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Old 03-28-2018, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hello AS Friends,

I知 new to the RV/TT world and have been reading many articles on this forum. I need some perspectives on hitches覧

I placed an order for a 2019 Globetrotter and I知 trying to determine the best hitch. I have a 2017 3500 Dodge Cummins Deisel 4x4 and plan to haul my girl over many miles. The problem I知 running into is, I知 traveling alone (female) and some hitches I understand can be extremely heavy. I知 looking for a hitch that I can manage alone and that is easy to use. Safety first.

Any advice would be appreciated. I want to prevent making mistakes and needing your expertise.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:15 PM   #2
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There are a large number of hitch systems, and a matching set of opinions about what is best.

In my opinion, best for me (a rather old phart that does NOT want to do too much heavy lifting) is the Hensley Manufacturing or the ProPride systems. They have the advantage of being installed just ONCE, the ProPride has a weight distribution tensioning system that requires little effort to tension, and either one flat eliminates sway. That said, there are others available...

Look at www.propridehitch.com for details and descriptions on how these hitches work. I decided on a ProPride and never regretted the choice...only part I have to lift when starting a trip is the "stinger", which is the bar that connects the tow vehicle to the trailer part of the hitch. Once and done...
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Old 03-28-2018, 08:17 PM   #3
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With that truck I would drop it right on the ball and see how it looks.
Some members here will post that is suicidal and will ask when you plan to travel so they are not on the road at that time and on the other side at least one member here will swear it's the right thing to do.
Good luck and enjoy, I'm putting on my flame suit now.
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:19 PM   #4
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You have made the commitment. Now carry the ball over the line. That would be the Propride. No reason to choose an alternate. Over done finished. Just do it, smile and move on. When asked why, just smile and look knowing.

Now, never do what I told you. Research all the hitches. Understand why you want the hitch you decide to buy. Write the check and only look back to understand more about how to tune your rig.

One hint - with a 3500 you likely don't need to transfer much weight. It's a good thing to be able to transfer weight, but your primary objective is to prevent sway. You want a stable predictable towing experience. In bad weather, park the rig and sit it out. No matter how fast you can tow, slow down and pay very close attention to the conditions in your immediate area and the distance in front that you will need for an emergency stop. As a single driver that is very important. Extend out your following distance and stay away from others even if that means slowing your speed a bit. May be a good idea to limit the distance you travel to what constitutes the distance you can stay focused and safe.

Good luck with your research. Hope to meet up with your smile down the road. Pat
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:44 PM   #5
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Yeah, with that truck load capacity will not be an issue unless you're carrying a couple of Harley's in the bed. Given that, a heavy hitch like the ProPride / Hensley Arrow will give you a great towing experience once you master the process of hitching up.

I was at an Airstream Owners' forum last weekend at our dealer, because we like to go to those. One gentleman there had a Pro Pride. Loved how it towed, but bitterly complained about how hard it was to hitch up with the stinger. He said that it was quite an ordeal, pretty much every time, getting the stinger on his truck into the hitch on his trailer. Said he knew all about manipulating the weight distribution arms to line things up, didn't matter, was quite difficult and frustrating for him. He was actively polling the audience to see what other hitch he could try instead. I'm not pro or anti any particular hitch, but you really should get the whole picture before making that leap.

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Old 03-29-2018, 05:51 AM   #6
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I have used Reese hitches for years, with a 3500 and only a 23 tt a simple setup will work. If trailer sway is evident there is a issue with the weight distribution in the trailer (too much in front of trailer).
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:56 AM   #7
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I am a female traveling solo, and I tow with a Reese Dual Cam. It gives good sway control and none of its parts are too much for me to lift.

The heaviest part is the ball mount. Get someone who has a weight-distribution hitch to let you try to lift theirs. Of course, practice safe lifting practices--lift with your leg muscles, not your back.

It's funny what our culture considers too heavy for a female to lift. My theory is that hitch parts are not as heavy as an angry two-year-old, and they're not screaming and kicking while you lift them.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:10 AM   #8
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Look into the Andersen WD hitch.
With your TV and the coach you selected it should be a good match.
Once the stinger is slid into the receiver on your truck there are no heavy parts to handle.
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:50 AM   #9
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Dear Lve...,

I, too, have a Ram/Cummins 3500 (2018) (and had a 2015 Ram/Cummins 2500 which I traded-in on the 3500) as well as an AS 27, which I think is a great combination, having put 30K miles on them in the last two years (and rarin' to go once we in the NW get two or more successive days of sunshine).

This Forum has a lot of ProPride advocates, and if money is no object and you want to go "First Class," then a ProPride is likely the first choice. The problem is that a new ProPride with shipping is just shy of $3K.

Similarly, this Forum also has a lot of lesser expensive hitch advocates. For example, I've used a Blue Ox Sway Pro, which costs in the range of $500 to $600, and so far, it's worked fine for me and, apparently, many others. Similar hitches are the Equalizer, the Reese, etc., all in the range of several $100, not several $1000. Some suggest the Anderson, but others say that while it works well for a lighter trailer, it doesn't work as well for a 25 ft or longer trailer.

Welcome to the AS life, and I wish you my best with your travels.

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Old 03-29-2018, 10:17 AM   #10
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Hello AS Friends,

I知 new to the RV/TT world and have been reading many articles on this forum. I need some perspectives on hitches覧

I placed an order for a 2019 Globetrotter and I知 trying to determine the best hitch. I have a 2017 3500 Dodge Cummins Deisel 4x4 and plan to haul my girl over many miles. The problem I知 running into is, I知 traveling alone (female) and some hitches I understand can be extremely heavy. I知 looking for a hitch that I can manage alone and that is easy to use. Safety first.

Any advice would be appreciated. I want to prevent making mistakes and needing your expertise.
We tow a 30' classic w/a 3500 RAM using a Blue Ox system. The receiver on 3500 RAM is 2-1/2", yes it came w/a 2" sleeve/adapter for the more common 2" hitches. The Blue Ox has hitch's in 2-1/2" or 2", we bought the 2-1/2", giving a greater range in towing weights. Yes the Blue Ox has some weight to it. The only hitch that I am aware of being light is made of aluminum. We have one for our other haul trailers, however would not use it for towing our AS. It is not set up/designed to help w/sway and weight transfer. Another matter to be aware of, getting a hitch that allows adjustment (the ball height to trailer socket) so as to level your AS when hitched. From what I have researched, read, and 40 years of towing, what/which hitch set up can be or is used depends on TV and what you are towing or what you may tow in the future. Last having the comfort and safety feeling when towing is important to many if not all that tow.

Best regards and safe travels
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:41 AM   #11
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I agree with what AlinCal said. I wouldn't worry about weight distribution but I would recommend sway control but that's all you should need.
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:37 AM   #12
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Hello AS Friends,



I知 new to the RV/TT world and have been reading many articles on this forum. I need some perspectives on hitches覧



I placed an order for a 2019 Globetrotter and I知 trying to determine the best hitch. I have a 2017 3500 Dodge Cummins Deisel 4x4 and plan to haul my girl over many miles. The problem I知 running into is, I知 traveling alone (female) and some hitches I understand can be extremely heavy. I知 looking for a hitch that I can manage alone and that is easy to use. Safety first.



Any advice would be appreciated. I want to prevent making mistakes and needing your expertise.


I have an almost identical setup and our dealer threw in a BlueOx. I致e been really happy with it. It smooths out things a little. Put a cover over the ball when not towing and don稚 worry about leaving it in. I bought a 24 breaker bar to use instead of the included wrench and it makes locking the chains much easier.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:31 PM   #13
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I've been towing travel trailers for over 20 years. I use a simple Reese WD hitch with sway control and have never had any towing issues. I guess if I was having problems I'd see if spending more money would help, but fortunately that has not been the case.
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No matter which hitch you get the HitchGrip would likely make handling it much easier.

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