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Old 02-22-2010, 11:49 AM   #127
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:57 AM   #128
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Will someone please think of the poor horse...
The horse is dead he doesn't care. It's us poor riders, I'm concerned about.

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Old 03-03-2010, 07:13 AM   #129
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Sway Control, Another Question

I've been told that I need a sway control device for my 23ft Airstream --pulled by 2500HD GMC diesel. Problem is, I'm not sure what to get. Looked at the Equal-i-zer, but that will run me over $750. Same with the Husky device. Is there anything out there that will provide good control but is not as costly?

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Old 03-03-2010, 07:19 AM   #130
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I've been told that I need a sway control device for my 23ft Airstream --pulled by 2500HD GMC diesel. Problem is, I'm not sure what to get. Looked at the Equal-i-zer, but that will run me over $750. Same with the Husky device. Is there anything out there that will provide good control but is not as costly?

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"Sway control" is very different than "load equalizing".

The price you quoted is for load equalizing hitches. That does not necessarily include sway control.

Safety, should never be compromized because of costs.

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Old 03-03-2010, 08:10 AM   #131
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$750 as opposed to the cost of the Airstream...a worthwhile investment in safety.

Be aware of THIS hitch concern.

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Old 03-04-2010, 06:05 AM   #132
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Andy,

In this case I believe you are incorrect. The Equal-i-zer is both sway control and weight distribution.
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:56 AM   #133
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In this case I believe you are incorrect. The Equal-i-zer is both sway control and weight distribution.
Sorry, but in my opinion, and experience, the equalizer hitches "sway control" is an advertising gimmick.

Any manufacturer can say anything they wish. Performance to bear out their claims, proved false, 40 years ago, and nothing has changed with them to this day.

But, according to Equalizer, their hitch provides sway control. Yep, is sure does, about enough for a tricycle.

Next, their torsion bars are like railroad tracks, in that they really don't flex enough when hitting bumps.

On the other hand, the Equalizer hitch, does contribute to a service departments business, by simply causing shell damages, that other brand hitches don't.

Forty plus years of Airstream repairs, some would say, provides a pretty good experience factor, with many things associated with Airstreaming.

Opinions are opinions, some are good and some are not, but facts are facts, some are liked some are not.

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Old 03-04-2010, 01:32 PM   #134
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.....and in your opinion, what would be the best brand?
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.....and in your opinion, what would be the best brand?
We prefer to recommend Reese.

Which model, depends on what exact trailer and tow vehicle, you have or will have.

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re: "Sorry, but in my opinion, and experience, the equalizer hitches "sway control" is an advertising gimmick."

My experience differs.

The Lindon Equal-i-zer sway damping is about on a par with the Reese dual cam as can be seen from a survey of discussions on multiple RV towing discussion forums. Both of these are a step up from the usual friction brake damping. A step up from these two would be to go a HAHA or equivalent that modifies the hitch geometry.

Note that modification of geometry can be done by methods other than using a heavy and complex hitching mechanism.

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Which model, depends on what exact trailer and tow vehicle, you have or will have.
this is the nature of the argument, which often seems to avoid these factors for a 'magic bullet' 'one fix solves all problems' approach.
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Andy,

What Reese would you recommend for a 28 Safari with slideout (about 9300 gross) behind a one ton Dodge pickup? Thanks.
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What Reese would you recommend for a 28 Safari with slideout (about 9300 gross) behind a one ton Dodge pickup? Thanks.
I would suggest a Reese 750 or 800 pound dual cam, load equalizing hitch.

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I won't get into the debate of one brand over another, but yesterday we got a phone call and email from an owner of a brand-new '010 Flying Cloud. He wanted an estimate to repair his trailer after an accident. Turns out, the trailer had experienced a rollover accident, and is pretty much mangled beyond economical repair. One of the photos sent was of the front of the trailer, which, in addition to the extreme damage shown, also happened to show the A-frame. Guess what was not on the A-frame, nor was there any marks on the A-frame to indicate it had ever had any? I don't know what the person was using for a tow vehicle, whether it was a duallie or a Yugo, but the end result was pretty final for the trailer.
A $60,000+ trailer, just dropped on the ball, and towed.
Anybody want to buy an '010 Flying Cloud, cheap? Sway control not included, nor was it ever installed.
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