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Old 04-22-2008, 06:01 AM   #1
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Wink Susan & John Kelly - new Sea Breeze

Hi there, I've never written before so this is an intro to us. John and I have RVed for the last 25 years. We started out in a motorcycle/side car, then an VW pop up, then a Leisure Van Class B, then a Roadtrek Class B, then a 34 ' Airstream classic and now we are the proud owners of 'Breezy' - a 25' Sea Breeze Airstream. We pick her up on Thurs at CanAm in London and our first trip will be to New York City. We stay at Liberty Village RV/Marina which is a 5 min walk to Path and then a 10 min subway ride to downtown Manhattan. I need my fix of museums/art galleries/etc.

Question: We are going to be using the ball/claw hitch as opposed to the Hensley hitch which we had a lot of trouble with on our first Airstream. Do you think it's safe?????????

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Old 04-22-2008, 06:07 AM   #2
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I'm surprised Andy didn't talk you into the Hensley! I had just regular wd hitch and anti sway before, now have Hensley. HUGE difference.

What kind of difficulties did you have?

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Old 04-22-2008, 02:09 PM   #3
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Susan----You don't need a Hensley to be safe. The Hensley provides more trailer stability than most other anti-sway arrangements. Your 3/4 ton Chevy should do just fine. Hitch up and give it a test run and enjoy the new AS.

In addition, welcome to the forums. Lot's of knowledge and experience resides here.

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Old 04-22-2008, 04:36 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums!

Great trailer choice by the way...!
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:25 PM   #5
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Wecome aboard. We LOVE the Sea Breeze interior. They introduced the Sea Breeze interior the model year after our '06. Had they had it in '06, that is the interior we would have gotten. Isn't that always the way it happens...The next model year (whether it be vehicles or Airstreams) they come out with an option you WANT. I hope you enjoy it as much as I know my wife and I would. Please don't tell me it is the front bedroom model too!!!
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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While the Hensley is reputed to be the king of all hitches, and probably is, most of us tow with something else for various reasons. I have never had any sway problems with three different Airstreams.
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:35 PM   #7
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Susan said "Question: We are going to be using the ball/claw hitch as opposed to the Hensley hitch which we had a lot of trouble with on our first Airstream. Do you think it's safe?"

Susan - In a word, yes & no. The Reese WD hitch is a great hitch and I have friends who swear by them & think I'm nuts for paying the big bucks for the Hensley. My reply is that this question is somewhat like the folks who ask why we pay so much for our Airstreams. If I have to explain it, they'll never really get it.

I'm sorry you had troubles with your 1st Hensley. I do know that if they are not installed right, you can have problems. I also have had some learning to do to get stabbed into the Hensley easily. But once under tow - I LOVE the fact that those huge semi's no longer pull me into them. Heck, now I hardly ever feel them passing me at all. THAT makes it all worth while.

Congrats on your new AS. Hook up & enjoy NY, then let us know how the tow went for you.

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