Thanks -- no, really -- THANKS - to all of you who weighed in on this. Understanding the "soft ride" nature of the AS is new info. And, the discussion of "dual cam" and "equalizer" is a good one with great information, and more than just "I like Fords; you like Chevys." And, the stories are more than just good tales, they have little nuggets of wisdom from your experience that I do appreciate. So, sincerely: thank you.
I have looked at a lot of the threads on here about this subject - and if the Hensley (hoho) or ProPride wasn't about 30-40% of the value of the trailer, I think I'd go with them right off the bat! But, I am getting some valuable info locally from a forum member here in Missoula who has had experience with both Reese and Equal-i-zer brands and suggests the latter, based on that experience. The present owner has an equalizer and is willing to throw it in with the trailer (since he has a new one for his new AS) but he's modified the old one some and I don't think the coupler will really work out... long story: I think I'll just buy a new one. I had already determined that the "spare clips" was a good and cheap arrow to put in your quiver, and had thought about springing for the "thin-wall" socket, but didn't realize there might be other "thin-wall" sockets at a much cheaper price out there. On the other hand, that local forum expert says I'd have to also carry around a hefty air compressor or a wrench as long as a baseball bat!
I really DON'T think I'll be towing at gross weight a lot. And, yes, it is the 1500
Sube with the trailier package. What I've towed before is utility and boat trailers with the long distance stuff only utility trailers with the stinger and ball. Now that I have researched a lot of these threads I realize that for a couple of long trips pulling some of the biggest, 4500 lb U-hauls, with just the stinger/ball (including hefty cross-winds in So. Dakota) I probably was skating on thin ice
and didn't realize it....
I also know that for every person using the P-P and HA systems there seem to be three others (based on that survey thread) using -- successfully -- something else. I liked that C5 comment (I think that was who it was) about "you get what you pay for, but get only what you need" or something like that. I guess the point of this paragraph's thought is that I will gain more experience with towing with this 27' Overlander, and that will lead to more knowledge and wisdom -- but attaining that experience with a new Equal-i-zer is not a bad decision -- just that there are others with different experiences with other systems that find those systems are fine systems too. As Jack said just on the Reese and Equalizer, these hitches are "good products."
So, I feel more comfortable with buying from one of the big internet RV parts places and that the 6000 pound system will work just fine. And, that I'll learn a lot installing it, plus have the owner willing to help with that (I haven't asked if he has the thin-wall socket) as well as others here in MSO. And, even if Steve did all the "real" on-the-road testing work with various combos, it doesn't mean that each of us drivers will employ the same skill set in putting it all to use! This has been great information!
Again- it sounds trite - but thank you
to all of you for taking the time to help out a newbie! Now... I hope I'm not starting another round to say I HAVE decided to get the DirecLink controller!