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Old 04-20-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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E2 by Equalizer

My dealer sells the E2 for much less than the original ($399 installed). I am towing a shamrock 233 with a Ford F-150. Trailer gvwr is about 5000 and tongue weight is listed as 450lb. Are these any good or should I look at other WDhitches
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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I wanted to buy a 233 and its GVRW was like 6000# - so be be careful with your measurements, confirm the weight.

I would recommend the 'real' Equal-i-zer, the 4-way control one, for a bit more money. It is time proven and has a well earned reputation.

The E2 was brought to market to compete with the inexpensive competition I think.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:20 PM   #3
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well, it's not going to be as good as the real Equal-i-zer, since it has 4-point sway control and the E2 has 2-point sway control.
and you can get the real 4-point Equalizer for $429 w/free shipping from RVW. and it's not hard to install.
you might want to also check their E2 prices.

but, i do like Equalizer's products and i think you'll be fine with the E2. IMHO, for the extra money, i would go with the 4-point one.

by the way, never go by fictional "dry" tongue weights or "dry" trailer weights.
with water, propane, battery and cargo, the tongue weight will be closer to 600lbs.
and the trailer will weigh about 400lbs. more than its "dry" weight, before water, propane and cargo.
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I got the E2 hitch. wont use it till next month when the trailer is ready but after looking in the box its a very well built and robust unit. The 2 points of sway control your missing are in the hitch head and i would say they are negligible at best. My best "GUESS" is you will end up with 70-80% of the sway control offered in the 4-point system.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
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Mine seems to work fine (E2) and I don't see the "engineering" differences.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:41 PM   #6
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I got the E2 hitch. wont use it till next month when the trailer is ready but after looking in the box its a very well built and robust unit. The 2 points of sway control your missing are in the hitch head and i would say they are negligible at best. My best "GUESS" is you will end up with 70-80% of the sway control offered in the 4-point system.
You actually have that backwards. The hitch head provides most of the sway control in the E4.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:10 PM   #7
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From what I saw on the display model there were some rubber like bumpers in the head. I couldn't see them providing as much friction as steel on steel with a few hundred pounds of pressure.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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There is no rubber on an E4 anywhere. Steel socket on the steel hitch head torqued from 45-60 lbs, so the sway control is also adjustable. They provide the rotational (left to right - right to left) friction to control sway. The L brackets provide linear sway control and are the marginal component. The vast majority of the sway control comes from the hitch head sockets.
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From the equalizer web site:

2 Rotational Friction Sway Controls

Rotational friction works to stop side to side sway before it starts. The rotational friction sway control is activated by downward pressure from the trailer tongue and upward pressure on the spring arms. The spring arms link the rotational sway control to the sway control brackets and distribute trailer tongue weight. The rigidity of the sway control brackets allow the dual rotational friction sway control to safely and effectively hold the trailer in line behind the tow vehicle and combat sway before it starts.

2 Sway Control Brackets

Innovative rigid trailer attachments serve two purposes. First, they work in conjunction with the rotational friction sway controls to reduce trailer sway. Second, the forward and back friction of the hitch arm on the bracket serves as a secondary sway control system. The sway control brackets work much like 2 “add-on” sway bars, but with more sway stopping pressure and less hassle.
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Fair enough...Must have been a bad display then. So the 2 point is similar to having "2 add-on sway bars" but less hassle. Sounds like it would compete with any WDH out there with add-on sway control and would out preform them...what im getting at is in my market the E-4 was more than double the cost of an E-2. For a non-paranoid hauler it is more then adequate, for someone looking for the best of the best and possibly some overkill the E-4 is the way to go.
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