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Old 07-28-2018, 10:03 AM   #1
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Which Is The Best Weight Distribution Hitch With Sway Control?

We just bought a 2007 28 Ft Classic and wondered what would be the best hitch to get other than the Hensley or ProPride. Because of the angle of our driveway, I'll have to remove the spring bars so the back of the trailer will come up and clear the driveway.

On our 25 Ft Safari, I had a BlueOx and I never could get the trailer to stop swaying at times. We would be driving down the interstate with little or no wind and in no traffic but the trailer rear end would start to sway back and forth. I'd have to tap the brake control to get it to stop. A real problem that I never could solve.

Yes, I understand the Hensley or ProPride would be the best choice but as I mentioned above, they simply will not work for me.

Here are the ones I've been looking at:

1) Reese Steadi-Flex
2) Equal-I-zer
3) Curt TruTrack
4) Husky Center Line

Which would you suggest or would you suggest one that I didn't list. All of these are 4 point sway control hitches.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:38 AM   #2
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Hahaha...I feel you need to be wearing Explosive Ordnance Disposal suit to answer this one . Strong is the first one who responds to this one.

I'm sure you'll get plenty of 'help' and opinions on this question.
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:40 AM   #3
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If you had the Hensley could you back of the WD bars to clear the driveway?
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:41 AM   #4
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Sounds like you need driveway ramps or axle lifts. Then pick the hitch YOU like.
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:56 AM   #5
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If you had the Hensley could you back of the WD bars to clear the driveway?
Lowering the bars on the Hensley would probably make them drag and be damaged.


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Sounds like you need driveway ramps or axle lifts. Then pick the hitch YOU like.
I do use a 2x8 in the dip where the street and driveway meet which helps.
I don't want to raise the trailer and dropping the front looks like it will raise the back enough to clear thr driveway.
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:02 AM   #6
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Hi

If at all possible, check the situation with the driveway and the real trailer before making an absolute / final decision. Yes, I do realize that may be impossible. I have no idea how far the trailer is away from anything. I'm *not* suggesting you tow it a few hundred miles down the interstate just to find out. Ten miles at low speed is what I have in mind.

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Old 07-28-2018, 04:07 PM   #7
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Just installed a Reese Steadi-Flex. Not completely set up yet, but easy, straight-forward installation and just some minor tweaks needed. The hold-up is, no choice of shanks and I can’t quite open tailgate all the way. I think I’ll like it a lot once that bug is worked out, but wish it was available without the shank.
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:15 PM   #8
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I have been using the Reese StediFlex with the 1200 lb bars for nearly one year now; towing a 2018 FC 25FB. So far no sway issues and the towing stabilty on the road is great.....this after 12,000 miles of towing.

Recommend using a professional RV hitch installer do the work, and they can dial it in for your TV and Airstream. Purchase a Reese #12,000 ball for this hitch.

Because of the high grade friction pads, at low speeds under 5mph, i commonly hear some noise from the hitch bars.
It's normal for this type hitch design. The Reese Steadiflex is almost the very same design as the Equalizer hitch. Good luck with your hitch choice for your Airstream.
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I have the Reese Strait-Line w/Dual Cam Sway Control. If it was stolen, I would replace it with exactly the same.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:11 PM   #10
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I also have the Reese Strait-Line w/Dual Cam Sway Control really works great! Just make sure you take time to get it adjusted right.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:39 PM   #11
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I use the Husky and am very happy. Does eveything I want it to and the price is reasonable. Everyone on this forum has their own preference, most based on experience. You have to be comfortable with whatever you purchase, and if not happy, sell it and try another brand.
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:24 PM   #12
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Thanks for the suggestions

I'd like to thank all of you for your comments and suggestions.

The trailer is coming with a Fastway E-2 weight-distribution hitch system which has a 2 point sway control system and I wonder if it will work more or less like the BlueOx did. It was also a 2 point system and I had problems with it wanting to sway at times.

Anyway, I'll of course use the E-2 hitch to get the trailer home and maybe it will work OK - time will tell. If it doesn't work OK then I'll probably go in the Reese Steadi-Flex direction.
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:26 PM   #13
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Excellent handle....

If you need clearance, build ramps.. I can tell you how.. I built and used some for 4 years on our 34' 9800# Excella on our 20 inch, 30 degree deflection driveway... and an 'anti-sway' hitch...

I know you have already done every thing below... so.. Before you get on with a hitch discussion, your example of sway in your post opens questions for me... in no specific order...

- did you check the 'tongue weight' of the AS? Is it within the expected range? when empty? When loaded?

- What tires are on the AS?

- What condition of the bearings (check preload, bearing condition, etc).

- how do you 'load' the AS? load high or low (Low is best for CG.. low and close to center as in a motorcycle... and at least split longitudinaly.

- how about your TV.. have you made any suspension 'modifications'? Air bags, helper springs, etc?

- How do you load your TV.. ? is it within the design limits? Close to limits?

- What tires are you running on the AS? On the TV (see modifications above).

- How did the AS and TV 'set/sit' when the rig is fully loaded and prepped? Was AS 'bow' high or low or level? What is proper WD for your TV?

There was one fellow here who had a 'raised' (Jacked up) truck. There was no way that setup could be settled down.. the suspension was great for offload.. but at speed, towing a trailer.. the airflow, the directional adjustments when driving, etc, induced sway because the hitch point was so much below the chassis and axle.. just too much leverage... physics is physics is da law.... and a full moon just messes things up.

- I found my wheels were LOOSE on the axle! Turns out the wheel was so distorted at the lug nut seat that the lug was actually contacting the drum.. so the wheel never reached proper clamp load.. But my hitch would not let it sway.. even when off-roading on side of road in an evasive maneuver.

So, before you spend $$$ on a hitch which might or might not work properly... have you considered the above?

all the best.. Channing
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I would change the driveway before giving up the Hensley.
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