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Old 10-31-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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Hi All,
We, wife and I, have just decided to travel more than half way across the US, in the next day or two, to purchase a 2004, 28' Classic. Can't tell you how excited we are.

Realized once we get there: 1) I'm not sure what to look for to assure it's in good condition 2) What kind of hitch to buy (Hensley from reading your comments)? We have a 2006, F250 crew cab deisel to pull it with. 3)What we'll need to have in the trailer, when we drive away, to make it back to So.Cal. 4) Where to stay along the 44 and 40?

We really are rookies and this will be our maiden trip suggestions are welcome, no, actually their needed!!!!!!

Mike
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:02 AM   #2
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I've got the same TV and I tow a 27' Overlander using just a Reese load leveling hitch. No problems, no sway, even had a couple OMG stops that worked out fine.

Make sure you have a spare and I always take a floor jack with me--looks funny to have such a big jack in the truck, but it sure comes in handy when you need it. I finally got rid of the steel one in favor of an aluminum one from Costco, at least I could lift it. I always carry about 5 gallons of bottled water, too. If you're going to use the plumbing, make sure you put a little anti-freeze (the RV type pink stuff) in the drains to make sure you don't break the J-traps.

For places to stay, you might look in the boondocking threads for cheap and interesting places. I'd recommend stopping Seligman, AZ and looking up the guy who has the Airstream on the east side of town as an ad for his coffe shop. Name's Frank and he has two vintage trailers in his yard, right on the main drag. Very friendly and very Airstream loving.

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Hello Mike -- and welcome to the Forums!

Folks will champion Hensleys. Nothing wrong with a nice Reese HP Dual Cam or Equal-izer installation. Many, many threads out there -- only one example. I have the Reese. Just don't take the dealer's standard generic WD gear.

Be extraordinarily careful about driving back if you hit any snow or ice. Be careful about fatigue. One can get dull after driving 300 miles or so.
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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The hitch issue, "which one to use", is really interesting. I've read several threads and get more confused with each one I read.

Equalizer vs Easylift vs Reese vs Hensley vs_________?

Biggest concern for me, as a rookie with little trailer pulling experience, is getting safely down the road in all conditions. I know there's no perfect answer but someone in one of the threads said, "I'd rather be as safe as possible than have a few extra hundred $$ in the bank." I couldn't agree more. I'm not loaded with $$, but safety is a primary concern for me - must be left over from my US Navy days.

Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'll be an equal opportunity poster: The Hensley uses truly unique geometry to transfer the pivot point forward near the tow vehicles rear axle (like a 5th wheel) instead of at the ball like all the other systems. There may be diminishing returns of using a Hensley as trailer length gets shorter (don't want to start a fight though...) but 28' is getting long and heavy enough to justify the Hensley's extra margin of safety. Since I can only speak in generalizations I'll let you read from those experienced. The ultimate haha users guide (ha = Hensley Arrow). If you go Hensley you may need to arrange this in advance if your dealer would not have one in stock. Also find out if they have the experience to walk you through its use.

I had an occasion to see my Reese's Dual Cam antisway in action right after labor day. Traveling at about 20mph on the crown (middle) of a dirt backroad, an oncoming vehicle appeared suddenly over a rise. I corrected quickly back to my side of the road and the truck & trailer moved as one unit. The trailer showed absolutely no tendency to sway during this sudden and forceful maneuver. How sudden was it? It threw freezer contents against the freezer door hard enough to pop the latch and land them all on the floor.

I can tell you that Jack Canavera (moderator on these Forums) uses an Equal-izer with his 30' SO and is very satisfied.
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