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Old 08-15-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Question How does Reese WD w/sway control compare to Hensely/PP/Equalizer?

My local Airstream dealer sales and sets up Reese WD hitches with sway control. About $750 for equipment and $95 fee to set it up. While I can imagine opinions vary drastically, and there is a huge amount of subjectivity to consider, in broad terms how does Reese compare to others?

Hypothetical application would be Navigator towing 27' FC or Dodge 2500 Mega Cab pulling 30' FC. Main intended usage would be weekend trips to Smoky Mountains of NC/Tenn. For us, that's 3-4 hours of interstate and 1-2 hours of twisty and often steep grades in mountains.

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Old 08-15-2015, 07:18 PM   #2
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How does Reese WD w/sway control compare to Hensely/PP/Equalizer?

PP isn't hard to DIY. See that thread. And it's easier to change TV vs HA. More adjustability as well.

There is no comparison to the obsolete hitch designs (even where some of them are new).

It isn't a continuum of decreasing performance versus money spent. Not gradual, but radical. Sway elimination versus resistance to sway.

Best hitch set (on a scale) is always necessary.

There are those with better handling AS trailers and TVs than mine. But whom I could run circles around. The hitch really matters.
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Not even a comparison. You can buy a reconditioned Hensley for about $1700.00 I believe. You are one step ahead of others. Others invest several hundred, then buy a Hensley. You are saving the initial investment in education.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:24 PM   #5
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I had a ProPride. It worked great. No sway, not ever. But, if you like camping in small sites it can be a challenge to back up and another challenge to hook up.

I now use an ancient Reese Dual Cam with an old fashion friction bar for good luck. It works great. No sway, not ever. And it's real easy to back up into the small crooked sites. And its real easy to hook up again.

Nothing wrong with the old stuff.
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Just to quantify John's statement. The PP and Hensley will out back and out maneuver any other hitch. The mechanics of it actually improve turning and backing.
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Never heard that argument for them before, actually just the opposite.
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Propride and Hensley are basically the same hitch geometry. They back differently, because they follow the center of the back axle of the truck. You can use either PP or H to back into the same site as a tow ball pivoting hitch. It is only a matter of learning a new skill. Most loss of control trailer accidents are due to driver over correction errors that anything the hitch does. A experienced and skilled tower can tow and park safely with either type of hitch. Too much speed down hill is the prime cause of trailer accidents, closely followed by passing, dropping one wheel into a soft shoulder, sudden wind gusts, slippery roads, or following too close to a vehicle which make abrupt moves.
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Reese makes a few different applications, dual cam etc. I hated my previous round bar, with dual friction sway control, not because it did a bad job just difficult it was a pain connecting both friction controls. I now use an Equalizer on my AS & it's a breeze to deal with, does a great job & makes life less complicated regarding Airstreaming.
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We use the dual cam, and love it.
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Dual cam w/o additional frictionfor last 6 years, never any sway....28 FC & F250s...about 180k miles
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Reese Strait line WD with trunnion style bars and dual cam hp, never have had any sway, pulls straight and is easy to setup and use. Easier than the equalizer which is of less quality.

Thousands of miles and over a year of use. And only one issue to date which was my fault.
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Never enjoyed interstate travel until we installed the ProPride (Hensley design).
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Too much speed down hill is the prime cause of trailer accidents, closely followed by passing, dropping one wheel into a soft shoulder, sudden wind gusts, slippery roads, or following too close to a vehicle which make abrupt moves.

I really appreciate you taking the time to type that. What warnings would an otherwise properly chosen and selected tow vehicle with WD hitch feel prior to losing control? Too much speed downhill. Is there any tactile feedback prior to becoming a CNN footnote?

Very eager to hear more about this if any of you have any personal experience.

I see all the videos here of crashed campers. An Excursion flipped a few days ago here in NC hauling a 32' white box down I-95. In Nash County if anyone Googles it. Flipped an Excursion on straight section of Interstate??

I always wonder what caused towing accidents, and what, if any, feedback the driver might have had just prior. Always wonder what I would do. Which is largely dependent on feeling anything prior to going sideways or upside down and ditch bound.



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