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Old 07-07-2016, 02:07 AM   #1
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Very specific tow hitch question

I really don't want to start another tow hitch discussion so I'll be specific. Are there many pulling a AS Sport 22FB with a half ton truck without a WD/anti sway tow hitch. I don't and I have not experienced any problems. My set up has been very stable. I'm concerned because of many comments from so many proponents of a tow hitch modification. Am I asking for trouble?
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:48 AM   #2
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I pulled my 25 ft execcla on the ball with no issues but im now using an Anderson wd hitch to lower my rear axle weight.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:22 AM   #3
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Your Tundra/hitch needs no mods...just a proper set-up.


All AS's will benefit from WD & sway control....especially the single axle models.

You have a substantial investment, IMHO, it makes no sense to risk safety for the relatively small saving.

POI....our 63 Safari was a dancing bear w/o WD & sway control.


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The tongue weight is a relative problem. It is in handling crosswinds that a properly set WDH with integrated antisway really shines. Or, having "distributed" TW, all matters involving steering, handling and braking are better. Crosswinds are a serious matter.
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I understand and appreciate all the posts about why WD hitches are useful, but what I don't understand is that many new Airstreams are safely delivered by pro delivery services that pull "on the ball" and at significant speeds (the last one of these I talked with said "at least 70 MPH).

Now, if they do it safely with all sizes of trailers and no WDH, why spend the extra money for the HaHa/ProPride, when even the more common versions of WD hitches aren't even used by the pros?
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:58 AM   #6
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I understand and appreciate all the posts about why WD hitches are useful, but what I don't understand is that many new Airstreams are safely delivered by pro delivery services that pull "on the ball" and at significant speeds (the last one of these I talked with said "at least 70 MPH).



Now, if they do it safely with all sizes of trailers and no WDH, why spend the extra money for the HaHa/ProPride, when even the more common versions of WD hitches aren't even used by the pros?

The hauler didn't invest $100k of personal funds in the trailer and only has to survive one trip with it.

Do whatever makes you happy.

But (for the sake of Bob Cross) get a Hensley designed hitch.

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Old 07-07-2016, 07:15 AM   #8
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If the op truck can handle the tongue weight without lightening the front too much, then go for it without WD. But I am a firm believer in sway control. I tow on the ball but use two sway control devices. My setup is different, though. One ton with a much heavier trailer. Good camping, good luck. I enjoy the back and forth.
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I really don't want to start another tow hitch discussion so I'll be specific. Are there many pulling a AS Sport 22FB with a half ton truck without a WD/anti sway tow hitch. I don't and I have not experienced any problems. My set up has been very stable. I'm concerned because of many comments from so many proponents of a tow hitch modification. Am I asking for trouble?
A $50 single friction sway bar is 1/1000 the cost of your trailer.
Think about it.
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I had two sway control tabs welded to my ball mount for 30 dollars. The sway devices are about fifty each. The small hitch ball is cheap. Go for it.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:05 AM   #11
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Yes, in my opinion you are asking for trouble. I have no data or experience to show that. But it is awful easy to use a WD hitch and I think it is safer at high speeds and across all road conditions. I do not see any downside at all to use the WD hitch. I use a Reese but if I were you I would take a look at the Blu-Ox. In the early 70's the Michigan posted speed limits were 50 mph for trailers without WD and 70 or maybe 75 for trailers with WD hitch so someone with experience thought them to be better.
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Blue ox is a good hitch.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:11 AM   #13
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Towing without sway control works fine until that one time it doesn't. Ditto with not having a fire extinguisher.

I can't account for the delivery guys except to point out that most WD/AS hitches require some permanent mods to the A-Frame (such as holes drilled) so perhaps they do not want to damage a new unit before it is delivered to the customer?
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:29 AM   #14
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I understand and appreciate all the posts about why WD hitches are useful, but what I don't understand is that many new Airstreams are safely delivered by pro delivery services that pull "on the ball" and at significant speeds (the last one of these I talked with said "at least 70 MPH).

Now, if they do it safely with all sizes of trailers and no WDH, why spend the extra money for the HaHa/ProPride, when even the more common versions of WD hitches aren't even used by the pros?
Most of those guys have a 1ton duely or larger truck to tow with .
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