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Old 07-30-2017, 08:26 PM   #1
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Newbie with WDH/sway bar question?

Hello! I have recently became the owner of a 2006 Salem FSB22 TT. The only tow experience I have has been with my 4 cylinder Ford Escape towing an 800 lb Livin Lite pop up. My dilemma, after purchasing a "new to me" 2015 F150 tow vehicle, is now knowing that I will need a weight distribution hitch along with sway control. I have no experience and would appreciate any advice given! What's the easiest to install/set up WDH that me, as a middle aged woman, could handle with no assistance? Thank you in advance!
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:33 PM   #2
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Equalizer 4 point.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:40 PM   #3
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I used to have the Equal-I-Zer brand with built in 4 point sway control and my "Wife" who's...shall we say the far north side of 39...haha...and she was able to hook up our 28 foot Jayco after I showed her how. I would recommend having an RV dealer or if you know someone with an RV to set you up.
Sit down and do some research...you're going to hear about a lot of different models and styles out here...so be ready.
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Equalizer 4 point.
X2. I have that one and a like it. I'm new at this as well and the chains on the competitors wdh seemed challenging.

Be ready for some noise when turning. It's normal, so don't panic.

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Old 07-30-2017, 08:53 PM   #5
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I like the Blue Ox sway pro, minimal adjustments easy to setup, quite.
You didn't post the specs on the trailer or the truck payload or towing capacity but if you are well under specs then the cheaper hitches should be fine too but they are not as easy as the Blue Ox.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:43 AM   #6
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+2^^ BX all the way. Super happy with mine.

That said, know that there are numerous solutions that will work well. i would, however, favor a wdh that has built-in sway control capabilities rather than one which depends upon a separate sway bar installation...$.02
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:51 AM   #7
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Go watch some YouTube videos and familiarize yourself with WDH's and then decide if you need the super high dollar type or a regular old WDH . Harbor Freight has a decent hitch and you cant beat the price . They also sell the regular style sway bars .
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:27 PM   #8
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I'd look at the Andersen wd hitch. I bought one to make it easier for the wife on a friend's recommendation. There's no bars, and the hitch itself is much lighter. It works great, and couldn't be simpler to use.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:39 PM   #9
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And I recommend looking at the reviews on the etrailer site. Etrailer prices are pretty good as well.
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:03 PM   #10
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I have only run Equalizer hitches in the past 33 years. Made in the USA (Utah).
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:51 PM   #12
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Regardless of what WDH you get (there are many lower cost options) here's a short video that might help you understand how they work and basic installation.
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Old 07-31-2017, 03:07 PM   #13
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For easy set up Blue ox which I have. Good hitch for the money and works great in my opinion. The other hands down would be equalizer 4 pt. Little more involved when setting up but a real reliable and good hitch. My father in law has the equalizer and I have towed his 28' apex with it and it handles great. Either one will serve your purpose. I think over all if you were to do a poll on these 2 hitches it would be equalizer 1st and blue ox 2nd. Can't really go wrong with either.

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Old 07-31-2017, 03:55 PM   #14
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I would recommend having an RV dealer or if you know someone with an RV to set you up.
I would recommend you NOT do this....most of the improperly set up hitches I've seen were done by a dealership. But, yes, other than a dealer (and some are actually decent, you're just rolling the dice) grab someone that knows one end of a screwdriver from the other and read the directions. They're not hard to set up yourself once you know how, but having two people helps speed it up...and at least you'll know it's done right if you do it.
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I would recommend you NOT do this....most of the improperly set up hitches I've seen were done by a dealership. But, yes, other than a dealer (and some are actually decent, you're just rolling the dice) grab someone that knows one end of a screwdriver from the other and read the directions. They're not hard to set up yourself once you know how, but having two people helps speed it up...and at least you'll know it's done right if you do it.


X2 on this!!!

Most of us have had the dealer set it up and it was wrong. My blue ox is supposed to be equal to or 1 inch higher that the TT coupler and they argued with me saying that it's a set standard to set it up at 24 inches. Umm NO my TT coupler was 18 inches so the ball on my hitch should have been 18-19 high not 24. I left cause of the argument and ended up doing it myself to fix the issue. Long slow ride home was the result of that. Just study the hitches and research. Do what works for you and if you do have the dealer do it make sure you are with them and correct them on things they do wrong.

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I also have the Equalizer E4, and recommend it highly, but there are other good ones. But I do urge you to avoid the type that use a separate anti sway bar. They must be disconnected before backing in or making sharp turns are are easy to mess up.
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Your question opened up the usual can of worms so to speak.
There are so many on the market that do a good job, it really comes down to how much you want to spend vs how much work when hooking up and unhooking.
I personally had an equalizer set up with the single hook up sway control and it worked fine for me. But there are a lot of others that are better I am sure.
I was told once, "buy the best hitch you can afford" then live with it.
All of them can be set up in a couple of hours on a LEVEL surface, you make adjustments, hook it up again, see where you are. Make more adjustments etc.... till you get it set up for your particular truck.
So plan to spend a Saturday with a friend and some adult beverages and get what ever you buy set up for YOUR truck.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:31 PM   #18
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I have a Blue Ox also and am an almost 58 yr old female. I was a little scared of it at first but after practicing hooking and unhooking a couple times I felt better about it and am now very confident with it. I had it installed by the RV place where I bought from and they showed me how to use it. I like it very much.
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Thank you all so much for your responses! I'll let you all know how I progress. : )
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:44 PM   #20
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Another comment from me: a properly WDH can be hooked up to a TT by a school boy/girl. Age, sex, doesn't matter. I required the help of the mechanic that previously worked on my truck to help me install my hitch. I'll bet you know someone who has faced similar questions who might be able to help you.
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