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Old 09-14-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Hitch choice....

OK, so currently I have a 1000# Reese round bar hitch with two sway bars. While it works ok it is a real bear to set up every time on my new camper. I need to jack the thing up untill the wheels are all but off the ground to make up the chains. It wasn't so bad on my old unit and I think it has something to do with my bottom coupler. Anyway, I'm looking for something easier to connect and I'm thinking of the Reese Steadi-Flex, the Equalizer or the Blue Ox.

My camper is a 2017 Whitehawk 30RDS. I think the biggest concern I have is what will work best with the bottom coupler. I am really gravitating to the Reese unit but the Blue ox is tempting. However with the bottom coupling of my camper I'm thinking I may have more than the desirable number of chain links exposed and not get the anti sway effect desired. The equalizer seems like a nice setup too but I don't like the metal to metal idea as much as I like the friction pads on the Reese.
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I have the Equalizer brand 4-point hitch and my trailer has a bottom coupler. It has been working very well for me since 2006.

You said that you have "... two sway bars." You mean two add-on friction devices, correct? AFAIK, the round bars with the chains have NO anti-sway properties no matter how tight your chains are. If you didn't already, you may need to check the entire setup of your hitch if it was just removed from one trailer and then used with the same setup on a different trailer. You may be transferring more weight to your TV front end than you need.
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My bad, yes two friction bars. The hitch was set up to go with the new camper. Front wheel height is good back is about 1-1/2" lower so I don't think it's to terribly out of whack. Ball angle is near straight up.
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By saying your trailer has a "bottom coupler" you mean underslung right? My 28BHBE has an underslung coupler and I have the Blue OX WDH made for underslung couplers. It works great and is easy to setup. No dealing with washers for head tilt or anything like that.
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AFAIK, the round bars with the chains have NO anti-sway properties no matter how tight your chains are.


The Blue OX WDH with round bars and chains do provide sway control. Works very well.
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By saying your trailer has a "bottom coupler" you mean underslung right? My 28BHBE has an underslung coupler and I have the Blue OX WDH made for underslung couplers. It works great and is easy to setup. No dealing with washers for head tilt or anything like that.
Yes, it's "underslung" thanks...
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OK, so currently I have a 1000# Reese round bar hitch with two sway bars. While it works ok it is a real bear to set up every time on my new camper. I need to jack the thing up untill the wheels are all but off the ground to make up the chains.




My understanding of WDH is that the tension on spring bars is magic that distributes the weight to front axle and TT. I use Curt True track WDH with 4 point built in anti sway. My initial setup was very easy to pull up the spring bars but not enough weight transfer to front axle. Now I pretty much have to jack it up until my TV is almost off the ground and front ride height is back to stock.
Try it out. Pointless to have WDH and not have it setup to actually distribute the TW.


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My bad, yes two friction bars. The hitch was set up to go with the new camper. Front wheel height is good back is about 1-1/2" lower so I don't think it's to terribly out of whack. Ball angle is near straight up.
This might be a moot point, but one of my best friends is a retired RV mechanic and is perhaps the most knowledgeable men I have ever met. When he installed my new Reese hitch for me (Reese is his favorite but even he says they are all good) he set mine so there is a 1 inch differential between front and back.
If you go to e-trailer.com, they have some incredible videos on hitch installation. This is where we buy all my parts.
Then, if you really want to blown your mind, go to YouTube and watch some videos on the Pull-rite system.
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I use a Blue Ox for an underslung coupler and it works great for me.

Easy to set and use and never any trouble backing up with it attached.

Sway control works very well i am very pleased with this setup.

The Equalizer has a huge following and many happy users.

You might want to look at it also.
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You can remove the under-slung coupler and go to the overhead coupler on the A-Frame by using a the bolted one. Be sure to use bushing (1/2 pipe) between the channel of the A-Frame. I tested both ways and found the overhead works the best with the standard round bar WDH's as it gives the most clearance. Mine ball height runs at 26 1/2".
An overhead coupler runs about $60. The under-slung coupler is probably welded on and has to be careful grinded off. I have used the round bar WDH system for 50 years and are happy with it (it is the most cost effective) and does the job as it supposed to do.
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