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Old 03-07-2015, 11:27 AM   #41
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Anderson- dont really like the engineering. At first look,, it looked as if the center post needed to protrude further down to get better mechanical advantage for WD. (i.e. Chains parallel to frame and need more angle) also didnot like the horizontal loading on the ball by the coupler. Turns out one andersen issued bullitin has already been released about failures with one style of coupler. Ok prolly for lighter trailers, still dont like the sliding hangers.

Equalizer- bullitproof, highly acclaimed and loved. Heavy models available for larger coaches. Old school thinking was spring bars need to flex a little to take shock loads off of the hitch and trailer frame. Equalizer has no part of this thinking. This is possibly the only drawback to this design. Anyone ever have any frame issues?? Damage from tongue to front of coach?

Hensley, propride, pullrite ect...-the best. Harder to distribute weight due to the distance trailer moved away from the tow vehicle. Some units are HD for larger trailers. Expensive.

Reese, ez-lift, drawtite- servicible when set up properly. 1200lb need the 1.5" trunnion. Otherwise they wear quickly. They do still wear though. Affordable. dual friction bars or dual cam necessary. Equalizer folks usually graduated from these designs.

Blue Ox- I put this setup ina different catagory because it is relatively new and has enough design features to be considered unique. It looks durable and functional with spring bars to absorb impacts. Looking for Blue Ox users to weigh in and post up previous equipment vs. the Blue Ox design...
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:27 PM   #42
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As little as there is to the Andersen, I was shocked at the price...
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:35 PM   #43
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and I do apologize about my ignorance to the previous threads about the Blue Ox. Im curious as to whether the chain hangers/tension bars have safety issues or function well as well as the anti-sway properties.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:39 PM   #44
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I too, am interested in "Blue/Ox" testimony .........
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:08 PM   #45
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Equalizer- bullitproof, highly acclaimed and loved. Heavy models available for larger coaches. Old school thinking was spring bars need to flex a little to take shock loads off of the hitch and trailer frame. Equalizer has no part of this thinking. This is possibly the only drawback to this design. Anyone ever have any frame issues?? Damage from tongue to front of coach?
Never heard of any kind of damage before. Is there a thread or post of this happening?
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:09 PM   #46
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I just took the rig out for another test run with the intention to pull off and make adjustments to the sway bar. I checked all tire pressures and added a few lbs here and there. But mostly cranked down the sway bar 1.5 more revolutions past where it was originally set. That made a world of difference. Still had just a little sway but I felt it was controllable. I did find that they gave me the 10,000 lbs Reese pro series. I think it's fine for now (a month or two) as we spend on other needed things for the very new RV'rs. ;-)

But I did make the decision to go with the Equalizer when I do go to a new upgraded hitch. I thought about just adding another sway bar for 50.00. Anyone running a dual sway bar setup?
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:16 PM   #48
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I just took the rig out for another test run with the intention to pull off and make adjustments to the sway bar. I checked all tire pressures and added a few lbs here and there. But mostly cranked down the sway bar 1.5 more revolutions past where it was originally set. That made a world of difference. Still had just a little sway but I felt it was controllable. I did find that they gave me the 10,000 lbs Reese pro series. I think it's fine for now (a month or two) as we spend on other needed things for the very new RV'rs. ;-)

But I did make the decision to go with the Equalizer when I do go to a new upgraded hitch. I thought about just adding another sway bar for 50.00. Anyone running a dual sway bar setup?
I don't know why you are (Cranking down 1.5 more Revolutions) the proper setting for the (Friction Bar Type is Tighten till it STOPS) NO other adjustment! Yes since you are using that type sway bars with that size Trailer,Put on another Sway bar and (Tighten it Down till it Stops also! Youroo!!
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Never heard of any kind of damage before. Is there a thread or post of this happening?
no thread that im aware of, just giving some logic behind blue ox's decision to have bars that flex. I have seen frames that have driven upward into the box area of the coach, not sure whether that flex is WD induced or not. Usually on older well traveled units.

edit: WD manufacturers have claimed for some time that running too heavy a WD hitch is hard on the trailer frame. This too would seem to validate the concept.
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Crockett, only frame issues I've heard of from WDH use were on old C-channel A-frames. Think about the section modulus and the loading, the answer is quickly revealed why too.
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