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kellem

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rexlion wrote:

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.


True regarding the Reese as it requires additional tweaking once trailer is loaded but a competant dealer should thoroughly explain the function of any WDH to buyer.

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kellem wrote:

rexlion wrote:

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.


True regarding the Reese as it requires additional tweaking once trailer is loaded but a competant dealer should thoroughly explain the function of any WDH to buyer.


It may be harder than some but the difficulty lies in having to get the truck and trailer dead straight in order to set the cams up right. After that, hitching up is no harder than any other hitch.
The Anderson would be just as important to have dead straight during setup.


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The Equalizer 4 point is a no drill installation and for me, easy to set up. It works great, even with a dab of grease on the L brackets for quiet. I’m using a Reese HP now without the cam arms so no sway control. I can tell a difference but nothing scary. With our trailer’s inverted coupler, the cam arms would be too vertical in my humble opinion.


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I have used the Husky Center Line TS hitch the last couple of years, no complaints.

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ScottG wrote:

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.


X2. The Dual Cam is superior to the 4 point system. The 4 point doesn't try and stop sway it just slows it, and then slows it from returning. The DC will resist sway and if it does move will be forced back to center.

Yes it is more precise to setup, but anything that takes a bit longer to do is always the better way to go?


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lots of misconceptions here.
The DC and the EQUALIZER are both friction based systems. The cams of the DC do not really add all that much to the friction. What happens is that there is more sway resistance when the TT is moving away from center and less when moving towards center..... BUT, it is important to realize that sway is a back and forth movement of the TT in BOTH directions.

The EQUALIZER has the same amount of sway resistance in BOTH directions. In reality it is pretty much a wash performance wise.

THe DC can be harder to install, but that was not a deal breaker for me. It seems that often proper setup of the DC results in poor ground clearance. That is an important factor for me.

Both systems rely on TW for the sway resistance.. The more TW, the more sway resistance they can achieve.



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ScottG wrote:

The beauty of the dual cam is it actually pushes the trailer back in line with the tow vehicle.


X2. The Dual Cam is superior to the 4 point system. The 4 point doesn't try and stop sway it just slows it, and then slows it from returning. The DC will resist sway and if it does move will be forced back to center.

If it really worked like that with any signifignant force, it would be dangerous in slippery conditions when turning in a curve.

It doesn't and it isn't.


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Huntingdog, I'm sorry but you're wrong on both counts.
Yes, it pushes the trailer back in line but there's nothing dangerous about it. I've even had it in the snow. Is the force "significant"? It is enough to do the job, nothing more. It is easily overcome when turning by the weights involved.
No, it does not use friction for control. It doesn't use brake material anywhere like other systems do. It uses pure spring pressure via the spring bars pocket climbing up off the cam. You could submerge the entire thing in oil and it would still work the same.

Best of luck to you.

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ScottG wrote:

Huntingdog, I'm sorry but you're wrong on both counts.
Yes, it pushes the trailer back in line but there's nothing dangerous about it. I've even had it in the snow. Is the force "significant"? It is enough to do the job, nothing more. It is easily overcome when turning by the weights involved.
No, it does not use friction for control. It doesn't use brake material anywhere like other systems do. It uses pure spring pressure via the spring bars pocket climbing up off the cam. You could submerge the entire thing in oil and it would still work the same.

Best of luck to you.

Scott


Exactly! They perform completely different. Having set up both, the DC although more in depth to setup is the better sway control hitch. The only thing better is the H/A and Pro Pride.

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opnspaces wrote:

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

X3.... which one is better is the one owned. One brand or type is not the best for all vehicle combinations.
A suggestion..... when your researching is to ignore bash replies about a particular brand.


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