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BobbyHJ

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Posted: 04/08/20 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was wondering what the differences are between the straight line (CAM) and the 4 - Point weight distribution with sway control. Which one is better, and why? I assume the 2 -point distribution system is more for WD.

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That really is a Ford vs Chevy type of discussion.They are both good in their own way and both are fairly effective.


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Posted: 04/08/20 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2, openspaces.


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Posted: 04/08/20 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have used the Reese Dual Cam and my current Equal-i-zer 4 point with success. I had to switch to the 4 point when I changed trailers. The V-nose covers much of the hitch area so that there is no room to mount chain lifts. It has to be under-slung to work on my current trailer.


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Posted: 04/08/20 07:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The beauty of the dual cam is it actually pushes the trailer back in line with the tow vehicle.
That being said, there are lots of different technologies that strive to achieve the same thing. Some use other methods to help force vehicle and trialer in-line. I haven't tried them all but I far prefer the perfromance of the DC over the Equalizer I had.


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I found the Andersen a great improvement over the system installed on my trailer. Control, ride, ease of connection and feeling of safety all improved. Picture this, you are on a rough road, staying in your lane, getting feedback from the trailer through the hitch system, you're on edge, your wife wishes she were smaller in all possible manners related to dynamic comfort and you change systems and the feedback is reduced by 90% as are the previous objections but you find no difference in control, perhaps better control due to better attention!
As long as my load is in the range, my hitch will be Andersen.

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I personally prefer the Reese DC, simple and effective.

The one issue being, some trailer manufacturers install the Propane tanks forward of battery making it difficult to install chain lifts vertically of cams.

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Posted: 04/09/20 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Timtation wrote:

I found the Andersen a great improvement over the system installed on my trailer. Control, ride, ease of connection and feeling of safety all improved. Picture this, you are on a rough road, staying in your lane, getting feedback from the trailer through the hitch system, you're on edge, your wife wishes she were smaller in all possible manners related to dynamic comfort and you change systems and the feedback is reduced by 90% as are the previous objections but you find no difference in control, perhaps better control due to better attention!
As long as my load is in the range, my hitch will be Andersen.

Agree wholeheartedly.


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Posted: 04/09/20 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had the Equal-i-zer and it worked well. It was easy for me to install without drilling anything. I've read that the Reese is harder to set up correctly (and RV dealers don't always get it set right, either).

The 2-point provides some anti-sway friction, but the 4-point will do more.

I liked the Andersen better than the Equal-i-zer mainly because it was easier to deal with chains than heavy, long bars when disconnecting and reconnecting. It worked just as well, too. Only, the Andersen is best for trailers under about 7K lbs as it cannot level the rig properly when there's a lot of tongue weight.


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The Anderson is a great idea and is probably easier to install at the beginning of a trip than other systems like the Equalizer (maybe). However, it doesn't have the active sway control of the DC. The Anderson resists movement but doesn't actually apply force to move the truck and trailer back in-line.
I've found this feature to be most helpful in some situations and would prefer it over any system that doesn't do it.
I believe the Husky Center Line system also has active control (could be wrong).

I am not bashing the Anderson, just pointing out an observation.

* This post was last edited 04/09/20 11:48am by ScottG *   View edit history

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