Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS
Cause?.............. could it have an accident?
Truth....Fri don't use a ppp & RC don't use an airsafe, and as such neither one knows what their talking about not having tried the other.
No bashing intended or implied.
I think the concept of the Propride or Hensley is fantastic. If I had a configuration that it would work with, I'd have one. I priced out the Cub and even though it was about 3x as much as a Reese set up, my trailer is about 3x as much as a box-mo-bile.
My bigger issue with my configuration was my trailer getting pounded to smithereens on our rough Northern BC roads. I had the Airsafe from towing my much lighter Basecamp behind my much lighter Tacoma. When I picked up the 22', it came with an Equalizer that was incorrectly configured and the people towed it for 2000 miles (behind a Tacoma) saying how great it was to tow. There was no tension on the bars, and one of the link-pins had fallen out, so one was just swaying in the wind not even attached to the trailer. They also had no safety pin in the spare-tire tray, so that was a miracle it didn't drop...
Anyway... since the hitch was missing a piece, I towed it the last 500 miles to my house and used my Airsafe. The trailer was very docile and in strong cross winds, on 2-way highways with lots of big rigs, it never moved a tiny bit. This is in some fairly demanding areas.
Here is my dilemma... my 22' weighs around 4500 loaded, and the hitch weight is 460lbs loaded. My Sequoia drops about an inch when it's on the ball. I've got the recommended 10 to 15% trailer weight on the ball, and my truck is as level as recommended by any WD manual I've seen. So.. by adding a WD hitch, all I am doing is hanging an extra 190lbs on the back, then tensioning to remove that 190lbs back to the front. Useless.
The short overhang of my Sequoia creates other issues... WD hitches can really screw up weight transfer when the axle is so close to the hitch... it is quite possible to hit undulating pavement and get a situation where your back-end is completely unweighted. When I read the Titan thread, I'm not sure that isn't what happened to that guy. By making the trailer a 'solid' connection to the TV with a Hensley/PP... if the trailer is indeed trying to move the TV, the choices are for it to twist the hitch right off, or move the entire vehicle sideways.
It isn't a sway-eliminator, it simple transfers that force to the entire vehicle, front and back, making sway impossible to detect until you are on a rocket ride into the ditch. Now, I don't think ANY hitch is going to save you in that situation... I'm just saying a badly set up WD can create more problems that it solves.
So... I've looked at a friction sway control, and have been advised by many people that they don't fix anything. If the trailer wants to sway, you can tighten it up as much as you want and it's going to sway.
My rig tows great, and anything I add to it is going to create problems I then need to solve. A Hensley is great, but now my ball is further back than my Airsafe, so I've created more overhang which gives more chance for sway and more tension to transfer weight forward. Not only is it longer, it's heavy (they all are, but the HH especially) so I'm adding 190lbs sticking 3 feet out the back of my Sequoia... again, creating more problems... And, there is no way my wife could manage to lift the HH to install it.
Anyway... I'm am certain for lots of people, the HH or PPP is perfection. For me, it doesn't make sense.
The Airsafe with a dual-cam or similar would also be a nice setup for those looking to prioritize their problems a different way.
I also notice that Hensley is selling an air-ride setup on their site... so even they recognize it's usefulness.