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Old 01-10-2021, 07:05 PM   #1
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Equalizer vs Anderson WDH for 25BRDS behind 2014 F150

Have a 2021 MicroLite 25BRDS coming in next week and am trying to choose the right hitch for it. TV is a 2014 F150 King Ranch SuperCrew 5.0L short bed.

The dealer installs Equalizer E2, but I was reading good things about the Anderson. I like the idea of not having to grease it and they say the bushing thing helps take out a little bounce as well.

I just want a hitch that will make towing it as stress free as possible. I don't want to clinch every time an 18-wheeler goes by, or hill, bump, cross-wind, etc...

Also, does anyone know the specs I need if I do go with Anderson (or even better, the right model number)? I don't know the trailer frame dimensions, or even ball size.

I've towed boats, trailers, pop-ups, etc for years but this is my first full bodied tow behind so I want to make sure I set it up well the first time. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
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Personally I love my 4pt Equal-i-zer that I've owned for 15 years.
Reading Andersen WDH threads and posts, have given me the impression that the Anderson is fine for lighter and smaller TTs.
I've read many posts that many Andersen owners weren't happy with it, on their larger and heavier trailers.
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Old 01-10-2021, 11:54 PM   #3
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I love my Anderson. I do have a smaller trailer. It is very easy to hook up, quiet, and light. With a King Ranch it will be nice to save some payload for gear. The Anderson is about 40-50 lbs lighter than the E4. You will need to do some measurements to get the correct model.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:04 AM   #4
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I only have experience with Equalizer, but its been a very good experience and I'd buy another one for sure. I know that "clinch" when a semi passes well and it was completely gone once installing (and setting up properly) my Equalizer hitch.
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I had a travel trailer and an Equalizer and it worked great. By the way you do not use grease with it. A drop of oil where the arms pivot on the hitch (with tne E4) but nothing where the bars slide. You can add the plastic pads if you wish.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:43 AM   #6
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I can't speak to Anderson, but I love my Equalizer. I tow a Salem Cruise Lite 263BHXL. It is longer than your travel trailer and a little heavier, but the Equalizer works great on it. I love the ease and simplicity of it. I've used both the E2 and E4 and highly recommend the E4. It controls sway better and is simpler to hook up than the Fastway E2.
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Old 01-11-2021, 10:09 AM   #7
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I only have experience with Equalizer, but its been a very good experience and I'd buy another one for sure. I know that "clinch" when a semi passes well and it was completely gone once installing (and setting up properly) my Equalizer hitch.
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Old 01-11-2021, 10:15 AM   #8
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One more think I like about my Anderson. I do not have to store heavy spring bars or drive around with them on my hitch when a the campsite. You can very easily use the Anderson as a standard hitch.
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Old 01-11-2021, 10:21 AM   #9
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Have a 2021 MicroLite 25BRDS coming in next week and am trying to choose the right hitch for it. TV is a 2014 F150 King Ranch SuperCrew 5.0L short bed.

The dealer installs Equalizer E2, but I was reading good things about the Anderson. I like the idea of not having to grease it and they say the bushing thing helps take out a little bounce as well.

I just want a hitch that will make towing it as stress free as possible. I don't want to clinch every time an 18-wheeler goes by, or hill, bump, cross-wind, etc...

Also, does anyone know the specs I need if I do go with Anderson (or even better, the right model number)? I don't know the trailer frame dimensions, or even ball size.

I've towed boats, trailers, pop-ups, etc for years but this is my first full bodied tow behind so I want to make sure I set it up well the first time. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

I run the andersen have for 6 yrs 9300lbs th and 2500 chevy would not change out to a different hitch as it works so well . once you get the andersen brackets set up hitching and unhitching is a piece of cake . no sway big trucks have no effect . some big rigs the way they are set up cause a sucking action when going by but the whole unit TV and TT move as one and does not cause sway .
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E4 fan here. Handles my windjammer like a dream!
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Old 01-11-2021, 06:36 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the feedback!
Sounds like either way will be a solid choice. I'd still be curious to hear more on the Anderson since I've read the Equalizer is louder and heavier. But the choice may be made for me based on availability anyway. I can't seem to find any Andersons available anywhere right now.

The dealership said he'd recommend the E2, but it sounds like the upgrade to E4 would be worth whatever the extra money is?
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FOR CLARITY: a Fastway E4 hitch IS NOT an Equa-li-zer four point hitch. Two different items.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:08 PM   #13
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Bought an Andersen when we got a new GR 23MK 3 years ago. Love it. Easy to hook up, unhook, controls sway, no bounce, light. Just a great hitch, in my opinion.
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Thanks for all the feedback!
Sounds like either way will be a solid choice. I'd still be curious to hear more on the Anderson since I've read the Equalizer is louder and heavier. But the choice may be made for me based on availability anyway. I can't seem to find any Andersons available anywhere right now.

The dealership said he'd recommend the E2, but it sounds like the upgrade to E4 would be worth whatever the extra money is?
The dealer usually recommends what he has on hand.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:46 PM   #15
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The Andersen is available at Tweetys.com for $500, just ordered mine

[QUOTE=TXDan;2478719]Thanks for all the feedback!
Sounds like either way will be a solid choice. I'd still be curious to hear more on the Anderson since I've read the Equalizer is louder and heavier. But the choice may be made for me based on availability anyway. I can't seem to find any Andersons available anywhere right now.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:46 PM   #16
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I have a 2018 Microlite 25brds and TV is Ram 2500. I switched to the anderson hitch this past summer and I am very pleased with it. It is much easier and quicker to hook up and unhook. One other advantage it is a lot lighter too.
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Old 01-11-2021, 08:22 PM   #17
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I also use the Andersen hitch, and like the light weight and ease of connection and removal. I have the 3324 which is the 2" ball. The 3350 has the 2 5/16" ball.
I got mine from hitchrite.com. It's currently on backorder, but it was when I bought mine also; I got it in 2 - 3 weeks.
Also, this is my first WDH so I really don't have anything to compare to, but it works well for me.
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FOR CLARITY: a Fastway E4 hitch IS NOT an Equa-li-zer four point hitch. Two different items.
FOR CLARITY:

There is no Fastway E4. Only the Fastway E2.
The true 4 point Equal-i-zer is referred to as the E4.
Fastway and Equal-i-zer are the 2 divisions of Progress Manufacturing Inc.
Fastway products are made overseas while Equal-i-zer products are US made.

https://www.progressmfg.com/
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Thank you for the clarification on the Fastway E2 vs the Equilizer E4. I was starting to get a bit confused there!

Since it seemed tough to find any Anderson in-stock, I went ahead and placed an order on Tweety's for the Andersen 3350 (2-5/16 ball, fits frames 3,4,5,6"). This seemed the most universal and most common. I assume the ball on the 25BRDS is 2-5/16" and that the frame is one of those options? I figure I've got tomorrow to cancel if someone here tells me I bought the wrong one and it won't fit!

It sounded like the dealer carried the Equilizer in stock, so this should give me the option of which I'd like to go home with if I gather any more insight here. E4 seems to have a lot more history behind it and more users.

Has anyone had a bad experience with the Anderson, or have tried both and sees a significant difference either way? If they perform the same, might as well go with lighter, quieter and easier?
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I had an Andersen hitch on my new 2104S that I pulled with our F150. I found it hard to keep the trailer brackets in place, and I thought the weight distribution was too weak. The sway control worked well, and the hitch is quiet.

However, F150s don't have a ton of payload cap, and I needed better weight distribution. I switched to an Equalizer E4. MUCH better w/d, but a bit noisier. The E4 seems a little gentler on the trailer coupler too. The Anderson pulls the ball rearward into the coupler latch and jammed mine up a few times. The E4 doesn't do that.

I think Anderson hitches can work well with small trailers, or large trucks (3/4 ton+) that don't need a ton of w/d. But heavy trailers and/or lighter trucks might be better off with a different style hitch. JMHO
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