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Old 07-15-2017, 04:57 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the advice that I could comprehend. Now my head is spinning. I think l'll just use the E2 and see for myself like some here have suggested. Later, if I have concerns, I'll up grade. My first trip is 200 miles home on 4 lane highways and no hills. Speed limit is 70 and 60. I'll keep it under that by a least 5 mph. I'll see how it feels when the big rigs pass. My wife wants to go out west eventually, but by then I'll have figured it all out.
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:18 AM   #16
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Many members here have owned their Airstreams for a long time and don't like to admit there is something new and better coming down the road. For example,
your new Z71 has built-in electronic sway control (ESC)...just check your owner's manual. This system automatically and instantaneously activates individual TV brakes for just microseconds...so fast you aren't even aware of it...to stifle sway before it ever becomes noticeable. Vehicle mfgs have spent big bucks to develop ESC and recommend it if you tow a trailer. NO add-on mechanical anti-sway bars, or WDH's for that matter, can match this level of control because they can't activate wheel brakes. In addition, the newest ESC's on the market can attach to the trailer itself and provide individual brake activation to those wheels too. See the YouTube demo by Mr. Truck on a product from Tuson, for example of this type of ESC.
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Old 07-16-2017, 03:08 AM   #17
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What price progress? Only the richest of us can afford new trucks and thousand dollar hitches. We use what we've always used and what works well for us.
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:41 AM   #18
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In addition, the newest ESC's on the market can attach to the trailer itself and provide individual brake activation to those wheels too.
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Just to clarify -- you are not suggesting that the OP's AS 23FB is wired to apply individual brakes from the signals of an attached ESC, are you? In the case of a four-wheeled travel trailer, do these new ESC units apply, for instance, both right (or left) brakes at the same time, or is each wheel controlled separately? Not sure about the physics/logic here.

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Old 07-16-2017, 05:47 AM   #19
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I think l'll just use the E2 and see for myself like some here have suggested. Later, if I have concerns, I'll up grade. . . .
Sounds like a great plan! Have fun . . .

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Old 07-17-2017, 01:23 AM   #20
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No Peter, that is not what I am suggesting. What is the big mystery here? If you want individual left/right trailer braking, you need to wire each side separately to the ESC module. Otherwise you will get simultaneous left/right trailer braking...still a far superior means of achieving sway control than mechanical systems. Any moderately competent DIYer can do the re-wiring. The directions come in American English.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:25 AM   #21
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A VPP hitch is still king. No sway. Electronic anti-sway is dessert topping afterwards.
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:41 PM   #22
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A VPP hitch???
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:52 AM   #23
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Vpp....very pricey part. Propride or Hensley.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:04 AM   #24
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What is an E2 weight distributor?

Typically referred to as a Pivot Point Projection (PPP) hitch system.

But yeah, I can identify with the Very Pricy Part version as well. That was a heck of a hit when I bought the ProPride system, but the total lack of sway made it well worth the cost.
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I'm curious where folks go to have an 'expert' look at their hitch set up? Cause the dealers ain't experts and every trailer service place I've ever been seems like they ain't ever seen a trailer before.

Are there actually folks who could be trusted to take a look at this kinda stuff? I just do it all myself but i wouldn't mind an extra set of eyes sometimes. I've just found most folks can't be trusted to tighten a bolt, let alone set up a hitch.
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