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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Choosing Between A Fastway Weight Distribution System With Round Bars Or Trunnion Bars
  • One of the major differences between a round bar system and a Trunnion bar system is if ground clearance is an issue, you may be better off choosing a Trunnion-bar system simply because these bars slide into the weight distribution head instead of inserting into it from the bottom, thus maintaining a more streamline system.The round-style spring bars slide up into the head and are held in place with clips. The round bar on # FA94-00-0600 extends about 2-1/2 inches below the weight distribution...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Replacement Trailer Breakaway Switch and Cable Recommendation for 4 Foot Breakaway Cable
  • The Fastway Zip Trailer Breakaway Switch # FA80-00-2040 that you referenced has a 4 foot long cable. The best length for the cable of a breakaway system like the one that you referenced will be where the pin would get pulled right as the trailer would come uncoupled but also has clearance to allow the trailer to make tight turns without getting pulled. The reason for this is that if the trailer would come uncoupled and the safety chains were to catch the trailer you would still want...
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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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  • Should 6,000 lb or 8,000 lb Fastway e2 System be Used fr Trailer with 400 lb Tongue Weight
  • Unless you plan on adding over 150 lbs in the bed of your 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty I recommend going with the Fastway e2 # FA92-00-0600 as the Tongue Weight (TW) capacity of 600 lbs is a good spot to be at. Even though the e2 # FA92-00-0800 system doesn't have a minimum weight capacity listed it is best to stay about 200 lbs above your trailer TW to avoid using a system that is rated too high. Whether you have helper springs or Timbren Overload springs you always need to take into...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 3,700 Pound Travel Trailer
  • When picking out a weight distribution system, the most important factor to consider is the total tongue weight of your setup. This number includes both the loaded tongue weight of your trailer (as if loaded and ready for a trip), along with any added cargo weight coming from behind the rear axle of your Tacoma. Ideally, this number will fall somewhere near the middle of the operating range for the system you choose. Using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline # 5780 is the most accurate...
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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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  • Coupler Lock Recommendation for 2018 Airstream Basecamp
  • I looked up pictures of the 2018 Airstream Basecamp and it uses a pretty standard style A-frame coupler. The best and most universal coupler lock we have for that would be the Fastway Universal Lock # DT25013KA. We have found that this fits nearly all styles of couplers very well.
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  • Adjustable Ball Mount that Reduces Rattle In 2-1/2 Inch Receiver
  • All ball mounts will rattle a little or you would not be able to fit them inside the receiver. I recommend part # DTSTBM6625. It has an adjustable pin in the top of the shank that protrudes through the adapter that prevents rattling. The attached balls measure 2 inches and 2-5/16 inches. I have attached a photo that shows where the adjustment is made to tighten the ball mount once it has been installed in the receiver opening. However this ball mount has a 6 inch drop and 7 inch rise...
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  • What is Difference Between 800 and 1,000 lb Tongue Weight Fastway Weight Distribution Systems
  • The difference between the 800 lb tongue weight E2 Fastway Weight Distribution System part # FA94-00-0800 and the 1,000 lb tongue weight version part # FA94-00-1061 is the amount of spring bar tension either is rated for. The 1,000 lb kit has stiffer spring bars so that it can handle higher tongue weight capacities and the 800 lb kit has spring bars that aren't quite as stiff.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Fastway Coiled Cable Breakaway Cable for 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You can use either a 4 foot cable like # FA80-01-2140 or a 6 foot cable like # FA80-01-2160. Either will work well on a 5th wheel trailer. Where you mount the breakaway on the trailer will dictate the best location for you to allow trailer turning and also a quick engagement if your trailer were to breakaway from your tow vehicle. If you don't have the entire assembly, you can use # FA80-00-2040 for the 4 foot cable or # FA80-00-2060 for the 6 foot cable. I've attached an article...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a 2016 R-Pod Model 179 Travel Trailer
  • 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. If the dry tongue weight on your...
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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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  • Are Fastway Weight Distribution Systems Equalizer Hitches
  • Yes and almost yes...a lot of people refer to weight distribution systems as "equalizer hitches" in the same way that people refer to bandages as Band-Aids. Equalizer is a very well-known brand of weight distribution system that people are so familiar with that some just refer to all weight distribution systems as equalizer hitches. Fastway weight distribution systems are made by the same company as Equal-i-Zer systems so they are almost an Equal-I-Zer in brand as well. They are the...
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