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Old 09-24-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hitch for F150 towing 19ft

We have a 2015 Ford F150 crew cab and will be towing a new 19ft. Escape has three different hitches available: equalizer, equalizer with sway control, and integrated sway control with weight distribution. Given past towing experience, some of which was not good, we know that how a trailer tows is very dependent on the entire rig: vehicle, trailer and hitch. So our question is does anyone have experience towing a 19 ft with a F150 crew cab, and if so what type of hitch do you use? We are looking for help making our decision.
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:07 AM   #2
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We tow our 19 with a 2015 F150, SuperCrew, 2WD.

We didn't intend to use a WDH at all, but on the day of pickup, Reace was of the opinion that we would benefit from one. So, we put him to work installing an Andersen Hitch. We're happy with it. Since they don't offer it anymore at Escape, I'd just go with their stock WDH offering, if you feel you need one.

By the way, "equalizer" isn't a type. It's a brand name for one line of Weight Distribution hitches, and ironically, they don't sell it at Escape. It's kind of a case of calling every cola a "Coke".

Since your F150 has antisway built in, there's no real need for such a feature, although almost all weight distribution hitches have some form of sway control.

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We've towed some 30K + miles in two years. We used the Andersen for 2/3 of that and now the basic "equalizer"(which is actually a Pro Series with trunnion bars). Have also towed a fair amount of miles without using either one. On long trips especially using the Pro Series gives me less slop and bouncing around from the trailer. Have never felt the need for any sway control.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:37 AM   #4
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We have a 2015 Ford F150 crew cab and will be towing a new 19ft. Escape has three different hitches available: equalizer, equalizer with sway control, and integrated sway control with weight distribution. Given past towing experience, some of which was not good, we know that how a trailer tows is very dependent on the entire rig: vehicle, trailer and hitch. So our question is does anyone have experience towing a 19 ft with a F150 crew cab, and if so what type of hitch do you use? We are looking for help making our decision.
MVA, I tow our 19 with a 2014 Durango Rallye and no hitch-based towing aides (just sensible weight ditsrib. etc.) with no problems under any conditions.

We (wife and two kiddies) have just returned from a Folsom-CA Fort Collins-CO round trip via I-80 in 6 days (left Salt Lake City on Wed morning, arrived Folsom at ~ 1:30am Thursday) with cruise set to the limit across Wyoming and Utah, wonderful drive. Our Durango does have Tow Package incl. anti-sway, but I have otherwise chosen simplicity at hook-up and for reversing, over the added cost/complexity, but I know many folk swear by WDH and/or anti-sway hitches.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:45 AM   #5
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MVA, I tow our 19 with a 2014 Durango Rallye and no hitch based towing aides (except sensible weight ditsrib. etc.) with no problems under any conditions.

We (wife and two kiddies) have just returned from a Folsom-CA Fort Collins-CO round trip via I-80 in 6 days (left Salt Lake City on Wed morning, arrived Folsom at ~ 1:30am Thursday) with cruise set to the limit across Wyoming and Utah, wonderful drive. Our Durango does have Tow Package incl. anti-sway, but I have otherwise chosen simplicity at hook-up and for reversing, over the added cost/complexity, but I know many folk swear by WDH and/or anti-sway hitches.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
right.... but just to play the devils advocate...

just because you didn't have any problems, doesnt mean that with some tugs, with certain trailers, a WDH + sway control may make it safer.

For example, you could have not worn your seatbelt the whole trip, and said "I didnt wear my seatbelt for the whole trip, and didn't have any problems" .... but you'd agree that a seatbelt would make you safer in certain situations .... right?



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Old 10-06-2016, 07:50 AM   #6
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By the way, "equalizer" isn't a type. It's a brand name for one line of Weight Distribution hitches, and ironically, they don't sell it at Escape. It's kind of a case of calling every cola a "Coke".
If I'm not mistaken, the Fastway E2 that Escape sells IS made by Equalizer.
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:40 AM   #7
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If I'm not mistaken, the Fastway E2 that Escape sells IS made by Equalizer.
Fastway is the same as Equalizer but not made by them. Equalizer is made in the US and Fastway is not.

We tow a 19' with a 1/2 PU (Tundra) and have used the Anderson for 3 years and love it. Truck has sway control like the F-150 but the WDH makes the ride much smoother. Takes out most of the bouncing. If I was buying a new rig today I would purchase the Fastway E2 to maintain comfort in the ride.
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This link makes me think there is some connection between Equalizer and Fastway, but maybe not:

Fastway® by Progress : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:23 AM   #9
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If I'm not mistaken, the Fastway E2 that Escape sells IS made by Equalizer.
Equal-i-zer is a brand, rather than a separate company - it doesn't make anything. The Equal-i-zer hitches are made by Progress Manufacturing.

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Fastway is the same as Equalizer but not made by them. Equalizer is made in the US and Fastway is not.
The Fastway E2 hitch and the Equal-i-zer hitch are both products of Progress Manufacturing, so they are from the same company. The frame brackets are the same (or nearly so) in design, but the heads are different.

I don't know if it matters where they are made, if they are built to the same standards... other than for socio-economic reasons.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:17 AM   #10
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This weekend I drove my Pathfinder and trailer about an hour to a friends house so that he could help me install and set up my Fastway E2 hitch. I drove mostly interstate in a very heavy wind. The trip over to his house was with the trailer just sitting on the hitch ball. The trip to his house was very nerve wracking, I never felt like I was in control of the trailer, especially with all the wind, and also the big rigs passing me. My friend was in front of me in his vehicle for part of the drive and he could tell from up ahead that I was having trouble.

Once we got everything installed and correctly adjusted, I drove it back the same route, in the same heavy wind. It was absolutely like night and day. No more sway, no more "porpoising". It felt solid, and it would be easy to forget that the trailer was back there.

In fact, my new worry now will be keeping an eye on the speedometer. Where before I was afraid to get over 55 or 60 mph, this thing tows so smoothly now that I looked down once and found that I was driving about 75.

I'm one of those folks who doesn't want to have to spend money on something unless I really, really need it. Which is why I did not want to invest in WDH and sway control until I had towed a couple of times without it.

And I know that there are some on here who tow without anything, and say it does great. Well good for them, but as for me, I will never tow without it again.
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