Originally Posted by in6seczone
MTNGUY you posted this:
Consider another WDH with integrated sway control such as anEqual-i-zer 4 pt., Reese Straight Line Dual Cam, or Blue Ox Sway Pro.
Which of these hitches would you recommend?
Please consider I need a hitch that I don't have to unhook to back up. Trailer will weight about 7800-8000 pounds. Guessing TW will be about 800-1000 pounds. Hopefully the one you recommend does not have to have a lot of grease on it to keep it quite.
I use the Reese Straight Line Dual Cam, which has worked well for me. It takes a bit to setup, and you have to drill 2 holes into each side of your trailer frame for the dual cam plate, but that is no biggie. It takes a bit of doing to get the notches in the spring bars exactly centered on the cams, but once that is done and you get the ideal weight distributed, the trailer pulls sweet with my 1/2 ton pickup.....even with P rated tires.
But a change in manufacturing location for all Reese products will make me shy away from any Reese products in the future.
If I were to buy an WDH today, it would be the Equal-i-zer 4 pt. I have never used the Equal-i-zer, but my daughter and SIL do, and they like it. To me, it is easier to setup, and the units are advertised as American make.
I am not familiar with the Blue Ox Sway Pro, but understand they work well also, but I am not privy to where they are manufactured.
The Reese Straight Line does just that....it tends to keep you in a straight line. When the truck and trailer turn or sway, the WDH will try to get the combo back straight. The Equal-i-zer tends to maintain whatever angle your combo is at the time. If you are in a curve, then the Equal-i-zer will tend to keep you combo at that angle.....it does not try to get you back straight. I am not sure there is any advantage with 1 system over another.
The 1 thing that I do not like about the Equalizer are the "spring" bars don't seem to actually be spring bars.
There doesn't seem to be any give to them when hooked up. With my Reese system, you can see the bend in the bars when in place. When hitting a bump, true spring bars will absorb some shock before transferring the remainder of the energy to the truck and trailer springs. I would think that should give a somewhat better ride, as well as not being as hard on the hitch and trailer tongue.
I think Sway-Pro also has true spring bars.
I think you can back up without unhooking without removing the spring bars on any of the listed hitches. I do with my Reese, but avoid extreme angles because of a rub problem between my spring bars and a bolt on the dual cam plate.....which I understand has been corrected on newer Reese units (my setup is 7 years old).
Hope this helps.