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Old 08-06-2015, 07:59 PM   #15
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Hi, it took an Earthquake to make my trailer sway.
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:12 PM   #16
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There's a guy here on the forum who is towing a 30' Airstream with a VW Toureg. He is from Canada and just started a thread posting his set up. He said he has a Husky Centerline hitch and really likes it, if I am understanding his post, he is a former Propride or Hensley owner. The OP should PM him -I bet he would get good info.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:22 AM   #18
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To the OP:

By now you are probably realizing that hitches are like politics and religion. Everyone has a perfectly legitimate opinion as to why theirs is the best. The Hensley and Pro-Pride people are especially evangelical when it some to their decisions.

In my opinion, I would select a popular hitch that is widely distributed (i.e., large dealer network) that fits your budget so that #1 you can afford it, and #2 in the rare moment when you need parts or service in BFE you will be able to tap into local resources for assistance.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:44 AM   #19
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I have seen the Husky Center Line hitches on sale for half price. I wonder if it is discontinued.

It looks very similar to my Reese dual cam, weight distributing, sway control hitch which I have had on four trailers with no problems.

And as noted, if one has a well known brand it allows much easier acquisition of repair parts.

Most important is to have the hitch properly set up, not something all dealers know how to do. But, the set determines how effectively the hitch does its job.


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Old 08-07-2015, 09:45 AM   #20
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For ultimate safety a PPP hitch is the way to go.

I have an equalizer hitch. Works fine for me, for now.

I will at some point move to a PPP as I want to tow in adverse conditions and need the extra stability.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:31 PM   #21
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I use the BlueOx SwayPro and have not experienced sway. Hitch is well under $1,000, easy to install and easy to hitch/unhitch.

Provides excellent WD with the proper bars. The bars are grease free, so no mess, and no need to remove to back the trailer. The hitch is also quiet compared to some.

Lots of dealers in the USA and Canada.
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From what I have observed on this and other forums, as well as out on the road talking to folks in campgrounds, the fundamental issue is "does the trailer tow well to begin with ?"
If the answer is yes, then pretty much any WD hitch with either built in, or add on anti-sway seems to work well. Those that seem to like the hensley and propride the most are often the guys that are having a hard time getting the trailer/truck combo to tow correctly. In those cases, the two "premium high dollar" hitches usually solve the towing problems.
My gut instinct is to start with the basics ( good towing trailer matched to a suitable tow vehicle ), and then work up from there. A well rigged, nicely balanced trailer is a dream to tow in all weather conditions. Mine is, and I guess I was lucky that I did not need a virtual pivot point projection hitch.

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Lots of folks missing the point of the Hensley design. It's not about big truck, small truck. Or well-balanced rigs. Or whether my present rig tows just fine. Or whether you need one. Or earthquakes.

The trailer cannot move out of alignment with the truck, unless the truck steers it. The trailer cannot sway. The trailer is not pushed out of alignment to the tow vehicle by passing semis. It is the only hitch that works that way. Period.

It is hard to imagine how pleasant and relaxed the towing experience is if you've never used one. Is it safer? Yes.

The Hensley/ProPride users get this bashing by Airstreamers who have never used one every time. And the Hensley/ProPride users' only purpose is to advise the o.p. of the superior performance they have experienced.
Doug, with all due respect, I think you are missing "my" point. And that is although I do not use a pivot point projection hitch, my trailer does not sway. So why do I care if it "cannot sway with a propride or hensley" ? It does not sway with the hitch I have. Why does it not sway ? I suspect a large part of that is simply because the trailer is properly balanced, well designed, correctly rigged to an appropriate tow vehicle. And then to add to that, my chosen hitch restores 100% to the steer axle, and whole thing quite simply works.

If a person needs a propride, due to the requirements of the trailer and tow vehicle in question, then sure, it's a great choice. In fact, over on rv net, the other day I suggested that a propride might very well be what a certain poster needed to solve his rigging/towing issues.

But not all of us need that level of rigging to get correct towing performance.

For what little it may be worth, I'm not new at this. I've been towing since the late 1960's, and currently have four trailers I pull a lot....two gooseneck and two bumper pulls.

respectfully submitted.
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I disagree with the statement in post #42 and agree with post# 40.

For those who haven't used a PPP please just admit you don't want to spend the money....after all it's just an Airstream.

We users can't convey the advantages...it takes first hand experience to do that.
I rationalized three years before getting ours....time wasted. I wasn't trying to 'correct' anything, I just wanted the best set-up available, its more than just sway, it just toes better.
Plus my co-pilot loves the improvement.

As far as ease of use and steep learning curve goes, practice and common sense helps the most.
If I can do it anyone can.

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Yes, but Bob - if the OP wants to spend only $1000 on the hitch, he must find either a used HaHa/PP or a new anything else. And since the dealer is offering the Husky (in range) or Hensley (new and therefore out of range) he must either get something different installed elsewhere or determine if the Husky will work for his needs.

That I would choose to amortize the cost of the PP on a new rig over 25 years doesn't matter if the OP sees it differently. So if $1K is the budget max - there are several other fine choices.

While the PP works for me, Hensley's stuff isn't the only answer even if it's the best answer (now come on, that's just for comedy!!! &#128516
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No one is saying that anyone must buy a Hensley designed hitch we are just talking about our experience..
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SS&M,

Yes but....

2015 25' FB International and we can't rationalize another $1500...what am I not understanding?

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For those who haven't used a PPP please just admit you don't want to spend the money....after all it's just an Airstream.

We users can't convey the advantages...it takes first hand experience to do that.

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Hi, and those who haven't towed with an Equal-I-zer don't know either. When we make it to WNY you can tow my trailer with my tow vehicle.

As for cost, I could ......... I paid cash for my trailer, my tow vehicle, and even my house; So I certainly can afford any hitch made. But to me, why waste money needlessly. My Acer net book works just fine, so I don't need or want an Apple.
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