Have you ever considered buying a trailer but, didn’t have a clue as to what hitch would work best. There are so many hitches available on the open market ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. For the sake of keeping it simple, I will go over 2 different types of hitches.
Lets compare a Husky weight distribution Hitch with a single sway control bar to an Equalizer weight distribution Hitch. First of all the definition of a weight distribution hitch is:
Weight distribution hitches evenly distribute weight over the entire length of tow vehicle and trailer, resulting in a more level ride with more control and stability, better braking, less strain on vehicle and increased towing capacity.
The Husky hitch has load leveling bars that use chains to level the load of the tongue weight resulting in a leveler ride. Without load leveling bars your ride can be very uncomfortable, you will feel the tow vehicle bouncing some (depending on your vehicle), as if some one was jumping on your bumper. The Husky hitch is a very good hitch that has been around for a long time. With this hitch you will have to use the Husky manual sway bar/bars. Sway bars help reduce trailer sway when driving. They do not eliminate trailer sway only reduce it. Keep in mind that if road conditions are causing big tractor haulers to pull over then you should as well.
The Equalizer hitch also, has load leveling bars. However, they do not use chains to level the load. The weight distribution bars and saddles (the part that connects to the trailer to hook the load leveling bars on) are hard steel and do not allow much, if any movement what so ever. The nice thing about the Equalizer hitch is that, it has built in sway control on both load leveling bars. This means that you, wouldn’t have to pull over to adjust any sway bars as you would have to do so on the Husky hitch (because it’s manual).
Now, keep one thing in mind there is a difference in price but not much. The Husky is typically a few hundred dollars cheaper. However, after the first trip in your trailer you would most likely be wishing you had gotten the built in sway from the Equalizer hitch. Always, do your research to see which hitch fits your needs and budget. Both of these manufacturers come out with new and improved products every year, so it pays to do your research. Final note, always make sure your tow vehicle is properly rated to tow the travel trailer you are looking to purchase.