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Old 09-16-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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Equalizer hitch changes

Received an email from Escape asking which of three choices of Equalizer hitches we wanted to order for our 19' trailer. Our choices are:
•Pro Series 600 Trunnion ($350)
•Pro Series 600 Trunnion with Sway Bar ($400)
•E2 by Fastway, integrated sway control and weight distribution ($625)

Opinions, thoughts, please

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Old 09-17-2015, 12:49 AM   #2
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I'm probably sounding like a broken record by this time, but none of these are Equal-i-zer hitches; it would be nice if Escape properly labelled them as "weight distributing hitches".

The Fastway E2 does use a similar style of bar-to-frame brackets to that used by Equal-i-zer, unlike the Pro Series. Those brackets add friction for sway control... and likely noise, and wear, and a different process for snapping the bars in place. The head end of the E2 is available as a round-bar or trunnion design (just like the Pro Series) - I don't see an indication of which one Escape is offering.

The brackets of the E2 don't look like $275 to me, but if you like the way the E2 works then I suppose it's not a huge difference compared to the total trailer and equipment cost.

Both hitch manufacturers offer their manuals on their websites if you want to look at the details of operation.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:58 AM   #3
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I'm sure there'll be lots of opinions. I have the Pro Series 600 and tow the 19 with a Ford Ranger. I don't know how much credit to give the WDH. The "feel" of my towing set-up is excellent. Hard to put into words but the truck and trailer sort of feel as one integrated entity. I've had some set-ups in the past where the trailer seemed like it wanted to do it's own thing. Anyway this set-up makes for pretty relaxed towing. Can't say anything bad about it, but, as I said, I don't know how much credit to give the WDH as part of towing package that feels just right, but I'm sure it must be part of it.

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I tow my 19 with a big Chevy pickup (5.3L engine) and no WDH. Didn't think I needed one. Towing has been a dream. After 16K miles of towing that opinion remains confirmed.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:23 AM   #5
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Bob - I would second what Bob has said above, (for us with our Tacoma and 17B)

I went with the WDH based upon Toyota's recommendation in my Tacoma's manual. Does Toyota make that same recommendation for your Sequoia? Tacoma rear springs in model years similar to mine are notorious weak, and the WDH really helped with preventing rear end sag with the trailer attached. There are other options available to help with the rear end sag, but since Toyota recommended the WDH I went with it.

I have tried short tows without the WDH as an experiment and the whole towing experience with my particular setup is much better with than without the WDH.
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I've towed a short distance without the WDH and long distance with it. Been passed by semis, driven in cross winds and had to make a couple radical lane changes. The Pro Series makes tow and trailer feel like a single unit.
I'd never leave home without it.
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Glad to hear the reports about the pro 600. That's the one we're going with.
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A year ago the Andersen seemed to be in very high esteem here and we bought one based on that.What caused ETI to drop it and has anyone received a refund? Our chain guides are decorming and can see them wearing througb at some point. We have towed approximately 20K miles in the year since we picked up.
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BTW. I do not have the sway bar option.
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BTW. I do not have the sway bar option.
Ditto - and as Glenn said above our trailer/tow combination with the WDH seems to move as one unit.
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