I know Im going to start a lot of stuff here and folks get emotional about their hitches but Im just going to give my initial experience with the Ox. We are planning a big trip in August which will tell more, but as alot of you know Ive had it with the equalizer, and yea I set it up right! Just got the Ox in and from the initial test drive its great. Easy to set up, no grease all over the place, no banging-popping-slaming when you make turns....... no control brackets twisting back an forth ....... no gas lines to move..... quiet as a mouse. You can crank it up as tight as you want and adjust the sway so tight that you cant move the bars if you really wanted to. There are a few things that I would enginer differently but we arent talking about a $3000 hensly either. ( Id like to have one). I have heard that Safford RV in VA quit selling them because they had trouble with welds cracking. I called the manufacturer and they said yes, if people used a light rated hitch on a heavy unit. I have also heard that they are China junk but after some research, the parent Co. makes farm equipment in Nebraska. Im not 100% on that. I suspect they started selling the Equalizer because of its simplicity and popularity, not because of its superior enginering. Im not so sure Safford has that many people in the know either. Been there done that(poor service reps). I will post more once I have more experience with it but from my initial setup and trial run it does quite well and is very quiet.
From your message it would seem you have the newer Blue Ox SwayPro design and not the earlier permanent mount weight distributing hitch without springbars.
I have this earlier version Blue Ox model BX2004 on my Bambi and it has worked very well for me. It is shown on the Blue Ox site at: Blue Ox and I've included a picture of it from that site, followed by a SwayPro picture from their site as well.
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I too am very interested. Heading for New Mexico 8/31 and feel I need something more than my Curt with friction sway control. I'm seriously considering a Dual Cam but I like the looks/simplicity of this hitch.
I am curious as to the 'issue(s)' that several of you have/ are having with your Equal-i-zer hitches.... I have one (10K) and REALLY like the way it works, ease of set-up, effectiveness, and such. Just did 2100 miles and had NO SWAY!! during the entire trip with a zillion trucks....! Then again, this is my 1st WD hitch and as such have no comparison to rate it against. So, what were your beefs? and how is the Blue Ox, or other, better?
We had the same Blue Ox BX model that Marshall has installed on a previously owned 1974 31' Sovereign (hitch weight to 1000 lbs.)
We loved the hitch & how it performed - especially since the stinger was only around 12lbs - light enough to be easy to handle - and, no bars to mount or adjust once the hitch was properly set up.
When we bought our 34' two years ago, we wanted to buy this model of Blue Ox hitch. However, the factory had discontinued making it!
At the Salem rally last year, the west coast Blue Ox rep attended, demonstrating the new Sway Pro set up. We inquired as to why the BX model was discontinued. Apparently, this model was difficult to impossible to install on most trailers - the ONLY trailers that this hitch could be installed on successfully were AIRSTREAMS! (excluding horizontal tank models) This was due to the physical location of the propane tanks, tongue size, etc.
The rep, with his installer, came over to our trailer to see the BX model installed as neither one had EVER seen the BX actually in use!
(we have the HAHA on the 34' front kitchen - it does a great job & the trailer tracks well - yes, it was worth the $$$$$ and yes, we've had the paint chip issues)
We'd love to install a BX on our new to us 22' Argosy - (been looking for a used one) - may have to go with the sway pro as the old Reese hitch currently installed on "Our Gussie" doesn't have a provision for an anti-sway bar . . . .
I have the new version (Blue Ox sway pro). It is a friction based anti sway system. It seems to be quite adjustable with two bolts that go verticaly through the head. I forgot to say in the last thread that you dont have to drill holes for mounting. I personaly think the head and A arm brackets could be built heavier but maybe thay dont need to be. Time will tell. I paid $567 with Tax.
Is this all just a 'NEW' hitch situation.... or are there real concerns with the EQ????
Since the EQ is a 'proven' system, the cost for mine was right at $600 installed, and the performance is terrific.... I cannot see ANY advantage to the Blue OX or any other hitch over what I, and MANY others have.
I have the Blue Ox Sway Pro, I replaced my old equalizer hitch. I tow a 25' FB with a 4x4 Tahoe. I was tired of the grease, clips, pins and the noise too. I have taken one trip with it on secondary and interstate roads and I am very pleased with it.
I read your post on your thread about being fed up with the Equal-i-zer and was sorry to hear that you were so dissatisfied when so many of us that have them are please with our hitch systems. I really hope that the new hitch meets your expectations and performs well for you.
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