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Old 07-19-2011, 10:37 PM   #43
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I detect some paranoia in terms of sway. I am new to TT travel. just recently took a 700 mile trip with no problems regarding sway. I have a 28 ' bumper pull with load equalizer hitch and no sway bar attached. Again, no problems. Of course she does wiggle a bit from time to time but no major swaying, even when passed by semi's. maybe I'm just lucky!!
Letís hope you donít find out what sway is like. I have had that experience and it is no fun. You probably wonít get any warning but your little wiggle may be your warning. One experience I had was with a heavy load. I crossed an under pass and there was what I think were expansion joints across the highway I was on. The underpass (and the joints) crossed at an angle other than 90 degrees. When the trailer crossed the joints it went into a sway. When the tail wags the dog and you realize you arenít in control it is NO fun. If you are in fact towing with a 1/2T PU you risk goes up real fast.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:30 PM   #44
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ALL things considered, I would rather pull a TT over a 5'er anyday; (can o' worms opened here); Having my Class 8 (now call CDL) since 1978, I have driven my share of equipment and tractor trailers. I would a whole lot rather panic stop with a vehicle that has sway control versus one that relies only on axle alignment position and CG for stability. We pull a 7000# TT that is 33' with a 2004 Ram 1500 Quad Cab. Have NEVER had any issues with sway, handling, or braking. NEVER ! What I have found over the years is that most people do not use common sense in setting up their tow vehicle or TT loading. The first thing I did when I bought my truck, was to replace the "P" rated tires with REAL TRUCK TIRES; 10 ply Firestone Transforce (same construction as on class 8 trucks) running at 60# pressure. Next I replaced all of the brake pads and rotors, then it was new Monroe shocks all the way around; the rear were 1200# load levelers. With our TT rigged up and ready to go, the front end of the truck sits only one inch higher than normal. The load equalizer hitch and sway control do their job every time. I have had to make two panic stops, one in town at about 45mph, and one on the Interstate in three lanes of traffic. BOTH stops were straight as an arrow with zero sway. If you set up your tow vehicle correctly (this means as it was engineered and rated by the factory) and use recommended TT load calculations, you will have very little trouble in your towing. PLUS, let's not forget defensive driving is the single most important variable.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:43 PM   #45
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I have had both and in fact I have had one of everything. I am a Senior and now own an Earthbound TT with the Equalizer Hitch from Utah. No sway and I can actually handle it better going forward, backward, or fighting a wind. I use a 2500 truck with a cap so I have plenty of storage space. I can do a lot of boondocking and move around in a lot more tighter spots than in a 5er. No question in my mind, a 29' that gets me 14 mpg and all the storage space I need. Give me a TT!!!! I also have 4 corner electric jacks so set up time is very low
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Wow, those are some serious drawbacks for the cost of the unit. When trying to find out what would be the best hitch to use I noticed quite a few people like the Equal-I-zer. Any experiences with this one or something similar?
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I traded my 26 foot Coleman for a 35 foot Premiere I felt this was pushing the limits of my f250 so I added a equalizer hitch and WOW what a difference. The trailer pulls like a dream now. I am loving this set up. The eq is so easy to install and so easy to set up for towing with the electric tongue jack it doesn't make any sense not to have one.
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Thanks, for all the responses. We bought a 5th wheel for ourselves and a 19 ft. Travel trailer for our son.
Congrats on your purchase Faye! What brand/model did you end up going with? Also, you have one very lucky son. Who wouldn't love to get a free 19ft. TT??? Awesome!
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We are Seniors and have had one of everything at one time or another. You can get an Equalizer hitch from Utah for $500 and a TT will handle as good or better than a 5er. TT are less expensive, designed better for air drag, and back up better. Storage space is about equal because you can either store in the basement or the back of the truck. I run a 29' Earthbound which is super light (4500 lbs). set up is easy and fast bcause I have 4 corner electric stabalizer jacks. We as seniors don't like to crawl up a lot of steps like in a 5er or truck camper so the one level TT fits the bill. I can run everything off a 44 lb generator which I carry in the back of the truck (Including the AC). My 2500 gas, gets about 14 pulling so I am a very happy camper. Many deals are out there so don't be afraid of a TT.
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