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Posted: 08/11/19 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To answer a few of the questions, I try to tow between 68-72 mph locking out 9-10 speeds. My speed depends on traffic, road surface temps, and headwinds only due to gas consumption (I am cheap). My speed also depends on how soon I want to get where I am going. Somedays we did 400 miles, other days we did 600 miles.

I am thinking about adding the Hellwig sway bar, I added one to my 7.3 Excurion.

As for longevity, well its got a 200,000-mile warranty on the drivetrain and I buy and sell my vehicles about every 80,000-100,000 miles not because I need to but because I am normally bored with it.

All in all the 3.5 and 10 speed is a great combo.


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Impressive report...


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SidecarFlip wrote:

Don't consider 5K miles to be an adequate review of anything concerning longevity. report back in an additional 20K and let us know your impressions as well as what you've replaced, what broke and what you 'think' at that time.


I've towed about the exact setup for 40k miles (towing) over 5 years. We crossed the country and mountain ranges each time. We switched to a motorhome now, but still have the truck with 80k miles on it. Haven't done a single thing outside of maintenance.

Great write-up!


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Lynnmor wrote:

Adding air bags, expensive shocks, an over-priced hitch and then limiting water and other weight, seems like a lot of trouble to avoid the proper 3/4 ton truck.


"My wife feels it is one of the best riding set up we have ever had, and she towed over 1000 of those miles and she likes the way it towed too."

That alone makes it worth everything that he did. Honestly, it was close but I like my 2016 F150 better overall than the 2019 F250 diesel that I rented for several weeks. The ride is so much better and the F250 still needed a load distributing hitch even though the ratings said that it didn't.

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Great review. If we ever go to a smaller TT a F150 EB would be at the top of the list.


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Great review, thanks for sharing your experiences with different set ups including your current. Lots of info that you gave and I’m glad that you did. It answers some of my questions about TT and sway control as well with a different set up. I’m glad that it works for you, enjoy!


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Glad things are working well for you.

Do you think the Ford anti-sway system would be adequate with a standard hitch in place of the Hensley? They are not the only manufacturer using that type of system, I would think there is something to it.


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Bionic Man wrote:

Glad things are working well for you.

Do you think the Ford anti-sway system would be adequate with a standard hitch in place of the Hensley? They are not the only manufacturer using that type of system, I would think there is something to it.


I think the Ford anti-sway would be fine for anything but a Hensley or a pro-pride. As you get into the engineering of those two hitches, you will learn about the "Hensley bump". It's important to have the trailer brake prior or at lease the exact same time as the truck. If not you will get the bump. The Ford anti-sway uses the truck's brakes to stop the sway. I don't know if or how much it uses the trailer brakes. All I know is the hitch works great when not handicapped by the ford system.

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Procrastinator wrote:

Bionic Man wrote:

Glad things are working well for you.

Do you think the Ford anti-sway system would be adequate with a standard hitch in place of the Hensley? They are not the only manufacturer using that type of system, I would think there is something to it.


I think the Ford anti-sway would be fine for anything but a Hensley or a pro-pride. As you get into the engineering of those two hitches, you will learn about the "Hensley bump". It's important to have the trailer brake prior or at lease the exact same time as the truck. If not you will get the bump. The Ford anti-sway uses the truck's brakes to stop the sway. I don't know if or how much it uses the trailer brakes. All I know is the hitch works great when not handicapped by the ford system.


^What he says...

The Ford "sway control" system (which is really sway recovery) first tries to limit yaw by individually braking the truck's wheels. If unintended yaw continues, it will apply the trailer brakes next.

The Hensely/Pro-Pride are susceptible to the "bump" any time the truck brakes first. The "bump" can actually induce its own steering moment, which was something I didn't like when towing on ice (when letting off the brakes coming into a sweeping turn, the bump could cause sudden oversteer on ice if I wasn't chained up).

I also suspect that cross-wind induced yaw (where the steering moment is created by an adjacent truck blocking the crosswind momentarily) could potentially be interpreted by the computer as sway, when it really isn't.


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We have a similar setup using a e2 wdh. E rated tires. MaxMax tow pkg..no airbags and stock shocks. No swaying on 2000 miles to the keys with some pretty good crosswinds.

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