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Old 04-20-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Husky vs Equil-i-zer

Upgrading my hitch system and down to two choices. The Husky Centerline or the Equil-I-zer four point. Would be interested to hear pro's/con's from those with experience with either of these.

My rig is a 2007 Rockwood 8315SS and TV is a 95 Ford F250 extended cab long bed with the 7.3 powerstroke turbo Diesel. Currently using an EZLift torsion bar with one friction sway control on the right side. The load is under max and balanced but still getting some sway with cross winds and passing trucks. Not extreme but enough to keep me tense. Not concerned about the cost comparisons on the two choices above as either is a small investment in maintaining my sanity and stress level and protection for the rig itself. More concerned with the functionality and want the best. Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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A 10K or 12K Equalizer would serve you very well as it has me.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:14 PM   #3
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I like the Equal-i-zer and see no reason to change.

Having said that, there are many more Equal-I-zer owners on FRF than Husky Centerline and I don't think there are many who have had the opportunity to use both. I think both are very good hitches and believe I'd be happy with either. So, I'll concentrate on some nit-picking issues.

I have only used the Equal-I-zer and think its a very effective system for the price. The biggest drawback is that two items- the hitch ball and the shank bolts must be torqued to 430 and 320 ft-lbs, respectively. Also, a thin walled socket is needed for the ball. This can be difficult for DIY. The Equal-I-zer head tilts by adding/removing washers, which is not a problem but is putzy. The hitch can be noisy in low speed turns but this can be fixed.

What I know about the Centerline is what I've heard from others. It needs to be nearly straight in order to hitch or unhitch causing problems with certain tight spots while camping. Centerline parts are not as readily available at dealers, service shops or at the camp ground (for instance, my camping neighbor last year loaned me a spare Equal-I-zer L-pin once when I lost one. I found mine right before we left and returned his, but it was nice to know they are readily available. BTW I carry an extra set now). There are some early reports of failures in certain parts that Husky covered but still a concern.

The bottom line was that both do a good job when properly set up and both have minor issues.

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:07 PM   #4
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1 7/8 Thin walled socket : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store

Equalizer 1-7/8" Thin Wall Socket - By Equal-i-zer

It is an expensive socket but sockets that size are very expensive to start with. You will need that torque wrench anyway to torque the bar nuts before every tow. I kept the torque wrench and the nut socket right in the front compartment.

As an alternative you can take it right to the dealer or to U-Haul and for 5 or 10 bucks they will do the final ball nut torque for you.
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Thanks. Sound logic on the parts availability on the EQ. Further research on the centerline had some some issues with breaking washers and problematic set-up. Seems the EQ is time tested and spoken highly of on several RV forums that I visited. The EQ it shall be. One quick further question, Max weight on the TT is 7K plus change however I load light and the actual trailer weight on my rig is a few hundred pounds less. My receiver is rated 1000/10000. One would assume that going to a 12K over a 10K would just beef it up; however, would it also not add undue stress with the weight distribution? I've checked the three big RV places in my local area and the EQ 10K is averaging 750. Any recommended online sources with fairly fast shipping? I'm hitting the road on a 1000 mile run to Idaho then Montana in two weeks time. Much appreciated
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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EQ 4point 10000/1000 from rv wholesalers was 440 free shipping and got in next day in Texas. Used it once so far and vast improvement from the E2 hitch it replaced.
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RV Wholesalers my friend. Free shipping. Adventure RV can be competitive, too.

Good choice with the Equal-I-zer. You might want to call Progress Mfg to discuss the bars. 1,000lbs should be fine but the 1,200lb bars will work. Progress manufactures the bars to work in a range up to their stated weights.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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I purchased a Husky Centerline two years ago. One piston failed while we were traveling. I called the dealer who I had purchased it from and within 30 minutes I got a call from an engineer with Husky. He told me that they discovered they had gotten some steel from a vendor that did not meet hardness specs. They flew a new hitch head to Savannah, GA., had some one bring in to the campground and install it. I have had no problems since and the hitch works great. I previously had an Eaz-Lift hitch with one sway control and the Husky is much better. The only drawback is that the truck and trailer need to be pretty much straight when hitching and unhitching. The one time this was not possible, I just moved the truck and trailer until I was able to put the spring bars in position. I am able to back through tight turns without removing anything as with the Eaz-Lift. I would definitely purchase another Husky if I needed a hitch.
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I got my 12K from RVWholesalers.
They had the best price and free shipping when I bought it.

I got the hitch rated not for my current camper, but the biggest one I could tow. That hitch will not only outlast your camper; it will outlast your truck.

Go big; or go home. IMHO
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:33 AM   #10
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I have the Husky Centreline (new this year) and since its the only WD hitch I have owned I can't compare, however it seems to work well I have only driven it a total of about 10 or 20 miles back and forth from the dealer and storage and my driveway.

I'll post a better review once I have driven with it a few more longer trips coming up in May and June.
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