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Old 07-22-2009, 10:41 PM   #15
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I agree with the remarks of Wingeezer above. I have had a Hensley Hitch for a year now I've been amazed at how well it performs. All the comments I've read by Hensley owners I now realize are justified. I too struggled at first to hook up but with some tips and through my own learning curve, I can hook up alone now using a mirror. I have just traded my rig for a 2000 34' Sofa SO and will be moving that hitch to the new rig.
I have a friend who just purchased the new Pro Pride and is pleased with it. For now, I am content with the set up I have.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:22 AM   #16
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Thank you for all your comments and opinions on the subject. I am not approching this topic to save a few dollars, but to purchase the best hitch assembly for an Airstream. We have had Class A's & C's...our last a Lance cabover, now a Travel trailer. We have gathered by your comments that the Air Ride type hitch with the proper weight dist bars give you both the comfortable ride and also do an exellent job with sway control. We have fallen in love with the 28' International for it's simplicity, and the beautiful 30-31' Classics for the luxury. what to do, what to do. Thanks again..Steve & Sue

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Old 07-23-2009, 11:27 AM   #17
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We have gathered by your comments that the Air Ride type hitch with the proper weight dist bars give you both the comfortable ride and also do an exellent job with sway control.
Actually, no. A weight distribution addition to the Air Ride does not really provide sway control. Sway control is a different issue from weight distribution.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:11 PM   #18
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Actually, no. A weight distribution addition to the Air Ride does not really provide sway control. Sway control is a different issue from weight distribution.
You are correct....I ment to say a properly installed Weight Distribution/Sway control hitch assembly in conjunction with an Air Ride Hitch system...... thanks again.
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:13 PM   #19
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Steve & Stufarmer, You are both right. Also, please keep in mind I am referring to my own opinion on a specific combination of products. The Air Safe Class 3 hitch does not allow the use of a weight distributing hitch, you may still be able to use a sway bar. The Air Safe Class 5 does allow the use of a weight distributing hitch and 2 sway bars (I use one). I have a Husky WD hitch and a generic sway bar.

With my F250 3/4ton stiff suspension and minimal squat the information I have read indicates a WD hitch will have a less pronounced effect than a 1/2 ton TV. I also do not have a real problem with sway without the sway bar on my 25' 4500# Tradewind. There is a major improvement with the Air Safe hitch component. Overall, however, I do notice a across the board improvement in comfort, towability on smooth and rough roads and resistance to sway. The information out there also points to a real safety advantage in a serious equipment failure when towing, perhaps avoiding a sad new forums thread.

You might have noticed I didn't say a word about Air Safe Class 4 and 6 hitches. That's because I know nothing. Would another WD hitch work in this combination as well as the Husky? I will again invoke those famous words of Sergeant Schultz.

I can't resist throwing a red herring! The WD torsion bars I use are rated at 1000-1200#. I use these just because they are there. My tongue weight is about 500#. The Air Safe rep I spoke with said the shock absorbing design of the Air Safe hitch eliminates the problem you would otherwise have from using too stiff bars as the torsion bars and the air bag work together in a complimentary fashion.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:47 PM   #20
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I personally have never been able to justify the amount of money that is Commanded for exotic hitches. My father used the REESE Straight Line Dual cam on the SOB's he owned and towed for yrs. I also have the same hitch (not his) Reese/DrawTite that do the job for me. I have no sway issues, my wife hates Interstates, so we travel alot of state and US highways, mostly 2 lane roads. I meet semi's of all configurations with all kinds of different wind conditions and have never had an issue.
As you can see by the lower corner of the page we have a F350 diesel, I use 550 lbs bars which give me flexing in the hitch without recoil or rebound and gives us and the trailer a smooth ride. I did have 1000 lb bars that were way to harsh, so I sold em.
The Reese will cost you about 1/10th what a exotic hitch will cost you and do the same job. Tow your trailer!
So you think a Reese hitch would do the trick for my rig? I have a 2005 F350 Diesel dually that will be pulling a 34' Airstream and have a lot of concern about sway and control.
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I personally have never been able to justify the amount of money that is Commanded for exotic hitches. My father used the REESE Straight Line Dual cam on the SOB's he owned and towed for yrs. I also have the same hitch (not his) Reese/DrawTite that do the job for me. I have no sway issues, my wife hates Interstates, so we travel alot of state and US highways, mostly 2 lane roads. I meet semi's of all configurations with all kinds of different wind conditions and have never had an issue.
As you can see by the lower corner of the page we have a F350 diesel, I use 550 lbs bars which give me flexing in the hitch without recoil or rebound and gives us and the trailer a smooth ride. I did have 1000 lb bars that were way to harsh, so I sold em.
The Reese will cost you about 1/10th what a exotic hitch will cost you and do the same job. Tow your trailer!
I have personally never been able to justify the use of cheap hitches. They do not do anywhere near the job of the so called "exotic" hitches. The only similarities are they connect the tow vehicle to the trailer.

It always amazes me when I hear this from Airstream owners. Doesn't it seem a bit incongruent? I mean, how do you justify the use of an "exotic" trailer over a tent? They are both shelter for camping.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:41 PM   #22
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Hello.... We have a 05 F250 and pulll a 30' Argosy. Got an Air Ride hitch last Dec. and love it.. also use Reese Dual Cam with it... Makes for a much better ride.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:04 AM   #23
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I have personally never been able to justify the use of cheap hitches. They do not do anywhere near the job of the so called "exotic" hitches. The only similarities are they connect the tow vehicle to the trailer.

It always amazes me when I hear this from Airstream owners. Doesn't it seem a bit incongruent? I mean, how do you justify the use of an "exotic" trailer over a tent? They are both shelter for camping.
Hi, I'm sorry but I don't have a "cheap hitch" I have an in-expensive hitch that has worked well for five years so far. I have not had any sway of any kind, in any weather or wind conditions. [big rigs included] I have towed all through the western states several times in rain, snow, and heavy winds without incident. The only advantage I would have, or gain by, going Orange or PP would be that my trailer would be farther back from my tow vehicle, allowing me to open my lift gate while hitched.


Note; I have not worn out, broken, or had to replace any part of my hitch to date.
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I have not had any sway of any kind, in any weather or wind conditions. [big rigs included]

Small enough that you may not have noticed it, but, were someone to follow you with a camera it is easily detectable (whether or not the driver feels it at the wheel); especially at lane changes, etc.

It might accurately be said that with a lesser hitch that the TT does not follow willingly, the delay in time/distance is noticeable. One would graph the curve differently than with a PullRite, Hensley or Pro-Pride.

The more pronounced the maneuver, etc.
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Hi, I have caravaned and followed many Airstreams being towed [with every make of hitch made] and I have only watched one sway; It was a Bambi towed by a small SUV connected only by a ball hitch. None of the others swayed and my doesn't either. Bring all the cameras you want.
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Hi, I'm sorry but I don't have a "cheap hitch" I have an in-expensive hitch that has worked well for five years so far. I have not had any sway of any kind, in any weather or wind conditions. [big rigs included] I have towed all through the western states several times in rain, snow, and heavy winds without incident. The only advantage I would have, or gain by, going Orange or PP would be that my trailer would be farther back from my tow vehicle, allowing me to open my lift gate while hitched.


Note; I have not worn out, broken, or had to replace any part of my hitch to date.

Sorry about that... I was responding to the word "exotic" so I should have used the proper antonym. Cheap was not the proper word.

I should have said, "I have never been able to justify the use of average, normal, or ordinary hitches."

As for the advantages you would have, you may not have any other advantages under "average, normal or ordinary" conditions but you certainly would have more advantage should an "exotic" experience ever cross your path.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:13 PM   #27
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We just finished our first trip with our new trailer and hitch. The trailer is a Classic 31, the tow vehicle is a 2003 Ram 2500 quad cab short box 4x4 diesel. I paid a bunch of money for the trailer and for the truck when it was new. I saw no reason to attempt to save on the hitch that linked the two of them. I did a lot of research and decided on the ProPride for a number of factors, but primarily safety. I was a bit concerned by what I had read on the forum about stiff truck suspensions and Airstreams. However I was very pleasantly surprised. The ride over rough roads including roller coaster concrete interstates, was much improved from my previous trailer and hitch.(21 foot Bigfoot and Equal-I-Zer). My theory is that there is more flex in the tapered weight distribution bars than in the square ones of the previous hitch. I also experienced no sway whatsoever, but nor did I with the previous setup. My only relearning came in finding the right settings for the brake controller. The interesting unexplained thing is that I am getting a 2+ MPG improvement in fuel mileage. I guess it is the much more aerodynamic shape of the Airstream.
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Hmmm. I hear a lot of back and forth but no real solid answer to my simple question:
Should I purchase a Hensley, ProPride or AirRide to connect my 2005 F350 Dually to my 34' Airstream? Should I use tapered weight distribution bars rather than square ones as mentioned by w7ts? I have watched as people have also remarked that using an extension is absolutely unsafe....
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