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Old 09-18-2014, 08:23 AM   #11
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We came very close to getting a 5er, but instead settled on the 26RLS TT. For us, the main reason against a 5er was the extra 2 feet of height and extra 2,000 lbs of weight, for about the same floor space. We have the Equalizer hitch, and when properly set-up, there are no sway issues. From time to time, I still find myself wishing for a 5er, then I remind myself of the two negatives above.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:24 AM   #12
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nbhybrid,

Thank you so much for your replies.. I think that between the hitch poll, and the link you posted I will go with the Equil-i-zer setup.. Well within budget and maybe I will want to venture more than 20 miles from my home and get on the interstate... I am so tired of white knuckling it every time I get on the highways.. And the DW is tired of jumping out of the passenger door to tighten up the sway bar before we hit the highways and then jumping back out after we exit so we can make sharper turns on the back roads and campgrounds..
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And the DW is tired of jumping out of the passenger door to tighten up the sway bar before we hit the highways and then jumping back out after we exit so we can make sharper turns on the back roads and campgrounds..
yes no unhooking to back up or take sharp turns. Big advantage.

I ordered the Equal-i-zer ball as well just because I am like that. Just like things that are made for each other. I am sure other balls will work just as fine but.... also the installer or you will need a thin walled socket to install the ball as there is little clearance and a regular socket will not fit..

Progressive manufacturing sells the socket as well

Good luck I think you are making the right choice

go to their site and enter your measurements and weights and it will suggest the right hitch. I bought mine from Rv wholesalers because of free quick shipping and price YMMV.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/


on edit: make sure you get the E4 and not the cheaper E2.
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This Reese system is what I used to use. Worked great for me for many years. Never had any sway issues with my TT.

Mine was actually the 1,200 lb version as I had a little over 1,100 lb tongue weight.

http://www.reesehitches.com/products...800_lbs_,66153
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:53 AM   #15
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This Reese system is what I used to use. Worked great for me for many years. Never had any sway issues with my TT.

Mine was actually the 1,200 lb version as I had a little over 1,100 lb tongue weight.

http://www.reesehitches.com/products...800_lbs_,66153
that is a good hitch. it compares to the Equal-i-zer "E2"....the advantage with the Equal-i-zer "E4" is that like the others it has sway control on the spring bars but it also has additional sway control in the shank.

4 points instead of 2
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The most effective Reese WDH with integrated sway control is the Reese Strait-Line with the Dual Cam system, which is an up-grade from the Reese SC WDH. I've been using the Reese Dual Cam system on my 8,500lb TT for 8 years now, and it's performed great.

The two main features I like about the Reese system is you can up-grade the spring bars without replacing the whole WDH (I went from 1,200lb bars to 1,500lb bars), and 2nd that the unique Dual Cam design is pro-active in managing sway (works at keeping sway from starting), and re-active as well.

http://www.reeseprod.com/products/we...qrPpp1KSMoYS1U

http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...e/RP66084.html

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The most effective Reese WDH with integrated sway control is the Reese Strait-Line with the Dual Cam system, which is an up-grade from the Reese SC WDH. I've been using the Reese Dual Cam system on my 8,500lb TT for 8 years now, and it's performed great.

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Yes that is definitely the better Reese hitch.

I considered it before the Equalizer but in my case where my trailer is so low to the ground the arms were in danger of hitting. Most trailers are considerably higher so it wouldn't be as big an issue.
Also it requires a bit more install with some drilling.
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snip..... in my case where my trailer is so low to the ground the arms were in danger of hitting. Most trailers are considerably higher so it wouldn't be as big an issue.......snip
True......, Trunnion style spring bars are angled downward at the tail, so ground clearance must be considered.

In applications with limited ground clearances the Reese Strait-Line WDH with the "Round" style spring bars would be the better consideration because they run closer and parallel to a trailer's frame.

I have found with the WDH's that I have installed the TT's with the ball coupler welded on top of the TT frame are better suited with Round style spring bar WDH's, and TT's with the ball coupler welded on the bottom of the TT frame are better suited with Trunnion style spring bar WDH's. It should be noted that this generalization doesn't apply to all cases, because each TV/TT combination is different.

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As far as the 5er vs TT question goes, yes they are easier to tow. Yes they hookup faster. And they are easier to backup. The pivot point being moved to over the rear axle is great. Also, I am 6'1" and I am very comfortable in the bedroom of my 29.5BHDS. Every unit is different though.

Fifth wheels are heavier and generally more expensive. It's just personal preference. I've had every style trailer but for what we do, our 29.5 is perfect.

As others have said, if your main concern is sway, that should be mostly correctable.
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Both Equalizer and Reese Dual Cam are both excellent WDH. I do not think you can go wrong with either. You should not be white knockle driving all the time. Sometimes in special circumstances that is a different story (ex construction zones). It is absolutely critical that the hitch is setup correctly. The only time I had any sway issue with our current setup was with an extremely high head wind and I did not check my tire pressures before leaving and found them about 5 psi low when we got to our destination. I always check tire pressures now as I believe it is critical to good handling.

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