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Old 08-09-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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Another hitch question

Hitches? I am not questioning Hensley arrow or pro pride. My question is on friction hitches, I have a 10,000 lb hitch from Harbor fright with weight distribution bars, I also have a sway control on both sides. I do feel a draw if a Simi comes along side other than that it works well. I added a the wedge no rattle hitch stabilizer Thinking it would help as Simi's passed, the ride was so uncomfortable I removed it. Now to my question I just can't understand any difference in a friction hitch being it a equal-i-zer or Reese dual cam. they all work on friction and all have different points for friction but I just don't see any advantage of one to another. can some please explain in a understandable way.

Question is would there be less pull from simi's with equil-izer or dual cam than i have now with friction bars that i have now ?

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Old 08-10-2015, 07:32 AM   #2
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Harbor Freight is unlikely to sell a quality hitch. I have read advice not to buy the cheaper hitches as they will not work as well as the better hitches.

It is this advice that makes me think the better sway control hitches will work better than your hitch.

Ever hear the saying 'The cheap man pays the most'. Cheap oil means engine repair, cheap tool will not work means you need the better tool anyway...etc.

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Old 08-10-2015, 07:37 AM   #3
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In my experience the wind or pressure draw from a semi or crosswind is a non repairable issue other than bigger truck.

The hitch difference the equalizer style hitch has built in sway and friction on the L brackets...the Reese has an added sway control and I don't think your supposed to back up with it attached...plus it's another item to hitch up.

I would not buy a safety item from harbor freight

Equalizer or e2 hitch
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I think this is a great post, and good question, that is searching for a good answer ( that i would like to see also ). I also , have a H.F. WDH and have towed "Safley " now for 3 years and 2 different TT. Yes, i'm sure we are at entry level WDH, and much better ones out there, and he/me would like to step up, but don't criticize just because of the economy level !!!

Unsafe are those with no WDH, or ones set up so poorly you have to wonder how !!!

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Old 08-10-2015, 02:34 PM   #5
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I just can't understand any difference in a friction hitch being it a equal-i-zer or Reese dual cam
Friction sway hitches attempt to control sway already in progress.

Equal-i-zer, Reese, Blue Ox without the friction sway bar attempt to prevent sway before it starts. Also, you can back up without having to jump out to disconnect the friction bar.

I started out with a friction sway system and upgraded to a Blue Ox. I still feel trucks passing, but not near to the extent that I used to. I used to feel ANY high profile vehicle passing me, including suburbans, explorers, min-vans... anything tall.

Now I only feel semi trucks, and they do not push me into the shoulder.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:40 PM   #6
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Well, you've already discounted the Hensley Arrow and the pro-pride, so there's not too much I can say except this. Depending on how much you spent on your travel trailer and your tow vehicle, do you really want to go with Harbor Freight when it comes to the only thing that holds your Truck and Camper together going down the road?
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:22 PM   #7
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I tried the harbor freight hitch. Used it on a relatively light tt (4275 dry) and took my first 400 mile round trip with my new hitch and first ever tt. Hated hated hated it. Semis would shove me onto the shoulder. The bounce of the trailer and rear of truck was horrible. I could never relax and just drive. I tired to save the money knowing harbor freight has a 90 satisfaction guarantee. This hitch went back the second I got home.
Went to my local rv dealer to look at new wd systems and while talking was offered a good deal on a husky centerline that was used and he had taken in on trade. Went home hooked it up and hit the interstate to see how it was. Night and day! Holy crap save yourself the headache and get a good one from the start. My trailer now stays right behind the truck. The sway is way way better than before. The bounce is almost gone.
The harbor freight model might work and get you down the road but take it from someone who has tried them both, for double the money you can do more than double the performance.

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