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Old 07-23-2014, 04:20 PM   #29
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Moflash, we all travel differently and nothing wrong with that.

As for "unique handling they all exhibit", we were uncomfortable with two different w.d. hitches on 140" and our present 120" wheelbase in strong gusting crosswinds. Put on the Hensley/ProPride hitch design and it is no issue whatsoever.
Your right Doug we all have different agendas and there is not just one solution for Airstreaming.

I also did not like the way the wd hitch beat up my trailer so I installed a Airsafe hitch and now it just bounces around on its own cushion of air with the wd attached..
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:46 PM   #30
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how about a front hitch setup for maneuvering trailer in tight sections..

anyone have this on a truck.

how does it work out and how many time it been used. ??
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You would only see the front of the trailer.Learning to back up your trailer with your mirrors is the only way.Practice in a large parking lot,you will see how easy it is.


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Old 07-24-2014, 06:48 AM   #32
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You would only see the front of the trailer.Learning to back up your trailer with your mirrors is the only way.Practice in a large parking lot,you will see how easy it is.


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from backing up while driving a tractor trailer,(long haul and city delivery 8 yrs) to backing up while pulling a boat for the past 30yrs and backing up pulling a utility i use in my business I can assure you going backwards with mirrors is not that big a deal.

I understand you only see the front of the trailer. I was actually thinking about places where the long wheel base and tight camping spots could make it hard to "just back in normal". Plus i have a co pilot and can get a wireless camera to use on back of trailer to see going backwards.

With a front hitch you get more maneuverability in tight spots.

I was asking if having a front hitch is worth the money, $213.00 at etrailer.com or not.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:25 AM   #33
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I never have found a instance that I could not use my mirrors in tight places with a long truck and a 28ft Airstream.


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what are the plus and minus of longer wheel base vs shorter.. most likely going with 28-30 AS or SOB depending on what happens in the future.
I think the biggest plus of the extra length allows for less sway of the tow vehicle and prevents loss of control and then the really bad things......
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I was asking if having a front hitch is worth the money, $213.00 at etrailer.com or not.
I built my front hitch for my Dodge and have pushed a couple trailers using it with good success. They are nice and if you really think you will use it and the money is there, go ahead.

However, the question of worth it? I would say no. I built mine too use while on rescue missions and work related tasks (I reverse my truck and use my winch to pull disabled vehicles and trailers up onto my flatbed so the trailer doesn't tip up [so much easier than a come-along])

But for parking trailers, I've only used it two or three times in six years. Not really worth the manufacturerd price.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:18 PM   #36
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I think the biggest plus of the extra length allows for less sway of the tow vehicle and prevents loss of control and then the really bad things......
It's been twenty years since the Hensley hitch was introduced, ELIMINATING the possibility of trailer sway, yet folks still recommend longer or larger trucks to REDUCE trailer sway.
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It's been twenty years since the Hensley hitch was introduced, ELIMINATING the possibility of trailer sway, yet folks still recommend longer or larger trucks to REDUCE trailer sway.
There is more to it than the magic Hensley hitch can provide Doug,sorry.....
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There is more to it than the magic Hensley hitch can provide Doug,sorry.....
Agreed. I read in an Airforum thread, a while back, someone experiencing sway with Hensley. I think to say it can eliminate sway is just marketing language, and not physically possible.
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There's no magic to the Hensley/ProPride design, it's actually pretty simple mechanics. I think most of us have been quite surprised, and I think you would be too. No sway ever, the trailer stays in perfect alignment with the truck in the heavy gusting crosswinds, its a pleasure to tow in any traffic and wind conditions with our 120" wheelbase truck.

You would need the other reasons for a long wheelbase truck, sway control is no longer one of them.
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I think with the engineering of the Hensley "eliminate" is pretty accurate. But if you don't have the Hensley installed or hitched correctly, you won't have sway control (torsion bars not tight enough, etc.). Or I suppose excessive speed downhill or something.
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The Hensley hitch has been discussed to death elsewhere, let's please get back to the topic of this thread which is longer wheel bases.
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