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Reduce hump and sway when towing
For the short 4 mile trip from my pole barn to the marina, a standard type
III, 2 inch ball hitch is adequate. However, even with a 10 percent tongue
weight I still get some sway over 55 mph. Uneven roads and passing trucks all
increase the "pucker factor". I wanted a better setup for longer
RV'ers have long known the advantages of using a
Class III/IV, 2" x 2" Ball mount weight distribution hitch for heavy
loads. RV trailers usually have electric brakes, but they seldom become
submerged in four foot of water. Weight distribution hitches are available
Draw-Tite and others but you should make
sure they are certified for use with boat trailer surge brakes. One company that makes a
weight distribution hitch that will work with surge breaks is the Equal-i-zer
lmade by Progress Mfg. located in Provo Utah.
I purchased the hitch from a third
party vendor at a significant discount. Despite this, the manufacturer's
customer service department provided outstanding support and advice. Their
brochure showed the setup for "A Frame" travel trailers, so I e-mailed
them pictures of the H260 "pole tongue" trailer, and they immediately
responded with instructions for use on a boat trailer and answered all my
questions. Installation was easy. I sent the Equal-i-zer
customer service pictures
of my final installation and they came back with a couple of comments to help
tweak it further.
The product works as advertised. There is no
substitute for common sense and caution when towing 6000 lbs, but the Equal-i-zer
hitch helps stabilize the rig and I get little or no sway at any speed. I got a
lot of experience with the hitch last
summer and recommend it if you are going to do any long distance towing.
No, I don't own stock in the
company -- I just think this is a well designed and well constructed product.
Pictures of "Pole Tongue" setup recommended by
Manufacturer. Also available for "A" Frame type trailer tongue.