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ericpatt

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goducks10 wrote:

I've used both and neither is any better. I'm currently using a BO with a 31' 9600 lb TT with a 1350 lb tongue weight. Towing with a 3500 SRW. I still get some wiggle.

You TT is a big load for a 2500 Burb.
$800 is too much for the BO. You can buy one off Amazon for $630.
I'd buy the 1400 bars and crank em down till you get the front of the Burb right.


Thanks for all your insights.
"front of the burb right"? What are you referring to?

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Hes refering to your suburban front wheels and the wdh. When ajusting it you need to take measurements so the front isnt light. So , when you get the weight distributed corectly so the front of you TV isnt up in the air from all the weight on the hitch.


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Measure the front fender well before hitching and after dropping the coupler on the ball without the spring bars connected.
So unloaded you have 40"
Hitched without spring bars you have 41"
Attach the spring bars and try and bring the front back to as close but not under 40"

Above is a generic example of returning the front back to what the manufacture recommends. Each manufacture has their own criteria.

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As for the WD'ing of the TV's front axle...things have changed

First noticed it with the change to GMT800 and that the 4x4's front bumper stop is in constant contact with the lower link (A-Arm).

Then the other OEM's started changing their manual's recommendation on HOW2 WD the weight

So, recommend the OP check with their manual for their OEM's recommendation for how to finish adjusting their WD

Some say return the front axle weight to a +/- lbs of unweighted

Others say to return the front fender height to a +/- of unweighted

I used to use 'even drop' when WD'ing and still do for my GMT400 and would NOT do so with newer TV's. Just follow the OEM's manual recommendation


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[quote=BenK]As for the WD'ing of the TV's front axle...things have changed

First noticed it with the change to GMT800 and that the 4x4's front bumper stop is in constant contact with the lower link (A-Arm).

Then the other OEM's started changing their manual's recommendation on HOW2 WD the weight

So, recommend the OP check with their manual for their OEM's recommendation for how to finish adjusting their WD

Some say return the front axle weight to a +/- lbs of unweighted

Others say to return the front fender height to a +/- of unweighted

I used to use 'even drop' when WD'ing and still do for my GMT400 and would NOT do so with newer TV's. Just follow the OEM's manual recommendation[/quotel]

I didn't see that in my manual ,but i could have skipped it because my TT is lighter and dosen't need the wdh. I basicly use it for sway controll so its set with just a bit of pressure. Good to know.

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I wouldn't have settled for either of those. I would've went right to the Reese Dual Cam. The only step up from there is the Hensley or ProPride.


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Lantley wrote:

I felt no sway with my Hensley I feel no sway with my fiver. sway is not merely feeling the wind.
Sway is when the trailer reacts differently than the tow vehicle. The motion or different reaction of the trailer impacts the tow vehicle.
With a Hensley the trailer and TV move as one unit there is no wiggle or sway involved.
When the wind blows or a truck passes there is no wiggle or impact felt by the driver. Which is why Hensley makes there no sway claim.


This is why I asked the OP to explain what was meant by "sway".

I don't care what kind of fancy hitch you add, you will feel a good cross wind or if a semi blows by you 20-30mph faster. Heck the pickup by itself (no trailer, you feel it)

If the trailer is flopping around like a happy dog for 5-10 sec that is sway and a problem...but slapping lipstick on a pig is not a good solution. Figure out what's wrong with the setup and fix it.


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valhalla360 wrote:

Lantley wrote:

I felt no sway with my Hensley I feel no sway with my fiver. sway is not merely feeling the wind.
Sway is when the trailer reacts differently than the tow vehicle. The motion or different reaction of the trailer impacts the tow vehicle.
With a Hensley the trailer and TV move as one unit there is no wiggle or sway involved.
When the wind blows or a truck passes there is no wiggle or impact felt by the driver. Which is why Hensley makes there no sway claim.


This is why I asked the OP to explain what was meant by "sway".

I don't care what kind of fancy hitch you add, you will feel a good cross wind or if a semi blows by you 20-30mph faster. Heck the pickup by itself (no trailer, you feel it)

If the trailer is flopping around like a happy dog for 5-10 sec that is sway and a problem...but slapping lipstick on a pig is not a good solution. Figure out what's wrong with the setup and fix it.


I can attest that you do not feel the push of semi's while towing with a Hensley. The hitch is expensive but it works. There is no wiggle or force felt in the driver's seat.
This is an old debate but the premium hitches work as advertised.
There money back guarantee is also for real. While I no longer tow with a Hensley . I was a satisfied customers for the years I towed a 10K loaded TT with a 7.3 PSD Excursion.


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valhalla360 wrote:

Lantley wrote:

I felt no sway with my Hensley I feel no sway with my fiver. sway is not merely feeling the wind.
Sway is when the trailer reacts differently than the tow vehicle. The motion or different reaction of the trailer impacts the tow vehicle.
With a Hensley the trailer and TV move as one unit there is no wiggle or sway involved.
When the wind blows or a truck passes there is no wiggle or impact felt by the driver. Which is why Hensley makes there no sway claim.


This is why I asked the OP to explain what was meant by "sway".

I don't care what kind of fancy hitch you add, you will feel a good cross wind or if a semi blows by you 20-30mph faster. Heck the pickup by itself (no trailer, you feel it)

If the trailer is flopping around like a happy dog for 5-10 sec that is sway and a problem...but slapping lipstick on a pig is not a good solution. Figure out what's wrong with the setup and fix it.


BTDT with a Hensley. If you've never used one you'll never understand how well it works.
It's true, you don't feel any push/pull from semi's they way you do with a standard WDH. When I was towing with mine my truck felt the same with or without the TT.

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Ditto the above.[emoticon]
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Former tow vehicles were 2016 Ram 2500 CTD, 2002 Ford F250, 7.3 PSD


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