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Old 10-29-2016, 08:30 AM   #1
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Smile Equalizer Hitch for New 19

I am wondering what is the best WD hitch to order for my new 19; tow is a 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited. The Build Sheet lists Trunnion Pro-Series 600lb with or without Sway Bar, and E2 by FastWay Integrated Sway Control and Weight Distribution Hitch. Effectiveness of function is of course essential, but simplicity is also a good thing. I know that some of you will have had experience with these products, and thanks in advance for any guidance you can supply!

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Old 10-29-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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They all have their pluses and minuses. As long as it does the job of redistributing weight from back to front, and you're happy with how to hook up and unhook with it, then "best" doesn't mean much.

I'd suggest reviewing some online how-to videos for each model, and maybe ask Reace which one he likes and why.

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Old 10-29-2016, 10:33 AM   #3
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I'd suggest reviewing some online how-to videos for each model, and maybe ask Reace which one he likes and why.
This is a good way to do it. My brother's 19 is in production and will be ready right away. I advised him just talk to Reace at pickup and decide which one to buy then. They can set it up real quick for him.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:28 PM   #4
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I agree with the above advice to ask Reace which he advises and why. In a career as a buyer I learned to ask advice to the ones I trusted. I would definitely trust Reace!
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Old 10-31-2016, 07:59 PM   #5
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Well, the Forum so far says to ask Reese. I asked Sarah M. at ETI to ask him, and her reply suggested I consult the tow car's owner's manual (which of course does not recommend any particular brand) or consult the Forum. Anyone here have experience with these hitches that they can share, leading to a recommendation? Thanks!
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Old 10-31-2016, 08:09 PM   #6
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This is one of those things like car & tire brands unfortunately. I'm a less is more type and don't think Escape trailers need any anti-sway as do much larger profile and heavier trailers often do. From a cost vs. value perspective the price for the Fastway in Chilliwack seems out of whack.
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Old 10-31-2016, 08:24 PM   #7
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Thanks Rossue, as the sway bar part is something I particularly don't understand, as I have not had one on my 17B, and certainly have no complaints about it's stability when towing. Seems to me that the move to twin axles on the 19 would add even more stability.
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Old 10-31-2016, 08:38 PM   #8
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I have a Anderson hitch but have several friends that have the E2 and they really like them.
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:16 PM   #9
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Hitches with a 21

We used to have an Anderson and liked it fine.
Based on recommendation from ETI, this time we got the E2 with anti-sway.

We are pulling with a Jeep Grand Cherokee which requires a weight distribution hitch for trailers over 3400 pounds. Given that we already have to fool with that, we just automatically added the sway control.

We were coming back through Tioga pass in Yosemite last week, we were surprised when we opened the Jeep doors and had the doors pulled out of our hands by the wind. I could see it was windy but hadn't had any sensation of being buffeted around. During our trip we frequently saw "high wind area" signs.

The one thing that I would recommend is getting the electric jack. When hooking up or decoupling the towbars, the ups and downs get old when doing it manually.
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Old 10-31-2016, 11:29 PM   #10
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It makes sense to ask Reace, but he has already recommended two specific weight-distributing hitches which are suitable, by choosing them to offer as accessories. You can actually use any WDH you want, not just those ones. The right WDH for a given trailer (if you even want a WDH at all) depends on the tow vehicle and the way you use (load) the trailer; Reace knows all about the trailers, but not your specific tow vehicle.

Why two offerings? The Pro Series (trunnion version) is the economy choice in the lowest available capacity rating (which still handles any Escape model). The trunnion style is generally a bit easier to use than the round-bar style, and the trunnion style usually hangs down a little less than the round bar. Every major towing equipment manufacturer makes similar hitches, in trunnion and round bar styles.
The FastWay E2 is the "premium" alternative. Again, there are other hitches of a similar design.

What is listed as a "sway bar" is a friction-based sway control device. It is from Pro Series because that's the supplier that Escape; every major manufacturer of towing equipment makes the same thing, and there's nothing special about the Pro Series. It is not listed as an option with the E2, because the E2 includes a similar friction-based sway-damping feature as part of the design.

This choice has been discussed several times in this forum, but as usual it's challenging to find useful and relevant discussions from the past. Follow this link and you should see some threads worth reading:
Google search for "fastway e2 pro series" in escapeforum.org

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