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Old 06-22-2018, 06:14 AM   #15
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We towed our 2015 22 FB with our 2014 Honda Ridgeline for a year w/o any WD or AS hitch. Then I purchased the Andersen and it made a difference. Got the tongue weight evenly distributed and eliminated the tiny sway we occasionally experienced prior.
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:24 AM   #16
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The Equal-I-Zer hitch is a breeze to use, functions flawlessly on the road especially in high winds, and if set up correctly, will give a lifetime of good use. Mine is on a 22FB.

Pat I agree that the Anderson hitch would be last on my list due to the ownerís defacement of the National monument at Arches. I donít understand why you fault The Equal-I-Zer hitch for bending something as ridgid as an AS frame. This makes no sense. Our dealer sells all the major brands and chooses The Equal-I-Zer hitch for most AS.

I believe if it were capable of bending the A-frame of an AS I would find fault with AS and certainly the dealer for recommending and installing it. That said, The Equal-I-Zer hitch is a breeze to hook up and was a great choice for our weight RV and TV combo.
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Old 06-22-2018, 08:45 AM   #17
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If you end up with a F150, using a WD hitch makes no sense. Check out the yellow sticker on your Bambi. If you fill the water and propane tanks, you barely have 400lbs of carrying capacity before you anything. May sound like plenty, but think about your trailer gear (power cord, chocks, hoses, etc.), your cooking stuff, your bedding and clothes, your food and beverages, and all your other stuff. All loaded up the Bambi's axle is pretty much maxed out. Meanwhile, any F150 is well below all it's capacities (payload, towing, axle, and the rest) and the front axle is firmly planted (no steering issues). It just does not make sense to transfer any weight from the truck to the trailer. Adding friction sway control can't hurt, but save your money and your Sport by forgoing the WD hitch.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:05 AM   #18
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@ Peanut This is an interesting take. I hadn't thought of it that way.
Are there just sway control hitches that don't redistribute the weight? Any recommendations for this kind of hitch?
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:50 AM   #19
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I'm pretty sure we are going to go with an Equalizer brand wd sway hitch. For the Sport the 600 tw / 6000 lbs version looks perfect. However there a few of the higher capacity hitches on the local used market. Some half the cost of the new 600 hitch. Would there be any issues with using a higher rated hitch on our 3500lb trailer? Any performance issues? Are there any concerns with using a used hitch?
I got my Equalizer hitch used, and at a steal! The owner had bartered some work for it and had no use for one. He put it on Craig's List, and I was on my way!
But it was just the size I needed. Of course, the naysayers here were sure it would fail the first trip, but it's great!
I wouldn't recommend using a hitch with stiffer bars because that might make the ride more jarring.
The other potential problem with a used hitch is the dealer won't want to install it. He wants to sell you a hitch marked up $$$.
Learning how to adjust your own hitch is a good thing although it forces you to add tools to your collection. (Hello, Harbor Freight!)

I had adjusted the head on my TV, and the dealer compromised by charging me one hour labor and he bolted the "L" brackets on the frame. I thought that was fair.

Since you have a smaller trailer, check out the Fastway E-2. It's the baby brother to the Equalizer, operating on the same principle, but with smaller parts and less cost.
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Old 06-22-2018, 08:16 PM   #20
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Thanks Everyone! Talked with our AS dealer and he advised me to purchase the recommended 6000lb or even the new 4000lb equalizer wd hitch. Basically stating the same concerns others here have mentioned. Now thanks to Pteck I need to research Anderson hitches. Anyone else reccomend them for the smaller AS? All of this research is a bit daunting but totally fun at the same time. Thanks again for the help!
I've used the Anderson with a 22' Airstream on my prior rig. Pleasure to use. Light, easy, and effective. Looks great too with a mostly aluminum build and no exposed greased parts to dirty your pants on. For your particular setup, it would be my first choice.

With my 27FB and heavier weights, I know my setup needs more WD for stability. Something the Anderson is not great at. Yet I still want ease of use and excellent stability. Hence my use of the Equalizer. For this size trailer and setup, it's the ticket. Without more inconvenience and complexity of things like centering cams, finicky tensioners, or pivot projecting hitches, which I don't particularly need as my tow vehicle is burly and heavy.

It might be just me, but I don't get into company politics and such. It's about what's best for me and the value proposition of the product for me. Otherwise, I'd swear off too many great things, including a bunch of technology products.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:48 AM   #21
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It might be just me, but I don't get into company politics and such. It's about what's best for me and the value proposition of the product for me. Otherwise, I'd swear off too many great things, including a bunch of technology products.
i donít think buying or not buying a product based on company policy, beliefs, or other criteria is necessarily politics. It is spending my money in support of a quality item - and refraining from doing so when I find the management in opposition to my personal criteria. The company must make an unquestionable product and in doing so must not publicly denigrate my personal beliefs.

In this case, Anderson chose to deface a national monument and I choose not to support the company products. In fairness, he did apologize to America when his selfie went viral and he was caught. Other companies make great products (like coffee) and donít make the front page of the news with news-grabbing quotes by management. Coffee is coffee and it easily purchased elsewhere.

And if you agree with a companyís (known) policies then I support their products. Bottom line. I like and trust the Equal-I-Zer product and found it had supported Airstream a long time.
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It seems like any hitch that controls sway also distributes weight, am I wrong?
Is there a hitch that just controls sway?
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... check out the Fastway E-2. It's the baby brother to the Equalizer, operating on the same principle, but with smaller parts and less cost.
I have a 2017 FC19 and a 2017 Sierra 1500, which isnít much different from your setup. The 19 has a GVWR of 4,500lbs and a dry/no options hitch weight of 550lbs.

Upon delivery the dealer installed a Pro Series WD hitch. That was OK but in cross winds on the highway I could feel some sway. This year the I replaced that hitch with the E-2, which has two point sway control and WD. This new set up is a huge improvement. Feels much more secure and stable. The WD also seems to work better IMO.
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Does anybody have any experience with this?

Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...ies/83660.html

It has over 250 positive reviews, looks like this may be a good solution?
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In my original comment I suggested you should be more interested in sway control than WD based on your smaller trailer. I did not mention the Andersen because of the political controversy currently surrounding the owner of the company.

Now that you are aware of the hitch I will address it from it's mechanical considerations. I was one of the first to install an Andersen, some 6 years ago. I discovered it at the Quartzite RV show. I have to admit my first impression was that thing can't work but after sleeping on it I went back the next day and told them to ship one. If you look at other Andersen products you will see they do not just follow the heard on design considerations but rather present new approaches to old problems.

The hesitation I had was understand how the WD aspects of how the hitch worked. Once I understood that I have never regretted the choice. Ease of connection, superior sway control, and elimination of porpoising is what you want.

I started what turned out to be a very extensive thread on the Andersen here on the forum. If you want some deep reading I would start there.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html

You will see many comments regarding the use of the Andersen on an Aistream with respect to the A frame coupler. Yes there is a problem of the shark fin ware on the cheap couplers Airstream uses. However I can not see that being an issue with the smaller trailer.
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Yes, that is what I suggested in post #7. I used to tow my 19' Bambi on the ball with a Reese anti sway bar and never experienced any problems. You just need to be sure your trailer is level when connected to the truck when loaded. This may require a drop hitch for your truck. The hitch also requires a small offset ball for the sway bar. You have to remember not to make excessive tight turns, especially when backing up and best to remove the sway bar when backing. It has limitations on tight turns.


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Does anybody have any experience with this?

Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...ies/83660.html

It has over 250 positive reviews, looks like this may be a good solution?
You would be amiss to choose a sway control only solution. The function of weight distribution is itself to increase stability against sway. It's missing the point to address sway with only literal sway control. As an engineer, I take advantage of every opportunity if resources allow. Or like doing a job with only 1 hand, no one said you can't use both.

The outcome you want is great stability, regardless of the solution. For that, I would encourage you to choose a hitch that provides both for your advantage. At heavier loads in your trailer and truck, you'll be happy you have the ability to apply WD to keep the truck attitude more level and stable.
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Belt and suspenders work....but overkill.
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