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Old 08-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #15
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I towed our new 2014 Classic to the storage unit from the selling dealership (about 20 miles non highway) using just a properly rated ball hitch on the back of the 2012 Dodge 2500HD. The trailer had full propane tanks (two 40# tanks) and supposedly full water.

It did not track well and was causing steering issues at 45 mph speeds. After installing the 16" tries and wheels and the ProPride hitch with help from Sean over the phone, I went out for a test drive. There was a dramatic change in the rig for the better.

We have a Kelderman all air bag suspension system with air expansion tanks on each rear air bag that keeps the truck level at all times. That system cushions the trailer's ride from the tow vehicle. We reduced the 16" Michelin tire pressure to 75 psi from 80, and the temperatures are most constant even in hot weather.

When the hotshots tow the trailers from the factory with their dually trucks, I have yet to see a fancy hitch and they drive "quickly" as time is money.

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Old 08-22-2015, 05:07 AM   #16
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Interesting thread. I have been towing my 31' 1994 Excella Classic for the past three years with a '09 Silverado 3500HD duallie using a Reese dual cam. It is a great TV but does result in a lot of carnage inside the AS after even a short run. I just installed an AirSafe VI so will see if it helps. Also changing the Reese setup to minimum tension. I agree with the above comment about stability. I think that you likely could "free ball" with a big duallie with no issues, but since I have it I will continue to use the Reese. And just FYI I didn't need a longer pigtail or chains 😎

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Old 08-22-2015, 05:48 AM   #17
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I tow on the ball with two friction ASway devices. I carry my WD hitch with me but can tell no difference using it over the ball mount, so I just tow on the ball. If the suspension were any softer I would use the WD hitch. My truck is high and light on the rear and needs weight to ride and handle properly. The trailer hooked up greatly increases the smoothness of the ride and the handling of the truck. Of course I have a work truck, not a modified car. Every set up is different. If you find one you are comfortable with, stick with it. Good luck.

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