I tow a 358 Sonic around 10,500 lbs. with a 3/4 ton GMC pickup. I got a trailer hitch that was rated at 12,000 lbs. gross load and 1200 lbs. tongue weight without the equalizing bars. I also had to get a ball with the high load rating. If your suspension can handle the tongue weight and you can get a hitch with the proper load rating I would see no reason for you to have to use equalizing bars. I have had no problems with the hitch or towing.