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Old 11-16-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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Anti Sway Hitch Help....

The dealer has suggested the following:

E2 Equalizer (Installed) - $368.99

Equalizer Hitch (Installed) - $549.99

Blue Ox (Installed) - $592.99


I know NOTHING about these things. So am unsure on which to pick. I don't want to cheap out. And when I read the features, having never used one, the feature mean nothing to me.....

TV - 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost with sway control; 3:15 ratio axel; Tow capacity 8,600
TT - 2013 Rockwood 2703WS, GVWR 7,600, Length 31'11"


Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Equal-i-zer and Blue Ox are both good.

But, you will be better off with the Equalizer 4-point vs the e2. I would not use the e2 with your big trailer preferring the better sway control with the original Equalizer (4-point).
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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I'd recommend the Equal-i-zer hitch with the 1000# bars. The dry tongue weight is listed at 621# and the GVWR of the camper will be around 7600# (not listed on FR's site). At 13% tongue weight and a GVWR 7600# is 988#.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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I agree with TRIGUY about the Equalizer 4 point system. I tried several other systems and then finally bought the Equalizer 4 point system. This system worked well on my setup but I still had some sway on the interstate when large trucks would pass me. So I purchased a used Hensley Arrow system for $850. Although this Hensley was more expensive used than the other systems were new, I had finally made the right choice for my rig. Please notice that I said My rig. Every rig is different and everybody drives different so what worked for me may or may not work for you. The used Hensley system took away all of my trailer sway even on the interstates. I now enjoy pulling our 36 trailer instead of dreading and sometimes avoiding the interstates. I actually have to monitor my speed more with this Hensley than I did before because I will catch myself speeding without realizing it. Depending on your rig and how you set it up to pull, you may do alright with the Equalizer or the Blue Ox system. Please be sure to NOT undersize your hitch system. Also be sure that you load your trailer properly with a good front weight ratio. Also I would suggest that you invest in a good set of Tongue scales. I purchased a Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale model LM2000 from Propride and that has helped me to load my trailer better. Happy camping and enjoy your new camper.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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As a newbie myself this year, I would concur. My Equalizer 4 has been very good to me.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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BTW - those look like very good prices quoted on those hitches.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #7
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Equalizer Hitch (Installed) - $549.99

Blue Ox (Installed) - $592.99

either one of these will work
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:44 PM   #8
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Thanks

Thanks for the help. I knew I would get good info here. We had the tent trailer hydroplane on rainy road last year. The new trailer is much bigger and heavier. Don't want that puppy weaving across the road. Or worse....

So we will look very carefully at the benefits of each hitch. The Blue Ox said something about being able to back up with it on? I need to read more...

Prices - those are RVW prices. Glad to hear they are good!
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:00 AM   #9
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Thanks for the help. I knew I would get good info here. We had the tent trailer hydroplane on rainy road last year. The new trailer is much bigger and heavier. Don't want that puppy weaving across the road. Or worse....
Any of the hitches you mentioned will be much less effective in the rain. Keep that in mind. All of the systems you were quoted are friction based. Slowing down is really the best method of preventing hydroplaning or sway in the rain.


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