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Posted: 06/27/13 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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The OP also mentioned "easy to use". I don't think the Hensley and it's ilk would fit that bill. I don't even think it would work for my camping style. Though I have no experience with them, I've read enough to feel informed. I often have to hitch and unhitch at sharp angles and on unlevel ground. The Equal-I-zer handles this with ease.


I started with the basic WD hitch, upgraded to an Equil-i-zer, and finally a Hensley. Out of all of them the Hensley is the easiest and cleanest to use. Once it is mounted on the trailer it stays there. Hooking up is a matter of backing the stinger in and latching the cams. This process is just as easy, or easier, than standard WD hitches in that the whole hitch head is moveable to help line up.

To the OP, you will have no problem towing the trailer you're considering with a Tundra, even with a basic WD hitch.


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I am going to be getting a new trailer soon and have used equalizer in the past with good results. That being said, I will be ordering a propride hitch to use with the new trailer. I will be towing in the mountains of virginia and wet virginia. 50k truck, 30k trailer, and the safety of my family and others....what's another 3k in the grand scheme of things? The Hensley and propride eliminate sway before it starts...they don't fight it. To me it's a no brainer

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I think many of us could, or already have, come up with a swayless tow if we have an eighty thousand dollar budget. We could keep close to 2.5k of the 3k hitch money to play with. There is no reason to eliminate something that doesn't exist in the first place. Trailers that sway are better off cured rather than overpowered.

* This post was edited 06/28/13 07:10pm by TomG2 *

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Trailers that sway are better off cured rather than overpowered.


I agree.


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IMO, the "best" would be the one matched and set up correctly to your TV and TT. The "easiest" would be the one you don't have to adjust since they all require about the same amount of setup/take down.

I've owned a regular friction based WD system with an anti-sway bar for our previous HTT and it was perfect.


For our current TT, I started with a Reese Dual Cam. This had to be constantly adjusted and was never quite right. Probably my fault because most users love it, but it wasn't for me.


Found a used Hensly on craigslist and for the first time feel comfortable enough letting DW tow while I sleep on long trips.



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chevor wrote:

Nothing better than putting a band-aid on behind a 1/2 a truck to pull an oversized trailer and thinking its perfectly safe.

add me to those that have experienced this .
i have been criticized on this forum for towing a 21T Komfort (7200# axle gvw) with a 9200 # gvw duramax .
it is my 4th rv and my last , ordered and purchased new in 2002 .
"real drivers can tow with an f150" , they say .
we were in the practice of towing long distances and the business of thinking a half ton pickup with a fancy equalizing hitch did not work out as well as planned .
if you go to the tire store and see these f 150's with their wheels off and then walk over to an f 250 with the wheels off you will be surprised how puny the f 150 brakes are compared to the f 250 .
plus with an hd2500 duramax we have extra payload capacity which allows us to load all heavy items in the pickup and still load the 21T with 1000# on tongue weight and 5400 # on its axles .
because our pickup weighs 6800 # empty and 8600# loaded with tongue weight the trailer follows the pickup perfectly on the twistiest mountain roads we can find.
i have an equalizing hitch . i only use it for extra long trips .
i don't really need it .
i really like toyota products . we owned a supra , 3 lexus LS 400's and 2 Avalons. for a half ton pickup i would really consider a tundra .
these new equalizing hitches are very good .
but the money is better spent buying a minimum f250 or hd2500 pickup if you plan to tow a travel trailer .

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but the money is better spent buying a minimum f250 or hd2500 pickup if you plan to tow a travel trailer .



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Thanks all.
I agree with jmtandem. It certainly makes perfect sense to at least start with a properly loaded and balanced trailer....and go from there as needed.
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I agree with every thing you wrote. However, in my experience, you left a couple of negative items out.

1) When hitching and unhitching having to unscrew those big bolts every time. That has quickly gotten to be a pain with me. 2) Don't unhitch at much of an angle between the TV and the TT. I once had a dickens of a time getting it rehitched due to the angle.

I had a Traillite for a year and an Equal-i-zer came with it. That waas an easy hitch and unhitch.

Last year I got a HiLo. Tried the Andersen hitch for it. Everything was great, including me being able to install it. But the hitching and unhitching has become a pain for me.

I'm planning on trading the HiLo for a Koala very soon. I'm going back to the Equal-i-zer.

DarthMuffin wrote:

I think the best value and simplest is the Anderson hitch. Less expensive, lightweight, simple, easy to install, setup, and use. Infinitely adjustable. Don't need to disconnect when backing. As an added bonus all the people at the RV store will ask about it ;-)



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Reese Dual Cam - we had it on three different TTs. One TT came with a different system, but after 2 trips with it, we ditched it and bought another Dual Cam. If you're not a handy type (which DH and I are NOT - lol), have a hitch specialist install it to make sure it's done right.


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