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Old 09-29-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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"Shocker" hitch?

Anybody have any experience with the "Shocker" hitch ball mount? I've been in a conversation about it with a user that contends that it would replace an equalizer bar type hitch. I don't see how that would work, but thought I'd check with our community? Any comments?

http://shockerhitch.com/Receiver_Hitch.php

Thanks (I'm not planning on replacing my equalizer hitch with one!)

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Old 09-29-2017, 02:06 PM   #2
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"Shocker" hitch?

I donít see any sway control or weight distribution incorperated into that hitch design. Looks like itís designed for utility trailers that you tug around town for work at low speeds.

Itís basically the same as towing on the ball without WD or sway control. I wouldnít do it even with my 2500.
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Old 09-29-2017, 03:49 PM   #3
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It's just a gimmick to reduce the "up and down" from the trailer. It does zero for WD. It also does zero for sway.

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While I have no direct experience in this area, I know a couple of people who tow with AirSafe hitches. They provide that same up-and-down cushioning but allow the use of normal WD and sway control systems.
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The Shocker hitch isn't a "gimmick" but it isn't designed to used with WD. The Air Safe unit provides pneumatic cushioning and has WD capability.

We picked up an Air Safe hitch a few years ago and it really eases the shock when towing over rough roads.
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"Shocker" hitch?

How does it transfer weight when the coupler can freely rotate around the ball? How is external leverage applied?

For all intensive purposes this looks to be a simple WC (weight carrying) hitch vs a WD (weight distribution) hitch.
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Anybody have any experience with the "Shocker" hitch ball mount? I've been in a conversation about it with a user that contends that it would replace an equalizer bar type hitch....

It will not function as WD hitch as indicated in their website FAQ's http://shockerhitch.com/FAQs.php
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Yep...that's my take on it as well. I don't see any of the design physics that would allow it to replace and do the same function as a WD hitch system. I guess it would help some to help dampen vibration and jounce on really rough roads, but I see it more as a device looking for a buyer more than a any real necessary use for most trailer use.
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I use a shocker hitch with my F250 and 27fb. Works great for me.
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I use a shocker hitch with my F250 and 27fb. Works great for me.
So you don't use a WD hitch with your 27fb?
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So you don't use a WD hitch with your 27fb?


No I do not.
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