Originally Posted by 64Lincoln
I've got a choice I have to make and I'm confused. I've had a 22' 1964
Safari for five years and have been using the Eaz-Lift hitch setup. It's rated at 800 lbs. which I always thought was a bit much for an Airstream with a tongue weight of about 350 lbs. but I was assured it was not and it always seemed to work well. This is coming from someone who has towed a lot of trailers, boat, car, etc. but never with any type of weight distribution hitch so I really have nothing to compare it to. Here's the issue. I just bought another 22" 1964
Airstream Safari to replace the first one. It's a lot nicer. I have the two of them in my driveway and I'm stealing the best from both for the one I'm keeping. Well, now i have to choose between the Eaz-Lift and the Reese. Which would you keep?
I had a Reese installed by the dealer when I purchased my 2011 27' Flying Cloud. After the first two years of use, I felt that the trailer and truck were not sitting quite level, despite using the highest setting on the Reese bars. About 5 years ago, I took my rig to Andy Thompson at CanAM for evaluation and it was determined that the 900# bars installed by the dealer were insufficient for the tongue weight of the 27'. CanAM recommended replacing the Reese with an EZLift with 1100# bars and I have been very happy ever since. While the EZLift bars are indeed heavier (with good reason given their added strength), I've never had issues installing them. Sway control is accomplished by separate sway control bars. I've never had sway issues, with or without the sway control bars added. The EZlift system also eliminated occasional "porposing" I used to experience once in awhile.
Andy also diagnosed that my brake setting set by the dealer (at 5.0 or 50%) was set too low and I was requiring the trucks to do more of the braking than necessary. As Andy noted, "trailer brakes are also cheaper to replace that the truck brakes" when they wear out.
I couldn't recommend more highly the advice and service I received at CanAM to optimize my towing setup. Good luck reaching your decision.