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Old 08-27-2018, 11:43 AM   #1
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Is the E2 Fastway the best way to go?

We will be finalising our build sheet for our new 21 this week and have purchased a new to us 2015 Ford F-150 with a 2.7L ecoboost engine as our TV. It comes with a trailer tow package including an integrated brake controller. Their are separate receptacles for both a 7 and 4 pin plug, so we are good to go.

Back to the old cherry though, the weight distribution hitch and sway control. Although the TV includes some sort of sway control management, it is more in the way of reducing the impact if it occurs rather than being preventative.

Clearly some users would go without, however, we feel that it would be safer, especially as we plan longish trips with lots of highway driving as well as up and down lots of steep hills and curves, to get a WDH with some kind of sway control.

Our preference would be to go with the E2 Fastway and get ETI to install it. The convenience of the integration, not having to unhitch the sway bars when backing up are attractive options. However there seem to be a lot of issues with it, especially older models, and the way it has been installed, which doesn't necessarily thrill us. There is an active thread on this on the forum right now. There appear to be some remedies and supposedly the latest version should alleviate it, but some people have mentioned that maybe the installation was at fault, not sure whether this happened on ETI installations rather than elsewhere, or on home installations.

Hence our question, Is an E2 Fastway the best way to go, or are there better options?
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Old 08-27-2018, 12:07 PM   #2
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We have the E2, installed by ETI in July when we picked up our new 21. No issues towing back to Ga. thru Glacier, Yellowstone, and Colorado. We have a new Highlander, and I did not try towing without the bars attached.
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Old 08-27-2018, 12:31 PM   #3
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i towed a 17 with a highlander used WDH with the bars ( i don't remember the name but the simple one with bars and chains) never removed when backing up -no issues.
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i towed a 17 with a highlander used WDH with the bars ( i don't remember the name but the simple one with bars and chains) never removed when backing up -no issues.

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Old 08-27-2018, 12:57 PM   #5
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The Pro series worked well for us on the 19 as well. We never unhooked the bars to back up
And I had it jackknifed pretty short a few times and never dropped a bar. It is possible though I’ve been told. The greater worry in that case will be contact between the trailer and the taillight lens. Which is also possible I’m told. I don’t like to crank anything around too tight, I’d rather reset my pattern an give it another go. That said, I’m sure the hitch you’re looking at will do well for you. I’d be especially vigilant the first few days and first few thousand miles with proper torque values, an understanding of how the hitch should look when everything is tight and the wrenches or sockets to “make it so Scotty”. That’s true of any new thing you put on the road including lug nuts and other visible nuts, bolts and screws.
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Old 08-27-2018, 01:01 PM   #6
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Can't say if it's the best one, but I used it's big brother, the Equal-i-zer, for 7 years. Used it with a GMC 1500, and my F150. Although I didn't HAVE to use one either, I just felt better with it, but to each his own.



Other then the bending brackets that others here talk about it worked fine.


Do think about the weight of the unit, I lugged mine from the shed to the truck each time I needed it. The head that goes in the receiver must be somewhere around 40 or 50 lbs.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:40 PM   #7
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i towed a 17 with a highlander used WDH with the bars ( i don't remember the name but the simple one with bars and chains) never removed when backing up -no issues.
WDH spring bars of any brand are not removed for backing up. It is only the separate bar-and-clamp style friction-based sway control devices (which are not WD systems at all) which may need to be removed.
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:00 PM   #8
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Quote: (Can't say if it's the best one, but I used it's big brother, the Equal-i-zer, for 7 years. Used it with a GMC 1500, and my F150. Although I didn't HAVE to use one either, I just felt better with it, but to each his own.)

Having used a variety of hitches through the years, my favorite was the Equal-i-zer we had for our huge 36' Cougar High Country. Easy to use and rock solid control.

Debated about which hitch to use for our new (due in November) 21' and decided to go with the E2 Fastway. We will be towing with a Ford F250, so yeah it might be overkill for that truck. But, figured that the extra capability and safety of that hitch setup is worth the added money spent. We tend to error more on the side of safety when towing.

And the hitch will just be another added feature if we ever decide we want to sell.
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Clearly some users would go without, however, we feel that it would be safer, especially as we plan longish trips with lots of highway driving as well as up and down lots of steep hills and curves, to get a WDH with some kind of sway control.
We had the same concerns, Chris & Patricia, and ordered a Pro Series WDH (as shown in photo posted by Glenn) plus Sway Control bar. The WDH is a necessity with our Explorer SUV, and we never tow without it. We used the optional Sway Control bar for several thousand miles and experienced no sway. Then we experimented with using just the WDH and no Sway Control bar. We notice NO DIFFERENCE, and have not used the Sway Control bar since. We too, have traveled long distances on the highway, and have never regretted the decision. The 21 tracks very true and No Sway. Just My $.02.....
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:38 PM   #10
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yes pro series
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