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Old 10-30-2005, 05:57 PM   #43
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Juel,

A lot of it probably has to do with the tow vehicle too, I don't really know. What I do know is that when I pulled my 21' SOB, it swayed like an SOB, lol! Seriously, though, the weather was miserable, when I towed the A/S home...rain and wind. I was seriously worried about not having a thing on the hitch, but I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it towed like a dream. I've never driven a Tundra, but my guess is that the Ram 2500HD has a longer wheelbase, which lends to greater stability, from what I hear. It could also be that the length of the Sovereign adds to the stability as well....looking through the curtains to the rear is pretty cool though!

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Old 10-30-2005, 06:11 PM   #44
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I'm getting a new eaualizer hitch and sway bar. Is it better to have the solid slide in part or is the hollow one just as good? I hope I'm asking this question so you will know what I'm talking about. I got caught in some Oklahoma wind and decided I needed more control of my 24ft Argosy. Never had any trouble before, but this was scary. Hope I am not over-reacting.
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If you are refering to the "stinger" IMHO there is no difference between solid and hollow as long as they meet the weight requirements. FWIW I currently tow with an Equalizer brand hitch. I have also seen the Reese Dual Cam and they are a very nice hitch too. I am going to be doing some hitch changes shortly due to a new TV. It is a beast and doesn't really need a WDH on anything under 1000# tongue weight But an Equalizer also has the sway control, there is an interesting new sway control out from Blue Ox that utilizes pistons rather than the current friction pad setup that most stand alone sway controls use. I plan to take a long look at that system too.

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Old 10-30-2005, 06:27 PM   #45
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We've now towed our 28' CCD over 8,000 miles with an Equal-I-Zer, and never experienced any untoward behaviour whatsoever, much less dangerous sway. This includes many, many miles in the high Rockies, with plenty of wind at times. Our truck is a heavy 3/4 ton, so maybe we should expect decent towing in any case.

I'm beginning to think the biggest problem with the Equal-I-Zer hitch is the name. I've talked to a lot of people who seem not to understand the distinction between that specific product, and the broader category of equalizing hitches in general. I had a long discussion with a Hensley owner who seemed to think the Equal-I-Zer was only useful for weight distribution, and bereft of sway control.

I lube the heck out of all the contact points. This eliminate the noises, and has zero negative friction effect on sway control.
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Old 10-30-2005, 06:31 PM   #46
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Stingray, what is the avatar you have. Pretty nasty looking. Does it have any meaning or is it just for Halloween? Thanks for the hitch input anyway. I'm sure your TV has a lot more muscle than mine. We pull with a Ford F150 too, but it's a short bed. I added up the numbers before I bought the Tundra. It's supposed to be a 7/8th, 3/4 ton truck. Shows a load capacity of 1455 lbs. Then the towing capacity, etc.....is well within the range of my 3800lb Argosy. And it's really sexy looking too.
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Old 10-30-2005, 07:43 PM   #47
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What size tires are you running on your Tundra and what load range are they?
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Juel,
I tow a 75 TradeWind with my 03 Tundra 4x4 and I have not had any sway issues. I do use a WD hitch, I do not have a sway bar setup. Without the WD bars attached my Tundra's butt sinks around 3 to 4 inches with the trailer, with the bars setup the truck drops less then 2" all around. The suspension is soft, that's what gives you that great ride. Your trailer likes the soft ride also. I think your sway issues will be greatly reduced when you go to a WD setup. BTW. I love the look of the stepside. I saw my first one about a month after I bought my Tundra.
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:06 PM   #49
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Juel,

My avatar represents my mood, since Sherri passed away. Maybe one day I'll put my old avatar (the vintage Sovereign) back on there, but for now, I really like Beli-Al (the name of my avatar, pronounced "BellEye-All").

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Old 10-31-2005, 07:06 AM   #50
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Raining too hard to look at the tires now. All I know is they are 16". I'll look later and give you all the info. I know the truck came with the factory towing package, so hopefully the tires are what they should be.
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Hensley Rocks

The Hensley Arrow rocks and so does the company that makes it. I have no interest in any other hitch.

That said, intellectually we must all be careful -- there are people driving with Equalizers saying "I'd get no better towing with an HA" and Hensleyites saying the same thing. If you haven't towed with the other you can't make the generalizations.

I just know that given my experience and the engineering that's put into the HA I'm not using any other for any $50,000 trailer attached to a $50,000 truck. To say nothing of my family's lives inside.


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Raining too hard to look at the tires now. All I know is they are 16". I'll look later and give you all the info. I know the truck came with the factory towing package, so hopefully the tires are what they should be.
I towed a 1977 31' Excella from AZ. to TN. and found that the C load range LT265-75-16 tires were squirrely on my '92 Chevy 1500 Z71. I believe if I had been running E load range tires I would not have felt it even though the 1/2 ton was not enough truck for that trailer.
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David,

You might very well have hit the nail on the head...my 1997 Ram 2500HD gasser had Load Range E tires, and my 2005 Ram 2500HD CTD has Load Range E tires. Maybe tires really do make the difference.

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Old 11-01-2005, 09:16 PM   #54
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You might very well have hit the nail on the head...my 1997 Ram 2500HD gasser had Load Range E tires, and my 2005 Ram 2500HD CTD has Load Range E tires. Maybe tires really do make the difference.

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I first noticed this when I filled the bed of that truck 3' over the rails with roofing shingles. As I was driving down the road I could feel the truck wobbling back and forth. A person following in another truck full of shingles said it looked like the tires were shifting side to side, just a little but enough for him to notice. I guess it gets back to sidewall stiffness as well as suspension.
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Old 11-02-2005, 12:23 PM   #55
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Tires are R70/16, with an E load range, 51psi.
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Old 11-02-2005, 12:44 PM   #56
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If you are refering to the "stinger" IMHO there is no difference between solid and hollow as long as they meet the weight requirements.
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The main difference is when you drop it on your foot when removing/installing it. OUCH!!!
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