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Old 07-05-2002, 01:17 PM   #15
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Hitch noise

My equalizing hitch groans loudly when it rains, but only then. It is well lubricated, so I just live with it.
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Old 07-05-2002, 01:34 PM   #16
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I've got a Reese Dual Cam unit and it creaks groans and pops when I first hitch up and at low speeds through the campground or backing. It's really the nature of the beast. The only parts to lube are the hitch ball and the spring bar ends that sit next to the ball mount. The cams and chain do not (and must not) get lubed thus giving you the pop and groan that occurs when moving at low speeds.

It is unnerving to someone who is new to towing or those in the neighborhood as you pull out or back into the driveway.

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Old 07-06-2002, 01:15 PM   #17
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Snap, Crackle, pop

That explains it. I am relatively new to towing with equalizer hitches. It is definitely unnerving. I figured I had something connected wrong, or the whole thing was assembled poorly.
But closer inspection confirms what you guys say.
I'll get used to it.
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Old 08-05-2002, 03:33 PM   #18
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I'm new to this forum, but not to trailering. I have towed the same 76 Argosy 26 with three different tow vehicles. First with an 88 Dodge halfton long bed pick-up, with a standard weight distributing hitch. I added progressive helper springs to the rear springs on the truck, as well as a rear anti-sway bar and 3.90 gears. It towed like a dream, with no sway at all up to 75 MPH. The little 318 eventually wore out from the high revs caused by the 3 speed tranny with the 3.90.
Next I towed it with a six cylinder 89 Jeep Cherokee. I added 4.10 gears, custom ARB front and rear springs, antisway bars, used a weight distributing hitch and a Reese friction sway device. This lash-up was stable, no sway, would tow at 65 MPH on the level, but was totally underbraked. The trailer brakes were absolutely essential to stop this rig. Not confidence inspiring.
Now I tow it with a 4X4 99 Dodge 2500, quad cab, longbed, V-10 with a 3.55 rear. I added AIR-Lift air springs to the rear of the truck to allow me to maintain absolute level even with firewood, etc in the back of the truck, (I have a 600 LB cap on the truck, too) I use a weight CARRYING hitch rated at 1000 lbs hitch/10,000 lbs draw with a Reese a friction sway control just to be safe. This tows like a dream at any sane speed with no sway in wind at all. Using 4 wheel drive in the rain, etc is a great aid to handling and braking, also. My conclusion: tow vehicle relative size and weight make the biggest difference in towing comfort and safety.
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Old 08-05-2002, 04:02 PM   #19
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Creaks and groans

My Reese sway bar really groans when first hooked up. It seems to rust just a bit between uses and the noise stops as soon as the rust is polished off.

The weight distribution bars will also "pop" if not kept well lubed. They hang up on turns and then let loose with a jerk.
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Old 08-05-2002, 05:24 PM   #20
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Hi John,
I did some adjustments to the hitch since my last post. I changed the angle of the ball mount downwards, so that there is more chain used with the same tension, and I also went slightly lighter on the pre-load. Now the noise is acceptable, and it only groans in tight turns when going slow, and occasionally when going over speedbumps.
The bars are now a lot closer to parallel with the tongue, whereas before they were angled up towards the rear a little too much, which made the chain very short.
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Old 10-27-2002, 06:51 PM   #21
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Hensley advantage

We are towing a Safari 27A with a 113" wheelbase AWD Olds Bravada with the new 275hp/275 ftlb 4.2 inline 6. The Hensley makes this combination work. We only add about 500 lbs of stuff in the trailer, so we are at the weight limit for the Bravada, but we do not lack for power with this big smooth six. This is the easiest towing and most pleasurable rig I have ever driven. Without the Hensley a short wheelbase SUV like this would not be fun on a downhill twister with big rigs in the passing lane. It is nice to reach your destination, drop your rig and drive away in comfortable vehicle that readjusts its ride for just two people.
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Hey-yay, how's this for an old thread resurrected. Been reading over on rv.net and this thread was one I thought folks might find useful, a man who has owned both an HA and now a Pullrite. Enjoy!

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Towing Report - Hensley VS Pullrite
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:31 AM   #23
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OMG this is an old thread. When I originally wrote it, my son was 14, now he is 22 and married. I still have the Airstream and the same tow vehicle. Only difference is, my hair is whiter and a little less of it, my truck has 180,000 miles on it and feeling it, the AS is in the barn and getting ready to go to Cape Cod today. Still have the hensley, but the orange is dimmer like my vision. I must have 50,000 miles on the airstream, made some upgrades, carpet is gone and we now have bamboo flooring. Both the dinette and sofa have been reapolstered. We used microfiber on the sofa. Looks great and wears better. All in all the AS has been a good investment with a lot of use.

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When I originally wrote it, my son was 14, now he is 22 and married.
Time sure does fly. With all of the recent deaths, and my first child graduating from high school, I'm starting to realize just how quickly the world will pass us all by.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:01 PM   #25
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I have towed our 25' Safari's with the Reese and now with a Hensley. Although I never experienced any problem with the Reese there were times when a semi (usually a flat bed trailer) i could feel the air pressure moving forward as the truck passed. I knew t expect it and was prepared. When we purchased our newest Safari it alrady had the installed on it. I really didn't want it and had already purchased a set of Reese sadles to install so I could use my Reese system.

Anyway, I ended up taking the Hensley and I have not regretted that decission. Although it can be a Royal Pain in the butt to hitch and unhitch I have not felt any sway in any way shape or form when passed by large trucks. My wife has started driving more often and is very comfortable behind the wheel while towing.

It has taken us a spell to the hitch and unhitch routin. As other Hensley owners know, it has to be lined up perfectly when hooking and unhooking. Several times I swere that it took us over 30 minutes to get hitched up.

I am very satisfied with my Hensley. It does cost a lot of money and I probably would not have purchased one if it had not been included in the deal. Now, I do feel more comfortable towing with the Hensley.
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Anyway, I ended up taking the Hensley and I have not regretted that decission. Although it can be a Royal Pain in the butt to hitch and unhitch

It has taken us a spell to the hitch and unhitch routin. As other Hensley owners know, it has to be lined up perfectly when hooking and unhooking. Several times I swere that it took us over 30 minutes to get hitched up.

We, ProPride, have completely redesigned the hitch box and bar due to this very problem. We get VERY FEW hitching and unhitching problems with the 3P.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:15 PM   #27
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We love the ProPride. We haven't had a problem with hooking up and unhooking at all. As a matter of fact we have found it easier. Larry says he thinks it is pretty slick!!
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Okay, so Hensley is the hitch to go with for a 34' Airstream? What is the opinion of hitch company called "ProPride"? Does ANYONE have any real world experience using one?
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