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Old 12-21-2015, 08:27 PM   #15
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I wouldn't bother towing a 19/20 with Hensley/PP. I think I saw one in the wild once at a fleeting glance in a campground and it was on a 25fb Airstream.

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Old 01-10-2016, 04:35 PM   #16
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I tow an AS 22 sport using a 2003 Tundra. Started with a Reese pro pride with sway control and weight equalization I upgraded to a Hensley Cub and would never go back to a ball hitch. I choose the hensely because in my opinion it is the original design and is a more solid unit being welded instead of bolted assembly. My hooking / unhooking of the Hensley has been no issue. The concern about drilling the frame is curious because the typical ball hitch sway controll installed by many requires 4 to 6 holes in the side of the frame.
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:48 PM   #17
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I currently have a Husky Centerline 32216 WD/ (400-600 lbs bars) for my 16' Bambi Sport towed with a Toyota Highlander V6 (tow capacity 5,000 lbs). So far everything is great, forget it's even there sometimes. Only minor annoyance is lugging the heavy hitch ball attachment into the hitch shank. Out of curiosity, I see the Hensley Cub Arrow (160lbs) attaches to the trailer frame and there is no lugging of a separate attachment. My question is whether the weight of the Hensley Cub is overkill for such a small trailer vs. the lighter Husky setup.
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:51 PM   #18
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I currently have a Husky Centerline 32216 WD/ (400-600 lbs bars) for my 16' Bambi Sport towed with a Toyota Highlander V6 (tow capacity 5,000 lbs). So far everything is great, forget it's even there sometimes. Only minor annoyance is lugging the heavy hitch ball attachment into the hitch shank. Out of curiosity, I see the Hensley Cub Arrow (160lbs) attaches to the trailer frame and there is no lugging of a separate attachment. My question is whether the weight of the Hensley Cub is overkill for such a small trailer vs. the lighter Husky setup.
We use a Hensley Cub on our 16' Bambi International...
Switched from a ProPride and couldn't be happier...
It's not overkill as far as we are concerned!
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:57 PM   #19
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Honestly, a full-size ProPride is probably overkill on that small a trailer. In any case, the sway control you get with a Hensley design is very nice. I use a ProPride of my 23 footer. I super satisfied with it.


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Old 04-12-2016, 09:11 AM   #20
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We reused the Hensley Arrow with 1000 pound bars from our traded in 25FB and installed it on our 2015 23D (tongue weight of 968 pounds with hitch attached) and installed a ProPride with 1,400 pound bars on the 2014 31' Classic (tongue weight of 1,175 pounds with hitch attached).

The Hensley Cub is for smaller lighter units. The difference in weight between the Cub and Arrow is only 30 pounds and the Arrow can move up the food chain if there is a desire for a much larger trailer down the road.
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:16 AM   #21
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Wow, thanks everyone. This was extremely educational. My shopping list is getting bigger. When I full-timed in my 1973 25' Tradewind I had a pretty old hitch with sway bars and chains. It seemed to work just fine behind my Dodge 3/4 ton w/ Cummins . . . I don't remember any problems and I towed at least 20,000 miles my first year.

All the same, after reading this, as well as following Rich Luhr's blogs, I am wondering if I should spend the money (that I don't have at this point!). I won't be doing a ton of miles in the near future, although that being said I live in the West and miles add up fast. Also, I am thinking of a roundtrip from Utah to Ohio next year already for Alumapalooza.

The argument that I have a lot invested in my Airstream and tow vehicle is a compelling one . . .

My new setup is a '62 Safari, 22' behind a Tundra 5.7 liter V8.
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Utahredrock,
All of us on the forums have different budget constraints so keep your eye open for a used HAHA or Propride. They are out there. I bought a used HAHA several years ago, completely disassembled, replaced some worn parts, regreased and repainted it. I have about $600 or so in our hitch. If I had to pick now it would be a PP hitch based on the few tweaks to the design over the HAHA.
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