holds the lock in place. If you are looking for a pin-style coupler lock I recommend part # 28012. This lock has a 1/4-inch diameter pin with a 3-3/8 inch span and has a protective lock cover to help keep out dust...
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  • Replacing Swivel Jack on Coleman Fleetwood Pop-Up Trailer
  • It sounds like an A-Frame jack might be the way to go for you. If the gusset of your trailer tongue A-frame has the jack mounting holes, the Pro Series # PSRV20000103 would work great for you. The jack has a total lift of 14 inches, and a fully retracted mounting bracket height of 9 inches. If your A-frame does not have the mounting hole, you could replace the coupler with one that does. You will want to choose a coupler with the appropriate weight rating and for the same ball size as...
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  • Adjustable Ball Mount with 1-7/8 and 2 inch Ball
  • The Diversi-Tech Adjustable Solid-Tow Aluminum Ball Mount, due to the high capacity is only offered with the 2 inch and 2-5/16 inch balls. We do offer some alternatives, however. The Curt Curt Multi-Ball Adjustable Ball Mount, part # D900 offers either a rise or drop of 5-3/4 inches. If you prefer the all-aluminum construction, part # AM3414 which offers a maximum rise of 11 inches or drop of 10 inches. If you do not need that much rise or drop, part # AM3411 offers a maximum rise...
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  • Weight Distribution for Winnebago Micro Minnie 1706FB
  • The Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control # FA94-00-1000 should work for your Winnebago Micro Minnie 1706FB and for installation we strongly recommend using 1-7/8" thin walled socket # EQ70-00-4800 to make installing the unit's hitch ball a much easier process. The other thing you will need is the hitch ball itself, either 2" Hitch Ball # A-90 or 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # 19286. The way to choose the correctly rated weight distribution system is by knowing your total tongue...
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  • What Size are the Balls with Flash E Series HD Adjustable 2-Ball Mount # FA42-00-2925
  • Yes, there are two balls that come with the Flash E Series HD Adjustable 2 Ball Mount # FA42-00-2925. First is a 2" Ball with a towing capacity up to 12,000 lbs and the 2nd ball is 2-5/16" with a towing capacity up to 18,000 lbs.
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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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