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Sandia Man

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Posted: 02/07/20 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With enough truck to properly haul your TT around, particularly at highway speeds, any of the WD hitches with integrated sway control should suffice. Those with less than ideal towing combos, whether it is due to not enough truck or poorly designed trailers, usually resort to Hensley or Propride hitches to achieve a sense of towing comfort while underway.

On the other hand, just because you have more than enough truck does not indicate you can forego a WD/SC hitch altogether, seen too many 350/3500 trucks crawling along the highway and still see their 30' TTs excessively swaying although they are towing well below posted speed limit. Properly set-up, TTs can be towed without noticeable sway, even when passing semi-trucks.

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I towed with the EZ-Lift for about 9 years and it worked OK. It's the original weight distributing hitch introduced around 1957 which many have copied and many make a knock off of it, even Harbor Freight. It works but it's old technology with its add-on friction sway control.

IMO the most popular upgrades (in no particular order) are the Equal-I-Zer with 4 pt sway control, the Reese Dual Cam (I think they call it something else now) and the Blue Ox Pro. A buddy has the Blue Ox and really likes it.
The Reese Dual Cam has a big following.

Most of these are in the $500-$600 range as I recall. Any of those 3 should serve you well.

As mentioned, the Hensley Arrow and the Pro Ride are truly the gold standard but north of 2 grand new. They're fantastic but I can count on one hand the number I've seen in 16 years of towing a trailer. I've seen them available used from $600 to $1400.

* This post was edited 02/07/20 03:09pm by Ron3rd *


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I've had 4 different trailers in the last 15 yrs and apon selling them, yanked my old trusty Reese DC off everyone and reinstalled at dealers lot.....heavy but very robust and effective.

I do hear good things about the Equalizer but have no experience.

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The Andersen works very well for those of us who do not use it make up for a less than capable tow vehicle. If you have 1,000 of payload available and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, look for something else. On the other hand, if you have 1,800 pounds of payload available and 800 pounds of tongue weight, you will love the clean, lightweight, quiet, easily adjustable Andersen.

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You asked for the best....Hensley or Propride hands down. Nothing else compares. Before that I used an Equil-I-zer. It did a good job too but it’s no Hensley.


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Sandia Man wrote:

With enough truck to properly haul your TT around, particularly at highway speeds, any of the WD hitches with integrated sway control should suffice. Those with less than ideal towing combos, whether it is due to not enough truck or poorly designed trailers, usually resort to Hensley or Propride hitches to achieve a sense of towing comfort while underway.

On the other hand, just because you have more than enough truck does not indicate you can forego a WD/SC hitch altogether, seen too many 350/3500 trucks crawling along the highway and still see their 30' TTs excessively swaying although they are towing well below posted speed limit. Properly set-up, TTs can be towed without noticeable sway, even when passing semi-trucks.


Yep. If a person needs a super hitch to tow with. they have more problems than sway control can fix


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I don't remember what make, but I got ours from etrailer. And been happy with it.

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Dusty R wrote:

I don't remember what make, but I got ours from etrailer. And been happy with it.

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I’ve been really happy with my Blue Ox Sway Pro. Quiet, easy to set up.


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TomG2 wrote:

The Andersen works very well for those of us who do not use it make up for a less than capable tow vehicle. If you have 1,000 of payload available and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, look for something else. On the other hand, if you have 1,800 pounds of payload available and 800 pounds of tongue weight, you will love the clean, lightweight, quiet, easily adjustable Andersen.

I'll second this ^^^^
I've been using the Andersen for the last 6+ years and it has been excellent. As stated, if your tongue weight is within the limits for your tow vehicle, this is an excellent option.


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