The Husky Centerline WDH with sway control that I use works very well. I have not experienced any sway with this set up, including passing trucks on the interstate. It is easy to hook up, and looked easy to install, but I had my dealer install it. I paid around $700 for it, but that's in Canada, I am sure it's cheaper in the US.
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Not sure an RV newbie wants to do that and the PDI and buying paperwork.
I totally agree. It's a tough spot.
Unfortunately, the OP's brother is chosing to make a 6+ hour run to pick up the trailer. He needs to plan for it in whatever way he chooses. Best bet may be to "waste" $300 on a simple trunnion-bar WD hitch and drive home slow. An empty trailer may be just fine.
I installed my relatively difficult Hensley in about 4 hours without much more than a few wrenches and a good portable drill. That isn't out of the question if he plans for it. Heck...tow it to the nearest campground and do it the next day. Stranger things have happened!
You have now! I ditched my Reese DC because I was constantly having to "dial it in" always adjusting because one trip the back of the truck had 200 lbs of stuff, next trip had 2000 lbs, etc. When dialed in it was good, but I was always having to dial it in.
Trailer: 07 Tango 299BHS w/ 225/70R15 LT Load Range D
TV: 2004.5 Dodge 610 CTD 3500 QC 48RE 2wd Laramie SRW, FP Gauge, FASS 95/95, Rhino Lining, Hensley Arrow, Air Bags & Compressor, Canopy, Custom Boat Rack.
Been running B100 home brew June 2008!
*snip* I like the Reese over EQ because it is quieter in operation and can be backed up with attached. It is a little more picky about being setup correctly.
I agree with the quieter operation, but if you grease it properly, it is relatively quiet. Not sure where you heard the deal about backing it up, but that is not the case with the Equal-i-zer. You are probably referring to a basic friction sway bar.
2011 Keystone Bullet Premier 31BHPR
2005 Ford Excursion 6.8L 3.73's, RAS, Equal-i-zer, P3
I have the Reese DC system. It took me a good afternoon to get it set up, not installation, but hitch height, angle, etc all "dialed in" as mentioned above. I wouldnt trust a dealers set up. Its fine for them to install, and if they do set it up, take time to check measurements and find a place to make fine tune adjustments if needed. Its a great product, and as stated is sway control, not elimination, but it does a damn fine job of it. I hear great things and have seen the demo videos of the Hensley Arrow and I agree it seems to be a superior system but I believe they run around the $3k mark.
Keep true to the vision living in your head.
Jim & Evelyn
2005 Ford Excursion V-10 - 2014 XLR Hyperlite 27HFS
2012 Street Glide (his)
2004 Fatboy (hers)
I didn't have to fuss with the "dial it in" issues. I have a reliable dealership who did all that for me, and have never had the need to readjust anything. Having such a good service department isn't always a given, if you're driving the long distance to pick it up, but is a "priceless" asset for all your maintenance issues.
I have an Equalizer hitch and I am happy with it. I have used them on two different trailers and they have performed well. The Best? Well, I do believe that the HA or PP are the best from everything I have read on this forum. Of course, they are by far the most expensive so I would look into all the variables. If I had a very long trailer and a very short WB TV, I would go that direction for sure.
I have never owned anything other than the Equalizer so I won't say it is the best bang for your buck because I really don't know about the other types. I would stay away from any add on friction bar and go with a Reese or an Equalizer based on the majority input here on the forum.
The only reason I avoided the Reese was because I did not like having to disconnect before backing which was necessary back in the old days. Today they are much improved. My brother had one and I also didn't like snapping the chains into position. I suppose I am a bit of a wimp but this part did not appeal to me. Read through this thread to get a feeling of what I was thinking.