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Old 11-06-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Recommend a good hitch

I'm picking up a '13 28BHS and am needing a hitch. I have some ideas of good brands and what weight rating I need, but I want to hear your opinions. Published tongue weight is 690lbs which we all know is a lie. The trailer is 5500lbs empty and I'm factoring 1000lbs for gear, making a towing weight of about 6500 and GVWR is 7500. The odd time I will tow with a bit of water in the tank, which is forward of the trailer axles, adding tongue weight. I'll also have dual 6V up there too.

I want good sway control (30.5ft long) and something affordable. We all know how badly us Canadians get hosed with pricing compared to our southern friends.

What do you guys think?
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I use a Pro 1200lb good for 12000 or 15000 lbs. with Sway Control which apparently came with a 6000 lbs. GVWR TT. It works perfect no sway at all and good distribution.
A lot of the WD hitches are mfg in China. Distributers just put their own name on it. On KiJiJi or Graig's list you might find them in your area. They are also listed at bargain prices on Amazone.ca Once I had a real expensive one and found the cheaper ones serve the same purpose. What ever you can afford or want to spent on a WD with Sway control. Good Luck in your search
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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IMHO this is the wrong item to shop by price. I have used Equalizer now on two campers. Its all you need in a hitch.
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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Wow ALJO, I had a 198RD before this and had a hitch half as beefy as yours! 600LB bars.

And eldermike, you're right, I know how important it is to have a quality hitch for a long bumper pull. Equalizers are rated very high, but they are also quite heavy from what I've read and I'm not sure if the E2 would be good enough or if I should look at the E4.
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I only have experience with an E4 Equalizer with 1400/14000 rating, and I can say it's done its job well, though I have nothing to compare it against. I will say you are correct....It's quite heavy. But otherwise, distributes weight well and I've driven through wind gusts with no sway with my short wheelbase TV.
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:46 PM   #6
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Is the Equal-i-zer made by a company called Lindon? I have found a couple used hitch ads that list as "Lindon Equalizer" and not sure if that's the real deal or not...
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For lack of a better term, there seems to be 3 tiers of hitches...

Premium - Propride and Hensley

Middle - Equal-i-Zer, Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, and much less often referred to but I use with and am very happy the Husky CenterLine. Each of these offer integrated sway control and don't require a separate friction sway bar.

Economy - dozens of manufactures provide this. Typically they are either square or round bar with chains on snap up brackets and separate friction sway control.

Any of them can be dialed in to do the job. The preimum cost thousands, middle cost $400-$700 and economy are $250. I personally think any of the middle group will serve you well for years to come.

Some are very passionate about Hensley and Propride, but they exceed my budget.

As was mention cost shouldn't be the driving force in this decision -- but you IMO you don't need to spend thousands. Whatever you get make sure you take the time to get actual weights and set it up correctly with a loaded trailer. Likely will require a couple trips to the scale.
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I've had both Equilizer and Reese Dual Cam hitches on 3 different trailers. I would recommend looking at those, as they are both excellent choices.

I would expect that published tongue weight to end up at around 900# by the time the trailer is loaded
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Is the Equal-i-zer made by a company called Lindon? I have found a couple used hitch ads that list as "Lindon Equalizer" and not sure if that's the real deal or not...
Maybe -- Equal-i-Zer is currently made by Progress Mfg but formerly Lindon Hitch. Equalizer has become a generic term, so make sure it is actually Equal-i-Zer.
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Here is a description of my set-up for you to ponder. Our TT is 30 ft overall length, and 7,300 lbs loaded up. Our tongue weight is 1,000 lbs. We just completed a trip from Ontario to the FL Keys and back. It was 6,300 kms round trip with some 2,200 ft mountains in TN-KY. In OH we experienced 25 mph cross winds. Our Equalizer hitch is the 1k-10k model. Some will say that's too light. I say too heavy is a bigger problem. My experience on this trip is the Equalizer E4 controlled the cross winds very well, but you still needed close attention to the steering to stay on track. I would also say, I would not have wanted to tow in these conditions with a half-ton truck. Another view point I have -- the Equalizer is a friction type sway control device, with the primary difference being the friction surfaces are metal to metal, vs the traditional friction bars being metal to brake pad type material. Equalizer says they are better because the brake pad material looses effectiveness when wet, where as metal to metal does not.
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