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Old 06-14-2009, 06:54 AM   #1
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Equalizer hitch gets great marks in my book!

I have now owned two different travel trailers. The first was wood framed and weighed around 6500 lbs. My new one is a Sunset Trail ST30BH aluminum framed with fiberglass sides, ultra lite model, it weighs around 5400 lbs. When I purchased my first TT the dealer sold me a Reese Pro Series 10,000 pound hitch with the brake style sway control bar. When I upgraded campers, I just kept the Reese hitch. The Reese has worked okay on both campers, but strong winds and big trucks beside me made me uncomfortable. With the help of these forums, I decided to upgrade my hitch to the Equal-i-zer brand. I have just returned home from my maiden voyage with the new hitch, here is my opinion:

I love the new hitch. The trip up interstate 515 in GA was windy, and I hardly noticed the “push?. I was passed by a panel truck, a big wrecker, and another fifth-wheel camper on the trip and experienced minimal sway or that sucking feeling of having my camper pulled towards the other vehicles passing me. My Reese hitch was sturdy, but it didn’t resist trailer sway as effectively.

I tow with a F-150 Supercrew 4x4. I am extremely pleased with the performance of the new hitch. I think all I need now are some aftermarket helper springs to stiffen up the truck and I will be completely happy.

I know you will read on these forums that Equalizer hitches are noisy & squeaky hitches, but honestly, it wasn’t any worse than my “groaning? Reese has been for the last few years. Before I purchased I spoke to Equalizer INC sales/tech staff and they said “When towing, Groaning is GOOD!?

The hitch was easy to setup up on the truck. It is very quick to hook up compared to the Reese. I would make the change again with NO reservations.

I look forward to many safe trips with my new Equalizer. I purchased from http://www.rvwholesalers.com/ and they offer free shipping.

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Old 06-14-2009, 07:46 AM   #2
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A lot of people have had good success with the air bags.
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Really, I was wondering which to choose, the add-a-leaf helper springs or the air bag type. Any detailed thoughts on the differences?

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Old 06-14-2009, 09:24 AM   #4
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:30 AM   #5
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Keith did you get a replacement for the General???

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Old 06-14-2009, 10:00 AM   #6
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Yes we did Frank, I will send you a pic by email.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:22 AM   #7
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Boo, great report! *Your experience mirrors mine. *Reese makes a fine hitch but my Equal-i-zer is a better value for me and my set-up.

When I towed with an F150 and wanted to beef up the rear I simply added a leaf. *Really *didn't cost that much and really stiffened up the rear end.
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I tell you what worked for me ,,,, I went from a 1/2 ton to 3/4 truck, I know it's cost a little more and might not be an option but it made a world of differance.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:18 AM   #10
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The 3/4 ton truck is my future plan. Right now I have my F150 paid for, so I don't want the debt. I found this system: http://www.activesuspension.com/

Anyone have any experience with RoadMaster Active Suspension? Also, what Timbren product should I research?

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I understand having the truck payed for. It's a big step and a lot of money. All good thing come with time ,,,,, So I hear lol.
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I have the AEON rubber springs on my truck. They do not touch the axle until you put a load on the truck so they do not effect the ride when empty. There are a lot of options out there and you have to decide which one is best for your needs.



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REESE STRAIT LINE HITCH IS AWSOME YOU CAN LET GO OF THE STEERING WHEEL AND FEEL IT GOING STRAIGHT.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:26 PM   #14
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just wondering how you have your equalizer set up? how many washers and what height the brackets are set to?

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Old 09-28-2010, 02:02 PM   #15
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I have this hitch and downloaded the complete manual off the internet and it sure gives you all details. After setting it up per the manual it made a big difference. Also equalizer makes a bushing that you can install on the flat part of the hitch and it makes the noise go away. Cost $19.95
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