Originally Posted by philian
I'm curious to know what most Airstream users prefer to to use for towing.
I have an E2 Equalizer with round bars between the Airstream hitch and the vehicle. I know it's supposed to spread the weight distribution.
My Airstream dealer recommends them.
It sure seems like an extra layer of complication though and I have seen some articles online that question it's value.
My Airstream is 25 ft long.
What do the experienced Airstreamers favor?
Welcome. And you've asked an impossible question :-)
There are (too) many threads in the forum addressing this type of question. It's a little like asking - what's the best ice cream? I go back and forth with pistachio and frozen pudding. Some actually prefer vanilla. We're all happy with our choice (usually).
There are lots of choices based on your objectives. You mentioned the EQ seems to have an extra layer of complication. For ease of setup, maybe Andersen is right or you. I don't recall seeing what your tow vehicle is, but if it only requires 50% of the front axle weight to be restored, the Andersen could be for you.
The ProPride mentioned earlier is more complicated and more expensive (about $2K to Andersen's $500). Once set up and practiced, hitching is easy. This hitch and it's predecessor the Hensley Arrow are unique in that they project the pivot point forward and literally prevent away from happening (other hitches react to it).
That's just 2 of many examples.
What's of interest to you in terms of:
Sway prevention vs sway reaction
Ease of installation
Ease of hookup
That can help in which one is best for you. :-)