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Old 04-14-2016, 04:03 PM   #1
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Choice of WDH

So ordered the new trailer, but will need a WDH. Dealer recommendation is the Blue Ox but said there are some cheaper options. Trailer won't be in for 2 months, so doing some research to decide what to get. Truck already has class 4 hitch, wiring, and trailer brakes set up, but we've been pulling a popup so....
What are folks thoughts on the various manufacturers?
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:55 PM   #2
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I'm interested in the opinion of the masses on this as well.

I have 3 options I'm considering:1) Blue Ox, 2) Reese SC, 3) Equal-i-zer 4-point sway control. All in the 1400-1500 tongue weight range, and all are "trunnion" bar systems (which I prefer because of my "inverted" coupler on my trailer). Been researching all three as I have time (which is thin these days), and I just can't seem to decide. Everything I've read points to any of the three being a fine choice, but there are some specific advantages and disadvantages that separate them for me.

One example is with the Reese SC vs the Equal-i-zer. The Reese spring bar hangers pivot slightly. This means that friction sway control is maintained even if the bars are slightly out of parallel with the trailer frame. The Equal-i-zer spring bar hangers are fixed, so if the bars aren't exactly parallel, you lose a bit of effectiveness because the bars aren't making full contact with the hangers.

The Blue Ox is SUPER easy to setup and adjust, and that's important to me as well.

And Reese has a new offering called the "Equi-Flex" that looks intriguing.

I'm probably going to have to flip a coin or ask a "Magic 8 Ball" or something...
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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How do those 3 compare in price? How about weight? Customer support and replacement parts? When you're dealing with 3 competitors that all have good reviews, its those other details you need to start considering to make the best choice.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:59 PM   #4
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I've been RVing for 30+ years. I've had the Reese Dual Cam, Reese WDH w/friction sway and now a Blue Ox. While they all worked very well, I prefer the Blue Ox to all of the others. Before I decided on the Blue Ox I had some questions. Their customer service was outstanding.

As I've said before, Blue Ox is Made in USA.
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Been at this 48 years if you start from when I was 5 and my parents bought a truck camper.

When I was around 10 my parents had a Corsair trailer that we pulled with an Oldsmobile Delta88. It had a Reese hitch (no idea what kind) that had the bars that you had to lift up. My dad had this giant screwdriver (seriously, flat head 2 footish long screwdriver, complete with yellow plastic handle) that you had to insert into a slot and lift up on to lock the end of the bar with the chain in place. I always wanted to help him hitch up, but that thing scared me, thought it would slip and one of us would get impaled...

It appears to me that the Blue Ox is the easiest to operate when hitching up.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:33 PM   #6
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We have the equalizer and like it very much. Night and day difference from our old Husky (cheap version). No experience with the others on your list.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:37 PM   #7
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I have limited experience as I've only been at this a year but I sure love the blue ox! I had it towing a trailer on a maxed out half ton in some huge winds and everything felt great. Today I went to figure out what had to be changed for the hitch to work on my 3/4 ton and everything was easy to change. I use the trailer jack to lift the truck slightly when hooking and unhooking the chains and you don't even need a tool to latch them. The only down fall I could see is the weight of the hitch itself. I'm a fit 37 year old and could see how some would not like moving it around. Especially with the extra drop I had to put on it today.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:49 PM   #8
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The Reese Strait Line (Dual Cam) brand WDH and the Equal-i-zer Brand WDH are my WDH short list when it comes to integrated sway control.

Between the Reese brand and Equal-i-zer brand I tend to lean toward the Reese because of two unique features: First, the radius design of the spring bar tail is leveraged over the cam-arm surface radius thus providing "pro-active" sway control and "reactive" sway control....., and Second, Reese's various weight rated spring bars are interchangeable without purchasing a totally new WDH.

I will add that the Reese Strait-Line WDH has a couple more installation steps then the Equal-i-zer WDH.

But with any brand WDH proper sizing, installation, and adjustment is a must to insure optimized performance. My Reese Dual Cam has preform very well over the last 10 years.

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Been at this 48 years if you start from when I was 5 and my parents bought a truck camper.

When I was around 10 my parents had a Corsair trailer that we pulled with an Oldsmobile Delta88. It had a Reese hitch (no idea what kind) that had the bars that you had to lift up. My dad had this giant screwdriver (seriously, flat head 2 footish long screwdriver, complete with yellow plastic handle) that you had to insert into a slot and lift up on to lock the end of the bar with the chain in place. I always wanted to help him hitch up, but that thing scared me, thought it would slip and one of us would get impaled...

It appears to me that the Blue Ox is the easiest to operate when hitching up.
Hey Square Dancer.....you're taking me back to my childhood memories of my dad and his first trailer. I think it was 1968 and he bought a 17' Coachman. Pulled it with a 67 Ford Custom with a 289 and automatic transmission. For years he swore by his Reese Magic Cam equalizer/sway control hitch. How well I remember helping him hitch up and setting the bars with three hanging links. Yes that makes me a vintage camper.
Wife and I gave only been at it for 11 years with 5ers and gave always pulled with Reese. Old habits die hard. Current is a Reese 16k Titan/Slider.

I know my comments aren't helpful to the conversation but you brought back memories��
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You might want to check the Andersen WDH:

https://youtu.be/HRoQ_yQZQwQ

https://youtu.be/-FhIEc62mKA

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