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mkirsch

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Posted: 07/23/19 01:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If a Equalizer or Blue Ox hitch is too expensive for the OP, there is no chance that he will consider a Hensley or Propride.

In addition to the Equalizer and Blue Ox, there is also the OG of integrated sway control hitches, the Reese Dual Cam.


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mkirsch wrote:

If a Equalizer or Blue Ox hitch is too expensive for the OP, there is no chance that he will consider a Hensley or Propride.

In addition to the Equalizer and Blue Ox, there is also the OG of integrated sway control hitches, the Reese Dual Cam.


If this is true then my only recommendation would be to get a hitch with BUILT IN sway control. I never liked the idea of adding the bars. How many do you put on? How tight do you adjust them? What about backing up? I know that many out there use them and have had no trouble with them. I personally would be asking myself too many questions.

I have and Equalizer and have used them over the last 15 years without an issue. The Airstream forum pushes the HA and PP. They are the best I am told. I am happy with my Equalizer and have never had an issue. I don't like the big cost of those hitches and the challenge of hooking up. Experienced users say they get onto to it with a little practice. I watched a guy try to back up onto the stinger. It wasn't an easy exercise.


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I tow with a husky setup, always pulled a fifth till this unit, an Imagine 29 footer. I took the time to read and understand the hitch manufacturer's instructions, and couldn't be happier with the results,when I bought the trailer, the dealership mounted the hitch and showed me how it worked, but it was set up wrong. I read and followed directions in my driveway, can't believe the difference in how it pulls after me setting up the hitch and bars the way husky recommends. Education is important.

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there are many WDH setups that are way more than adequate for this size trailer and will provide excellent WD and sway control. Which is "best" define what your criteria are.

Hensley, Propride and blue ox are very high quality units. Reese Dual cam, Equalizer are also very good units. IMHO any of these units properly adjusted will serve you well.

I have the Reese Dual cam with 1600lb bars for my 32ft 9000lb trailer with 1450 lbs of tongue weight and it works very well.

In my case one requirement was a hitch that would work with my air safe air ride reciever setup. While I may be mistaken, I didn't see how the hensley would work with that reciever setup. The dual cam is definitely not a casual setup hitch. It takes attention to detail to get it set up properly, but once set up is very good.


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X whatever we're at

The top 3 with built in sway control, though they cost multiple thousands

Hensley Arrow Hensley Arrow
ProPride ProPride
Pull-Rite Pull-Rite

The next three with built in sway control under $1000
Equal-i-zer Equal-i-zer
Reese straight line (dual cam) Reese straight line
Blue Ox Blue ox

I'm sure there are others.


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FWIW, the neighbor delivers New Air Streams across the northwest using an Air Stream provided company tow vehicle. Their tow vehicles appear to be FORDs, at least that's all I've seen and all use the Blue Ox set up. This is not an endorsement of either FORD or Blue Ox, just tellin ya what I've seen in his driveway. The other point is that these Air Stream trailers are EMPTY, no water or payload of any kind. He tells me he's not had any issue towing.
Personally, I have a Eqa-li-zer brand that came with my used TT. I've recently discovered the hitch is at it's limit. The TT is about 7880lbs and Tongue weight with very little in the trailer is 1000lbs measured by a Sherline scale I bought from Sherline. The hitch is rated for 1000lbs, which means it could easily be overloaded when We load up for a trip. The RAM 2500 factory hitch, claims to have a 1200lb max..Hmmmm... I'm considering the Andersen Sway Pro but need more data... I'd love to get a Hensley, but the weight of the Hensley hitch alone, would add another 100 lbs to the tongue.... So, I'm still considering... Best of luck with your choice.


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LibertyMan wrote:

I pretty much have the same set-up as you, 35ft. travel trailer and pull it with a Ram 2500. At first I did not like the set-up either until I started playing with it and getting some good cat scale weights. The eaz-lift 1200lbs distribution bars distribute the weight well, cat scales have confirmed that. But instead of using one friction sway control, I have two on mine. It has pretty much removed nearly all sway. The most important thing to help with sway is having around 15% of the trailers weight as tongue weight. And of course, not drive like a bat out of hell. For around 60 bucks, I would try a second sway control before dropping 2K on another hitch. If it does not work out, then you can spend the big money. Hope this helps some.


x2 on this.

i have the same hitch as your current one with one sway bar. our TT is 38ft, approx 9500 to 10k lbs loaded to camp.

my truck is a ford f250 gasser 6.2 with 3.73 rear end.

i have towed it up and down the east coast, mountains to the coast. very little to no, sway in winds and large trucks passing us on highway.

tows like a dream. i took the hitch off our first TT that we traded in, it was 33ft and approx 7500lb catscaled ready to camp. it did not tow any better than current TT honestly not as well.

the key difference for me is that on the current TT hitch installation we had it done by a 25 year veteran rv tech. he really spent a good amount of time getting it setup properly with the truck hitch head.

another question is what type floor plan do you have? our first TT was rear kitchen which caused more weight behind axles, leading us to move as much weight forward as possible. current TT is rear living with most weight over axles. another reason it seems to tow better, especially with black tank, and bathroom grey tank almost full

its a tried and true hitch system.

to each his own and im sure the expensive hitches are great but for my money i would try to adjust your current one or add another sway bar before spending the extra money.

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I like the Blue-Ox because it rides the best, due to the tapered spring bars. I'm not convinced it really does much for sway-control. The Reese Dual cam is far better at eliminating the bow-wave affect from passing trucks, but my van turns so tight I could bind up the bars against the hitch-shank. Can't do that with the Blue Ox so that was the deciding factor for me this time around.


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I use a 1500/15,000 Blue Ox with our 31' 9500 lb TT. TW is 1350 per Oregon scales. So far it seems to do the job well enough.

Been all over the west with it in all sorts of conditions and never had a white knuckle moment.

Only issue I don't like with the B/O is the chain release part. I have a 2' breaker bar and it's still an exciting event trying to release the chains.

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Posted: 09/20/19 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

opnspaces wrote:

X whatever we're at

The top 3 with built in sway control, though they cost multiple thousands

Hensley Arrow Hensley Arrow
ProPride ProPride
Pull-Rite Pull-Rite

The next three with built in sway control under $1000
Equal-i-zer Equal-i-zer
Reese straight line (dual cam) Reese straight line
Blue Ox Blue ox

I'm sure there are others.


I think the Husky Centerline fits into the second category as well.

I have a Equalizer I found used that works well for my setup.


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