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Old 01-22-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Equalizer E2 or E4

So we are getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2016 Vibe Extreme-Lite 287QBS. We will be pulling it with a 2010 F-150 Screw FX4, 5.4l, 3.73 locker. The dealer is recommending that we will be fine with the Equalizer E2, but I mentioned that I have read that the E4 has better sway control. Dealer says its less than $100 to upgrade from the E2 to the E4.

Any thoughts on this? Stick with the E2 or go with the E4?

By the way, our truck has some sort of sway control feature built in. Is this useful or make any difference?

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Old 01-22-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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Absolutely the E4. I have a buddy on here who was in the same situation. I advised him the same. He went with the E2. He sold the E2 and bought an E4 within a month...

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Old 01-22-2016, 05:21 PM   #3
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I use the E4 and love it. No (well, little) sway. My 1500 had slight sway (very very little) with big trucks but nothing like I had when I had a cheapo brand WD setup on a previous trailer. I do not know about the built in stuff, i'm a chevy guy, but I would stick to a WD and sway setup, not the truck to do it for me. Now that I have a larger truck I get NO sway.
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #4
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Go with the 4. That trailer is too much for the 2 and you won't be happy.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:43 PM   #5
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E4!
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:06 PM   #6
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E4 for sure!!
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While I truly think the E2 would meet your needs, an Equal-I-zer for $100 upcharge is worth it. The E2's real weak point is the outside frame plate. The bracket positioning blots are surface welded onto that bracket. A little too much torque on the nut and the bolt stretches. It becomes weak over time and eventually snaps off. You need to order a replacement from Fastway. They are covered under lifetime warranty, but if you are on the road you are out of luck. In contrast, the Equal-I-zer uses actual bolts through the plate. If you ever broke one of those, any hardware store can help you out.

See part # 6 in the Fastway parts list vs. Parts 7 & 8 in the Equal-I-zer parts manual below.

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The anti-sway on your F150 is an emergency system that won't do anything until you are nearly out of control. You need full time sway control along with a good W/D system.
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plus the E4 is America-made, while the E2 is made in China.
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While I truly think the E2 would meet your needs, an Equal-I-zer for $100 upcharge is worth it. The E2's real weak point is the outside frame plate. The bracket positioning blots are surface welded onto that bracket. A little too much torque on the nut and the bolt stretches. It becomes weak over time and eventually snaps off. You need to order a replacement from Fastway. They are covered under lifetime warranty, but if you are on the road you are out of luck. In contrast, the Equal-I-zer uses actual bolts through the plate. If you ever broke one of those, any hardware store can help you out.

Great point! That alone makes it worth it. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Definitely the E 4 Equalizer. This what I use. For $100 up grade pretty cheap for better sway control. I found that the built in sway control on new truck does not do much. I would not depend on it. Later RJD
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