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Old 11-09-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Weight distribution hitch and/or sway control

I have a 2012 Toyota Sequoia SR5 with the 5.7L engine and tow package. Looking to purchase a 22' Sport sometime in the next few months. My question is do I need a weight distribution hitch and/or sway control device? The 2012 Sequoia apparently has factory TSC (trailer sway control) which works with the ABS and stability control. Does that mean I don't need an aftermarket sway device and only a WDH? If so what brand would people recommend? If it isn't obvious this will be my first Airstream.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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Yes you need a weight distribution hitch with sway control, to dampen any sway event that may happen and distribute the trailer tongue weight among the truck and trailer axles, rather than entirely on the truck rear axle (this would lighten the truck steering axle to a dangerous condition if it rains, snows, or sudden maneuvers are needed).

We have the new Andersen weight distribution hitch, have about 4000 miles on it, and like it much better than the spring bar style hitch. It is easy to install, greaseless, lightweight, inexpensive, has excellent sway dampening, and rides much better on rough roadways.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:02 AM   #3
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I have used Reese Style hitches for many years and find they do a fine job. It is a proven design with good durability and acceptable price. If you have a short wheelbase and a heavy trailer, a number of forum members have found it worthwhile to spend the extra money for Hensely type hitch.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:17 AM   #4
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My 22' Sport weighs just over 4000# ready to go with 435# on the ball. I believe the new Sports may be a bit more. I do not use a WDH or sway control. Been towing this for six years and over 20k without any problem, under all kinds of conditions. Depending on the TV it's usually the 25' and up trailers that need the extra help. I'd try towing without first. You can always add later. I've heard the Sequoia anti sway system really works good.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:27 AM   #5
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My 22' Sport weighs just over 4000# ready to go with 435# on the ball. I believe the new Sports may be a bit more. I do not use a WDH or sway control. Been towing this for six years and over 20k without any problem, under all kinds of conditions. Depending on the TV it's usually the 25' and up trailers that need the extra help. I'd try towing without first. You can always add later. I've heard the Sequoia anti sway system really works good.
The "always add later" could be during a spell recovering from an accident.

Load equalizing hitches and sway controls are design to allow owners to SAFELY TOW.

ANYONE that doesn't use them, will sooner or later pay the price for kicking safety to the curb.

Trucks are not by any means MAGIC.

If the guy doesn't care, he should also inform his pasengers and family, that he doesn't care, and therefore their individual safety is at a HUGE RISK because of his foolishness.

Sound harsch?

You bet you!!!

WHY ?

Give your life all the plus things and don't take risks that are far more than proven that cause fatal injuries.

BE SAFE, NOT SORRY.

Being sorry, will never return a life, no matter who you are.

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:15 AM   #6
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I would not tow a trailer without a hitch with sway control. I have many miles pulling a 20' SOB with a Equal-i-zer WD hitch with integrated sway control. I've pull in many very windy days - you can feel the hitch working to keep everything aligned.

With the move to a longer trailer (31' Safari), I upgraded to a ProPride hitch. It simply works better and is more enjoyable to tow.

A requirement for weight distribution is more a matter of running the numbers depending on the loading on your vehicle. Most combinations however will want a WD hitch to keep the load balanced over both axles.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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Many of us have said it before, Weight Distribution aids any tow vehicle and Airstream set up, regardless of tow vehicle or size of Airstream. Spreading the load across the axles of your TV and the trailer can only ever be beneficial, so why turn down additional help? Sway control is also a must because as Andy R says above, if you don't, one day that trailer will turn around and bite you. It's simple physics.
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The "always add later" could be during a spell recovering from an accident.

Load equalizing hitches and sway controls are design to allow owners to SAFELY TOW.

ANYONE that doesn't use them, will sooner or later pay the price for kicking safety to the curb.

Trucks are not by any means MAGIC.

If the guy doesn't care, he should also inform his pasengers and family, that he doesn't care, and therefore their individual safety is at a HUGE RISK because of his foolishness.

Sound harsch?

You bet you!!!

WHY ?

Give your life all the plus things and don't take risks that are far more than proven that cause fatal injuries.

BE SAFE, NOT SORRY.

Being sorry, will never return a life, no matter who you are.

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Can you afford to not be safe ???? Think of your loved ones and friends ...
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:11 AM   #9
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I'm new too - haven't even got my AS yet, but my TV manual says that for my truck, WD is optional. And it has "sway control" built in (automatic braking, slowing RPMs, etc.). I'm still going to buy a WD/SC hitch and set it up on scales. Maybe it's belts and suspenders but the lives of my wife, my dog, myself and others on the road as well as my financial investment are very much worth over-protecting. My $0.02 - everyone's mileage varies. Good luck!
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What is considered the best (forget cost) WD/SC hitch for a 27 fbt AS?
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What Andy said!
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:43 PM   #12
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"What is considered the best (forget cost) WD/SC hitch for a 27 fbt AS?"


From reading the Airforums for a long time and talking to a lot of Airstreamers many of the posters here consider the Hensley and Pro Pride hitches to be the best.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:16 PM   #13
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Pro Pride seems to be the best from talking to other campers and reading on this forum. We use Reese dual cam and have had no trouble. Getting it set up is important. Matching bar lbs to the suspension of tow vehicle is critical. This would be the same with any other brand. There are other threads on this forum with opinions about hitches. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:26 PM   #14
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This past week took our last outing. 4 AS’s in the campground. 3 had Propride and one had a Hensley. I have a Propride. On our way back we had 20 to 25 mph side winds the entire way. Drove like a charm. No sway. Trailer stable. Drove between 60 and 65 the entire way not a problem. Sure there was some push from the winds, but not any different than driving normal car. I have a 2017 F150 XLT with Supercab and 3.5 Ecoboost pulling a 28’ International. So not a big truck. The Propride makes towing so much easier and secure. And that’s what the 2 guys pulling Classics said as well.

Expensive. Yes. But the point of camping is to enjoy the experience. When I bought my AS I paid really good money. Figured if I am going to spend that kind of money to get an AS then I might as well get the hitch that will be the best and make driving more relaxing. But others have had good success with different hitches. BUT YOU MUST HAVE SOME ANTISWAY or you will be miserable driving; or worse yet in an accident.
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