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Old 03-10-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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equalizer hitch - any negatives?

for 22' is this an adequate hitch. any negatives? equal-i-zer brand that is!!!!
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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You may want amend your question because there is nothing to reference to in your question.

Maybe a picture.
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for 22' is this an adequate hitch. any negatives? equal-i-zer brand that is!!!!
The equalizier hitch torsion arms, provide a rough ride for the trailer, and, in spite of their claims, their torsion bars do not offer any realistic type of sway control.

To that, if you have aheavy duty tow vrhivle, you must use the lightest rating hitch that you can, so that you don't beat the trailer to death.

A superior and excellent performing hitch is a Reese dual cam.

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Old 03-10-2009, 01:44 PM   #4
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I have an Equal-i-zer... I don't think the hitch provides a particularly rough ride for the trailer as the WD bars do the same thing that other WD hitches do.

Their "4-Way Sway Control" advertising is a bunch of crap. The tension on the bars provides friction both where they pivot and where they contact the brackets on the trailer's A-frame. How much friction? Enough friction? I don't know. I have not had sway problems with mine.

If I was to do it over again I would probably try the Reese dual cam setup.
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If I were going to buy a hitch today, I'd go for the Reese ROUND BAR hitch with the dual cam sway control. The round bar hitches ride smoother than the square "trunion" bars.
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:22 PM   #6
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I have a 22' trailer and I pull it with a 1 ton pickup. At first I used an equlizer hitch. When I stopped using it screws and rivits stopped falling out every time I pulled the trailer. Im looking for something better now. At least consider other options for your 22'
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I have a 25' Safari and use an equalizer hitch -- I find the hitch to be an excellent product, with good sway control and it provides excellent control when towing and precision backing.

We have other types of hitches, and really like the Equalizer. The recommendation from Inland RV regarding the Reese dual cam is a solid recommendation. This would be a top choice and if we ever change / upgrade our hitch.

But.... no problems with the Equalizer so fat (3 years running)

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I have a 22' trailer and I pull it with a 1 ton pickup. At first I used an equlizer hitch. When I stopped using it screws and rivits stopped falling out every time I pulled the trailer. Im looking for something better now. At least consider other options for your 22'
A Reese dual cam 600 pound rating would be perfect for your rigging, especially since you have a super heavy duty tow vehicle.

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I don't know if it's adequate for a 22 footer, but it's sure pulled my 34 footer with ease and comfort for the past several years!

I've towed about 6000 miles with my Eq so far and no problems whatsoever. I have a thread on here on the setup that explains it pretty well. For the money, I think it's a good hitch.

But, if you really want a good one, get a Hensley Arrow. Nothing else comes close. If I had the money, that's the one I'd get. Look it up. Other than the price, you'll find few complaints.

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A Reese dual cam 600 pound rating would be perfect for your rigging, especially since you have a super heavy duty tow vehicle.

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Why would a super heavy truck need Weight distribution for a 22' trailer? Would that not make it ride even harder? Or does it help reduce the harsh ride of the truck?

Maybe for the sway control?

I still do not have one and am thinking about getting one to help take some weight off of the hitch. My vintage 22' is borderline on hitch weight and have been told rear end of truck could become too light and effect handling. In a bad way.
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It's for the Sway

I think I read this on Andy's company website, or maybe one of his earlier postings from a couple years back. But....

You would not need any weight distribution to pull a little trailer like that with a big dualie truck. However, you must have some amount of spring tension for the anti sway to work right.

The deal is, you must flex the load bars a certain amount for them to be effective in anti sway. So let's say the magic number is 1". If you have a Dodge Aries, you might need 1000 lb bars because you need to lift the back of the car out of the weeds as well as flex the bars 1". But, if you have an F-350 dualie, you don't need to raise the back of the truck at all. And it's so stiff that 3000lb bars wouldn't move it much. So you don't need to move the truck any, but you need to bend the bars an inch, so the heavier the tow vehicle, the LIGHTER the bars. Hence, the 600 pounders.

It's all about the bar deflection. When you size your bars, you go off two things (A) How stiff is my tow vehicle's suspension and (B) what rating bar will work with my tow vehicle's suspension while giving me the proper amount of deflection in the bars to make the anti sway work.

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Why would a super heavy truck need Weight distribution for a 22' trailer? Would that not make it ride even harder? Or does it help reduce the harsh ride of the truck?

Maybe for the sway control?

I still do not have one and am thinking about getting one to help take some weight off of the hitch. My vintage 22' is borderline on hitch weight and have been told rear end of truck could become too light and effect handling. In a bad way.
Thanks.

To tow safely, keyword safely, in my opinion every Airstream should be towed with a "load equalizing hitch" that also has a effective sway control.

Safety is the "issue."

Lose control of your vehicle that was not properly rigged, and hurt someone.

Then pray you have tons of liability insurance, to pay for your mistake in judgement about safe towing.

Safe towing is not a matter of opinion, but it is a matter of physics, that like it or not, you cannot change to suit a persons opinion.

Hundreds of loss of control accident investigations that I have been involved with say "it cannot safely be done." Just my opinion.

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Old 03-10-2009, 10:27 PM   #13
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I switched to an Equa-l-izer hitch last year, and couldn't be happier!

I'm a 'KISS' kinda guy, whenever possible, and the 'Keep It Simple Stupid' philosophy fits right in, here.

The EQ design is well thought out, and effective for us...PLUS it's about the easiest hitch to hook up that you'll find!

I've installed a QuickBite coupler on our AS, and with the EQ hitch, I can hook up and go within 2 minutes!
1. stuff the EQ into the receiver and pin.
2. back into the QB coupler - it snaps shut automatically and pin.
3. raise the trailer jack - set the EQ arms onto their brackets and pin.
4. lower the jack, hook up safety chains, electrical cord, and the safety brake away cable.
5. do one last 'walk-around' and drive away!...oops!, return to camp and pick up wife...

The EQ's anti-sway properties work for us, at least so far! We used a side attached sway device previously, and I hated that thing! Greasy ends that attracted dirt, etc, etc.

I can imagine the other WD hitches with their cams, levers, struts, pivots, etc., do a fine job...but for us, why add all the add'l weight, and added cost, when the KISS design of the Equa-l-izer works so well!
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Hi, ironically we have three venders who claim their three hitches are the best and only safe hitches on the market; BULL. When ever I go camping I'm absolutely amazed that the hundreds of trailers dragged into the campgrounds from everywhere imaginable using every brand of hitch known to man [and woman] and they all made it there, and I'm sure they all made it back home. Not everyone has a Ha-Ha, a P-P, and a R.D.C.

I have and use an Equal-i-zer hitch that came with my trailer when I bought it new Sept. 7, 2004 and it works qiuite well. My tow vehicle and trailer are a good match and with my hitch it all becomes a team that works well together. Proper set-up and driver abilities are still the most important ingredients for a safe trip.
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