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Old 04-14-2014, 10:32 PM   #15
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Towing with a Ford Expedition like you but a 27FB. Using the Equal-i-zer. The hitch is strong weight distribution hitch which this Ford benefits from.

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Old 04-14-2014, 10:35 PM   #16
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Hi, towing with a 2000 Lincoln Navigator [Expedition in a tuxedo] a 2005 Safari 25-B; Using an Equal-I-zer 10,000 / 1,000 hitch that was free with trailer purchase.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:48 PM   #17
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That's a good tow vehicle/trailer combination for stability. You need a weight distribution hitch (preferably with tapered bars for flexibility) and an adjustable sway control bar, or a combination of the two. An Eaz-lift w/1000# bars and Camco sway control bar, about $275 is an effective, economical choice.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:54 AM   #18
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I bought a hitch off of craig's list but ended up using what came with the trailer. I use a friction sway bar and it works fine when tight. Don't loosen the sway bar in the rain like they say. I almost died doing that. It does the job. You need to measure your tongue weight so you don't over do the weight distribution. Too stiff is not good. The old school equalizer type hitches work fine and you can get them used for $200-$300 with the sway bar. Make sure the trailer brakes are in good working order. If you even do get into a sway situation you can apply the trailer brakes on the controller manually to pull the trailer straight. This maneuver saved by butt. The Propride and Hensely hitches are fool proof but they add some weight and at $2000-$3000 a pop they are a significant investment. If you are one of those folks that can spend $70-80k on a trailer and $50k on a truck then $3000 for a hitch is nothing. If you make less than 6 figures and you have a family then the hitch price is a big deal. I have less than $20k in my trailer and tow vehicle.

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I tow a 87 25' Sovereign with a 2005 F250 with a heavy haul package. The hitch is ( bite my lip and hold my breath ) an Andersen, it has done a wonderful job of sway control and weight distribution. That said I do not think that the Andersen would be a good choice for you with an Expedition.
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I have an expensive trailer, and I make $45,000 per year- I just make payments on the trailer-
Truck will be paid for in 8 days-
I can't afford a ProPride, yet, but maybe someday...
From now until then my "original" Equal-i-zer 4-point sway control hitch is doing fine.
The Eaz-Lift did a good job, but the Equal-i-zer is easier to hitch up.
I have seen other setups I did not like for one reason or another. The Curt and Blue Ox systems don't seem to be as high quality. I can say the Eaz-Lift is a little better.
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To me the cost of our ProPride/Hensley design is justified by towing ease for the driver in crosswinds, gusts, or the bow wave of passing semi's, more so when you have all three. The trailer stays in a straight line behind the tow vehicle, the wind cannot move the trailer out of alignment with the truck. There is no angle between truck and trailer, only the truck can initiate a change of direction.

The driving difference is remarkable compared to the reliable but rigid Equal-I-Zer and troublesome Andersen hitches we used.
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I suggest Etrailer.com they have what you need and the price is right. Call them for suggestions.
A good set of WD bars and an adjustable hitch will do it for you.
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To me the cost of our ProPride/Hensley design is justified by towing ease for the driver in crosswinds, gusts, or the bow wave of passing semi's, more so when you have all three. The trailer stays in a straight line behind the tow vehicle, the wind cannot move the trailer out of alignment with the truck. There is no angle between truck and trailer, only the truck can initiate a change of direction.

The driving difference is remarkable compared to the reliable but rigid Equal-I-Zer and troublesome Andersen hitches we used.
I totally agree with you. I just don't have $2,400 right now, but when I do...
Equal-i-zer is a pretty good second best as far as ease of use.
Equal-i-zer is good enough that I got rid of my Eaz-Lift...
An Airstream shelter is higher on the list of priorities- and a new a/c unit for the house, and more driveway- we don't have enough room to park everything in our 1960's subdivision built when apparently everyone had only one automobile-
One thing at a time as money happens...
We did get step 1 done- tree trimming and removal.
Step 2 changes according to the day- different day different mood- or the weather- on rainy days driveway is more important, on hot days a/c is more important, during bird migrating time Airstream shelter is more important...
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One advantage I can see of Eaze-Lift type hitches with separate adjustable friction sway bars is you can loose the friction if on slippery roads (to ensure the trailer returns easily to center for better control) without losing any weight distribution.

With built-in sway control hitches the friction is gained by the weight distribution bars being tightened, so loosening the friction removes weight distribution. With the Propride/Hensley design there is no friction sway control involved so it makes no difference.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:25 PM   #25
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I suggest Etrailer.com they have what you need and the price is right. Call them for suggestions.

A good set of WD bars and an adjustable hitch will do it for you.

Thanks for the tip on actual place to buy them.
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I bought a hitch off of craig's list but ended up using what came with the trailer. I use a friction sway bar and it works fine when tight. Don't loosen the sway bar in the rain like they say. I almost died doing that. It does the job. You need to measure your tongue weight so you don't over do the weight distribution. Too stiff is not good. The old school equalizer type hitches work fine and you can get them used for $200-$300 with the sway bar. Make sure the trailer brakes are in good working order. If you even do get into a sway situation you can apply the trailer brakes on the controller manually to pull the trailer straight. This maneuver saved by butt. The Propride and Hensely hitches are fool proof but they add some weight and at $2000-$3000 a pop they are a significant investment. If you are one of those folks that can spend $70-80k on a trailer and $50k on a truck then $3000 for a hitch is nothing. If you make less than 6 figures and you have a family then the hitch price is a big deal. I have less than $20k in my trailer and tow vehicle.

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We installed the brakes you are talking about where it is controlled manually in the truck.
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I suggest Etrailer.com they have what you need and the price is right. Call them for suggestions.

A good set of WD bars and an adjustable hitch will do it for you.

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He is talking about the electric brake controller in the truck. It has a slide switch that applies the trailer brakes. You squeeze the control to apply trailer brakes without putting your foot on the brake pedal. It is to test the trailer brakes before starting a trip or to apply trailer brakes in an emergency.
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