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Old 04-21-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Blue ox sway pro

Does anyone tow with the blue ox sway pro hitch? If so, what are your thoughts?
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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Have used one in the past and found it very good. Worked well for WD and sway control and was easy to hook up. Jim
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:38 AM   #3
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We have blue ox sway pro hitch. This is our first trailer and TV experience so we don't have anything to compare but it is not difficult to hook or unhook.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:48 AM   #4
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Smile Blue Ox hitch

Our 30 ft Classic with S/O is our 2nd AS that we have used the Blue Ox on. I have no complaints with it all. In fact, I really don't know how any other make could be any better. Highly recommend it.

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Old 04-22-2014, 09:38 AM   #5
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I tow a 27' international with a Yukon Denali using the Blue Ox Hitch. So far it has worked perfectly for me but I also don't have anything to compare it to. I just returned from a 2000 mile trip through far west Texas with heavy cross winds and 5 to 7% grades. I never had any sway problems even when 18 wheelers would pass me in the 85 mph speed zones.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:07 AM   #6
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I tow a '90 25' Excella with a 2006 Mercedes ML500 and a Blue Ox. I just returned from a 3,000+ mile 3-month trip touring the Southwest. Mountains, curves, winds, semi's passing at 75+ mph - no problems whatsoever. Never any sway and trailer felt rock solid. I really appreciate that the hitch is totally quiet and there is no partial disassembly required for backing up. Also, I got pretty fast at hitching and unhitching after a while.

The hitch came with the trailer when I bought it and it's the only WD hitch I have experience with. I'm a statistical sample of one but it certainly seems to be doing the job for me. I spoke with others with more exotic hitches who seemed less satisfied than me. Common complaint was about noise.

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Old 04-23-2014, 09:49 PM   #7
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The blue ox sway pro is new to me. I've only towed it a couple times now. One thing I've noticed over my old hitch setup is the bounce or bounciness. It's very slight in bounce but notice it on our California concrete freeways. I need to play with the amount of chain links and hitch height to dial it in.

I like the relativity light weight, the silence making turns at slow speeds, and not having a friction sway add on. The hitch feels solid and no sway. It's more of a comfort level in the TV that I need to work on.

We have a 2011 tundra crew cab and a 28' international. Pin weight is 850#.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:59 PM   #8
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Are you saying the hitch is light weight? I'm picking up our new 25 FB next week, and I'm trying to decide between the Eaz-lift with friction sway and the blue ox. I thought I read that the blue ox was very heavy. The weight is my last concern on trying the blue ox. (TV is a 2011 Toyota Sequoia).
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:09 PM   #9
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The hitch is somewhat heavy but manageable. It is totally quiet during towing. It is also easy to hook up. How many chain lengths do you torque on hook up? I usually torque 8. I'm wondering how much difference an added chain length of torque will make with towing. As I understand it the more you torque the more weight you distribute and less sway you encounter. Am I correct?
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:13 PM   #10
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I would estimate the hitch weight is 35 plus lb or so. I can weigh it to be exact. I have had a problem with the pin connectors that hold the sway/ weight distribution bars in place. Blue ox was good about replacement. I keep a few extra connecting pins on hand just in case.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:21 PM   #11
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Thanks. I really like the idea of backing up without needing to remove the sway bars. I have a hitch included with the new AS, but I can upgrade to the Blue Ox for $250. It might be worth a try.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:57 PM   #12
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Had a Blue Ox, didn't like it

I started with a Blue Ox SwayPro, and was not satisfied. It transferred weight OK, but the rig did not feel stable going down the road. We sometimes experienced continuing oscillations.

I discussed my experiences in detail in another thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...tem-92737.html

By the way, my hitch head weighed in at 55 pounds with the drop shank attached. The shank was a long drop version, not made by Blue Ox. I haven't weighed the hitch or shank by themselves. (I still have the shank but it is bolted tight to my replacement hitch)
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:57 AM   #13
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Thanks. Tough decision. Were the oscillations on your setup vertical "bounce" or side to side "sway"?

It sounds like the weight of the hitch is typical and therefore not an issue. I do trust Andy with Can-Am, and it sounds like he always sets folks up with the Eaz-Lift and friction sway. That is basically what I have now in a different brand on our 23 fb. However, I'm being drawn towards the light of "easy backing up", "no greasy bars", and "rotating brackets".
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We moved from a 28' International to a 30' FC. We also moved our Blue Ox to the new trailer and found that there was a significant problem with sway with the new setup. We ended up going with a used Hensley. That made all the difference in improving our ride.
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