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Old 07-23-2008, 07:07 PM   #1
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Problem with Equal-I-Zer Hitch ???

Had Subject hitch on my Airstream 34' and got caught by extra strong gust of X wind on 6% downhill grade at 45 - 50 mph. Result jack knife and damage both to the 250 and Airstream. Not sure if any hitch would have made difference, but one person talked with said results would have been different with better hitch. Any cons about the Equalizer? We think that since hitch was damaged we might be better served with a different and/or upgraded model, such as the Hensley. Suggestions or help appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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Arizona Guys,
Sorry to hear of your misfortune. I have been using my Equal-I-Zer hitch on my 30' '06 and 34' '97 and have been in some stiff X-winds with no problem. Though I have never encountered one as strong as you did.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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AZ Guys,

It's hard to say what component, or combination of components and environment directly or indirectly led to your experience.

I can only say that I used to tow my 19' and 28' with an Equalizer, and for the most part, I had no issue.

The times I DID have an issue was on down hill grades, usually after cresting a large mountain pass and then immediately getting hit by large wind gusts as I began the decent. I had a few white knuckle moments with during these circumstances...

I switched to a Hensley, followed the same route with same truck and wind conditions and never felt a thing. Was able to steer and drive "with a finger" on the wheel...

Not a scientific comparison, but just my experience.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:48 PM   #4
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...we might be better served with a different and/or upgraded model...
hi guys , welcome to the forums.

of often threads about 'which hitch' turn viral...

perhaps the summer heat will keep the dogs sleeping.

there are many threads here with hitch/towing testimonials,

these often seem to spark the fires and flames of non owners.

so i try to focus on the users experience, good bad or otherwise,

and like 'bandit, i've been satisfied with the haha for relaxed, confident, stable and predictable towing...

used in almost all conditions and over 60k miles of connection.

but there is a new version (from on old employee and the inventor) that merits a looksee...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ach-37994.html

for the most replies and opinions on any hitch brand go to the hitch forums...

then click the 'replies' or 'views' button on the far right...

ALL of the hitch threads will then appear ranked by the most of either...

lots to read.

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Old 07-23-2008, 08:55 PM   #5
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We just towed 6200 miles across the country in all types of weather, road conditions and grades with the Equalizer and we loved it!! No problems at all, not even a wobble.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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of often threads about 'which hitch' turn viral...
indeed, the definitions of get a bit 'played with' ...

One definition is that of an incident illustrated here. Downslope and a major disturbance. That often gets conflated with flat and level response to minor irritations.

But we don't know what happened betweem the gust of wind and the jacknife.

The odds are in favor of it not being the hitch that was the problem but rather your response. A HAHA or Pullrite or PP may have reduced the stimulus but that is more a matter of degree rather than kind, I think.
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Hey neighbors...
Sorry to hear about the damage to your rig. Just curious about where it happened. There are a few downhills between here and Flagstaff that always get my attention. It seems that it has been windy every time I'm towing lately.

If I could make a suggestion, have Oasis RV in Tucson do the repair work. It's worth the drive to have them do it. It will be windy on that road as well, but no hills.
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Sometimes things just happen.

Winds have been known to knock over 5th wheelers, 18 wheelers, and 100 wheelers on rails.

I doubt a magic hitch is the answer, but, who knows for sure?
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:05 AM   #9
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Many circumstances play a part in the whole equation when an accident happens. I am glad you are both all right and that the TV and AS can be repaired or replaced.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:25 AM   #10
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Hi I know everyone has opinion on Hensley hitches vs other less expensive hitches.This discussion seens to go forever. But I own a Hensley .I've had it for ten years. I've driven it in very high wind over 45mph. I've driven it passing semi's at 80 MPH and them passing me at 80 MPH.I've driven down very steep grades with high winds. And I've had NO SWAY. My AS tracked right behind my AS. I never have had any fear of jack-knifing my rig.I know it's expensive but a HAHA is worth it to me, Just My experience . Believe what you will . Happy trailing to you
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This is why the Hensley is so valuable. Most of the time, any hitch will do. It's those extreme conditions that make the orange hitch worth the money. I've had mine in 50mph cross winds. Of course, you get pushed, but it's impossible for the trailer to sway or jacknife.

There's a lot of people on this forum and others who can back up that claim (Thanks to those who already have).
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:32 AM   #12
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Hey neighbors...
Sorry to hear about the damage to your rig. Just curious about where it happened. There are a few downhills between here and Flagstaff that always get my attention. It seems that it has been windy every time I'm towing lately.

If I could make a suggestion, have Oasis RV in Tucson do the repair work. It's worth the drive to have them do it. It will be windy on that road as well, but no hills.
To take it to Oasis in Tucson was the only option I even considered. I had it towed from Camp Verde to Tucson. I have had too many issues with local dealer to go there with major repair work. If you want detail may e-mail me at Kayak38@cox.net . Accident happened about two miles from lookout point located south of Flagstaff.
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I also pull a 34 foot triple axle wth the Eq, have been in some high winds with it, and it's done very well. I don't think it was the hitch.

I do believe the Hensley Arrow is better, but have to agree with Leipper; not sure if it would have been enough better to have saved you.

I'm sorry about your accident. That's rough. But at least you're OK to camp another day.

See you on the road
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