Originally Posted by gocamp
The escape options list the equalizer and e2 as wdh options.
Originally Posted by float5
The "equalizer" you refer to that Escape sells is actually a Pro series, I believe, not the brand that has a similar name. It is bars and chains and ours works fine including for backing.
Good point - Escape has always referred to the weight-distributing hitch that they offer as an option as an "equalizer", but it has never been an Equal-i-zerŪ
product. This is the current photo from the Escape options web pages:
It is a conventional style of WDH, currently a Pro Series. The photo shows the round-bar style, but as of last fall Escape was specifying the Pro Series 600 Trunnion
(conventional WD hitches are either "round bar" or "trunnion", depending on how the bars go into the head).
The second WDH offered as an option actually is a product of Progress Mfg. Inc., the maker of the Equal-izerŪ. The Fastway E2
is basically the frame brackets of an Equal-izerŪ, but with a conventional WD head (round-bar or trunnion available).
The angle of turn is too sharp for a hanging-chain WDH such as the Pro Series when the chain angles get too far from vertical. The angle is too sharp for the E2 when the bar on the outside of the turn comes right out of the frame bracket, or when the bar on the inside jams because the thicker part of the bar binds in the frame bracket's retainer.
The "Sway Control Bar" offered as an add-on to the base WDH (for an additional $125) is presumably a typical friction-type bar-and-clamp device (Pro Series 83660
). The angle of turn is too sharp for this type of device when either the bar pulls right out of the clamp (on the outside of the turn) or the bar jams (or "bottoms out") because there's not enough room for it in the device (on the inside of the turn).