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Old 04-28-2003, 09:03 AM   #15
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Hi Steph!

My choice for a hitch was Reese. I know there are other great ones out there, but I prefer Reese for the past 20 years it's all my family has used.

I have the friction sway and I agree with Rick and the others, set it up once and drive on.

I have the 1000lb weight distribution bars as well on my class 4 hitch.

On my recent voyage, I had zero adjustments to make. When camping as a kid with my family, we also had the exact same exp. Set up once and go.

I also am a bit into the way things look. I like the way the Reese sits on the back of the car. I have seen some Draw Tites and a few others that seem kind of bulky and awkward back there. The Reese looks tough, but also does not seem awkward on the tow vehicle which to me is important because I don't want my shiney daily driver to look like a Mack truck.

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Old 04-28-2003, 10:23 AM   #16
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I'm still not sure about that friction sway control. I'm going to go to a dealer in town and look at an Equal-i-zer setup and see what i think of it in person. I also figure one less thing to hook-up when it's time to go is a good thing - one less thing to worry about forgetting. I watched our friend hooking and unhooking his Reese and I thought there were a lot of things to remember (at least it looked that way to a beginner).
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A friend talked me into buying a used EZLift hitch he had, got it all set up for me, 1000lb WD bars, 2 inch ball, and a friction sway control. I'm going to tow it to his house tomorrow so he can attach the little ball to the trailer tounge for the sway control.

I took it for a test drive today. It followed right along, no problem, but it was a bit disconcerting at first to feel it bumping along behind me. It was like everytime I went over an uneven spot in the road I felt the van go over it, and then the trailer.

I got a Surepull Digitrac brake controller from the local tire/hitch guys, who I trust to set me up with the right thing. The instructions said to turn it up until the trailer brakes lock, and then back off. I never could get the brakes to lock, but they sure pulled hard. I've got it set on 4.0 now, and when I let off the brake pedals I feel the trailer brakes let go with a jerk. Any suggestions? Should I turn it down a notch more. Should I just take it back and get a prodigy?

So much to learn...
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Old 05-03-2003, 11:37 PM   #18
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Steph,

I can't say for sure since I have never used the controller you are using. I will say that I am beyond happy with the Prodigy. It won't lock the brakes either, but compared to the Voyager I had, it is a whole different beast.

The Prodigy has few, if any quirks and the car and the camper feel like one braking unit. I have mine set at 3.4 without boost and it acts like a real dream when braking, plus it does the same in reverse for when I want to do my "rockford" reverse manuvers!

As for the hitch setup, it sounds great. I don't see any problem as long as it fit the car as it should.

There is however, no cure that I know of for feeling the bumps the car already went over. I was too a bit off key the first time I felt it. Now, after pulling, I still expect it and when it does not happen, I forget I am not pulling and think something is wrong!

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I don't think I'll be pulling any Rockford maneuvers anytime soon :-) It took about a half hour to snug it back into it's parking spot next to the garage after our little adventure this morning. I was literally shaking when I finally got out of the van! However, I'm sure it will be second nature in no time. But right now, I just keep thinking 'whatever you do, don't hurt the airstream!'

Plus all the talk about sway and towing accidents on this board have me totally paranoid, and it's all I can do to resist running out and putting myself into debt for a hensley. I really hope with this friction sway control hitch, the big van, and a little caution, we will be able to avoid any problems. But I'm still worried about it.
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Steph,

You are going to be fine. Everything you are exp right now is totally normal.

Don't sweat it. Remember what you felt the very first time you took a socket to the engine? It's the same thing.

I was shaking during and after my first waterpump replacement back in 1989. Now, I eat them for breakfast, although I hate doing it on my Olds!

You have the weight bars and the friction sway. Soon you will be able to thread that rig with little effort. Rockfords or no!

Keep up the good work, you are doing just fine!

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