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Old 02-08-2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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This hitch looks ideal

Anyone familiar with this Husky WD hitch/sway control? It looks like it ought to be a winner.

http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catalo...42&pageNum=428

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I first of heard of this hitch at the Buttonwood M&G last year where Husky put a brochure into the bag of freebies.

I too thought it merited a second look, but I've been very satisfied with the Equal-i-zer. The Reese DC and Equal-i-zer are what most members are using because they have been around the longest time. I am not aware of anyone that has this hitch. I would suggest carefully comparing the features and construction to Reese and Equal-i-zer as they are known high quality and high performance products.

I'd like to know how the compression cylinder is constructed and if it is leak proof. Reese and Equal-i-zer are purely mechanical and in theory nothing can break or disable the system.

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Old 02-09-2010, 07:52 AM   #3
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It's an interesting looking hitch, but I'm completely happy with our Reese DC hitch so I'd have no reason to look elsewhere. I'd be interested to know what is in the cylinder to provide that much pressure to control the sway. I'm not an engineer, but it would seem to me that the cylinder would have to exert an immense amount of pressure on the trunnion from that location to control any sway. I'm not knocking the product in any way, I'd just be interested to know.
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I'm not knocking the product in any way, I'd just be interested to know.
Me, too. I'm going to an RV show this weekend in Richmond and will be doing some comparison shopping.
A coupla guys over at RV.net gave it a ringing endorsement. Another was, as you, skeptical of those cylinders and was leery of a new product with no track record.
I guess the cylinders are either shock absorbers as on a car, or they house coiled springs.

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Do you happen to know how the price compares to the Reese HP Dual Cam or the Equalizer ? Just curious

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For my application - $743

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Teach, Coast is not the cheapest place to get something that you can get somewhere else. They are probably the first choice supplier for just about any RV dealer and most I've been in have a display of at least some Husky products. Buying most anything from an RV dealer elevates the price, but I've not been able to find another source for that hitch so it may be Coast got an exclusive; they're certainly big enough.

The link Mike gave you is the hitch I have, but I got it at RVSupplyWarehouse. Note that the Reese can be bought separately with or without DC sway control. The first item on this page is the complete package at $509 so you don't need to add the second item. The Equal-i-zer I have is the third item and that is also an all-in-one hitch with built in anti-sway. Click on each hitch to see the weight ratings and the higher prices for the heavier models. These are fair prices for both of these products.

I suspect you'll need the 1000 lb. model, but JohnB will be along eventually and can confirm that. You may need to upgrade your receiver to handle that weight.

Let us know if you are interested in Reese or Equal-i-zer as there are members that can point you in the right direction for a reliable supplier as well as help with the setup.

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Teach, Coast is not the cheapest place to get something that you can get somewhere else. They are probably the first choice supplier for just about any RV dealer and most I've been in have a display of at least some Husky products. Buying most anything from an RV dealer elevates the price, but I've not been able to find another source for that hitch so it may be Coast got an exclusive; they're certainly big enough.
Henry,

I believe Husky Towing Products is a division of Coast Distribution. There may be a few places that can beat them on price, but I don't think it'll be as many as with other products not owned by Coast.

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Looking at the pictures, my feeble brain can't see how the Eual-i-zer prevents sway.
The cams on the Reese add to my confuzzion. I guess I need to see them in person. I was an auto mechanic for over 10 years, so with things mechanical, a look-see will do the trick.

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Old 02-10-2010, 11:05 AM   #11
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The Equal-i-zer has designed built-in friction not to be confused with the shock absorber type add on bars. The friction occurs at the metal to metal contact points where the wd bars rest on the A-frame brackets and where the wd bar pivot points are located on the hitch head. Friction is exerted by downward pressure as a result of weight transfer. In fact Equal-i-zer depends on a reasonable amount of weight transfer as a result of proper installation to enable this anti-sway feature. The theory is really very simple and the beauty of it is that it really does work. The bar/bracket contact is never greased, but the pivots on the hitch head are.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both Reese and Equal-i-zer although in the end they both have sway control far superior to any add on system that RV dealers often sell. Blue Ox also makes a superior product. I bought Equal-i-zer before I got to know JohnB . The DIY installation is simpler with no critical measuring and no holes drilled in the A-frame... and they have a better website... but I do give a bit of an edge to Reese DC for antisway.

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The Reese Dual Cam sway control uses the tongue weight of the trailer to prevent sway. There are detents at the end of each trunnion bar which rest on top of the round cams. Much of the tongue weight is pressing on these cams. When the trailer tries to sway from side to side, the system forces the detents to remain centered on the cam thus prevent sway from getting started.

Both the Reese DC and the Equalizer use the trailer weight passively to control sway. Both systems have the advantage of having all parts visible for inspection at all times.

The Husky system actually seems to use a centering force as does the Reese DC. Two springs (or whatever) pushing against each other to keep the tongue (and trailer) in a straight line.

The only thing that concerns me is that you can't see what is in the canister at the end of each trunnion bar. If whatever is in there breaks, you would not know it.
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Looking at the pictures, my feeble brain can't see how the Eual-i-zer prevents sway.
The cams on the Reese add to my confuzzion. I guess I need to see them in person. I was an auto mechanic for over 10 years, so with things mechanical, a look-see will do the trick.

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Hi Teach

I see Steve and Henry posted here on this. Can you now visualize how these work?

If not I can do a pict – O - gram post pointing how each brand creates friction to help control the effects of sway acting on the TT and TV. It's late and I'm pooped from dealing with the snow or I would do it up tonight, but I can do up a post on Thursday if you would like. Let us know.

None of these hitches we are talking about here "prevent" sway. They act to stiffen the connection between the TT and the TV to help retard the force effects of a sway event having a negative impact on the TV/TT. They all use friction as there main element of operation. And since most are patented, they each have to create a different mouse trap to create the friction. Some do a better job then others in creating the friction force high enough to hold a particular TT and TV stable.

There are hitches that actually work to prevent sway from starting and they are in what we call high end hitches. They change the actual rear overhang problem associated with towing on the ball some 48 to 65” behind the rear axle. They actual go after the root cause of the problem of towing on the ball and change the mechanical principal. The brands of these hitches are The Hensley Arrow, the Propride Hitch and the Pullrite Hitch. All very good hitches and all have a level of things to work thru.

Hope this helps

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Anyone use a Pullrite hitch? The concept seems to make sense.
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