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Old 09-15-2014, 11:51 AM   #1
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Anderson vs. Equal-i-zer

This weekend the E2 W/D hitch I was using became inoperative because of a broken bolt on the L bracket. I have thought about replacing it anyway, as I want to move up one weight level (800 to 1000).

I have narrowed my decision down to two hitches. I know enough about the Equal-i-zer to know that it provides what I want/need. The problems with it are weight and noise. I understand the Anderson takes on both of those issues (along with being $100 cheaper). The Anderson gets good reviews from those that have it, but the tech behind it is pretty new.

Has anyone used both?

And, which one would you choose if you had it to do over again?





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Old 09-15-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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The jury is still out here on the forum if the Anderson can properly distribute the tongue weight.

Have you seen this ad ?? Anderson WD Hitch $299
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I know enough about the Equal-i-zer to know that it provides what I want/need. The problems with it are weight and noise.
Supposedly these take care of much of the noise issue.
I'll know after this coming weekend how much they reduce noise, the factory sold me the jackets for dealer cost as a courtesy for buying the hitch (I bought from RVW).
Couldn't be happier with the way my new TT tows though.
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #4
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Supposedly these take care of much of the noise issue.
I'll know after this coming weekend how much they reduce noise, the factory sold me the jackets for dealer cost as a courtesy for buying the hitch (I bought from RVW).
Couldn't be happier with the way my new TT tows though.
Thanks, I did see those, but have not heard if they really work either.

I was pretty set on an Equal-I-zer, but figured I would look at some others. The part (on the E2) that actually broke could probably be replaced by the similar replacement part from the Equal-I-zer, but I figure I would need to replace both of them. At that point, there isn't a lot of money saving in keeping an old hitch working.
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The jury is still out here on the forum if the Anderson can properly distribute the tongue weight.

Have you seen this ad ?? Anderson WD Hitch $299
Thanks,
I am not sure how I feel about another used hitch of any kind after this incident. The current one came with the trailer. I think whoever installed the L bracket mounts torqued the bolts WAY too much and half broke the bolt then they just left it that way.

There are nothing but good reports on my truck site about the Anderson, but it seems the adoption rate must be pretty low.
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Supposedly these take care of much of the noise issue.
Did you notice the fine print?
NOTE: Utilizing lubrication on the Equal-i-zer L-Bracket, in the form of the Sway Bracket Jacket or any grease type lubricant, may lessen or decrease your sway control by a small degree.
The sway control on the Anderson is due to the friction on the bars, so 1. the "jackets" reduce sway control, and 2. wear on the bars is obviously an issue.

Also, the Anderson hitch puts all the load on the pawl and bolt that hold the hitch coupler closed. Those are NOT designed to take those kinds of loads. Just doing a quick calculation, the short length of the Anderson's weight transfer attachment at the bottom of the hitch means that thousands of pounds of force would be required to generate 500 lbs. of weight transfer.
I want the Anderson because it does not hang down significantly, I am going to modify the pawl and coupler bolt system to handle the loads, and I only need a few hundred pounds of weight transfer. Also it is very light so shipping to Korea won't be as expensive!
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BigB,the Anderson uses (Chains) not bars! Agree on the (Loading/Wear) of the (Pawl/Lock Assy.) of the Andy. Youroo!!
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I have had a Reese WDH and sway bar in the past and for my last two campers I have been using the Andersen. No way would I consider going back to the bars. I made two trips over the passes in the Rocky mountains last year and two more this year. I have towed about 13,000 miles total now on two different trailers using the Andersen. These trailers handle as well as a Cardinal 5th wheel that I used to have. My current trailer is 33'-6" long. I think the new technology is hard for a lot of people to accept. It is leaving the familiar and stepping into the unknown, not to mention gambling a few hundred dollars in the hopes it works.
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BigB,the Anderson uses (Chains) not bars! Agree on the (Loading/Wear) of the (Pawl/Lock Assy.) of the Andy. Youroo!!
I know it uses chains.
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There ya' go!
comfun1 likes the Anderson. He ain't the only one, either.
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