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Old 04-05-2018, 02:41 PM   #1
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Fastway E2 Weight Distribution Hitch

Well, itís with a bit of embarrassment that I post this. Iíve always thought I had an Equal-I-zer hitch, but I donít. Iíve done a bit of research and I have a Fastway E2. With from what I can tell, are 800# bars. Normally itís sold as a 12,000 # GTW, with 1,200 # TW hitch.

Iíve got to admit, Iíve just never paid much attention to it. It came as a no extra charge throw in, when we bought our 19í Bambi in 2008. When we switched to a 23FB in 2012, I just hooked it up and it seemed fine. It still seems fine, but I have questions.

Please see the pic of the trailer attached to my Tundra. From reading here, I have the impression I should have more drop on the front of the trailer. Is the front on the trailer too high? Iím assuming I would need to adjust it somehow. Maybe a Longer hitch drop off the truck? It does pull fine, no sway etc..

Anyone have any experience with the Fastway E2? Itís only $380 on ETrailer.com, so Iím wondering about quality. But the reviews are good.

It does seem to have shifted where the weight distribution head attaches to the drop down shank. (See pic) Iím not sure what this indicates. We went through a pretty tight ravine last year. There are washers in between the drop down shank and weight distribution head. How do those washers and the angle of the head add or subtract from tongue weight?

I know, lots of questions. We are planning on spending a lot more time in the AS, once retirement arrives. Just trying to get ready.
Thanks for advice.
Jeff
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Old 04-05-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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I have no experience with a Fastway E2, but I can relate my experiences. I bought my Airstream new almost a year ago. The dealer told me they would include a WD hitch at no charge. I asked what kind, and he said an equalizer (note the spelling). Fortunately, I asked to see the box the "equalizer" came in, and it was a Fastway E2. I told him thanks, but no thanks, I want a Reese Strait-Line with Dual Cam. I had to pay extra, but I got the hitch I wanted for my 17 Flying Cloud 23FB.
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Brother tows with one. The tongue brackets bent early on and needed to have bolts added. He has fixed it three times to date. I do not like this hitch and would not purchase one. But I would not purchase an Equal-i-zer either. Many find it acceptable. Traveling Man is making lots of miles and is happy with his.

Your trailer looks low in front, but it may be my old eyes. Find level ground. Check frame distance above road surface in back and front. Adjust head to shank attachment to make the distance the same. Better slightly low in front (1/4-1/2") or level.

Asking questions and understanding what you have is a very good idea. Travel safe. Enjoy retirement. It's the best vacation, ever! Pat
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I had an Fastway EZ 2 hitch. It seems like an Equalizer knock off. It operates in a similar manner.

I had trouble with the weight distribution bars moving the frame mounted "saddles". There is a lot of force downward, and then backward on these saddles. Mine were moving. I ended up shimming between the bottom of the A frame rail and the lower bolt to take up clearance and prevent the saddle from moving. This works and no further problems.

I think your trailer to truck looks good. The trailer nose is slightly downward. That's the way I set mine up.

Check your bolt torques. I wonder if the bolts are a bit loose causing the movement in the hitch head that you see.

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Old 04-05-2018, 07:55 PM   #5
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David,
My frame mounted saddles have moved also. I will look for a metal piece to shim underneath. That looks like a good fix.
Thx
Pat,
It seems like the tongue brackets are the weak link with this hitch. Iíll keep an eye on them from now on. Hopefully Iíll get them to keep from moving around.

Bobbo,
I wish I would have had the foresight to check the box, and do a little research before hand. Oh well.

Thanks all for the feedback. I watched an ETrailer install video. Got some dimensions and more info. Iíll double check everything on the measurements with truck height front and back, and distance to the frame saddles. The bars seem parallel to the a frame, so they are in the correct place. (Pure luck).
I just went from 14Ē tires to 15s, maybe that helped the trailer angle.
Thanks again.
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Get a stainless steel brush to scrape the rust off and Put some grease on the ball please
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Get a stainless steel brush to scrape the rust off and Put some grease on the ball please
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Of course. Itís been sitting for over a year. Both the wife and I had some surgery last year. Thanks anyway..
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Well, itís with a bit of embarrassment that I post this. Iíve always thought I had an Equal-I-zer hitch, but I donít. Iíve done a bit of research and I have a Fastway E2. With from what I can tell, are 800# bars. Normally itís sold as a 12,000 # GTW, with 1,200 # TW hitch.

Iíve got to admit, Iíve just never paid much attention to it. It came as a no extra charge throw in, when we bought our 19í Bambi in 2008. When we switched to a 23FB in 2012, I just hooked it up and it seemed fine. It still seems fine, but I have questions.

Please see the pic of the trailer attached to my Tundra. From reading here, I have the impression I should have more drop on the front of the trailer. Is the front on the trailer too high? Iím assuming I would need to adjust it somehow. Maybe a Longer hitch drop off the truck? It does pull fine, no sway etc..

Anyone have any experience with the Fastway E2? Itís only $380 on ETrailer.com, so Iím wondering about quality. But the reviews are good.

It does seem to have shifted where the weight distribution head attaches to the drop down shank. (See pic) Iím not sure what this indicates. We went through a pretty tight ravine last year. There are washers in between the drop down shank and weight distribution head. How do those washers and the angle of the head add or subtract from tongue weight?

I know, lots of questions. We are planning on spending a lot more time in the AS, once retirement arrives. Just trying to get ready.
Thanks for advice.
Jeff
My first hitch was and E2 , matter of fact I still have it. A very good hitch the only reason I gave up using it is because of the relative rough ride. Our shower door fell down eventually. It is the same as the Equalizer.
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