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Old 12-10-2016, 10:22 PM   #1
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Best Weight Distribution with Anti-sway

Too many threads on this matter to find what I am looking for. Mind giving me some pointers on which YOU think is best?
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Old 12-10-2016, 10:36 PM   #2
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Best Weight Distribution with Anti-sway

If you like absolutely no possibility of sway, like I do, a ProPride or a Hensley is a high end, high priced choice.

To me, it's priceless peace of mind. Others have had success with other systems. Have a look at the many, many hitch threads and related religious wars that break out around these opinions.

I'm happy with a ProPride. Your mileage may vary, and it's a very personal choice. Almost as controversial as choice of tow vehicle.

Read the arguments, pick one you will be happy and feel safe with.



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Old 12-11-2016, 12:16 AM   #3
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Your mileage may vary, and it's a very personal choice. Almost as controversial as choice of tow vehicle.
Thanks, those two usually come up as the choice. But your comment about "Your mileage may vary" are you saying my mileage will have an impact of which I choose?
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To really answer your question some more information would be helpful because there is no single answer for all applications.

I take it you are towing the 19'? What is your tow vehicle year make model?

What size tires do you have on the vehicle?

Any modifications to the Airstream such as a bike carrier on the rear?

Any modifications to the tow vehicle?

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Old 12-11-2016, 06:22 AM   #5
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Thanks, those two usually come up as the choice. But your comment about "Your mileage may vary" are you saying my mileage will have an impact of which I choose?
YMMV, or "your mileage may vary", isn't meant literally. It just means that your experience may be different.
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OP, all you are going to get is the old tired fan boy answers. There will be absolutely no information offered that is not already in the other zillion threads on the subject.
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You need to define what "best" means for you, and, I agree, stay clear of fanboys. There is no way they could provide you with an objective assessment.

My 2 cents: correct installation and setup is probably more important that brand type. Also, if the travel trailer and tow vehicle are a "match", you won't need a super hitch (or super fine tuned hitch). YMMV.
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My personal belief is the best non exotic hitch, is a Reese Straight line hitch with the dual cam feature. For the money you can't go wrong.
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We have a Blue Ox Sway Pro, I think its called. Only hitch I have experience with. Has worked perfectly for 2.5 years and 25,000 miles. East to setup and remove.
Good luck with your decision.
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To really answer your question some more information would be helpful because there is no single answer for all applications.

I take it you are towing the 19'? What is your tow vehicle year make model?

What size tires do you have on the vehicle?

Any modifications to the Airstream such as a bike carrier on the rear?

Any modifications to the tow vehicle?

Thanks

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To really answer your question some more information would be helpful because there is no single answer for all applications.

I take it you are towing the 19'? What is your tow vehicle year make model?

What size tires do you have on the vehicle?

Any modifications to the Airstream such as a bike carrier on the rear?

Any modifications to the tow vehicle?

Thanks

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Old 12-11-2016, 10:59 AM   #12
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I also like the Reese duel cam , it works very well with our ram and 31' classic, we had a Hensley on our 30' 04 classic,sold it with the trailer, I do not miss it..
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We bought our 1976 Ambassador 10 years ago. It came with the original hitch and bar setup. We had no problems with sway and the AS tracked perfectly once we had the new Henschen axles aligned.

Several years ago I noticed that the tubes that the weight distribution bars slip into at the hitch end were oval so we bought a similar hitch and weight distribution system. We paid $200 for a Eaz Lift hitch and bars. It is very similar to the original set of hitch and bars and has worked perfectly. No sway or problems with leveling tho torqueing the hitch bolts to 260# was not easy.

Our rig weighs in at 7600# and is 29' long. We have towed it over 170,000 miles. Just got back from four months traveling through the Yukon and Alaska. Other than corrosion, potholes and frost heave we had no problems during the 9800 mile drive.
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If you are towing with a brawny vehicle you have a considerable amount of latitude.

The lighter the tow vehicle, the more attention needed on the hitch and setup.

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