Originally Posted by Pill Billy
So you have towed the exact same combo with both hitches? Roughly how much do both hitches weigh? I'm finding misleading info on the Internet. Is the Anderson just better because it is lighter/cheaper or better performance? Thanks for the assistance.
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I have towed the exact same truck and trailer combo with both an E2 and an Andersen. The Andersen wins hands down on ease of use, weight (approx. 50 lbs total) and sway control. The E2 could transfer more weight, but that was not necessary with my setup.
The E2 might also be more durable, but I managed to break mine and eventually replaced and sold it. It was a solid hitch and the dealers seem to love to send you home with them. I assume because of the price
I have used many other hitches in recent years. Each has positives and negatives, but every single one takes time and some effort to get it dialed in.
The Andersen mounting does allow for two small welds or the set screw, but they are not required. I went with the welds later because my mounts "walked" about a 1/2" in nine months. The moral there is; It takes a long time (miles) to make that necessary, but I found it prudent in the end.
Andersen did change/modify/update/upgrade some of their parts (including the washers, springs and anti-sway material) to address a couple of issues stated in this thread. I have all the upgraded components (free under warranty) and love the way the hitch works pulling my 6500+ fully loaded TT.
Yes, you need to account for the hitch weight in your payload calculation, but it won't offset the reason W/D is required. The E2 and E4 are extremely similar now. The W/D is needed to not over tax your truck hitch receiver. IMO the weight difference is likely a wash between the E2/Eqaul-i-zer and an Andersen. The Andersen weighs less and the Equal-I-zer can move more.