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Old 04-25-2009, 04:25 PM   #31
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

Originally Posted by Edgar
Hi Walt and Linda,

I just installed the Prodigy brake controller into my Tacoma 6-speed. Your's is probably as tight around the knees as mine so it is difficult to fit the controller in front of the driver. I installed mine in front of the stick shift and under the climate control. It filled most of the little cubby space but I can still keep pen and paper in there. I purchased the prodigy from e-trailer.com with the toyota cable option. Wiring was a breeze. Figuring out how to remove the center console was a little more challanging. But that was the only way to get the wiring routed under the dashboard.

Good luck.

Hi Edgar

This is were I installed mine in my Tacoma, its a good spot away from everything.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:05 PM   #32
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Great place for the controller. I don't have that little cubby in my '06. Had to mount it to the right, between the power ports.

Thanks for the fotos.


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Old 04-26-2009, 07:19 PM   #33
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Nice spot was thinking the same spot but my emergency brake handle is there will go with edgar and mount it between the ports great pictures too.
thanks walt
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:30 PM   #34
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

Just read all three pages and had a question. Does the EQ hitch escape sells control side to side sway? For example, Like passing big rigs on a two lane road. I have read that very few people use a friction sway bar. Also, is the WDH escape sells the www.equalizerhitch.com company that uses no chains and controls side sway or some other company like Reese that uses chains? Thanks
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:35 PM   #35
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

I don't see a brand name on it. Has steel bars that are held in place by a chain.
All I know is I've been passed dozens of times by big rigs to no effect. I also swerved violently to avoid a pothole and the trailer just obediently followed.

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Old 07-30-2009, 08:57 PM   #36
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

I had my brake controller installed by Trade Masters ( a place Tammy/Reace recommended) in Chilliwack. I think the installation charge was $35 or so. I left Escape without a WD hitch on my 06 Tacoma, and found out on the trip home how lightly sprung they are (see the 'Ridin' Hard' thread in Towing). I now have a WD hitch and Ride Rite air helper springs. What an improvement! I'm really happy with the ride and increased control.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by JeffZ
What worked out for us was Reace had a WDH on site.. We hooked up the Escape and looked at how the "Back end" of our Highlander reacted to the weight of the trailer and then basically decided to purchase the WDH from Escape.. What was pretty cool is once the WDH was dialed in it you could see the difference on the "back end suspension" .. It somehow took/pushed 1/3 of the tounge weight to the front of the car, 1/3 on the back & 1/3 to the back axle of the Escape.. So for us it was worth it as it really gave us the piece of mind that we not overloading the suspension..
Hi there, I know this topic has not being posted for at least 120 days, But being new in this I still don't understand some interesting abbreviations, Can somebody tell Me please what is the "WDH"? The cost of installing one and how does it worked so far for You?

I have a SUV ML320 rated 5000 for towing, I have an Escape Trailer 15" plan B, sometimes I have to put some extra weight in My car's cargo compartment like close to 400 pounds, I haven't lost traction but worries Me the suspension of My car, And Last any comments about an "WDH" compared to an Equalizer Hitch, in service, reliability and cost if any of You have experience with this two items and can share will be appreciated.

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Old 03-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #38
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

WDH - Stands for Weight Distribution Hitch .. It basically take the tongue weight of the trailer and distributes it 1/3 to the front axle of the car - 1/3 to the back axle of the car and rest to the axle of the trailer.. So if your suspension is soft in your SUV this will help a great deal
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #39
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Jeffz: Thank You for Your answer.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:18 AM   #40
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

I actually don't think it balances 1/3 on each point. I think this is why the term equalizer hitch has for the most part been replaced by weight distribution hitch, a term for the hitch that is much more accurate. Mostly, it distributes some of the weight on the rear axle forward to the front axle. The weight on the trailer axle itself changes very little, and if anything by stopping the downward bend at the hitch like it does, it would think it could even distribute some weight back to the trailer tires.

Even though you still have the same force downward on the hitch, this weight is transfered down through all of the axles.

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