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Old 09-14-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Weight Distributing / Anti-sway Hitch

Does anyone have a recommendation as to which Company makes the best and easiest to setup Weight distributing/Anti-sway hitch that works best for a 2012 20ft Flying Cloud that is also a reasonable cost? Thanks Frank
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:16 AM   #2
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It makes a difference what you are using to tow the Airstream. Specifically, what is the tow vehicle?

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Big Can 'O Worms

You just opened one.

For a 20 footer and depending on what your TV is, you might want to look at the Equalizer or a Reese. These are widely used by folks here on the forum and if you want a "reasonable cost" this could be the direction for you.

I can not speak about the Reese as I have had only Equalizers in my history. Mine was easy to set up, easy to hook up, easy to unhook and performs well for me.

Good luck in your decision.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:30 AM   #4
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Ok I forgot to say what my Tow Vehicle is. I have a 2010 F150 Harley version.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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We had a 2007 20' Airstream and used a 10K Equal-I-Zer brand hitch, but would not use that hitch. The bars are not flexible in their design, we either had too rough a ride or not enough weight transfer. We bought a 25' Airstream using the same hitch and am still not satisfied with the ride.

Have just got an Andersen weight distribution hitch because the ride is described as greatly improved by users. New product and completely new design. Excellent price, simple operation, and apparently easy installation. We'll see.

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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Does anyone have a recommendation as to which Company makes the best and easiest to setup Weight distributing/Anti-sway hitch that works best for a 2012 20ft Flying Cloud that is also a reasonable cost? Thanks Frank
You have an easy to tow rig there. That means almost any of the popular WD hitches will do a good job at distributing the weight and providing some anti-sway.

Selecting a hitch is like selecting a religion. Really. But if you reduce it down to just the physical properties, it isn't that hard to find a solution.

There are two main aspects to this: performance and convenience. Performance just means, how well does the hitch do what it is supposed to do? Convenience means, how easy is it to hitch and unhitch?

For a simple rig like yours, all the "popular brands" are going to work fine for performance. They do have different methods of connection and you have to see which will work for you. One thing to note, is the weight of hitch heads and bars. They are heavy, and can have some grease on them. You really do have to consider being careful not to get grease on your clothes.

Then there are some really costly hitches that do an even better job, but would you need that for a simple rig like yours? Well, if you have lots of money, why not? But if cost is a priority, you may want to stick with the midrange hitches that are by far the most popular.

Hitches like the Reese and Equalizer sell in huge numbers because they work well and have a reasonable price. It comes down to a kind of "Ford vs. Chevy" sort of argument. If you wanted to get it over with and be on your way towing tomorrow, flip a coin, buy it, get it installed and go camping! If you want to pour over the opinions there will be thousands of them!

Don't let it give you a headache! Happy camping!
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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Good Points

Doug made some good points. It is possible to "over hitch" your trailer and with the stiff bars of an Equalizer some say you can actually do damage to the trailer. I have heard stories of popped rivets and cracked body panels.

Way back, I purchased an Equalizer (smaller than the 10K version) for my hybrid trailer that weighed a full ton less than my current Airstream. I did so because I did not like the whole idea of snapping chains into position and having to take them off before backing up. The Reese is a whole new animal these days and one I would seriously have looked at back then.

My TV/Hybrid combination rode fine and it trailed very well. When I got my used Airstream it came with the 10K Equalizer and I was happy to see it. I really can't say that it rides good or bad since I don't have anything to compare it to. I am comfortable with the ride and for my combination it works well. No popped rivets, no issues and no sway under all kinds of conditions.

Since you are asking for advice, I would look at lots of hitches, talk to folks who use them and go with what you like the best. The new Anderson hitch sounds very interesting. I think the bottom line is, they are all pretty good and should do the job for you.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:11 AM   #8
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The Blue Ox is another W/D system to give consideration to:

Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs Blue Ox Weight Distribution BXW1000
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If you looking for an all in one that does a great job of sway control and weight distribution, is light, easy to install, easy to set up, and the easiest to use. Then take a look at the Andersen Hitch. With plenty of us using it and no one complaining about how it works, it's a very nice hitch set up. And no bars to try and lift.
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Does anyone have a recommendation as to which Company makes the best and easiest to setup Weight distributing/Anti-sway hitch that works best for a 2012 20ft Flying Cloud that is also a reasonable cost? Thanks Frank
Sorry, to much contradiction.....there is no answer to this question. If you want the best, you will not get it at what most consider a "reasonable cost". If you want a hitch that most consider a "reasonable cost", you won't get the "best", or one that "works best".

Now, which do you value the most?
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No contradiction at all, he wants the nest he can get for a reasonable cost. We know you're talking about the Hensley/Propride $2500-$3000 hitch that's is not reasonable cost in most books, especially for a small trailer and adequate tow vehicle.

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No contradiction at all, he wants the nest he can get for a reasonable cost. We know you're talking about the Hensley/Propride $2500-$3000 hitch that's is not reasonable cost in most books, especially for a small trailer and adequate tow vehicle.

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Yes, the F150 is certainly adequate for the 20 footer, but my experience has been the smaller single axle trailers are actually worse about sway than the slightly larger tandem axle trailers. And, when the word "best" is used, to me that means BEST.
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We use the Reese dual cam set up, it works and have no problems with it. That being said, I am now looking at the Anderson one! I am VERY close to going for it and selling what I have. The Anderson one has a lot going for it. JMHO
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Yes, the F150 is certainly adequate for the 20 footer, but my experience has been the smaller single axle trailers are actually worse about sway than the slightly larger tandem axle trailers. And, when the word "best" is used, to me that means BEST.
Agree, the 34' tri axle Airstream has a reputation as one of the easiest Airstreams to tow.
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