Originally Posted by Schilly
what is the difference between equal-i-zer sway control hitch and eaz-lift weight distribution hitch? same purpose only different names? just thrown off by the sway vs wd
My apologies in advance for this long winded reply:
Hi Schilly, we're mixing terms a bit in this thread. To answer your question, weight distribution and sway control are two different technologies. Weight distribution refers to moving some of the trailer's tongue weight back onto the front axel of your tow vehicle and some weight back onto your trailer axels. We measure this by taking a measurement of the front fender on the tow vehicle before the trailer is attached (Measurement A), then measure the same location again as soon as the coupler has been lowered to the ball with all the weight of the trailer on the ball (Measurement B). At this point the front fender will normally be an inch, perhaps more "higher" than it was before the trailer was put on the ball (B-A). You are looking to utilize the weight distribution bars to move the measurement closer to A at least half the distance. So if your font fender measured 35 inches before loading, and 36 inches after loading you want the measurement to be at least 35.5 inches after properly adjusting the spring bars and ideally 35 inches, but some setups never achieve returning to pre-trailer height. You will set this up once, and likely never need to change it. See rv.net post from Barney on setting up a WDH.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Travel Trailer Hitch Set-up Procedure
Sway control is performed through the "sway bar" that your dealer sent you home with, OR using a weight distributing hitch with built in sway control such as the Equalizer, Hensley Arrow, Anderson, E2, and Reese "Dual Cam". Good Luck on your setup!