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Old 05-08-2009, 10:49 PM   #1
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Blue ox hitches

I recently bought a 22 foot Safari. I had the seller deliver it to a local RV dealer and told them to put an adequate anti-sway hitch on it. They did. What they chose was a Eazy-lift hitch with a friction anti-sway bar. I have since towed the trailer several times. The first two tows were fairly uneventful. The third tow was from Gig Harbor, Washington back to Gresham, Oregon. I fought the wind (a cross wind) for about 3 hours and decided that it wasn't very much fun. I decided right then that I had to make some changes in my towing set-up if I was going to really enjoy RVing, over the long haul. I bought a new TV a couple of weeks ago. I am now looking for the ideal hitch to see me through. I am considering a Hensley, a Reese Straight-line(I think that is what it's called) and a Blue Ox. The Blue Ox seems to get very little press, so I really don't know how it rates in holding down sway. The Hensley Arrow has a lot of appeal, but many on the forum have indicated that hooking up with it is a pain, so, in my effort to avoid pain, I have not opted for it. Has anyone out there tried the Blue Ox hitch and has it performed well as an anti-sway, leveling hitch. Money is not the issue in this inquiry; only performance. Your experience and counsel will be appreciated. My tow vehicle is now a 2009 Toyota Tundra and the trailer is a 22 ft Safari. jc
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:11 AM   #2
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I have never owned a Blue Ox. I have owned a straight line Reese with frictional dampener, a twin cam Reese, an Equalizer. The Blue Ox seems overly complex and does not self center. I would vote for the twin cam Reese for you rig.
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I know Marshall Swartz installed one on a small Bambi, and really like the ease of hooking up. Go to the bottom of this old thread.

My '59 originally came with an Eazlift hitch. Design has not changed in 50+ year.

Go with the Reese Strait-Line.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:07 AM   #4
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For the ultimate sway control, I still recommend the Hensley. I have pulled through some bad storms with intense wind and had NO sway. They are a little more complex to hook up, but after a little practice, I can generally hook up by myself in under 5 minutes. I am confident that you will get some more good info here to aid your decision. Good luck
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I recently bought a 22 foot Safari. I had the seller deliver it to a local RV dealer and told them to put an adequate anti-sway hitch on it. They did. What they chose was a Eazy-lift hitch with a friction anti-sway bar. I have since towed the trailer several times. The first two tows were fairly uneventful. The third tow was from Gig Harbor, Washington back to Gresham, Oregon. I fought the wind (a cross wind) for about 3 hours and decided that it wasn't very much fun. I decided right then that I had to make some changes in my towing set-up if I was going to really enjoy RVing, over the long haul. I bought a new TV a couple of weeks ago. I am now looking for the ideal hitch to see me through. I am considering a Hensley, a Reese Straight-line(I think that is what it's called) and a Blue Ox. The Blue Ox seems to get very little press, so I really don't know how it rates in holding down sway. The Hensley Arrow has a lot of appeal, but many on the forum have indicated that hooking up with it is a pain, so, in my effort to avoid pain, I have not opted for it. Has anyone out there tried the Blue Ox hitch and has it performed well as an anti-sway, leveling hitch. Money is not the issue in this inquiry; only performance. Your experience and counsel will be appreciated. My tow vehicle is now a 2009 Toyota Tundra and the trailer is a 22 ft Safari. jc
For the dollar and performance, a Reese dual cam, is usually the standout. Low maintainence, easy (don't need to be an engineer) hookup, big time performance.

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Old 05-09-2009, 10:17 AM   #6
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Have used for the last 3 yrs, no engineering degree required, have not experienced any sway. Totaly satified.
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:27 AM   #7
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Another vote for the Reese Dual Cam. It works very well for me. Just make sure you get the right WD bars. The most commonly sold ones seem to be the 1,000 pound bars. That is probably way too stiff for your combination.
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. . . don't need to be an engineer . . .
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. . and if you are an engineer, you'll like it even more!
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:14 PM   #9
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I own a Blue Ox BXW 1000 (1000) lb maximum tongue weight. It's attached to a 28' 2006 Classic that has a 750 tongue weight and a total 9000 lb trailer weight.

Been in 40-45 mph cross winds with no problems and had to do a panic stop @ 68 mph. The trailer stayed where it was supposed to stay!

I would give it a very positive reccomendation.
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Don't hear or see much regards to Blue Ox any more. Are they still in business?

I read you that they may still be on some shelves and for sale, but wonder why they don't do more promotion.

Reese is now part of a group of two or three other known brands, but I cannot recall which others. Reese I see for sale in lots of places. Wal Mart, various auto stores and others. Maybe a great product but sure not much dealer protection or loyalty. Sometimes that translates to poor customer service as well. But I will defer to Inland Andy's opinion as to the quality of the product. He should know.
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My vote goes with Reese. Never a problem in the 22 years I've towed with the dual cam set up. I hear that the new dual cam straight line is an improvement over what I have. You can't go wrong with the setup. Just get the right size for your application.
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If we are voting, my vote goes to the Reese Dual Cam. Ease of hookup and no maintainence. MY wife HATES INTERSTATES so we travel two lane roads where possible. We have met every tractor-trailer combo they make I think and have never had a sway problem. Groundspeeds of 50 or 70 make no difference and we never seem to be affected by crosswinds.My dual- cam is old but I wouldnt trade it for anything. We use the 550 lbs and get a smooth ride on both ends.
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Our 30' Excella came with a Blue Ox - this one: www.blueox.us/Hitches/wdh.htm

We weren't impressed. I think its probably an OK hitch, but not for a fully loaded 30' Airstream - weighing in at 8000 lbs - and travelling through Colorado.

Anyway, we opted for the Hensley - bought a factory refurbished online via Ebay. ZERO sway, great weight distribution. My wife will now agree to drive the rig - I don't need to say more!

I can understand people saying its a pain to hitch up, but once you figure it out, its no more difficult than the Blue Ox. Actually, easier since the Hensley has more ability to 'adjust' to different hitching situations than the Blue Ox. Its just a matter a figuring it out.

I currently have my Blue Ox for sale in Houston on Craigslist.
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I own a Blue Ox BXW 1000 (1000) lb maximum tongue weight. It's attached to a 28' 2006 Classic that has a 750 tongue weight and a total 9000 lb trailer weight.

Been in 40-45 mph cross winds with no problems and had to do a panic stop @ 68 mph. The trailer stayed where it was supposed to stay!

I would give it a very positive reccomendation.
Depending on what tow vehicle you have, the 1000 bars are excessive.

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