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Old 09-01-2011, 01:13 AM   #1
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Best Weight Distributing Hitch with Sway Control?



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Could really use your help. My brother just purchased a Sunset Trail model ST29SS and will be towing it with a Ford F150 Platinum truck. He will be driving from MA to PA to pick it up and drive home to MA. My question is what is the best Weight Distributing Hitch with Sway Control to buy in your opinion? If you don't mind maybe your reasons and how difficult is the installation/setup? Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:24 AM   #2
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When we had a TT, we had the Reese straightline hitch. The dual cam setup was far superior to the original friction sway control we had. For the price I don't think you can beat the Reese setup.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:39 AM   #3
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Mostall seem to work fairly well----basically you get what you pay for. Go with a name brand, look at different systems and pick the one you think you can work with.



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Old 09-01-2011, 10:37 AM   #4
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Equalizer is what I use and its easy to setup and I have had no problems with sway or anything. I have a buddy that bought the same size trailer as my 32qb and he bought the Reese dual cam. We went camping and hecommented on the amount of bounce he had so we tried to adjust it and it never felt right to him or me. After he made several more camping trips with his Reese he asked to use mine, so I loaned him my hitch setup for one of his trips and he now owns a Equalizer.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:13 AM   #5
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I have the reese dual cam. We had it installed by the dealer who didn't set it up right. We then went back and forth trying to get it right. I got lots of help from another board and finally have it dialed in just about right. It was a bear to get correct. It will require lots of measurements to be taken and the help of a good CAT scales. It is a good system once it is dialed in right. I know some other popular hitches are Equalizer, Hensley Arrow and Propride hitches. I understand hensley arrow and Propride are pretty expensive.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:21 PM   #6
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I used both the reese and now have the Equializer, and both worked ok for me. The equializer is easy to hook up but does make a noise when turning unless you grease it or buy the rubber bushing. The selling dealer of your trailer should set it up for you at no charge. Good luck.....
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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Like most things there is no "best". I liked the E-qual-i-zer because it is ridiculously easy to use and very effective. All the hitches seem to do some squealing with use. The Reese dual cam is a proven design. Due to the price the Hensley Arrow is unobtanium So, do you like chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:46 AM   #8
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I'll have a bowl of vanilla with chocolate dipped strawberries on top.

I have only towed with the equalizer. I tried to get someone to recommend the reese dual cam, but I could not find anyone who would recommend it over the equalizer. It seems like the dual cam should be better (to my engineering brain), but apparently the simplicity of the eq. makes it more popular.

I haven't had any troubles with the hitch.

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Old 09-02-2011, 05:44 AM   #9
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I have the Equalizer with a QBS 320 and the 2006 Chevy 3500 Crew Cab Duramax...it has worked great for 5 years and I think it's an easy set up and tear down. It pulls like a dream and I have had no problems yet. I would support any set up that had Equalizer as it's connecting system.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:32 AM   #10
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I had a Reese w/sway control on a previous shorter (23 feet), lighter trailer. Never seemed to control the sway no matter how many times I tried to adjust. Chose the Equal-I-Zer when I bought the Sunset Trail and there is a night an day difference. No sway at all plus easy set-up. Another vote for Equal-I-Zer.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:44 AM   #11
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We have a Hensley. It is pricey, but we have no sway at all and semi's don't affect it at all. Easy hookup also. We have had it for about 12 years on three different trailers.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:01 AM   #12
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Those with Henley's swear by them. If you are seriously looking at them though then you should check out the ProPride 3. Designed, made, sold by the guys that did the Henley originally. It's not quite as pricey, but it's up there!!

I recently bought the same trailer and pull mine with a 1/2 Suburban (5 kids, inc. car seats so crew cab not an option!!). Will be upgrading to the 3/4 when the funds become available!!! I have the Husky CenterLine and have towed it over 3 weekends in the month that I've had the rig. So far I'm happy with it, WD works, sway prevention works - the only real drawback I've found is the difficulty adding/removing the WD/sway bars if the TV is more than a few degrees off being directly inline with the trailer. I've been on the highways and have been passed at speed by the semi's. You know they're there, I feel a little increase in speed, but not much if any sway.

If $ wasn't an issue I would likely go with the ProPride. We don't go too far or too often, but after looking into the physics etc. they do offer a great product. I felt that the CenterLine was a good middle ground and decided to try it first. If I don't like it then the ProPride will eventually get ordered - but not likely before a new TV!


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Old 09-14-2011, 11:40 PM   #13
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Equalizer is what I have and love it! It is a little noisy when turning as it uses a metal on metal platform, but once the paint is scuffed off it becomes much quieter. the noise will turn heads in a campground though. and its one of the quickest connect/disconnect systems I have used.
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I use a Reese Dual Cam on my Tundra pulling a ST29SS and love it. Not to knock the dealers but I won't let any of them install one. While its not that difficult it is more time consuming than I think they are willing to spend. The instructions that come with the hitch are complete and E- trailer has some great videos.
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Before I had my 5ver I always had Reese hitches and never had a problem with them.

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If you go with the Equilizer 4 point sway ....get the bracket jackets to stop the grinding/squealing noise . they work great ...and only $20 .google them
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I have the Equal-I-Zer and love it. And thanks to Harley I did order the bracket jackets today I have never had a problem with sway or with tractor-trailers passing me. The Hensley does look like the best IMHO but not for that money.

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Jim, that doesn't look like a Ford PS in your sig. pic.

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Lloyd,
You're so right, and actually even though I bought the Ford Dec 1st, I have yet to put over 500 miles on it LOL. I can't take it out and hook it up to the camper as the trucking company has all the campers plowed in As soon as I get it hooked up I'll update the picture...but based on our weather reports...it won't be for a little while...

Enjoy the rest of the winter Lloyd,
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This thread is over a year old. Likely the OP already has a wdh.Edited by: anaro
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