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Old 11-27-2014, 04:25 AM   #29
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The Equalizer type designs like the Fastway, etc also do use the drag of the bars on the L lip you attach on the trailer A frame as sway control, so while they are mainly WD hitches, the friction is also a sway eliminator. I works quite well.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:39 PM   #30
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Fastway e2 round bar hitch. I would like to get something for my 16 ft Bambi however don't know enough about WD & sway control to make a good decision. Any thoughts on the Fastway e2 or others recently priced. The 16 ft pulls very nicely. Have pulled approximately 700 miles with no issue, however, I do not know how it may handle in an emergency or high wind.

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Old 12-18-2014, 12:48 AM   #31
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Gerhard, the "vote" seems to be that you don't need a sway bar-- unless you do. We personally opt for the safest solution.

Many AS owners older than you have learned how the hitch works with the sway bar. There might be good reasons not to have a sway bar, but I don't think your age is relevant.

If you buy an AS, your sales person should be prepared to spend a lot of time with you, step by step, showing you how everything works. You can practice hitching and unhitching in the parking lot while he watches. You can take notes on how to do it.

Alternatively, would you be happier with a camper van or small motor home?

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Jeanne-- not saying
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:59 AM   #32
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After 2+ years on this forum and thinking we were going to get a Airstream, we cam across the Oliver (fiberglass) web site and decided that was the better way to go. That was one of the first questions we asked was about a SC hitch. All the replies were ' we don't use one". I was still kind of skeptical, but we just pulled it from the plant in Hollenwald, TN to K.C. and it pulled straight as an arrow. Had a little bit of cross wind and many trucks passing, and it was solid. Oh, it's 23'6 and about 4500 lbs.

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I had never seen an Oliver trailer. Very nice!
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:22 PM   #33
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Have you seen a Scamp, Casita, Burro, or Escape? Very similar-
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:44 PM   #34
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We've been inside Scamps and Casitas in campgrounds. (Generally their owners are very proud of them, and will happily offer a tour, esp. if we reciprocate.) A huge advantage for small trailer fans (like us) is their light weight. A disadvantage is that compared to even the 16' Bambi/Sport, they seem much less spacious on the inside, even with their longer models. They seem narrower, with lower ceilings, and the dinette table is smaller in some editions. Some come with an inboard toilet, some don't.

Also, Escape trailers are made in BC, just east of Vancouver. This company is very small and doesn't put out too many at a time. The last I checked, they were significantly back-ordered.
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:21 PM   #35
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Yes, Casitas are very small, but the space is used very efficiently. The 17' is great for one person. Also, the owner's make brilliant space-saving modifications.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:55 PM   #36
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We drove to Tampa to purchase the 16ft Bambi. The 48" bed was too hard to handle with 2 people. The dinette is not easy to make into a bunk. This peticular new 16ft sport was in bad shape in many ways. We ended up not bying it. Len and Jeanne are correct, we should get a small Motorhome like an Interstate or Roadtrek. I just don't want to pull anything behind me or have a long rig. Thanks for all the advice,
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:10 PM   #37
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The Oliver is like those others in appearance only. It is a finely engineered trailer down to the smallest detail. Had they had a 25' model, I wouldn't have an AS now.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:43 PM   #38
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I have a neighbor with a Casitas. He gutted it and has turned the inside into a Gypsies Wagon. Says it takes him back to his family roots.
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I have owned a Casita and a Bigfoot. The only problem with both of them was space. I'm a Maximalist. If I could get a 27-30 foot fiberglass trailer with a interior like my Airstream, I'd say that was my final trailer.

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Yeah, the Bigfoot only goes to 26'.
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Yeah, the Bigfoot only goes to 26'.
Well they call it a 25, however what's a foot between friends.

Ours was a 21' and had they made a 25 when we sold our 21, that might be what we had now. (that sounds like poor grammar, but I'm not smart enough to know for sure.)

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