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Old 09-02-2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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Equalizer hitch recommendation

Ok. So I'm getting a Salem 28' LE. Last RV was a motor home, and hitches have changed since my last TT. So, looking at a Reese roundbar equalizer with sway control vs an Andersen hitch. Totally different systems, but the Andersen looks a lot easier to hook up and operate vs the Reese. I am open to suggestions from everyone.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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Do a quick search on this forum and you'll find a lot of great info on WD hitch and sway control products. The most popular products seem to be the Reese Strait-Line with dual cam sway control and the Equal-i-zer brand. There are several others. I have the Equal-i-zer. It works well. It's easy to setup and remove, but can be noisy. I'm not familiar with the Andersen hitch.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #3
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using the term "equalizer" to talk about WDH's is confusing, since there's only one Equal-i-zer WDH and it's a registered brand name.

kind of like using the term "kleenex" for any brand of tissue paper.
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Actually, Weight Distribution hitches are equalizers. They equalize the weight of the tongue between the front wheels of the tow vehicle and rear wheels of the trailer.
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I haven't used an Andersen but the design and benefits are intriguing. I would consider it if I were buying new. But, I also tend to like the old tried and true and the Equal-i-zer 4-point and Reese Dual Cam are hard to beat.

Here are a couple of threads on the Andersen...

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Actually, Weight Distribution hitches are equalizers. They equalize the weight of the tongue between the front wheels of the tow vehicle and rear wheels of the trailer.
Fine. But the fact is that when you say "Equalizer" around here, most will think you are talking about the specific "Equal-i-zer" brand sway control hitch. Best to refer to the generic system as "WDH" to avoid confusion.
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If your goal is to simply level the rig a bit, and not have any noise, go ahead and try the Anderson. But if your goal is to transfer all lost weight back onto the front wheels, then the Anderson will likely disappoint, due to the method of load application. If your truck is well over-spec'ed for the trailer, however, the Anderson would be fine.

Tried and true, best bang-for-the-buck around here, are the Reese Dual-Cam setup, or the Equal-i-zer 4pt Sway Control hitch.
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I also have a 4 pt "Equalizer" and love it. Both in terms of weight distribution and sway control I love it. I'm using a 12K model paired up with my ~10K GVWR 36' TT and they work well together.

Grease the joints on the hitch head where they contact the bottom side of the ball plate or it will creek like crazy with every sharp turn. It will sometimes anyway. I take steel wool to my L-bars on the trailer tongue at the beginning of the season. I should probably store them indoors. Once you get it dialed in for the right ball height, pivot angle, and L-bracket height...it's a great setup.
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