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Old 10-10-2016, 02:53 PM   #1
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Anti Sway/Load Leveling Hitch Question

Hi all. We are very new to travel trailering. We just ordered a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2304DS and will be towing it with a Suburban 2500. The trailer GV weight is approx. 6500 lbs and the tongue weight is approx. 650 lbs. I need to install a load leveling/anti sway hitch but I am overwhelmed by the choices and types. I get different advice from every dealer. I would like to be able to back up and drive in the city without disconnecting the anti-sway and load leveling functions. Who wouldn't! I have been told that the only hitch that allows for this is the Blue Ox. They are quite expensive...about $900 installed at Camping World. The dealer where I am picking up the trailer only stocks EZ Lift leveling/anti sway hitches. They are less money. One dealer told me that given the relatively light weight of the trailer and the big tow vehicle, I don't need any leveling/anti sway hitch--just go with the ball and tongue. I do have electric brakes. So I am very confused. What should I do? Do I need to even get any anti-sway/load leveling hitch? If it is advisable, I will probably go with the Blue Ox for convenience, but they are expensive. Right now I can pick any brand/type of hitch. Once I spend the money to buy one, I don't want to be dissatisfied. I need some advice from those with far more experience than I have. Please help! Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:00 PM   #2
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we have the same question! We will be towing with a Ford F150, the 2017 23ikss. so thank you for asking as we will be following along with the answers you get. Our camper gets here Dec 5th
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Hi all. We are very new to travel trailering. We just ordered a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2304DS and will be towing it with a Suburban 2500. The trailer GV weight is approx. 6500 lbs and the tongue weight is approx. 650 lbs. I need to install a load leveling/anti sway hitch but I am overwhelmed by the choices and types. I get different advice from every dealer. I would like to be able to back up and drive in the city without disconnecting the anti-sway and load leveling functions. Who wouldn't! I have been told that the only hitch that allows for this is the Blue Ox. They are quite expensive...about $900 installed at Camping World. The dealer where I am picking up the trailer only stocks EZ Lift leveling/anti sway hitches. They are less money. One dealer told me that given the relatively light weight of the trailer and the big tow vehicle, I don't need any leveling/anti sway hitch--just go with the ball and tongue. I do have electric brakes. So I am very confused. What should I do? Do I need to even get any anti-sway/load leveling hitch? If it is advisable, I will probably go with the Blue Ox for convenience, but they are expensive. Right now I can pick any brand/type of hitch. Once I spend the money to buy one, I don't want to be dissatisfied. I need some advice from those with far more experience than I have. Please help! Thanks.
see what your door sticker says max cargo , then go with the andersen hitch . . sway is cause by badly loaded tt . not enough tongue weight . the andersen will not distribute as much weight to the front axles as some other wdh but will not make problems worse by taking to much weight off the tongue and putting it on the front axle and tt axles . it only way60lbs and much easier to set up then the standard greasy noisy wdh
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:53 PM   #4
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BS about the Blue Ox being the only one.

Most WDHs with integrated sway control can be backed up without disconnecting anything.
Many of us love the 4pt Equal-i-zer WDH, which has this ability.

RVW has them for around $450 and free shipping, for the most popular 1000/10000lbs model.
Pretty simple setup with plenty install videos out there. And Equal-i-zer customer support is great.
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:55 PM   #5
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Hi all. We are very new to travel trailering. We just ordered a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2304DS and will be towing it with a Suburban 2500. The trailer GV weight is approx. 6500 lbs and the tongue weight is approx. 650 lbs. I need to install a load leveling/anti sway hitch but I am overwhelmed by the choices and types. I get different advice from every dealer. I would like to be able to back up and drive in the city without disconnecting the anti-sway and load leveling functions. Who wouldn't! I have been told that the only hitch that allows for this is the Blue Ox. They are quite expensive...about $900 installed at Camping World. The dealer where I am picking up the trailer only stocks EZ Lift leveling/anti sway hitches. They are less money. One dealer told me that given the relatively light weight of the trailer and the big tow vehicle, I don't need any leveling/anti sway hitch--just go with the ball and tongue. I do have electric brakes. So I am very confused. What should I do? Do I need to even get any anti-sway/load leveling hitch? If it is advisable, I will probably go with the Blue Ox for convenience, but they are expensive. Right now I can pick any brand/type of hitch. Once I spend the money to buy one, I don't want to be dissatisfied. I need some advice from those with far more experience than I have. Please help! Thanks.
Having been a dealer for many years, I have found most people don't understand the need for a weight distribution hitch. For safety and control concerns, just about anybody above 4000 lbs should have one, unless your safety isn't that important. My favorite brand above all else is Equalizer brand. See this link to determine what size you'll need http://www.equalizerhitch.com/About%20Equal-i-zer/hitchsizes.php[/URL]
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Sway can be caused by low tongue weight. It is also the result of towing a heavy billboard down the road. I have a Rockwood 2702 SS (5600 lbs dry) that I tow with a 1500 Silverado. Without any sway control it is totally unmanageable. I have the Equalizer brand sway control/ weight distribution hitch that has eliminated most of the sway. You will more than likely always feel some sway as it is impossible to eliminate tire movement.

Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution
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Sway can be caused by low tongue weight. It is also the result of towing a heavy billboard down the road. I have a Rockwood 2702 SS (5600 lbs dry) that I tow with a 1500 Silverado. Without any sway control it is totally unmanageable. I have the Equalizer brand sway control/ weight distribution hitch that has eliminated most of the sway. You will more than likely always feel some sway as it is impossible to eliminate tire movement.

Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution
Sway problems are 99% tongue weight issues . , getting pushed by the wind billboard is not sway , and can be helped with a wdh . but a wdh moving to much weight off the tongue , sway control or not will induce sway . tire movement is not sway and i don't see how anyone can confuse tire movement or the wind pushing you around as sway . some sway is to much tt for the tv and most try to compensate with a wdh and sometime , many times makes matters worse . a properly loaded tt with correct tongue weight will not sway
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Anti Sway/Load Leveling Hitch Question

Your tongue weight will be around 750 lbs. I bought my Equalizer 4 point back in 2010 and have 26,500 miles on it. I like and trust my Equalizer, but the newer designed Blue Ox doesn't require as much maintenance as my hitch. Before each pull I check my link plates because they can loosen over time. I torque my L bracket nuts every 500 miles or so. Every 200-300 miles I loosen my socket bolts, clean off the old grease, apply new grease and torque to 55 ft lbs. It is still in great shape after a couple of hundred tows because I take good care of it. Have never worried about backing up with it and have been at some pretty severe angles. It was not that easy to install either since my ball required 450 ft lbs of torque and the hitch bolts required 320 ft lbs. A thin walled socket is also needed for the ball nut and you need to buy the Equalizer brand ball.


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Old 10-10-2016, 06:27 PM   #10
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I've been meaning to do a write up for this as I currently have a 2012 F-150 Crew cab with E2 weight distribution hitch that pulls my 26' 4500 lb Jayco, and a 2014 F-150 Crew cab with Husky Centerline weight distribution hitch that's pulls my 35' 7500 lb Rockwood. I prefer the E2 for the following reasons:
Easier to attach bars, Easier to get bars off, quieter, black vs. gray, less pins. My wife has one truck at the moment, but maybe I can get a video of the first one started. Both good hitches though.
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