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Old 08-18-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Sway Control Hitch Question

Will be towing 2014 FC 27' and my TV is. 1 Ton Dodge diesel. I know the TV will have no problems pulling the AS; however, just want some kind of understanding of hitches before picking it up. My TV was going to be a Yukon Denali and the dealership had recommended an Equalizer E4 hitch. Now that I've got the 1 Ton TV they say that I probably need the Equalizer E2. Can't really get a good explanation from them on why one is better than the other and would really like to understand. The Equalizer website is pretty poor on providing technical information. Would appreciate any thoughts on what I should be looking for in a hitch for this combination. What are you using and why? Etc.

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Old 08-18-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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I tow with a 2500 dodge and use a Reese straight line hitch with 800 lb bars for my 25' and 1000 lb bars for my 32'. Works fine for me. I think you should give the Reese hitch a look.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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The E4 has extremely stiff weight distribution bars while the E2 bars are more flexible because of their tapered design.

The long-time Airstream repair shop owners on this forum suggest the 1 ton truck has too heavy a suspension for a mid-sized Airstream, but that's what you have. If it's long wheelbase it will be very difficult to distribute weight to the truck's front axle, and you may not need to.

Your concern should be the heavy suspension beating up you and the Airstream, and sway dampening. So pick a hitch with light, flexible w.d. bars and good sway dampening. A Reese dual cam with light w.d. bars is a common solution, some add an Air Safe hitch to soften the connection.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:32 PM   #4
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With a 1 ton TV and that trailer you don't need weight distribution as much as you need sway control.

I would suggest you look at the Andersen system. Now that will immediately call for a negative reaction from many diehards but that will more than meet you needs at a lesser cost and improved utilization.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:43 PM   #5
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I agree with Howie. I use an Andersen on my 26' Argosy with a Tundra. It works fine.
The 1 ton will be a hard enough ride for the trailer without adding a WD system, making it ride even stiffer.
I don't know if Andersen makes anything that will work with an Air Ride system. That would be the best of both worlds.
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take a test drive

A 6000 lb trailer with 800 lbs of tongue weight has got to be way below the specs of your 1-ton truck.

Why not just hook up the trailer and take a drive, then buy something based on what you learn?

800lbs of tongue weight should take the harshness out of the ride and make sway a non-issue for a test drive.

WD bars will take weight off that already hefty rear suspension making it ride harsher.

If it handles and rides well get some anti-sway if you think you want some extra insurance over the truck's electronic sway control.

If it rides well but squats too much you could put a simple WD/sway combo like the Reese dual cam on with light bars.
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With a 1 ton TV and that trailer you don't need weight distribution as much as you need sway control.

I would suggest you look at the Andersen system. Now that will immediately call for a negative reaction from many diehards but that will more than meet you needs at a lesser cost and improved utilization.
No need to be all loaded for bear :-)

I'm a ProPride user and I agree with your recommendation for this setup. You MIGHT pick a few hundred # off the front axle and I'd guess (though the OP should check the truck's manual) it only wants 50% of that (if any) restored.

Andersen is probably a very good, cost effective option for this setup. Just double check the coupler and be sure it's compatible.

Good luck!
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Plan to replace the coupler as part of the installation.

Do it right from the get go.
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Am I expecting too much of the dealership to understand this? I've spoken with the salesman, parts manager and service manager and they have all said that with the 1 Ton I need the Equal-i-zer E4. Asked about the stiffness of the TV suspension and they say it doesn't matter.....




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You have a choice here. You can go with a dealer that has a product to sell and almost no knowledge of what that product does or evaluate the free advice here from users of different products.
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Agreed that's why I'm asking here....

It just surprises me that a dealership that is setting up hitches every day for trailer deliveries does not understand the issue. They're acting like one size fits all and that ain't so



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To set up the average WD hitch it can take several hours. No dealer is going to commit that amount of time to the task. I am constantly coming across individuals that are driving with systems that are completely set up wrong or grossly oversized.
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Agreed that's why I'm asking here....

It just surprises me that a dealership that is setting up hitches every day for trailer deliveries does not understand the issue. They're acting like one size fits all and that ain't so
I was having a pleasant conversation with a guy at the campground. I was explaining how well our car towed the Airstream and it was partly to do with how well the Airstream's tow. His view was that all trailer tow the same. It seems that many RV dealers have the same mentality.
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To set up the average WD hitch it can take several hours. No dealer is going to commit that amount of time to the task. I am constantly coming across individuals that are driving with systems that are completely set up wrong or grossly oversized.
The original Reese dual cam takes longer to bolt on trailer [10 minutes tops] than to setup, as the original has saddles on bars and bars ride on snap ups. The original dual cam did not use threaded parts with nut to adjust, these are in my opinion weak points subject to break. Reese modified with this feature. Some times you can find old style snap ups ebay or want ads. They simply bolt onto A frame seat bars into snap ups tighten that is it after adjusting ball head,. they are not only wd but sway control with out extra friction bars. I have used this set up since Reese started manufacture it, never a problem, no wrenches to hook up no extreme wgt. no trying to lift as with the 3 expensive hitches & friction pads to wear plus lots less money. I will get arguments on this but after many years I'll keep my Reese. If it aint broke leave it alone
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