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Old 06-15-2012, 06:38 AM   #15
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We use the Reese w/ dual cam, BUT, if looking today, The Anderson is what I would buy.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:26 AM   #16
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Also... Bob & I forgot to mention--- the Arrow is a Lifetime Hitch... meaning, they will retro-fit your next rig for minimal and or NO COST.... I have friends that have exercised this 'right' with Hensley.... You will find that their objective is for the LONG haul, meaning-- they want you, and everyone you know hearing about the quality standards they have and become #1 in their space... Not too shabby.....
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:21 AM   #17
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Neck,

I hesitate to get into this discussion because hitch discussions are like tow vehicle discussions....eveyone believes that what they have is the best, or they wouldn't have it, right?

Anyway, I've been towing travel trailers of one kind or another since 1971, and I've had several WD hitches. I've towed just on the ball, I've towed with the old original Reese Dual Cam hitch, I've towed with the new version of the Reese DC, I've towed with an Eazylift with a friction anti-sway control, I've towed with the Reese single bar WD hitch with friction control, and I now tow with a ProPride.

I can tell you without any doubt, the ProPride is by far the superior hitch of all that I have used. Yes, it is more expensive than the others, but I would say well worth it.

All of the others worked well if they were setup right, and that's a big IF, because in particular the Reese Dual Cam is first difficult to setup right (the new one, the old one not so much), and if not set up perfectly, the anti-sway simply does not work well.

Anyway, hope this is of some help, and did not further confuse the issue.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:48 AM   #18
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If cost is not a consideration ... the PP and HA seem to be the chioce of many. We run an EQ brand comfortably.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #19
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What ever you get (they will all work) Sway control is a key. We have a friction sway control right know. and I left Zion without tightening it down ONCE. After 2 miles in the conners I was wondering why the dang trailer was everywhere. I pulled over and tightened it down. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.. even without wind..
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I have used a few different hitches also and out of the ones I have used I think the Hensley is the best. If I was buying a new hitch with the occasional towing I do now with a 3/4 ton or larger I would get an Anderson with a 1/2 ton or SUV I would probably get a ProPride and if I was towing more I would probably get the ProPride anyway. From what I read everyone that used both Hensley and ProPride and commented about it said that the ProPride is easier to hitch and unhitch. The ProPride has an adjustable stinger (hitch bar) making it easier when you change vehicles Hensley has fixed stingers so you have to pay shipping to get a different drop also many newer TVs have high receivers and require at least a 10" drop with a Hensley or ProPride to get the Airstream level and safe but the max drop Hensley offers is 8".
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I have posted an image (photo section-Argosy trailers) of a WD hitch which I think is a Reese. It's spec'd to 1000 tongue weight & 12K gross trailer weight, so my 22ft argosy is well within.
It's on Craigslist for $100. Is it worth my while?
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I have posted an image (photo section-Argosy trailers) of a WD hitch which I think is a Reese. It's spec'd to 1000 tongue weight & 12K gross trailer weight, so my 22ft argosy is well within.
It's on Craigslist for $100. Is it worth my while?
If it's the one I saw with the round bars, yes it will work, but is a little on the heavy duty side. That's a good price.
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If it's the one I saw with the round bars, yes it will work, but is a little on the heavy duty side. That's a good price.
Great thanks. I had 24 hrs to make up my mind. My research showed them at nearly $500 retail.
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If you have the time spend some of it reading this tread.
1,000 lbs. bar are overkill for you rig.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html
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If you have the time spend some of it reading this tread.
1,000 lbs. bar are overkill for you rig.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html

I understand they are overkill, but will they work or is the mismatch bad for the rig? I'm an admitted rookie to trailers of this size.
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If I am correct the only sway control offered with the Draw Tight round bar system is the Reese flat plate. It is a very poor mechanical design that requires you to unhook it before you back up. Lots of fun in the rain. Does the system you are looking at even have a sway control component?

If you are new do more homework.
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I understand they are overkill, but will they work or is the mismatch bad for the rig? I'm an admitted rookie to trailers of this size.
There is school of thought, with quite a few proponents, that says that the stiffness of the heavier bars will allow excess road shock to transfer to the trailer from the TV causing damage to the structure of the trailer. This has been said about Airstreams, but I do not know enough about Argosy construction to guess how well it carries over.

I tow a large Airstream with bars that are rated at 14,000 #, when the trailer GVW is 10,000 Lbs. The bars are round tapered like those in your photo. MY TV is a stiff suspension 3/4 ton pickup. I have not had any damage, but maybe I'm lucky.

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If I am correct the only sway control offered with the Draw Tight round bar system is the Reese flat plate. It is a very poor mechanical design that requires you to unhook it before you back up. Lots of fun in the rain. Does the system you are looking at even have a sway control component?

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Thanks.

The same guy had an equalizer brand rated at 400lb tongue and 4000lb trailer.

That's a bit light for my argosy.
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