Originally Posted by Thinker
Stay away from the older style with chains to tension. Lots of noise and they have zero sway control value. You have to add a sway bar in addition.
Hi, Thinker, and welcome to F150forum.
But you are misinformed about chain length adjustment. My Reese Strait-Line uses chain length adjustment, and includes dual-cam sway control. That's all the sway control you need 99% of the time, and as much as you get with the other WD hitches that cost less than $1,000 discounted price - including your darling Equal-I-Zer. I don't notice any more noise coming from my dual-cam WD hitch than comes from similarly lubricated Equal-I-Zer spring bars.
Yeah, my $2400 ProPride WD hitch is better and covers that other 1% of the time when none of the less-expensive hitches - including your Equal-I-Zer - will prevent uncontrollable sway. The ProPride doesn't use chain adjustment, and is a quiet as any other WD hitch. But a new one costs $2,400.
The disadvantage of chain length adjustment is you cannot fine tune your spring bar tension. One chain length difference goes from not quite enough tension to a bit too much tension. So from that perspective my ProPride hitch is better. It has a screw adjuster that you can turn to achieve any amount of tension you want. It looks like maybe the Equal-I-Zer and Husky Center-Line have a similar fine-tuning capability. But I usually choose the slightly too much tension adjustment, and it works well.
I recently returned from a 2,800 mile towing trip with my Strait-Line hitch, from west Texas to Oregon and back with my cargo trailer grossing around 6,000 pounds one way and 2,000 pounds the other way. Perfect performance from that hitch. No noticeable noise, excellent sway control, excellent weight distribution. My route included all sorts of road conditions from flat desert to hills and valleys to mountain passes, with and without high head winds and cross winds, about half on interstate highways and half on two-lane highways such as US 191 in eastern Utah.
After such good performance on that trip, you might wonder why I spent the big bucks for a ProPride hitch for my TT. The answer is that way back when, I have experienced uncontrollable trailer sway, and I know it's a rare combination of conditions that causes it. But that rare combination of conditions does occur, and I want my hitch to manage it if it happens again.
So why don't I use the ProPride on all my trailers? Because it's a major project to move the ProPride hitch from one trailer to another. For that trip, I didn't have time to tackle that major project, so I "made do" with the Strait-Line hitch for that trip with the cargo trailer. Most of my longer towing trips is with the TT, so I installed the ProPride hitch on the TT. I'm an old farm boy, but it still took me over two long days to get the ProPride hitch installed and adjusted.