We’ve talked on here about the importance of securing your trailer with a solid weight distribution system and a sway control hitch. We’re not just talking about the one that the dealer threw in for free. When looking for a trailer hitch, you have a handful of options out there. How do you know which one is right for you? Well, you read reviews like this, and you find the right setup for your towing situation.
That’s where we’re here to help. I tested the Equal-i-zer Hitch and put it through its paces. The following is my review on the Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitch.
My Equal-i-zer Hitch Review
- Product: The Original Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitch
- Vehicle: 2013 Ram 2500
- Travel Trailer: Kodiak 300BHSL
Trying Out the Equal-i-zer Hitch on the Road
There were two separate tests that I tried out on the Equal-i-zer. The first part of the test was a test drive from Castle Rock, Colorado up to Casper, Wyoming. The majority of this trip was spent on Interstate 25, an interstate that can fall victim to high winds, gridlock traffic, and drivers that will make it tough on anyone pulling significant weight.
There’s not much to report on how the Equal-i-zer did, and that’s a great thing. Despite the wind, traffic, and forgetful drivers, it was difficult to notice the Equal-i-zer being put to the test, but in a sway control hitch, no results are exactly what you want. The trailer’s lateral movement was minimal even in high winds, and it was tough even to notice that I was pulling such a large trailer, especially when crossing the Wyoming/Colorado border which is notorious for wind gusts.
The second part of the field test made the Equal-i-zer earn its stripes. The Equal-i-zer was put through a grueling set of many miles through Colorado’s high country including narrow mountain passes with both severe inclines and declines.
Throw in some of those famous Colorado mountain crosswinds and any system will be put to the test. Again, there was not much to report on our trailer sway, and when you factor in steep grades, narrow roads, and high winds, no sway on this drive was more than I could ask for. I didn’t need to white-knuckle the wheel at any point despite coming down one such steep grade with a heck of a crosswind.
The Drawbacks of the Equal-i-zer Hitch
The actual assembly of the Equal-i-zer was not difficult. It was difficult to find the correct ball hitch to link the system up. A simple suggestion is to forego being a do-it-yourselfer and have the RV dealer or store install the entire hitch and ball for you. They should be happy to as long as you purchased it there.
Another drawback was a large amount of noise issuing from the sway control. This issue was eliminated once a bit of grease was applied to the sockets, and the hitch angle was readjusted.
Should You Invest in the Equal-i-zer Hitch?
We expected the Equal-i-zer to do well, but we still expected for there to be some sway, especially during some of our mountain descents but were surprised when our big Kodiak stayed within its lanes. We had tried other weight distribution and sway control devices on the Kodiak before that seemed to control sway somewhat but never gave us the confidence that the Equal-i-zer Hitch gave us.
We recommend this sway control hitch to those looking for a high-quality sway control hitch for larger towables, take steps to reduce noise and save yourself the trouble and have your dealer install it for you. Now, you can hit the mountains or wherever you’d like to go and feel safe knowing that your travel trailer will remain behind you.
If you’re looking for superior sway control and a way to make your travels safer, investing in the proper hitch for your trailer setup is key. The Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitch is one option for your rig.
Disclaimer: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary product for review purposes. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our Ethics Policy.