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Old 11-12-2013, 12:56 PM   #29
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Whatever brand you buy, make sure it's set up correctly. I think THAT is the single most important factor in hitches.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:01 PM   #30
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Thank you Doug for the unambiguous No. I suspect you're right. It sure is hard for newbies like me to figure out which ones don't measure up though. I really have done a lot of homework reading probably hundreds of posts about hitches here. But because it's such an emotional issue for some it's really difficult to glean solid empirical information.

I'm pretty convinced that I can buy one of the high-end hitches such as the ProPride and not have any further concern about performance or service. But the Airstreaming part of my life has its own budgetary constraints and there are gobs of goodies I'd like to have in this great new world and I want to get as much mileage out of my budget as possible.

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Old 11-12-2013, 01:22 PM   #31
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I am very happy that I was able to find the most suitable WD system for my trailer and TV combination the first time around. It meets all the requirements of a proper and effective weight distribution and sway control system all in one cost effective, light weight, quite and clean package.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:32 PM   #32
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I am very happy that I was able to find the most suitable WD system for my trailer and TV combination the first time around. It meets all the requirements of a proper and effective weight distribution and sway control system all in one cost effective, light weight, quite and clean package.
Yes but it's weight distribution is inadequate on anything but tiny trailers like yours. Or you don't think you need full weight distribution. Go to the Andersen threads to argue further, and to see other issues with this device.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:40 PM   #33
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Yes but it's weight distribution is inadequate on anything but tiny trailers like yours. Or you don't think you need full weight distribution. Go to the Andersen threads to argue further, and to see other issues with this device.
I am not the one trying to start an argument. Only stating satisfaction with my purchase as many others have done. I no longer have any issues, it works as advertised to my requirements. I am happy for anyone that can say the same with their choice of towing equipment.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #34
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:37 PM   #35
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My TV is a 2006 MB ML500 and the hitch is a Blue Ox. As I mentioned, I have only towed a 1,000 miles with this setup, but it was under a wide range of conditions, including cross winds and semis rolling by, by everything felt stable.

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Poppy this past week I got a chance to check out the new Blue Ox. Simply put if I was in need of a new WD system that is what I would strongly consider. Excellent design and construction. I talked with a couple of users and they were both very happy with their choices. Both were former Hensley users. They sighted several issues why they changed but both said the primary issue was the weight of the system. With increased age they needed systems that were not so hard on the back. This was at the local Airstream dealership and they were having their trailers serviced in the shop.
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Poppy this past week I got a chance to check out the new Blue Ox. Simply put if I was in need of a new WD system that is what I would strongly consider. Excellent design and construction. I talked with a couple of users and they were both very happy with their choices. Both were former Hensley users. They sighted several issues why they changed but both said the primary issue was the weight of the system. With increased age they needed systems that were not so hard on the back. This was at the local Airstream dealership and they were having their trailers serviced in the shop.
Michael, hard to imagine they dumped their Hensleys because it was too hard on their back. Once installed on the tongue, it stays there. All that's left is the stinger, and you don't even have to lift that, just pull a head a few inches, unfasten it from the receiver, and slip it back into the Hensley.

So how can that be?
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:36 PM   #38
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Not sure what your agenda is in continuing to questioning my post, but I am just reporting what I was told by actual users. As I have never used the Hensley system I can not make a personal observation as to the truth of your statement. People have different perceptions of the facts as they see them. I can only assume that is why they told me what they did.
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:34 PM   #39
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My Experiences With Towing our Airstream

Initially, I hauled our rig with a standard WD hitch with lever-type bar tensioners. I think it was made by Huskey, but don't quote me on that. It's sitting in the junk pile back home.

Spent a lot of time reading the intense (near-religious) debates in the forums about the capabilities and costs and characteristics of too many brands and styles of hitches.

Finally decided to go with a Hensley-style hitch in the interest of maximum safety because admittedly, my TV is a little light for the trailer and I don't like emergency after-action clean-ups. I looked into both Hensley manufacturing and ProPride for cost, availability, and installation ease. I finally determined that the 1000 pound ProPride was the best deal.

Yes, it was heavy, but a 66 year-old software engineer and an 18 year-old daughter can easily install one in a few hours.

As far as towing and maneuvering go, here are my impressions.

Turning and backing are a little different than with a standard ball hitch. the trailer tends to track inside on turns more than usual setups. I do regularly take advantage of the fact that the setup can turn sharper with the right positioning into a turn. Backing is a bit easier once you figure out that the length of the whole setup is about 2 feet longer.

Towing is where the hitch really shines--it is smooth and not at all twitchy on the road. Big rigs passing cause a pull on the whole rig parallel to the direction of travel, but no rear-steering effects I felt with the conventional hitch. My only issue towing is a lack of power in some situations--but I knew that was going to be an issue.

Panic stops are where the sway prevention really shines. I have had to literally put BOTH feet on the brakes in heavy traffic to get the rig to stop because of idiot drivers ahead of me. The trailer STAYS in line, does not pull to either side, and all I have to do is get it stopped--no corrective steering or anything like that. Traveling in wind, at speed limits, and up and downhill is also solidly comfortable. Since we have put almost 10, 000 miles and about 5 panic stops on this hitch so far, I am sold on the solid sway-prevention technology built into it.

I personally prefer the quality of construction and the great support from ProPride both before and after the sale. I did not like some of Hensley Manufacturing's high-pressure sales tactics. That is all I will say about that subject.

In any case, for my situation, which includes wife, daughter and 4 dogs aboard when traveling, I like the safety and comfort the Hensley hitch design provides.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:52 AM   #40
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I was curious to find out more about my Blue Ox WD hitch that is seldom mentioned on this forum and I did a bit of looking around to see what the buzz is. Mostly positive comments so far:

Blue Ox Sway Pro or Reese Dual Cam - Forest River Forums

Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW Blue Ox Weight Distribution BXW1000

Trailer Life Magazine Open Roads Forum: Good and Bad about Blue Ox Sway Pro

As I mentioned previously, the Blue Ox came along with the trailer so I'm not invested in it. Nice to see that it might be OK though.

Might be interesting if those who own other hitches post some review links of their hitches. This thread could become a pretty good resource.

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Old 11-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #41
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There is a common problem with Blue Ox hitches-
The spring loaded pins that hold the weight bars into the hitch head break-
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:26 PM   #42
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There is a common problem with Blue Ox hitches-
The spring loaded pins that hold the weight bars into the hitch head break-
Interesting, I have not read anywhere of that issue. Can you post links to any discussions that mention this.
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