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Old 09-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Which WDH to pick...

I recently bought a 2008 X23B...After 2 trips now I think a sway control is a must. And if I'm buying a sway control, I'm thinking the WDH is worth it as well. So...

1. Do I need a WDH? Dealer was kind of on the fence since my truck didn't dip a whole lot. (I measured a 2.5 inch drop after the camper was on)

2. Which WDH to get if i do...

Reese Pro Series
Equalizer
Andersen

Reese is most common name for hitches IMO, but the Equalizer seems to be the most heavy duty, the Andersen is a different style but seems good too.
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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I have the Equalizer E-2 hitch with anti-sway built in on 2 sides.
I have been satisfied with its performance.
I had about 2.5" of drop on my 4Runner and now I am less than 1"

Etrailer.com has a pretty good technical staff that can be reached on their 800 number.
Tweetys.com also has good technical assitance

My tongue weight is about 475lbs, TT weight is 3,000. TT GVWR = 3500lbs

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yes, sway control is a must, especially should a sway event surface unexpectedly.

You didn't mention what kind of a TV or receiver hitch you have..., but IMO the potential of exceeding the TV receiver hitch's "Weight Carrying" limit with the 23B is very likely without a WDH. Also, I'm sure you would find that a WDH would maintain/control proper weight distribution to the TV's front suspension/steering which is important. The fact that your TV's rear suspension squatted 2 1/2" tells me that your front suspension lost weight .... not a good condition (steering/handling compromised).

IMO both the Equal-i-zer brand WDH and the Reese Strait-Line brand WDH would be a good choice......, both brand/models have integrated sway control. I think you would be better served with the Reese Strait-Line WDH over the Reese Pro-Series...., the Strait-Line is a heavy duty hitch along the lines of the Equal-i-zer.

My BIL had a 2006 23B, and his Reese Strait-Line WDH was rated at 800lbs, which accommodated his 650lb loaded tongue weight nicely. An 800lb rated WDH will also accommodate the 2008 23B should it be loaded at it's GVWR of 4,950lbs as well. Recommended loaded tongue weight range should be 10% to 15% of the 23B's loaded weight, but a 13% to 15% range would enhance TV handling.

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Should have included the TV info...I have a 2008 Ram HEMI 5.7 V8 3.92. I also have a DrawTite Activator break controller. A Reese hitch is durrently attached to my truck. It's labeled at a GVWR of 5000, and TW of 500. If that helps. When I was getting prices the rep that I spoke with about the Equalizer stated it was 825.00 all others were right around 400-500 roughly. When I inquired about the price difference, I was told the Equalizer was more HD than the others, but also said based on the size of the camper it was more overkill than I needed. What are your thoughts there?
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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Based on some recommendations here, we went with the Equal-I-zer. It works great!
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On my last rip with our current 34 foot TT hooked to my F250 and hitched with Equalizer we were on interstate roads all day long. Trucks passing us and we passed others. Had very little sway.
I have pulled with lesser hitches but will never do it again.
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Here's the hitch I bought $324
800lbs Tongue wt, 8,000 tow weight
It's actually a Fastway e-2 with build in anti-sway.

I've been pleased with it for the money. Dealer wanted like $800

Easy to install yourself.

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This is what i got from my dealer.

http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...ies/49570.html

With a sway bar seperate. 1 sway bar now, I might add a second. I havent had any sway yet, but for above 26 it says to use two. I have a 26.
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Here's the hitch I bought $324
800lbs Tongue wt, 8,000 tow weight
It's actually a Fastway e-2 with build in anti-sway.

I've been pleased with it for the money. Dealer wanted like $800

Easy to install yourself.

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I forgot the link. Free shipping

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...4-00-0800.html
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snip....... When I inquired about the price difference, I was told the Equalizer was more HD than the others, but also said based on the size of the camper it was more overkill than I needed. What are your thoughts there?
IMO your RV dealer was comparing apples/oranges with the Equal-i-zer product (with integrated sway control) and the Reese Pro-Series product (standard WDH, without integrated sway control). A better comparison would be the Equal-i-zer and the Reese Strait-Line WDH (heavy duty product with integrated sway control).

I question your dealer's statement "more overkill than I needed". The 2008 Jayco 23B has a Jayco published dry (unloaded) hitch weight of 400lbs, UVW of 4,060lbs, GVWR of 4,950lbs..., your TV receiver has a 500lbs Weight Carrying limit. IMO even a conservative packer could exceed a loaded tongue weight of 500lbs with the 23B....., thus a WDH would be required. Your TV's Reese receiver should also have a "Weight Distribution" rating limit (when a WDH is used) which will be higher then the "Weight Carrying" limit.

Loaded 23B example: (UVW 4,060lbs) + (approx. Actual Ship Weight delta 200lbs) + (dealer installed battery 50lbs) + (cargo 500lbs) = 4,810lbs Loaded 23B ........ (10% to 15% of 4,810lbs) = 481lbs to 721lbs Loaded Tongue weight range. The 23B has a conservative CCC, so loading it to it's GVWR won't be to difficult.

Sounds like the dealer is thinking in "unloaded" terms (giving him an out)...., but "loaded" weights are a towing reality. My definition of "over-kill" would be purchasing a 1,200lb rated WDH when a 800lb WDH will accommodate the 23B's GVWR.

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