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spasm3

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Here is ours, 2019 Heartland Mallard, 2003 Avalanche.
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Wayne

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Nice rig! Looks like you have lots of room with the slideouts. We don't have those and there are time I wish we did. I can't tell from the picture, do you have an anti-sway hitch?
 

spasm3

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I run the Equal-i-zer hitch. Very pleased with it. I have the 10k rated bars. trailer is 5500 dry, probably 6500 as loaded. As much as i wish to tow with the Avalanche. It handles it fine, i did do a gmt-800- gmt-900 brake swap. Rig is just a bit low on power as i only have 3 gears( plus od) a 4l60e.
 

Wayne

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The Equal-i-zer is a very good hitch, I've never had one, but the people I talk to are pleased with them. You probably pull in hills? My philosophy with pulling is I'm never in a hurry and don't go fast. Slow and steady wins the race and is much safer getting to the campground :)
 

spasm3

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The Equal-i-zer is a very good hitch, I've never had one, but the people I talk to are pleased with them. You probably pull in hills? My philosophy with pulling is I'm never in a hurry and don't go fast. Slow and steady wins the race and is much safer getting to the campground :)

Not a lot of hills, not like out west. Black mountain in NC is the steepest i've been up. 7% grade for 6 or 7 miles. But it is twisty.
 

Wayne

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That's a hard pull for any vehicle! Similar to the grade going up to the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado. How is the trip back down the grade?
 

spasm3

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Low gears. Several runaway truck ramps. I tend to run in 2nd gear about 45-50. When i brake, i brake all the way down to 30, so that i brake less often, keeping the rotors cooler.
 

Wayne

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Very smart to brake like that. I see people's brake lights on for a minute at a time and the tell-tale smell of brake liners soon follows.
 

ls1mike

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I love my Equal-i-zer. Do you like your Mallard? Our Passport is all paid off so I don't want to get crazy yet, but we looked at few and we liked them.
 

spasm3

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We love it. Very open for the dogs. Our 2005 jayco 23b hybrid camper was crushed under the metal shed when we got a heavy wet snow. So we ended up with a new camper.

I must admit, now that i'm not super young, i do like the electric stabilizer jacks and the larger slide out.
 
The first is at the Prairie Band Casino in Kansas, we were stuck in a snow storm for 2 days.
The second is at Georgetown Lake TX.
Plus that big beautiful Ford diesel that can pull us through any type of weather and over all kinds of roads.
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