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garyrita

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My wife and I currently own a Ford Lariat F150 Ecoboost 3:31 gears, 4X4. My travel trailer is a 2014 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS dry weight approx. 6500lbs. I inherited a Reese Pro Series hitch with anti sway bar from a previous trailer we owned. Unfortunately I pulled the trailer back from Memphis,TN.with 30-40mph wind gusts. It was a battle all the way back to Mid Missouri.

I love how my truck pulls getting between 9-10 mpg. Transmission is wonderfully smooth, no trouble with hills etc. My problem is SWAY, what hitch would you long time campers recommend. I know you all won't agree on one type only, but if we can narrow it down to two or three it would be appreciated. I have read about the Andersen no-sway hitch, and the Equal-i-zer anti-sway hitch. Both are more in my price range, the Hensley hitch sounds great but is too expensive for my blood. Any other suggestions or information would be deeply appreciated. My wife and I have just gotten back into the camping business again and have a lot to learn.

Thanks so much, Gary

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first, there's only one Equal-i-zer and it's a brand name of a WDH.

what you're asking about is a WDH or Weight Distributing Hitch.

some WDH's, like the Equal-i-zer, have integrated sway control.

other WDH's, especially the old style chain link ones, require one or two friction anti-sway bars added. these usually require unhooking the bars before backing up, while others like the Equal-i-zer, don't require this.

love my Equal-i-zer and wouldn't recommend the Anderson for a big heavier trailer, based on reviews that i've read.


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Take a look at Blue Ox Sway Pro

30 - 40 MPH wind gusts, not a pleasant tow, no matter what hitch.

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garyrita wrote:

My problem is SWAY, what hitch would you long time campers recommend. I know you all won't agree on one type only, but if we can narrow it down to two or three it would be appreciated. I have read about the Andersen no-sway hitch, and the Equal-i-zer anti-sway hitch. Both are more in my price range, the Hensley hitch sounds great but is too expensive for my blood

Thanks so much, Gary


I went from a husky WD with one friction anti-sway bar to two anti-sway bars to a Reese Dual Cam and finally a Hensley. If I had gone with the Hensley first, it would have saved me the $$ i spent on the Husky, anti-sway bars, DC unit and replacement parts for the DC unit and would have paid for almost the full price of my Hensley.

I found a used Hensley on eBay for about half the cost of a new one and used it for seven years before selling my TT. The difference in performance is night and day and made our trips so much more pleasant. Not only did the Hensley totally eliminate all sway problems, it is also very quiet and once you get use to it, much more easy to hook up and remove.

Being friction devices, Dual Cam, Equal-izer only help to control sway, the Hensley eliminates it. You just spent thousands on your new Catalina, I can't believe that you would quibble over another couple thousand that would not only give you the absolute best system available but also increase your traveling safety.

Think about it. Just how much is your families safety worth to you?

Good luck in whatever you decide.

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they'll tell you this and that but if you want control get a bigger truck. All things said and done big load little truck, oh yeah it can pull it but then so can a smart car.


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I don't know which equalizer anti sway hitch is the best. I have an Equal-i-ser name brand hitch and love it. I would not consider any other brand.

You mentioned towing in wind gusts of 30-40 MPH. With wind gusts that strong, I believe you will feel them no matter what brand TT hitch you use accept maybe a Hensley or like hitch. I have driven in those windy conditions using my Equal-i-ser hitch, sure I felt the gusts buffeting the trailer but it didn't cause any undue sway. I did adjust my speed according to conditions. (Cut my travel speed down)

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Since you already own a Reese hitch you may be able to add the Dual Cam for a reasonable amount of money. It is a great integrated system. If you want to spend a bunch get a Hensley


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If you want the best, I'd recommend the Pro Pride or Hensley. Either one completely eliminated sway. Expensive but absolutely worth it.


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Posted: 04/19/14 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you want to ELIMINATE sway or just minimize it. Our Equal-i-zer minimizes it but it's still there when a big truck whizzes by. If the former the Hensley is the answer.


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The precious cargo I always have on-board is worth every single penny for the ProPride 3P hitch. Had the Equal-i-zer brand and experienced a few white knuckle experiences (and yes, it was set up correctly) then researched and decided either the Hensley or ProPride and I went with the ProPride which is the next generation Hensley. As said already, friction type hitches somewhat control sway and the Hensley or ProPride eliminate it!

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