Retro 5280
Greetings,

I am recently smitten with the Retro line and have purchased a 2016 176s. Practically brand new, only used a few times and now the paranoia sets in. lol (we pick it up Saturday)
2004 Chevy Tahoe is my towing vehicle
I had the breaks replaced and the Autoride serviced.

I feel confident that the rig is solid and I have been told Weight distribution/Sway control hitches are overkill.
any thoughts on this?

I cant wait to get out on the rode!

-- Retro 5280
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RubySue
Greetings from East Tennessee & welcome to the forum!

 Did a quick Google & found that weight distribution hitches are recommended, where the trailer weight is 50% or more of the pulling vehicle weight. Based on the math below, it doesn't seem like overkill to me.

176s dry weight: 3120 lbs.
2004 Tahoe curb weight: 5037 to 5262 lbs

Assuming the Tahoe's on the heavy end:
3120 / 5,262 = 59%

Sources:
https://www.etrailer.com/faq-weightdistribution.aspx
http://onlinetowingguide.com/hitch/weight_dist.html
Google "2004 Tahoe Curb Weight"
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MikeV
We purchased an Anderson weight distribution hitch for our 189r. We are towing with a Highlander rated 5000 lbs. our last trailer was about 2700 dry and we also used a weight distribution hitch. They work great and shift the weight easily. 
We are taking our first trip today and will post the outcome.
Good luck and safe travels.
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Dave
Hi. Our tow vehicle is a 2010 Tahoe.  We purchased a 17' Casita Deluxe in 2009 which has a dry weight of about 2800 lbs.  We purchased it used and there was a weight distribution hitch included in the sale so we transferred it.  I know it might not have been necessary but after towing the Casita over 25,000 miles around the US I would not be without one.  We sold the hitch with the Casita last month, have ordered a Retro 195 and have also ordered a Husky Centerline weight distribution hitch to tow it with.  The Husky weight Distribution also acts as a sway control.  There are many WD setups out there and probably all good.  I like the added security.  Just my two cents.
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Retro 5280
I appreciate the coaching and warm welcome. I think I will go with the WD/Sway control hitch. the added expense would seem to be a great investment/insurance policy. 

thanks everyone! two more days and she is coming home. Which brings up a question; Has any named their trailer? Stenciled it on the outside?
We are batting around the name Rita and RubySue. [wink]
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RubySue
Retro 5280 wrote:
...thanks everyone! two more days and she is coming home. Which brings up a question; Has any named their trailer? Stenciled it on the outside?
We are batting around the name Rita and RubySue. [wink]


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Retro 5280
Love it!
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sunvalleyjoe
Mike V  We love our Andersen set up. The people at the factor are nicest people to deal with.I asked about buying a spare part for back up was was told if a part failed they WOULD replace it sounds good to me.Best set up we have had over the years and light weight compared to the last one we had.
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Alabama Jim
Welcome to the forum.  I pray you enjoy your Retro as much as we enjoy ours.  May God Grant you many fun and safe trips.
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sunvalleyjoe
We finally named our 150 The Desert Rose. yeah same picture
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MikeV
Nice
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Retro 5280
So cool!
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Pboonevt
Great name!
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