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Old 02-15-2010, 08:17 AM   #43
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Shane,
We, like many of the others on this Forum, are full-timers. We have over 35,000 miles in past three years on our Equal-I-Zer hitch.

Yes, our trailer is short and not heavy -- a 6,500 pound 2005 International 25. Our truck is long enough and heavy, an 8,000 pound 2500HD extended cab.

We bought the Equal-i-zer hitch after we bought the trailer and installed it ourselves. It has been just what we wanted. We have towed a friend's 31' Airstream with dual-cam Reese 2,500 miles (cross-country) and sway control was, in that setup, totally poor.

MORE IMPORTANT than the sway control equipment is the weight balance (read: sufficient tongue weight) on your hitch. Turns out our friend had moved a lot of his gear to the rear of his trailer for our convenience, before we pulled it across for him. Whoops.

I count myself as lucky as I watch some of these more complicated hitching up setups, especially on a sidehill slope at some rallies. With all due respect, after they struggle over 45 minutes I have to laugh a little and think, "gee, I sure wish my hitch took more than 3 minutes to hook up every time I'm ready to go." Yeah, it is a bit easier since our trailers aren't as long or heavy. We sort of lucked out on that.

Anyway, money aside I love the Equal-i-zer and don't see switching anytime. There are so many really great wd hitches and it isn't so important which one as how you load, how you drive (we drive 55), and how you pay attention to both.

In combination with the Quick-Bite Coupler we have a secure and safe setup that is really simple to hitch under all conditions, is easy to monitor and to adjust. We don't need anything else.

Good luck!

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:59 AM   #44
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The L brackets on the Equalizer give some people a fit. The company now advises tightening the bolts to 50 lbs. Since I did that, they have stayed in place, but the assembly on the side with the propane line is best attached with the gas line moved out of the way, but I haven't done that. You'll need a torque wrench anyway. The large bolts on the hitch head require a deep socket to tighten and a pretty large torque wrench.

It is relatively easy to hitch up and remove once you get the process down.

Pill, if you had asked what kind of truck to buy, the opinions would have even been more heated. Then there's tires. There's no one answer to the hitch question.

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:28 AM   #45
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Shane,

Ok..... I have resisted the temptation to openly advocate any specific set-up, but after reading the last few posts I must re-consider.

What others have stated is absolutely true.

I have used several brands of hitches over the last 22yrs, and would never consider going back to any of them after using the Hensley Arrow. It's just a safety/piece of mind thing for me.
The only way to appreciate the improvement that this style hitch has to offer is to actually use one, especially after using other brands for years.

There is another option for a parallel link hitch available now that wasn't around when I got the Hensley.
I have not used the ProPride, but knowing the history and commitment of it's developer I don't doubt that it does everything Sean says it will.

There are some things you will have to do differently, hitching up is the one that is mentioned a lot. Yes, it did take some getting used to.

First couple times at least 1/2hr practicing in a vacant parking lot.
(why embarrass yourself at the campground?)

Progressed to less than 15min with DW's help, now less than 10min by myself. Once your used to it...not much different at all.

I have no plans of ever swapping out the Hensley...the investment was well worth the effort.

Done now...

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:34 PM   #46
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Shane, when I bought my 25' Safari, it came with an E-Z-Lift and a friction sway control device and I was pretty happy with it. Not unhappy at all. I towed it to Alaska and back and several other trips in between.

When I bought my 31' it came with a Reese dual-cam and it was like night-and-day as far as sway was concerned. It was much more robust and effective. You really can feel the difference. I towed it across the country twice and remained mostly in love.

However, in large part due to posts here on the Forum, I saved a few nickels and dimes (ok, a whole lot of them actually) and bought a reconditioned Hensley from the factory. Saved a few bucks, anyway. I will never go back to another. I can't think of a good metaphor (having already used "night and day"). Oh! Like the difference between an Airstream and any other! That's it.

I'd be glad to pass along my Reese, but you're a little too far away

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Old 02-15-2010, 04:25 PM   #47
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It's 4:30 cst on Monday 2/15/2010; so which one did you buy???

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It's 4:30 cst on Monday 2/15/2010; so which one did you buy???

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I bought the Reese 800lb dual cam with trunion sway control.


|| REESE PRODUCTS ||


Part Number: 66083 (Now Available)

Description: Strait-Line™ 800 lbs. Trunnion Bar w/Shank (includes #66541, #54970 & #26002)

Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Weight: 93.3 lbs.

Size: 33" L x 7.38" W x 9.25" H




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Old 02-15-2010, 06:41 PM   #49
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Should work well for you Shane....congrats

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Good for you Shane. Happy towing.

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:15 AM   #51
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I bought the Reese 800lb dual cam with trunion sway control.


|| REESE PRODUCTS ||


Part Number: 66083 (Now Available)

Description: Strait-Line™ 800 lbs. Trunnion Bar w/Shank (includes #66541, #54970 & #26002)

Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Weight: 93.3 lbs.

Size: 33" L x 7.38" W x 9.25" H




Let the beatings begin.

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:09 PM   #52
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Here is a pic of the Reese installed. They Drilled into my BABY!!!!!



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Shane,

You MUST get that trailer level!!! Looks nose high in the photo.

Run the umbilical cord thru your U shaped tongue lock pin, will keep it out of the way, connect your breakaway switch cable to the body of the TV not the receiver.

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Driveway is way slanted. Ill take more pics later. Thanks for the help.

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Hi, im a newbie trying to learn all i can also. In your pic Pill, your ball seems to be angled too far back and the bars look too close to the road and will send showers of sparks on the sides of your trailer when you go through a dip on the highway. So it seems to me, what you think guy's?
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Shane.

The ball mount is poorly adjusted.

The bars should be parallel to the A-frame.

You need to change the tilt on the ball mount.

Also, the 600 pound bars would have more bend to them, giving you better sway control than what you now have.

See if you can swap the bars out with wherever you bought the hitch.

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