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Old 04-14-2017, 07:16 AM   #15
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Agree that most like their hitches when dialed in correctly.

I chose the Blue Ox on a dealer's recommendation. I like the quality, tapered bars, rotating latches, no pins to lose, mostly contained grease, ease of installation and adjustment, sway control design, and great customer service.

I don't like that it weighs 74#, has low ground clearance and the long receiver drop needed for my truck.

Every hitch has its negatives, yet everyone only talks about its positives. Maybe the question should be rephrased "What don't you like about your current hitch?"
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:26 AM   #16
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I don't like that it weighs 74#, has low ground clearance and the long receiver drop needed for my truck.
Agreed. Some of these hitches are so heavy, and the worst place to put a heavy load is far away from the trailer axles. Of all the hitches I've looked at the Anderson is the lightest. It also makes a nice, neat package. I'm not sure if it's problem-free, though.

Ground clearance is a problem if you're towing with an SUV. I had to cut two inches off my Equalizer hitch shank to keep from bottoming out.
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:27 AM   #17
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I have had 5 airstreams. I have had Equalizer and Blue Ox both and pulled many miles with each.

Blue Ox wins hands down...much easier to work hooking up and unhooking, much less noise when driving turning etc., and you can backup your trailer without undoing the bars.

Both will do the job...just Blue Ox does it better.

With your truck you don't need the expensive heavy hard to dial in ProPride Hensley hitches. Save your money and back for more fun things.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:37 AM   #18
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There are so many choices and all of the WD hitch fanboys are going to tell you how great their hitch is. That's fine, but do the math yourself, load your truck and trailer carefully, and determine if you really need a WD hitch. Ignore the fearmongering and if you decide a WD hitch is necessary for your load and your truck's towing specs, then choose the lightest, least obtrusive hitch with good ground clearance because, no matter the brand, you will get same end result- distribution of weight off of the truck and back to the trailer. I think user ease should be the deciding factor for your choice of a WD hitch. For the record, I don't use WD or sway control and don't need it with my TV and lite trailer.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:48 AM   #19
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I have a 2016 F150 Platinum and a 2017 Flying Cloud 27FB - I have the equal-I-zer 4 point and it pulls it like a dream.

I recently left a campground near Columbus Georgia at 7:30 pm due to severe storms coming the next day. The point being I had 5 hours of interstate 75 at night with LOTS of tractor trailers. No sway - no getting pushed around by bow waves from the truck.

It is really easy to hook up and unhook.

I am sure they all work fine if set up properly ~~ since I have similar truck and trailer I thought i would chime in.

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Old 04-14-2017, 09:25 AM   #20
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There are so many choices and all of the WD hitch fanboys are going to tell you how great their hitch is. That's fine, but do the math yourself, load your truck and trailer carefully, and determine if you really need a WD hitch. Ignore the fearmongering and if you decide a WD hitch is necessary for your load and your truck's towing specs, then choose the lightest, least obtrusive hitch with good ground clearance because, no matter the brand, you will get same end result- distribution of weight off of the truck and back to the trailer. I think user ease should be the deciding factor for your choice of a WD hitch. For the record, I don't use WD or sway control and don't need it with my TV and lite trailer.

I would be real careful following this advice. It looks like all the FC 25' models have a base weight greater than 5500 pounds. I believe all 1/2 ton trucks require WD hitches pulling loads greater than 5000 pounds. That FC 25' loaded for camping will probably be closer to 7000 pounds and the WD hitch really is a must then.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:26 AM   #21
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I have used an Equalizer with an F-150 and then a Ram 2500 to tow a 6300# Safari 25 and the Ram to tow a 9100# 2002 Classic 30 Slideout, each approaching 9000 miles. I never got more steering effect from passing vehicles than I did with the truck alone.

That said, I am in the process of changing to a ProPride, largely for the fact that I don't have to handle the heavy hitch head, only the stinger. It simplifies hitching and unhitching for this old body. I'll be interested to see what difference it makes in the towing experience.

After I committed to the Propride I figured I could do almost the same thing with the equalizer (see my separate post on that subject) so if I had it all to do over again, I might just stick with the Equalizer, but I doubt it would handle the situation described by OhioBrits as well.

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Old 04-14-2017, 10:56 AM   #22
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How much money do you want to spend?
They all work well.
If you have plenty of money get a ProPride.
If not, Equal-i-zer, Blue Ox, and Eaz-Lift all perform very well.
The ProPride price is small to protect $150,000 worth of truck 'n' trailer.
I just ain't got $2,300, so I have an Equal-i-zer.
2 years towing with an Eaz-Lift and 5 years towing with an Equal-i-zer- All is well.
The Blue Ox seems to be a very simple install and easy coupling and uncoupling.
The Equal-i-zer is easy coupling and uncoupling compared to the Eaz-Lift, but costs a little more.
In the long run I may stick with my Equal-i-zer indefinitely. I already have it and it is working fine. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Some aspects of coupling/uncoupling may actually be easier with the Equal-i-zer vs. the ProPride.
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Old 04-14-2017, 11:19 AM   #23
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Most hitches when installed and setup properly work fine.
No truer words have ever been spoken.

The dealer DID NOT set my Equal-I-Zer up correctly when I took delivery. Two washers under the rivet and the ball height 3 inches too high did, indeed, result in a level trailer.
My wife spotted the other six washers tossed under the truck. I picked them up, knowing I would be reading the instructions and checking things over. First thing I noticed was the "minimum 4 washer" requirement.
I guess they put their best trunk monkey on the job.
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Old 04-14-2017, 11:45 AM   #24
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I have had 5 airstreams. I have had Equalizer and Blue Ox both and pulled many miles with each.

Blue Ox wins hands down...much easier to work hooking up and unhooking, much less noise when driving turning etc., and you can backup your trailer without undoing the bars.

Both will do the job...just Blue Ox does it better.

With your truck you don't need the expensive heavy hard to dial in ProPride Hensley hitches. Save your money and back for more fun things.
Quick question cabinetmaker. We're you referring to the Equal-i-zer when you made mention of not having to undo the bars before backing up?
I have never had to undo my bars. Never heard of it.
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Old 04-14-2017, 11:47 AM   #25
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Unless you like getting pushed around on the interstates by the bow wave of semi's and gusting crosswinds, get the ProPride/Hensley design. They provide unmatched safety, comfort and relaxed towing. The additional length of these hitches allows your truck tail gate to open when hitched, and the leverage of the additional length from hitch receiver to trailer axles allows the hitch to add no extra weight to your truck's load. We regret wasting money on the other hitches before finally putting on our ProPride. You'll most probably need the 1400 lb weight distribution bars to ensure full weight distribution.
To suggest that the only hitch out there preventing getting pushed around by bow waves and gusting winds is the ProPride is irresponsible.
My Blue OX cost a fraction of what the PP cost and does the job just as well. It took me less than our to install and didn't come with a 24 page installation manual like the PP.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:25 PM   #26
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MWK is spot on for your f150. You must have WD with your factory hitch for your AS weight. Also I assume you have the factory brake controller.
Unless you want to spend a lot more money on a PP get the Equalizer.
Check out "less junk more journey" on you tube. He switched to an Equalizer hitch and said it was much better than what he switched from. Not sure but could have been Blue Ox before. He says it's not perfect but much better.
Sorry but these folks who say they they tow without one are either towing very light, with an f350 or just very lucky. I wouldn't do it. I also have an f150.
I towed with an Anderson hitch ( their relatively new chain style) and in the end hated how it would stick off center and fiddling with chains was a pain. Sure I'll start a sh-t storm here. I really liked the concept just not the reality.
You might consider the Curt sway control hitch that somewhat mimicked the Equalizer, which I think is a little over priced due to its good reputation. The Curt looked good.
Go to e-trailer for a comparison. Great information site with installation/demonstration videos. Tow safe.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:44 PM   #27
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There are so many diverse opinions on which hitch to use; some very good advice, others 'stoopid' crap.
I'm staying out of it, other than to advise:

If a hitch needs the A-Frame to be drilled and self threading bolts installed; make
sure that the installer does NOT use an impact gun!
Many hitches call for a specific torque, (Reese/50 ft. lb.) dry.
I have a Reese Dual-cam that I cannot use, due to the installer using an impact gun and stripping the threads.
I could use Heli-coils to repair and re-install the Reese, but I'm leery of them, and my replacement Ezy-Lift is working fine.
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I use an Equal-i-zer. I tried other setups, nothing I used equalled (no pun intended) the Equal-i-zer. I pull a 30' Excella with a Ram 1500. I used to pull a 25' with a Ford F150. Equal-i-zer there too. You get good weight distribution and anti-sway with no extra parts required. Just my $0.02.
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