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Old 06-14-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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W/D hitch

Getting ready to buy a 2012 27FB Int'l. I know everyone has their opinions on W/D hitches with sway control. I will be towing with F250 diesel. A couple of questions:
1. Given my setup, what brands would you recommend?
2. Is the A/S frame already pre-drilled for the W/D hitch?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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I just Ordered my Andersen hitch. It's new and looks good and simple to use. and you can get one for $400-$450

No the frames are not pre drilled as every brand goes in a little different place.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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Hensley and Propride seem to be the top end and folks have nothing but good things to say about them.

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Old 06-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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just to add to the confusion, I'm using the Equal-i-zer with the 10K bars on a 27fb classic and F250 diesel. Set the bars fairly light and get a good ride with 0 sway.

Didn't know about the Anderson when I got my setup but it does look interesting.

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Old 06-14-2012, 06:54 PM   #5
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Second the Andersen, I have one and am very happy with it. In fact I have not heard anything negative from someone that actually has and uses one.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:05 PM   #6
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neck,

You spared no expense on a new Airstream, don't start cutting corners now.

Go for quality....

Proper set-up is as/more important than brand.

ALL rig's will benefit from a properly set-up WD hitch with sway control.

Don't fall for the myth...."it toes so well, I don't even know it's behind me."

Thats not the goal, the goal is a balanced safe rig that your comfortable with being behind you.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:19 PM   #7
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Bob...could not agree with you more, and I will go for quality. So sense you brought it up, what's your suggestion?

Colonial RV says they recommend Reese and Equal-i-zer. Foley RV has used Equal-i-zer and also recommends Blue Ox. These happen to be the 2 dealers I am working with. Problem for me is that w/d hitches are completely new to me, so I don't really know which brand/model/set-up is more quality than the next.

Hence the question about recommendations.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:32 PM   #8
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I have a trailer a few feet longer than the 27, but I use a similar tow vehicle. I use a ProPride and would not consider anything else currently available.

Trailer Sway Control Hitch Guaranteed to Eliminate Trailer Sway - ProPride 3P

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-57179.html

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #9
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Hensley while it has a WD consideration it was originally designed to control sway. Mechanically it has a very good reputation for doing that. However it also has a poor reputation for easy of use and expensive original cost. ProPride is just a second generation of it.

Reese and Equal I Zer have long been standards in WD and sway control. Moderate cost quite a bit easier to use but very difficult to install correctly. Most system are not set up correctly and thus do not deliver what you had hope for when buying them.

The above mentioned Andersen hitch is the new kid on the block. 1/5 the cost of Hensley. 1/3 the time to hitch up compared to the Reese/ Equal i zer. And a complete rethinking to the concept of WD/sway control.

You are free to pick your poison but after 40 years of towing I am with the new kid.
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neck,

You spared no expense on a new Airstream, don't start cutting corners now.

Go for quality....

Proper set-up is as/more important than brand.

ALL rig's will benefit from a properly set-up WD hitch with sway control.

Don't fall for the myth...."it toes so well, I don't even know it's behind me."

Thats not the goal, the goal is a balanced safe rig that your comfortable with being behind you.

Bob
Wise words, as ever, from Bob.

We use a very simple Eaz-Lift system with friction sway control bars; not the best offering technically speaking but it was set up by a professional and certainly does the job for both WD and sway control. We may upgrade in the future with Hensley or Propride, depends what our towing guru suggests.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:47 PM   #11
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neck,
congrats on your new AS! I lucked into a 2004 25' Classic with a Reese and 2004 F250 TV. As a newbie I had the PO teach me how to hitch and unhitch. For me it was relatively easy. Just to be sure, I checked the setup with a nearby AS dealer, and local tin can restorer--both assured me it's great.

I'm very pleased with the ease of towing--even in crosswinds and when being passed by semis, I don't feel blown around. She tracks so well I sometimes forget I'm towing. Is it due to the AS, the Reese, or the WD hitch? There are lots of opinions on the subject. I think it's a combination of the three factors, and is also somewhat subjective.

However, most agree that the pro pride and hensley are the best. If I had the money and had to choose I'd be inclined to try them. Since mine came with the Reese and is matched to my truck I went with it and have no regrets or concerns.

Good luck in your quest! Let us know what you decide and why. and please provide pics of your new AS, F250 and whatever hitch you settle on!
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #12
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Re W/D Hitch

We have a 28' RB Flying Cloud 2009, that we pull with a 2003 F 150. We have used the friction bar setup and found that it was labor intensive to hook and unhook. We then had a Blue Ox with 750 lb equalizer bars installed. We found the Blue Ox a dream to hookup and unhook, 7 mins to do either and does an first class job or weight distribution and anti-sway .We highly recommend this Hitch. Merv M
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:22 AM   #13
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Folks, I have a 25' International with a Hensley Arrow hitch... It's easy to pull, and easy to hitch and unhitch in a moments notice... There are alot of customized options using a well engineered piece of equipment, not to mention the obvious safety benefits. I live in rough, windy territory-- with my family inside and towing a heavy 7,500 rig behind me, I sleep good at night knowing that the trailer and my SUV are working in unison every time hook up... Lifetime Warranty, Trade in Value, plus Excellent, personalized Customer Service at Hensley (and that is alot coming from a pain in the a$$ like me).
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:31 AM   #14
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Bob...could not agree with you more, and I will go for quality. So sense you brought it up, what's your suggestion?

Colonial RV says they recommend Reese and Equal-i-zer. Foley RV has used Equal-i-zer and also recommends Blue Ox. These happen to be the 2 dealers I am working with. Problem for me is that w/d hitches are completely new to me, so I don't really know which brand/model/set-up is more quality than the next.

Hence the question about recommendations.
neck,

I got in on this discussion at post six, knowing full well that there would be many specific recommendations to follow. All the hitches mentioned can be configured to work very well with your rig.

In 25 years of Streaming I have used two brands, an old style Reese straight-line, (on a 63 22' Safari and a 25' Classic), two very different trailers, and a Hensley Arrow. Both these hitches worked well on both trailers, the important fact is that they were each set up specifically for each trailer.

The Arrow is a sway elimination hitch, as is the Propride, in my mind, an important fact to consider.

Being that I can only comment from experience on these two, I have to go with the Hensley, surprise, surprise.

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