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Old 11-30-2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Thoughts on this WDH

I'm set to but a WDH dont know if the size enough or to much. My TT weighs 2900 dry and I rarely carry more then 500 pounds of gear. My fJ cruiser can pull 5000. I Don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. Here's what I have my eye on

Fastway 92-00-1000 E2 10,000 Lbs Trunion Weight Distributing Hitch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0071L3SXW..._VXjxwbW1KSK1D
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Old 11-30-2015, 03:21 PM   #2
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Size the WD hitch to handle the heaviest trailer your tow vehicle can tow without being overloaded. If that's 5,000 pounds trailer, then use 15% of that 5,000 pounds for the max tongue weight of the trailer, or 750 pounds.

However, your TT has GVWR of Less than 4,000 pounds, so max tongue weight around 600 pounds. So a WD hitch rated 600 or 800 pounds would be better as long as you don't upgrade to a heavier trailer.


So you need a WD hitch with at least 600 pounds tongue weight capacity, 800 pounds gives you a little more margin, and 1,000 pounds is probably too much hitch for your current trailer, so go with a hitch rated for either 600 or 800 max tongue weight.


The Fastway hitch is the new "economy" brand by Equal-I-Zer. A real Equai-I-Zer with the same 1,000 pounds max tongue weight specs will cost an additional $94. That additional cost to get a proven brand with thousands fans is well worth it until the Fastway is on the market long enough to have lots of industry reviews.

Ignore the cheaper round bar hitches and insist on a trunnion bar design. Round bar hitches have severely restricted clearance between the bottom of the bars and the ground, so you are often dragging the hitch on the ground. The trunnion bar hitch is a different design that doesn't have that problem with ground clearance.

Here is the Fastway you referenced:

http://www.amazon.com/Fastway-92-00-...rds=fastway+e2

Amazon discount price for Fastway = $408.56

And here is the equivalent Equal-I-Zer:

http://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-90...4DBHDWC20Q8VZG

Amazon discount price price for the same specs Equal-I-Zer = $501.80

But you don't want a WD hitch rated for 1,000 pounds tongue weight. You want 600 or 800 pounds max tongue weight rating.

Here is the Fastway 92-00-0800 Trunnion Weight Distribution Hitch. (The 0800 in the part number is the max tongue weight):
Amazon.com: Fastway 92-00-0800 Trunnion Weight Distribution Hitch: Automotive

And here is the one you need for your current trailer - Fastway 92-00-0600 Trunnion Weight Distribution Hitch:
http://www.amazon.com/Fastway-92-00-...rds=fastway+e2

Equal-i-zer 90000600 Equalizer Hitch is the one I would buy for your current trailer:
Amazon.com: Equal-i-zer 90000600 Equalizer Hitch: Automotive
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That info helps a ton thanks
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Does the last equalizer listed have to be removed to go in reverse? I told my wife I would spend $400 lol gotta hide the bill

Also I noticed some kinda bracket in the recommended purchases. DL I need that? I already have a ball from my current hitch
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Does the last equalizer listed have to be removed to go in reverse? I told my wife I would spend $400 lol gotta hide the bill
The Equalizer 4 way control hitch does not need to be removed to back up.

You tell her the extra money is for safety. HER SAFETY. If she has any more to say about that, just tell her to shut up about it or you won't take her with you when you go camping (I know I wouldn't ).
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Does the last equalizer listed have to be removed to go in reverse?
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Also I noticed some kinda bracket in the recommended purchases. DL I need that?
I don't know, but I suspect those spring arm brackets are not required, but make hooking up easier.

I've never owned an Equal-I-Zer, so that's why I can't answer all the questions about the Equal-I-Zer. But I'll bet others on this forum will respond to your question.

Instead, I have a similar-priced Reese Strait-Line dual cam WD hitch. I can answer your questions about the Strait-Line, but not the Equal-I-Zer. Here's the Strait-Line rated for up to 600 pounds tongue weight:
Amazon.com: Reese 66072 Strait-Line Trunnion Bar - 600 lbs: Automotive
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Thoughts on this WDH

I have the fastway e2 8000lb wdh for my 26 foot tt dry weight of 4600 lbs. it's been an awesome hitch. You won't need the 10000 lb hitch for your trailer it'll be too much.
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Ive had both hitches. I moved to the Equalizer because of peer pressure (thanks Forum), and can honestly say that when setup properly (this goes for either) they both work and function extremely well. The Fastway hitch actually feels more robust and uses thicker steel and better looking welds than the Equalizer in my opinion. The Fastway hitch is also powder coated vs painted like the Equalizer. If I did it over again, i would have stayed with my Fastway. But the Equalizer is very nice also, just not worth the extra money in my opinion.

They both operate on the same principal of using downward pressure on the L brackets to create friction and intern prevent the trailer from creating sway between it and the truck. The Equalizer employs pressure at the hitch as well as the L brackets. This creates Four total points of pressure vs the Fastways 2 points of pressure. Huge advantage?? Not really. Again, it all comes down to if they are setup properly. They key is to have the L brackets on the trailer positioned in such a way that the Trunion bars are as close to parallel as possible with the frame of the trailer. This ensures that they make FLAT contact with the L brackets and create the most friction. To increase Weight Distribution and more Sway control, you need to add Washers to the hitch head (of both brands) which will cause it to tilt back more and put more downward force on the L brackets.

The Fastways has another solid advantage of being MUCH easier and quicker to setup and breakdown before and after trips. Because there is no force on the hitch head applied to the Trunion bars, the Fastways bars just swing away and "unplug" from their sockets. The Equalizer requires you to apply a significant amount of force to swing the bars away and then remove 2 pin and clips to take the bars off of the hitch head. Can be a pain if you doing it alone
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