RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Reese Dual cam vs Equalizer

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Towing

Open Roads Forum  >  Towing

 > Reese Dual cam vs Equalizer

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next
Sponsored By:
gpeade

VA

New Member

Joined: 02/11/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/11/19 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First off I am not trying to beat a dead horse here to decide which is the better hitch. I have not owned a TT for more than 10yrs but thinking about getting another one. Probably been that long since I have been here as well.
Previously I had a Reese dual cam and loved it. Easy to hitch and unhitch and never had any sway issues.(not that the hitch was entirely responsible for that)I say I loved it but I had nothing else to compare it too. The Reese is the only WD hitch I have ever used.
The dealer I visited recently sold Equalizer products. Exactly where does the equalizer generate the sway control? In looking on the website it looks to me it's in the joint where the WD bar attached to the hitch itself but my salesman said it was simply friction from the metal on metal contact from the bar resting on the take up bracket. For me, I would think the dual cam on the reese would preform more effectively.

I would like to hear opinions, experiences from those of you that have possible used both.

Please skip the post telling me I NEED a Hensley. I'm aware of the product but not spending that kind of money for what I will be doing.
Thanks

downtheroad

Pacific Northwest

Senior Member

Joined: 02/18/2003

View Profile



Posted: 02/11/19 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both are good...Both need to be set up correctly and dialed in. Reece is a little more difficult initially.

I've had both and if I had to pick, I'd go with the Reece... my wife hated the screeching and popping sounds the Equal-i-zer made. The Reece was much quieter.

Bottom line - you can't go wrong with either...but if you are familiar with and have experience with the Dual Cam, that's what I would go with.


"If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane."

Arctic Fox 25Y
GMC Duramax
Blue Ox SwayPro


Mickeyfan0805

SE Wisconsin

Senior Member

Joined: 11/26/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/11/19 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Straight from the Equalizer site...

"The rigidity of the sway control brackets allow the rotational friction sway control to safely and effectively hold the trailer in line behind the tow vehicle and combat sway."

That said, we've had our EQ hitch for 9 years and I have found that lubing the ball and the swing-arms of the hitch head does wonders for the noise without impacting the friction control of the system.

BarneyS

S.E. Lower Michigan

Moderator

Joined: 10/16/2000

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 02/11/19 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your salesman was mistaken. The main sway control on the Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch comes from the friction between the two sockets where the bars insert into the hitch head and the upper metal portion of the hitch head. The amount of pressure on that surface when the bars are tensioned is tremendous. This is what they are talking about when they say "rotational sway control". They count each bars socket as one point of tension each.

The secondary points of sway control (3-4 of the 4 point) is the contact surface of the WD bars on the flat portion of the L brackets. There is one on each side of the A frame so they are counted as one point of tension each - hence the advertising claim of 4 way sway control.

The amount of steel on steel pressure is MUCH greater at the hitch head compared with the pressure on the L brackets so most of the sway control comes from this area.

Hope this helps understand it a bit. [emoticon]

Regarding the Dual Cam system - The big advantage to that one is that the tension increases the more the trailer tries to swing. Also, the Dual Cam does not restrict the trailer from returning back to center like the Equal-i-zer does. The Equal-i-zer tries to hold the trailer in position no matter what angle it is at. That means that the same amount of sway control tries to keep the trailer "turned" as it did when going straight. This is in contrast to the Dual Cam which assists the trailer in straightening up after a turn or sway event.

One big advantage to the Equal-i-zer is it's ease of installation and adjustment. The Dual Cam can be quite difficult is some cases to get installed and adjusted. It take much more time but the effort is usually well worth the time. I towed for years with the Dual Cam system and that is what I would go with again if I were you, especially since you are familiar with the hitch.
Barney

* This post was edited 02/11/19 09:30am by BarneyS *


2004 Sunnybrook Titan 30FKS TT
Hensley "Arrow" 1400# hitch (Sold)
2019 Ram Limited 1500, 5.7L Hemi, 4x4, SB
Not towing now.
Former tow vehicles were 2016 Ram 2500 CTD, 2002 Ford F250, 7.3 PSD


ScottG

Bothell Wa.

Senior Member

Joined: 02/25/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/11/19 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used both for many years. I much prefer the Dual Cam over the friction system.


Scott, Grace and Wesly
2003 Dodge 3500 4x4, 6 speed Cummins.
2018 Silver Fox 32A.
H0NDA eu2000i

camperdave

northern, California

Senior Member

Joined: 10/16/2003

View Profile



Posted: 02/11/19 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used the Equal-i-zer for 10 or so years. It's stupid simple, set it up and forget it pretty much. Mine was noisy at first, but I added the plastic pads they sell for the L-brackets and that eliminated most of the popping and screeching. FWIW, the fact that Equal-i-zer sells those pads pretty much tells you that there's not much if any sway elimination coming from those friction points. It's all at the socket/head junction.


2004 Fleetwood Tioga 29v

gpeade

VA

New Member

Joined: 02/11/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/11/19 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BarneyS wrote:

Your salesman was mistaken.

Barney


Partly yes I believe he was. That's why I came here for unbiased real life experience based opinions.

From what I have researched, what you are referring to in the model 4. He advised the trailer I was looking at would only require a model 2. This model had round bars that clipped into the hitch head from the bottom. Based on what you fine folks have told me, and my own research on that particular model hitch, the bars sliding on the take up brackets is the only sway control. Which to me don't seem like would provide much resistance for a 3ton trailer.

downtheroad

Pacific Northwest

Senior Member

Joined: 02/18/2003

View Profile



Posted: 02/11/19 11:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe I'm confused....but is your dealer talking about an Equal-i-zer brand hitch or an Equalizer hitch (often a generic name for a basic weight distribution hitch)??

bikendan

Camano Island, Wash.

Senior Member

Joined: 11/21/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/11/19 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gpeade wrote:

BarneyS wrote:

Your salesman was mistaken.

Barney


Partly yes I believe he was. That's why I came here for unbiased real life experience based opinions.

From what I have researched, what you are referring to in the model 4. He advised the trailer I was looking at would only require a model 2. This model had round bars that clipped into the hitch head from the bottom. Based on what you fine folks have told me, and my own research on that particular model hitch, the bars sliding on the take up brackets is the only sway control. Which to me don't seem like would provide much resistance for a 3ton trailer.


The 4 point Equal-i-zer WDH is American made, while their E2 hitch only has 2 points of sway control and is made overseas.
The 4 point is mipuch better than the 2 point.
And adding their Bracket Jackets to the L bars, eliminates most of the noise.
Agree that my 4pt Equal-i-zer has been so easy to use and adjust and I've had it for 13 years.


Dan- Firefighter">, Shawn- Musician/Entrepreneur">, Zoe- Faithful Golden Retriever(RIP">), 2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost, 2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255 w/Equalizer and Prodigy, and 5 Mtn. bikes and 2 Road bikes


gpeade

VA

New Member

Joined: 02/11/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/11/19 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

downtheroad wrote:

Maybe I'm confused....but is your dealer talking about an Equal-i-zer brand hitch or an Equalizer hitch (often a generic name for a basic weight distribution hitch)??


Equalizer as in brand name, not hitch style.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Towing

 > Reese Dual cam vs Equalizer
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Towing


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS