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Old 04-06-2014, 10:57 AM   #519
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Agreed, great mileage

V6 (turbocharged) in our Flex seemed to hover between 12 and 12.5 mpg with no wind at about 60-65.

New to this, but is there a reason you don't bring the ball of your hitch closer to the axle? I just did on my setup - have not yet towed with it. Seems to be recommended pretty much across the board.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:00 AM   #520
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Bringing the ball closer to the back axle reduces the wheelbase to overhang ratio. It is physics and only goodness can come from it.
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The other disadvantage with the Center Line hitch is that it forces the ball to be well behind the bumper adding a substantial amount of rear overhang. I did modify one once to change the ball position while keeping the other features of the hitch but it was even heavier when I was done. There was no substantial difference in handling compared to a dialed in Eaz-Lift.

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Good point about the Husky Centerline. I, too, drilled my shank so that the ball is as close as possible to the rear of the vehicle. But, due again to the massive heft of the Centerline head, the ball IS a couple inches farther away when compared to some other designs due to the placement of the anti-sway compression cylinders on the Centerline head.


But it's all a trade-off; with the Centerline the benefit is no need for separate anti-sway and the associated set-up and adjustment. Those built-in compression cylinders really DO work.


But the weight and sheer heft is definitely something to keep in mind; I can see it being a deal-breaker for a LOT of people.


It's not just "heavy." It's "Oh f'n hell who designed this thing??? How the phr*ck do I get this in that receiver well up and under there????? Oh God I think I tore a meniscus!!! I'll KILL whomever designed this" HEAVY.


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It's not just "heavy." It's "Oh f'n hell who designed this thing??? How the phr*ck do I get this in that receiver well up and under there????? Oh God I think I tore a meniscus!!! I'll KILL whomever designed this" HEAVY.



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how much is that in "pounds?"
If you were to compare it to say, a vintage univolt--would it be more, or less?
My Reese is heavy enough that I actually had to call for help once, when getting ready for a trip--was having a low-back flare up, and didn't dare attempt to install it in the truck's receiver.
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Well, I have a very long 18" shank since my receiver is well under my truck...but combined the head and shank have GOT to be over 80lbs. Just unreal weight.


Just to give you an idea of how huge and massive (did I mention it was heavy?) the Husky Centerline hitch head is, here is a picture of it in its box before installation, with my boot included for comparision. Keep in mind these boots are also HUGE and a size 12...the hitch makes my huge clob boots look small!



But, all in all...a GREAT hitch. If you like the ease and simplicity of the Equalizer, you'd love the Centerline...provided you're after less noise and better sway control.

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Old 04-06-2014, 03:16 PM   #524
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had to chisel out the broken two bolts. 8 new stainless steel bolts did the trick.Hope for somewhat improved towing this week when we head to our rally.
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Well, I have a very long 18" shank since my receiver is well under my truck...but combined the head and shank have GOT to be over 80lbs. Just unreal weight.


Just to give you an idea of how huge and massive (did I mention it was heavy?) the Husky Centerline hitch head is, here is a picture of it in its box before installation, with my boot included for comparision. Keep in mind these boots are also HUGE and a size 12...the hitch makes my huge clob boots look small!
Well, my feet aren't that big, and neither is my hitch head/shank. now I feel woefully inadequate.
But I AM a geek, so I just went down to the basement and weighed mine--50lbs. (Reese Dual-Cam head; 1200lb shank.).
And in case anyone is curious, the vintage univolt weighs in at 40lbs.
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I will probably go ahead and weigh mine out of curiosity.

I know its at least heavy enough to hurt if you drop it while adjusting it on the shank and have it fall on your shin.

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My New Tow Vehicle

Hi all,

I was getting ready to post a picture of my 65 Caravel setup behind my 2005 Toyota Highlander, but it was stolen 6 weeks ago right out of my driveway.

BUT now I'm happy to post my picture of my new tow vehicle with the Airstream in tow. It's a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude with the V6 and Tow Group.
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Didn't they have a silver one?
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Show us your small Tow Vehicle set-up

Just add a Silver pin stripe. I have not driven one yet but I hear that new Cherokee is impressive.
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Got everything pretty much finalized today.

I had moved the "saddles" forward so the chains are closer to vertical now, on the advice of another CampLite owner. This pushed the Husky ball mount pretty far forward, so I had a friend trim it down with a torch to mount closer to the "saddle".

Even with the Husky mount trimmed down, I was still concerned about right turns taking it to its limits:



Don't think I needed to be, it will still turn pretty sharp without using up all the travel:



And I will likely remove the sway control for any planned maneuvering.

And the whole contraption seems pretty level now (in fact the trailer seems ever so slightly nose down, though the photo doesn't show it):



Anyway towed it home to de-winterize and get ready for SpringStream, and it felt rock solid - though remember it did not feel bad coming home from IL as it was. We backed it in and parked it on the level part of our driveway:





One problem cropped up. I hooked up the 30A cable, with an extension cord adapter, and ran an extension cord to our nearby pump house. The instant I plugged the cable in, I could hear the ground fault in the controlling outlet in the pump house trip. Reset it, plugged it back in, tripped again. The extension cord seems fine, as does the adapter, and the same outlet has powered many tools and the like without ever tripping. And when we picked up the trailer it was on shore power at the dealer - regular 15A service I think, with no problem.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:00 PM   #531
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Hey!

Thought I'd post in this thread because it pertains to small tow vehicles. Though the OP has had his question(s) answered, this still seemed like a good place to put my post concerning this topic.

Everywhere we turned it seemed that vehicles that were supposedly good for towing our Airstream were all priced nearly as much as a modest house. So we started looking at used vehicles and found that they were still very pricey.

Toward the end of our search we started finding conflicting information about trucks that were supposed to be capable of towing our Airstream. Some of the trucks at the lower end of the scale that were rated for towing an Airstream like ours, turned out to be about the same in capability as our 'little' Sienna which we already owned.

So, looking around here we eventually found some posts concerning small tow vehicles and Can-AM RV popped up - as well as MRUKToad's blog and posts.

We called Can-Am RV (Andy T, Wendy and the crew) from Florida and learned that for around $2,000 they would install an EZ Lift hitch with all the bells & whistles as well as a transmission cooler and Prodigy P2 trailer brake. So we set an appointment and drove from north central Florida to London Ontario. The trip took us three days (total). Wendy at Can-Am took good care of us while we hung out at the shop all day with our 2 and 4 year old terrors (er, kids ) - they even provided us with a loaner Dodge Caravan so we could go out and explore London a bit and get some lunch.

The result is that we are now towing a 2014 27' Eddy Bauer Airstream with a 2009 Toyota Sienna LE. We paid about $2,600 for the work and the travel expenses - avoiding paying as much as $45k on a new truck that would have been considered 'capable' (or about $20K for something used).

So far we've had our Airstream less than a month and have put 62 miles on it. The weight distribution chains have loosened up (as we were advised they would after 50 miles +/-) - which is why the safety chains are dangling so low in the pics - and I'll be adding a link or two when we take it out next. As well, we were just returning from some practicing and had removed the sway bars in order to maneuver down our driveway without worrying about tweaking anything during a tight turn.

I should also note that Andy T at Can-Am RV advised us that the Toyota Sienna can sometimes have a bit of a soft rear end and that we might need to install air bags. So far that has not been the case with us - the hitch seems to distribute the weight enough that a soft rear end has not been a concern.


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I'm curious about two things on the above Sienna setup. "weight distribution chains have loosened up" ??? This is the first time I have seen such a reference. Care to elaborate as to why or how this happens ?

And the other thing, is to my eye ( maybe it's just the angle from which the pictures were taken ) it looks like the ends of the spring bars are very close to the ground. Are they dragging on driveway entrances and such ?
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