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lilbear

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Ok, first of all we took our first trip this weekend with our 2003 25RSS Outback. We have a 2000 Silverado 1500..5.3L engine. Anyways, we had the Prodigy brake controller put on our truck and the Equalizer hitch. My question is....is the sway control necessary? Or is the Equalizer hitch the same as sway control? Ok, I know the Equalizer hitch is to equally distribute the weight of the tongue of the trailer which is 600lb. tongue. So does one still need sway control? We drove about 250 miles this weekend in a nasty crosswind and did NOT have any problems with sway. Is this because of the weight of our trailer?
Sorry for the dumb question and I know this has been answered in other posts but, i am still trying to make sense of the sway control, and equalizer hitch. Thanks!
Laurie

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You may drive 250,000 miles without a problem. However, on your next trip the condditions may cause you problems.

Why take a chance? Use the sway control and feel comfortable without any surprizes.

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I was under the impression that the equalizer was an anti-sway hitch.Where the weight bars attach to the hitch head it provides friction to sway.

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Posted: 07/08/02 07:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

...at least you are smart enough to ask the questions...

I dont believe an equalizer hitch and sway control hitch are the same thing.

The equalizer performs the function of weight distribution.

The sway control is a dampening process that reduces/eliminates sway cause by cross winds, passing larger diesels, etc.

Perhaps someone else will jump in here and further expand on the comments.

*This Message was edited on 08-Jul-02 07:13 AM by wittmeba*



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Posted: 07/08/02 07:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think that we have a word meaning problem here. There is a difference between an equalizer hitch (meaning load distribution) and an Equal-i-zer hitch (meaning brand name). One is not used for sway control and must have additional sway control devices added (equalizer) and the other includes sway control.
http://www.equalizerhitch.com/
Hope this helps clear up any misunderstanding.
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Oh ok...so the Equal-i-zer is something totally different from the equalizer hitch. That is way to confusing! LOL! No wonder I haven't been able to make sense of this. Well, I am fairly sure we do NOT have sway control(Equal-i-zer) then. We do have the weight distribution bars (an equalizer hitch). These are 2 black bars that are connected to the trailer hitch and also to the hitch on the truck. So if you buy the Equal-i-zer for sway do you still use the equalizer hitch for weight distribution?
Thanks again all of you for your help. You can't know how much I appreciate it!
Laurie


*This Message was edited on 08-Jul-02 08:28 AM by lilbear*


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If you buy the "Equal-i-zer" you get wieght distribution and sway control in one hitch. I have one and love it. It has not seen a lot of travel (1000 miles or so) but the terrain and road made a beleiver out of me. It handled crosswinds of 20-30 mph and the passing (and being passed) truckers with ease.

*This Message was edited on 08-Jul-02 10:33 AM by MtnGoat*



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lilbear,

Take a look at the Equal-I-Zer hitch web site and see if it matches the looks of yours. The Equal-I-Zer hitch also has 2 long bars that go from the ball to the frame of the camper, but they do not have chains on them.


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Do yor bars have chains or a bracket they fit into? IF there is a bracket, is there a pivot point at the bar connection to the hitch and is the ball sloped downward? I do not know of another WD hitch that does not use chains, just the Equal-i-zer..

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man, I wish I had thought of that rather than to discribe it!!!! (beating my head on the keyboard!)

*This Message was edited on 08-Jul-02 02:19 PM by MtnGoat*


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