Originally Posted by Erie
I hope I'm doing this correctly and responding directly to you.....being totally new to towing when you mentioned that backing up with the equalizer or the Anderson requires attention could you be a bit more specific. Thanks again for your help
CP wrote his response, but I can add. At this link I discuss issues backing up
With the Andersen, I would get out and loosen the chains or disconnect the collar, so the hitch is free floating on the ball and not grabbing the brake material. Again, it is not that you can't back up, but with the increased resistance on both types of hitches, it is difficult to "follow" your trailer when you want to straighten out. It will want to continue in the same direction. On the Equal-i-zer, the best way to solve this is to remove the bars. In both cases you would be removing any additional resistance especially in a tight turn situation. We have to do this at home because we have a narrow road and a 90 degree turn to get into the driveway.
Our problem is exacerbated because we have a 15 and a shorter distance between the hitch and the axle and the trailer wants to turn even more quickly than say a 19 or 21 with the tandem axles. Hope this helps with your question.