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Old 01-16-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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original equalizer hitches

Just purchased one of these and am looking for feedback about the product, Had a good hitch but was concerned about the sway I still had with the 33 ft. trailer.
Thank a bunch.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Hey Denlor,

I use an Equalizer on our Pegasus. The Pegasus is an Ultra-Lite trailer, but towing with a Jeep Wrangler it keeps the trailer straight and true behing the Jeep all the time!! Properly setup, it should work wonderfully on a 33 footer..

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I bought one, used it to tow trailer 80 miles (about 6000 lbs dry, which it was close to at the time) through rolling hills, and haven't moved the trailer since. It seemed to work great for the 80 miles.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:40 PM   #4
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When I used to pull a travel trailer I found that sway could be reduced by making sure the trailer tires were aired up to the max amount on the side wall and the rear tires on my truck were at maximum pressure also.

I also used an anti sway bar and a equalizer hitch.

I do not remember the brand name of either one.
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A lot of trailer sway issues can be corrected with a properly set up trailer, tow vehicle and hitch. You need to make sure you have 10 to 15% of the trailer weight on the hitch. Also, properly air the tires on the tow vehicle and trailer. Another issue is often, that tow vehicle is not large enough to handle the trailer, wrong tires on tow vehicle, short wheel base vehicle, etc.

An excellent hitch for the money is the Reese Dual Cam Straighline. It is a well proven design and does help with sway.

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We had an Equalizer hitch on our 27' TT in 2007-2008 and had two problems with it. First the welds cracked. Then the bolts sheered. I believe they now sell these hitches with higher quality bolts so they won't sheer. I don't know about the welds -- just keep a close eye on them. You can see photos of our hitch about 1/3 of the way down this page:

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I have an equalizer hitch and I am very happy with it. It can be noisy at times, but they do sell pads that go on the L brackets that will quiet it down some. The only other I would consider in this price range is the Reese Dual Cam that TXiceman mentioned.
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Just purchased one of these and am looking for feedback about the product, Had a good hitch but was concerned about the sway I still had with the 33 ft. trailer.
Thank a bunch.
We have a 35 ft trailer and have used an equlizer hitch for almost two years now. So far I've been pleased with the hitch, we have not had any sway issues.
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i did an experiment with my truck and trailer at a scale one time. I weighed each axle with the equalizer hooked up and then with them not hooked up.

It transferred about 250 pounds to the front tires and removed 250 from the rear tires when hooked up.
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We've put more than 10,000 miles on ours with no difficulty. Having said that I will admit that if I were doing it again I would probably go with the Reese dual-cam. I find the maintenance a pain as I need to keep the unit greased regularly (it tells me with a lot of noise) and generally wear some of that on clothing etc, however it has been functional and works as advertised.
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We've put more than 10,000 miles on ours with no difficulty. Having said that I will admit that if I were doing it again I would probably go with the Reese dual-cam. I find the maintenance a pain as I need to keep the unit greased regularly (it tells me with a lot of noise) and generally wear some of that on clothing etc, however it has been functional and works as advertised.
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Exact reasons why I got rid of mine. Noisey after one day of travel. I had to lube it everytime I towed. And no mater how hard I tried or what I used I had some grease on me somwhere. Fingers, pants, etc. It worked great though. Just got tired of the constant noise. I upgraded from an 10 F150 to a 12 Ram 2500 CTD and no longer use it. Just an EAZ-lift hitch. Trailer pulls the same. I am thinking of uprading the EAZ-Lift to an Anderson hitch. No bars and chains to crankup and no lube at all.
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I tow a 2012 Keystone Passport 2650BH with a 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab V6 with tow package (6500 lbs rated). The trailer weighs approx. 5800 lbs. loaded and the vehicle tows it quite nicely. I use a 4-point Equalizer brand sway control & a Prodigy 2 brake controller. At no time does the truck bounce or feel unsafe or the trailer sway. When turning or backing sharply the hitch makes a little noise, but nothing annoying. I keep it lightly greased as recommened and am aware of it so no problem getting my pants dirty. Easy to hook up & remove. Love it!
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When you say Equalizer I take it you are talking about a weight distribution hitch. I have owned two TT's and have used the same WD hitch on both. The only difference is I added another Friction sway control for the second TT which is 30' and weighs 7200 lbs loaded. I've never had a problem with sway as long as I have the hitch properly set and the tires at correct pressure. I'm sure your hitch will do fine as long as you keep these things set properly.,
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