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Old 05-06-2019, 08:05 AM   #1
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I purchased a new Fun Finder 31 BH this year. It's 35' long and weighs about 6900 lbs with a tounge weight of 780 lbs and I pull it with my 2009 F150. The trailer came with a Eaz-Lift round bar style weight distribution system and sway bar. I've had it hooked up a couple of times and while the truck is pretty level with this weight distribution system but the sway bar performs poorly at best. If I try to tighten it enough that it prevents the sway then the truck doesn't steer well at all. If I try to loosen it so the steering is better then the sway is bad.

I've been reading about the Husky Centerline TS and the Equalizer system. Both seem to have their pros and cons. I'm curious to hear from you if you have experience with either or both of these systems. Are they loud? Can you do anything to prevent the noise? Do they help prevent sway on a unit as tall and long as the 31 BH? How does the tow vehicle perform? etc...

Thank you in advance for your help
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I can't speak for the Husky, but I do have an Equalizer that works perfectly. I tow a 2012 214WD with my 2005 F150 and have zero sway or steering issues. It did creak a bit when new but I bought a set of bracket pads from Equalizer (about $8 IIRC) and it quieted right down - Didn't notice a change in performance either.

If I had to replace my Equalizer for some reason, I'd buy another in a heartbeat (but I'd buy one with the ball installed - It takes a special thin wall socket and a big torque wrench to set properly)...
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I can't speak for the Husky, but I do have an Equalizer that works perfectly. I tow a 2012 214WD with my 2005 F150 and have zero sway or steering issues. It did creak a bit when new but I bought a set of bracket pads from Equalizer (about $8 IIRC) and it quieted right down - Didn't notice a change in performance either.

If I had to replace my Equalizer for some reason, I'd buy another in a heartbeat (but I'd buy one with the ball installed - It takes a special thin wall socket and a big torque wrench to set properly)...

I SECOND ^^^^^ THIS.

My camper/tow vehicle indicated below. I have never experienced on iota of sway using the Equal-i-Zer hitch.

The Equal-i-Zer hitch has been voted by readers of "Trailer Life" magazine as the best 7 years in a row .. 2012 to 2018 https://www.equalizerhitch.com/

IF I WERE FORCED to use a different hitch it would be a Hensley ~ but they are quite expensive!
https://www.hensleymfg.com/
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Thanks for the feedback. Did you purchase the pads online?
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I can't speak for the Husky, but I do have an Equalizer that works perfectly. I tow a 2012 214WD with my 2005 F150 and have zero sway or steering issues. It did creak a bit when new but I bought a set of bracket pads from Equalizer (about $8 IIRC) and it quieted right down - Didn't notice a change in performance either.

If I had to replace my Equalizer for some reason, I'd buy another in a heartbeat (but I'd buy one with the ball installed - It takes a special thin wall socket and a big torque wrench to set properly)...

Thanks for the feedback. Did you purchase the parts online?
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Hello all,

I purchased a new Fun Finder 31 BH this year. It's 35' long and weighs about 6900 lbs with a tounge weight of 780 lbs and I pull it with my 2009 F150. The trailer came with a Eaz-Lift round bar style weight distribution system and sway bar. I've had it hooked up a couple of times and while the truck is pretty level with this weight distribution system but the sway bar performs poorly at best. If I try to tighten it enough that it prevents the sway then the truck doesn't steer well at all. If I try to loosen it so the steering is better then the sway is bad.

I've been reading about the Husky Centerline TS and the Equalizer system. Both seem to have their pros and cons. I'm curious to hear from you if you have experience with either or both of these systems. Are they loud? Can you do anything to prevent the noise? Do they help prevent sway on a unit as tall and long as the 31 BH? How does the tow vehicle perform? etc...

Thank you in advance for your help
Hi! I too have no problems and wonder if something might have some play (i.e., it moves a little) or is defective with the antisway. Over the years I have used an antisway on vehicles which would easily oscillate (sway) the trailer and have always found them effective in achieving stability. Would you want to include a couple photos of the parts with your trailer connected and the load bars under tension? Something doesn't seem right. Could you not be putting enough preload on the bars?
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Thanks for the feedback. Did you purchase the pads online?
Yes, I purchased the pads on-line to eliminate the 'creeking' mostly when turning while backing up. With the pads, there is no noise from the Equal-i-Zer hitch.

Don't recall if directly from Equal-i-Zer or Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-9...gateway&sr=8-2 And IIRC I also purchased the tube of lubricant at the same time...same place.

Also available here: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...5-01-5150.html
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Yes, I purchased the pads on-line to eliminate the 'creeking' mostly when turning while backing up. With the pads, there is no noise from the Equal-i-Zer hitch.

Don't recall if directly from Equal-i-Zer or Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-9...gateway&sr=8-2 And IIRC I also purchased the tube of lubricant at the same time...same place.

Also available here: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...5-01-5150.html
How much do you preload the equalizer bars? I think I normally have them connected about two chain links tighter than they would when level. This amount varies with the load rating of the bars and their length. It is very important to have adequate preload on the bars.
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Chain links?

The only chains are the safety chains between the tongue and the tow vehicle.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/how-equalizer-works

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Chain links?

The only chains are the safety chains between the tongue and the tow vehicle.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/how-equalizer-works

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Sorry, I was referring to the chains that connect to the Eaz-Lift round bar style weight distribution system. I was wondering if there is enough preload.
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