The plot thickens...
The Husky Centerline HD (31390) description states a tow capacity of 4,000 to 14,000 lbs., but the low end isn't a suggestion. They actually mean: DON'T USE THIS HITCH WITH TRAILERS WEIGHING LESS THAN 4,000 LBS. The engineer's exact words regarding the 31390 were:
No – you should not use this on trailers under 4,000# especially one that light.
This definitely puts a major crimp in my plan, as I need to pull the gutted and empty (definitely less than 4,000 lbs.) trailer from Indianapolis to Denver (1,1000 miles) before I can get to work on it (and I really don't want to fill it up with bricks).
In finding this out, I also found out some other good information.
I've been saying the Husky Centerline TS is similar to the Equalizer. I now have first hand confirmation from one of the Husky engineers
[. . .] CL TS was designed to specifically compete with the E4 system from equilizer.
Here is some additional information that I had already found in my research, but I'm posting it here since this verbiage is straight from the horse's mouth... well... the engineer
There is a difference in performance on the two Center Line products we have. One is active and the other is not. And if someone had an opportunity to test drive both systems after another you would be able to tell that the CL TS is a little more "jerky" if you will because with any friction sway device it tries to hold the trailer at any given point during turning. Whereas the Hd version is active and more subtle as you don't feel that kind of response in the system.”
I really can't afford to purchase a hitch just for the drive back, then purchase the one I actually want
once I get the AS set up (not to mention, buying two hitches would put me in ProPride/Hensely territory for the budget).
No anti-sway hitch for the drive from Indy to Denver just seems like a bad idea... like pulling a giant metal balloon across the wind blown plains of Kansas (which is pretty literally
what I'll be doing).
This has me seriously considering the Reese Dual Cam (my second choice), unless I really do end up filling the trailer with "ballast" just so I can use the Centerline HD.
Anybody need something hauled from the Midwest to Denver in October? Reasonable rates!
But it will need to be able to fit through an Airstream door
It would be very disturbing if after all of this research work I end up going with the $200 Eaz-lift 48058 just because it's the cheapest (even comes with the hitch ball!).