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Purchased a new RV #4757367
05/14/18 08:32 PM
05/14/18 08:32 PM
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 195
Odessa, TX
WTJackalope Offline OP
WTJackalope  Offline OP
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Odessa, TX
Purchased a 2019 Grand Design Imagine XLS 21BHE. Towed it to from West Texas to East Texas this past weekend, about 550 miles, with my 17 Expedition 3.5 Ecoboost with factory HD tow package. RV is 24 11 in length with a 4497 empty weight with a 456 tongue weight.

Expedition performed flawlessly. 9.7 mpg. Water & oil temps stayed in normal range the entire trip. Transmission temps ranged 195 - 205 throughout the trip.

Next purchase will be a weight distribution hitch with sway control.

Any suggestions as to what WD hitch to get?


2017 Ford Expedition 3.5 Ecoboost
2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757376
05/14/18 08:38 PM
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The Midwest
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People would call that a travel trailer where I'm from.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757382
05/14/18 08:42 PM
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
Originally Posted By: WTJackalope

Next purchase will be a weight distribution hitch with sway control.

Any suggestions as to what WD hitch to get?



I would not have towed that distance without one.

I have the equal-i-zer brand hitch. I won't run anything else. Excellent sway control and you don't have to unhook anything to back. The only downsides are ;

It creaks and groans when you turn a slow speed. But thats the friction that controls sway and handling.

It takes a time or two to learn how to hitch up quickly. I dont have a power jack, hand wind and i still can hook up pretty quick.

the only hitch i will run is the Equal-i-zer. Its rock steady when trucks pass or when braking.


13 elantra 70k 5w30 QSUD
03 chevy avalanche79k synpwr 10w30
01 saturnsc1 185k synpwr rebuilt
17 mazda cx-5 5600 miles m1 0w30
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757389
05/14/18 08:46 PM
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North Carolina
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I looked it up. Nice looking camper. Interesting that they call it a 21bhe but its almost 25ft.

Loaded with your stuff and accesories , it will be close to 6000lbs.


13 elantra 70k 5w30 QSUD
03 chevy avalanche79k synpwr 10w30
01 saturnsc1 185k synpwr rebuilt
17 mazda cx-5 5600 miles m1 0w30
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757393
05/14/18 08:50 PM
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Southern Indiana
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I owned a camper for several years and frequently used it for our vacations. We towed from Indiana to Florida/South Carolina/Alabama/Tennessee multiple times.

My setup consisted of the F250 in my sig and a 29ft TT. I had the Equal-i-zer WD hitch with 12K bars. Initial set-up was a little tedious but it worked well for years after I got her dialed in. If you walk a campground, you'll usually see the set-up I had or the Reese Dual Cam WD system. I've been out of the game for a few years so there may be something new and improved out there that I don't know about.

I'd also recommend the forums over at RV.net

Lots of knowledgeable people willing to help and answer any questions you might have.


'14 Durango AWD 3.6,(mine) Hav ProDS 5w30/Napa Gold
'15 Journey AWD 3.6, (wife's) Napa Syn 5w20/Napa Gold
'01 F250 4x4 7.3PSD, 126k, M1 TDT 5w40/MC

Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757398
05/14/18 08:54 PM
05/14/18 08:54 PM
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Posts: 195
Odessa, TX
WTJackalope Offline OP
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Odessa, TX
Thanks for the input


2017 Ford Expedition 3.5 Ecoboost
2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757458
05/14/18 10:23 PM
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Somewhere in time
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Somewhere in time
I can hear the sound of the slow hiss of depreciation all the way from Ohio.

But I hope that you enjoy!


2001 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4 - 157k+
Grandma's creampuff...
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757461
05/14/18 10:29 PM
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S California
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S California

Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757472
05/14/18 11:02 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
That's a trailer. Not an rv. An rv has an engine and driveline.

Last edited by Chris142; 05/14/18 11:03 PM.

02 Wrangler durablend 10w40
87 F250 traveler 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757506
05/15/18 02:15 AM
05/15/18 02:15 AM
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The Canyons
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The Canyons
Congrats on the RV. We have fun with ours.

Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: 02SE] #4757567
05/15/18 06:38 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Best of luck with your new rig.

It made me think of a 36' long trailer which was for sale near my sister. It had a large, motorized pop-out bay window.
Not exactly "camping".

All my friend had to say was, "Man, 36' is a LOT of trailer".

Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757580
05/15/18 06:56 AM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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Always know where the rear tires are on your trailer. Swing wide! Actually a 21ft trailer maneuvers well. With a 28 and up you really need to be careful.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: Snagglefoot] #4757591
05/15/18 07:23 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Yeah. My pal's father-in-law was a farmer. His encapsulation of towing was, "Don't let the tail wag the dog".

That's a good point but it's more complicated than that.

Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: Kira] #4757609
05/15/18 07:50 AM
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Kira
Best of luck with your new rig.

It made me think of a 36' long trailer which was for sale near my sister. It had a large, motorized pop-out bay window.
Not exactly "camping".

All my friend had to say was, "Man, 36' is a LOT of trailer".

Depends what kind of camping you are doing, your ratio of travel/stay days, and how limited you want to be on picking sites. My parents have a 28' and if they bought again it would be smaller.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: Purchased a new RV [Re: WTJackalope] #4757676
05/15/18 08:56 AM
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Midwest, Illinois
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Midwest, Illinois
You're brave towing w/o weight distribution.
Only two WD hitches worth the coin.
Equal-I-Zer and Hensley.
Enjoy camping in your new rig!


beanoil: Tough under heat, real dirty afterwards.
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