View Poll Results: What type of hitch do you use?
Just the ball 10 6.37%
Weight distribution with friction bar 32 20.38%
Equal-I-Zer 32 20.38%
Dual Cam 38 24.20%
Pullrite 0 0%
Pivot point projection (Hensley, Propride) 45 28.66%
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #15
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Equalizer....Had a Hensley, didn't work well for me.

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:24 PM   #16
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How are you hitched?

Air Safe hitch using Equalizer (What? Me spelling?) ball mount and spring arm bars.

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:27 PM   #17
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Sorry, Could not vote in your poll, my hitch was not included. Andersen 'No-Sway' Weight Distribution Hitch. I have no idea how it compares with other WD hitchs as I have never used one before this purchase. All I know is that it works.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:33 PM   #18
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ProPride. Just got it, maiden voyage this past weekend. All snug and tight.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:36 PM   #19
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Equalizer with 1000 pound bars and I won't use hyphens cause I don't want to look like the newbie that I am
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #20
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I'm surprised at the number of Hensleys and Pro-Pride hithces used. We use a Hensley with good results.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #21
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Total newbie here using an Equal-i-zer

I really am a newbie, I purchased my Airstream and tow vehicle while on a long trip in my Roadtrek SS Agile (short Sprinter). After a few months we wanted more room and the only RV we both wanted was an Airstream.

Stopped in Gulfport, MS and traded the Sprinter for a 2012 27FB International and bought a truck from the same dealer. I had never even heard of a hitch, no idea what difference it made. I asked for advise from the nice folks at Foley RV and declined the lowest cost. My words to the dealer were "what would you buy if your family was in the vehicle." They recommended the Equal-i-zer.

All I can say after towing my brand new A/S with my brand new truck from Mississippi to Northern California then on a few trips to the mountains with numerous 7% grades I have to check to mirrors to make sure there's a trailer back there. Never seen a sway, no glitches always looks level from a distance.

I relied on the dealer for advise on the truck and the hitch. After the sale they went out of their way to set up the hitch for me, explain it in detail then spend several hours of their time teaching me to tow including a long practice session in a lot with orange cones.

Very glad I stopped in Gulfport to make the purchase!
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:00 AM   #22
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I have the Husky Centerline.

I LOVE it. The best hitch I've ever used.

When I first purchased my latest trailer I was going to go with an Equalizer, but the reports of loud pops and noises had me concerned. I hadn't even HEARD of the Husky hitch, and basically stumbled across one at an RV dealership in New Orleans. The first thing that struck me was how the hitch looked; it was meticulously finished, and just LOOKED good. So, it got my interest. I researched what I initially thought was an Equalizer copy when I learned about the compression discs and how they eliminate sway...while also eliminating the noises caused by the friction aspect of the Equalizer. I decided to try the Centerline, with the 600lb bars for my 19ft 75th Prototype.

My local dealer matched the cheapest online price I could find. The hitch has a lifetime warranty. I DID have the widely reported problem with broken compression discs as there was a batch of the hitch heads made with a soft metal problem upon initial release in 2010. However, this issue was taken care of immediately and I received a brand new hitch head which has traveled thousands of miles without a problem.

The absolute lack of sway is amazing with this hitch. I've NEVER felt that familiar sucking motion when trucks pass. Out west in windstorms I've never felt the trailer wander or gyrate whatsoever. My SSR actually rides BETTER when towing the Airstream with the properly meticulously set-up Centerline (which took quite a while to get it exactly right). There are no harsh bumps, no hitch binding clanks, no squeaks, no rattles, no creaks, no moans. The hitch is nearly completely noise-free.

The only negative thing I've found about the hitch is the weight of the hitch head. It is huge. And, it weighs a ton. I have a long Eaz-Lift 18" drawbar (that fits deep underneath my SSR) and the combined weight of that and the huge Centerline head is astonishing. It's difficult to get it up under the truck to mount it. However, it IS super solidly could pull a train with it. But, with all that heft on the head is some great engineering. Tilting the head could not be easier...there are no ridiculous washers and spacers to install. The Centerline uses a notched square washer system that is simple and a design completely along the lines of "why didn't everyone else think of that" in that you simply move the washer in or out one tooth at a time to angle the hitch head. No need to completely disassemble the head to change the angle. It was actually FUN setting up this hitch...except for lifting the thing. I reiterate...the head is HUGE and feels it. I've never lifted a hitch head/drawbar so heavy.

I can't recommend this hitch enough. For anyone who wants an Equalizer type hitch but without the noise and more primitive design, the Husky Centerline seems to be the natural technological evolution. The compression cylinders are genious...and did I mention that there's no noise???

Hope this helps someone,
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:25 AM   #23
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:31 AM   #24
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I found very quickly (approximately 30 seconds after entering the interstate the first time I towed it) that sway was a nasty problem with ours if the sway bar isn't tight enough. To be fair, the lifter bars had practically zero weight on them, too, so the strange weight distribution that resulted from that probably contributed to the swaying.

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There's another friction bar on the other side and yes, I know the clips are in the wrong way!
It matters which way the clips are in?
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:16 AM   #25

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I found very quickly (approximately 30 seconds after entering the interstate the first time I towed it) that sway was a nasty problem with ours if the sway bar isn't tight enough. To be fair, the lifter bars had practically zero weight on them, too, so the strange weight distribution that resulted from that probably contributed to the swaying.

It matters which way the clips are in?
Only after they fall out.

On our old style Reese I always pushed the friction bar ball clips all the way thru to the large end, do the same on the Hensley jack screw clips.

What hitch?

No weight transferred forward to the steering axle=white knuckles.

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:19 AM   #26
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Older Reese Dual Cam

... it's what came with the trailer. I've never had any sort of issue, so have never seen any sort of reason to investigate anything else. Then again, I tow with a 3/4 ton diesel pickup that substantially out-weighs the trailer. And it's the "re-designed" GM class V receiver box, so it's robust enough that the w/d and anti-sway may not be so critical. So far, tens of thousands of no-issue miles.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:27 AM   #27
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It matters which way the clips are in?
It does when they're so close to the bumper of the TV. I had to do a sharp 180 degree turn and as I hit full lock I heard the clip ping as the open end caught the bumper and it flew off, sadly I know not where. Turn them around the other way and they're forced on rather than off if they contact the bumper. Also, if it's a case of up and down, the open end should face down, just to have a little bit of extra help from Mr Gravity.

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:43 AM   #28
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Another interesting poll would be: what hitch would you buy if you didn't have one?


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