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Old 10-30-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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1 Ton Van TV and 25 ' AS - what hitch?

I have search the forums and do not find much on towing with a 1 Ton Ford Econoline Van, (just two seats, your basic work van). We load the van with lots of stuff for going to dog shows, and two large dogs.

We are getting a 25 ' Safari SE in a month or so, and I am trying to research which hitch is the best.

I have read some say the 1 Ton is too stiff for the AS, but I cannot get a new TV right now, so I need to make the best choice I can.

I am seriously considering a Hensley, but the dealer has said a Reese Dual Cam would suffice.

We currently tow a 22' SOB with a Reese (do not think it is a dual cam), and we do experience some sway, which really scares me. So for the preservation of my sanity, and marriage, I would spend the money for a Hensley if it will take care of sway. But also concerned about the height, the TV is rather high, and stiffness of the TV, will that matter?

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Old 10-30-2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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I have search the forums and do not find much on towing with a 1 Ton Ford Econoline Van, (just two seats, your basic work van). We load the van with lots of stuff for going to dog shows, and two large dogs.

We are getting a 25 ' Safari SE in a month or so, and I am trying to research which hitch is the best.

I have read some say the 1 Ton is too stiff for the AS, but I cannot get a new TV right now, so I need to make the best choice I can.

I am seriously considering a Hensley, but the dealer has said a Reese Dual Cam would suffice.

We currently tow a 22' SOB with a Reese (do not think it is a dual cam), and we do experience some sway, which really scares me. So for the preservation of my sanity, and marriage, I would spend the money for a Hensley if it will take care of sway. But also concerned about the height, the TV is rather high, and stiffness of the TV, will that matter?

Thanks for any advice,
Diane
Diane, is your van extended or is it the regular version with the short rear overhang? If it is indeed the extended version, then I would recommend the best hitch that you can afford, either Hensley, Reese Dual Cam HP or Equalizer. The long distance on the Ford vans from the axle to the hitch can contribute to sway.
I used to tow with an extended Dodge 1 ton van, and this is why I know....
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:49 AM   #3
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I pulled with an Econoline for 5 years and never had a problem with sway. I've been using an older Reese WD with 750 bars. The draw head has a provision for mounting a sway bar if needed. Check yours.
As far as the TV being too high, if you can get the ball height correct I don't think that would be a factor.
Maybe try a short run with the old hitch and make a choice when you see how the new unit rides.

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Old 10-30-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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It is not the extended cab, it is the regular one.

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It is not the extended cab, it is the regular one.

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That would work in favor of towing, in my opinion. Make sure you have 1-ton tires, ( load range D or E) and you will most likely be good to go with your old hitch, adjusted to the new trailer, of course.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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Not sure if I can keep my old hitch. I am trading in the Trailer, and the contract did not specify that the hitch is being traded in with the trailer. So I assumed I could use my hitch also, but then the dealer said the hitch usually stays with the trailer, so now I am not sure.

The hitch is the original one we bought in 1994, so maybe it is time for a new one. Do they get worn out?

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Not trying to hijack

Diane,
I too have been thinking about hitches a lot lately. Part of my approach has been to try and identify the causes of insatiability and address them 'pre-hitch' if you will. This thread may be of help in thinking out how to get your gear in line http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...res-37009.html

I hope this doesn't take your thread off target..
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Not sure if I can keep my old hitch. I am trading in the Trailer, and the contract did not specify that the hitch is being traded in with the trailer. So I assumed I could use my hitch also, but then the dealer said the hitch usually stays with the trailer, so now I am not sure.

The hitch is the original one we bought in 1994, so maybe it is time for a new one. Do they get worn out?

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Usually, trailers come without hitches...at least when you buy new, unless the dealer throws in a nitch for free etc.
Hitches do wear out, where the weight distribution bars go through the hitch head. Too m uch wear there from lack of grease can make the hitch less effective, or can cause uneven bar height from side to side.
It depends on jow it was treated while you had it. My old Eaz-lift lasted well, and worked well when I sold it, but it did show a slight bit of wear on teh bars and hitch head. Best o get it looked at by a pro if you're not sure.
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Rodney,
Thanks, I did read your thread, and to be honest, I don't really understand much of what was being discussed. I really cannot change my TV right now, as it is less than two years old, and with just ordering the new AS.

What is meant by the lb weight of the bars, vs the hitch weight.
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Rodney,
Thanks, I did read your thread, and to be honest, I don't really understand much of what was being discussed. I really cannot change my TV right now, as it is less than two years old, and with just ordering the new AS.

What is meant by the lb weight of the bars, vs the hitch weight.

The good news here is that there are things you can do short of changing your TV. I would say there was agreement that correct tires and tire pressure top the list, but someone would object just to argue.

The short and dirty answer to your questions is this: the bar weight is a rating for force they can distribute, and the hitch weight is the amount of weight the tongue applies to the tow vehicle. Tongue weight is another place you can adjust without buying a new TV (here). No doubt there will now be 17 replies explaining how I have that wrong, but that is the general idea.
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...I am seriously considering a Hensley, but the dealer has said a Reese Dual Cam would suffice....

So for the preservation of my sanity, and marriage, I would spend the money for a Hensley if it will take care of sway.,,,
hi bernermom and congrats on the new trailer!

great looking pooches too...

regardless of which brand/style hitch is chosen the issues of spring bars and hitch height and the van suspension will continue.

the simple-est way to to soften the van (if that is your goal) is to modify the rear suspension in one of the safe and proven ways.

but those sorts of tuning issues can happen (if at all) AFTER you use the combo a while...

deciding what is 'sufficient' in hitches is more personal. the driver/owners must use what they feel best using.

and the dealer isn't you (or your husband) right?

it drives some folks CRAZY when potential haha users mention the reasons you've mentioned...

they believe that IF you just set it up right and learn how to drive the other hitches will suffice.

there a LOT of happy haha users here (but we may not be sane) and exactly NONE would give up the hitch for something else merely 'sufficient'

that sort of product loyalty is rare, rare, rare.

almost everyone (non users too!) agree the haha will 'take care of sway'

take a look and any of the hensley threads for those insane testimonials and the equally crazy skeptics....

happy hunting and enjoy the travel!

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and IF you have any specific questions about the haha consider asking over here...

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the answer may already be there and if it isn't a user will jump in and help ya!

also their customer support/tech support is good about answering questions without sales pressure and toll free.
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I would bet dollars to donuts the 25' Airstream will tow much better than the 22' SOB assuming it will be connected optimally (which most aren't by the way).

You may fine the 25' tows well with no sway using the Reese but the Hensley always provides the extra margin of safety, especially when you need it most.
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Can you get 550 lb bars with the Hensley. I was told that I should use them with a 1 ton van, instead of the 750 lb.
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no, or not easily.

sorry but the '550' advice is misleading and may be ridiculous

your trailer has a tongue mass that is likely to be 750-900lbs once loaded and measured.

550 lb bars will NOT transfer sufficient load, with ANY of the hitches.

with your tv some hitch brands will not have sway dampening unless the spring bars are adequately flexed,

so the lighter bars will flex more and allow the hitch to function. that is NOT an issue with the haha.

given your trailer specs (and tv) i'd opt for a hitch with 1000 lbs bars but no less than 750 lbs...

this debate gets into a quagmire that is well documented in other threads.

no doubt you are getting this advice via pm or phone with warnings of death and destruction IF u fail to follow it...

some hitches DO NOT allow interchanging spring bars of different ratings...

in other words a new hitch must be purchased in going from 500 or 750 to 1000 lb specs....

for a clue to the more complete picture start with post #44 here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...use-28204.html

you may wanna read the full thread but about 14 of the posts are misleading.

otoh the haha does accept ALL 3 rated bars and has full sway control function even without spring bars...

in your case the 1000lbs bars could be tightened as little or as much as needed...

you cannot do that with bars rated at 1/2 of the tongue mass

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