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Old 09-21-2015, 08:05 AM   #29
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I just bought a Husky Centerline TS. Towing a 23D with a VW Touareg. It was $399 from Camping World. Yes, it is more expensive than the other systems in it's class but I found it was well worth the price. It is very well made. It is a complete system, no need to buy anything else to install, such as ball, etc. It is also a WD and sway control in one. No need to disconnect anything when backing up.

Their other system, they call HD is $799 from Camping World. A totally different animal. Works more like the Hensly/PP. It was overkill for my set up.

As soon as I get someone to install it correctly I will be much happier but on my first ride to the campground I didn't feel that I was towing anything unless I looked back. I'm happy with my purchase.

I'm a single woman and must say the head and the shank together are heavy for me but wouldn't be for a man. I still handle it.
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Old 09-22-2015, 05:44 PM   #30
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I just bought a Husky Centerline TS. Towing a 23D with a VW Touareg. It was $399 from Camping World. Yes, it is more expensive than the other systems in it's class but I found it was well worth the price.
Thanks for all the first hand info., LiaG. The price for the "TS" is actually cheaper than the Equalizer (which is around $530 on Amazon) and Reese Dual Cam (a little over $500 on Amazon with the additional sway control components). The Eaz-Lift is definitely cheaper at around $220, but it seems inferior to these other systems.

FWIW, I'm pretty close to clicking "buy" on the Husky Center Line HD (the one with the active centering via the compression discs in the head).

Also... we had a 27' 1976 Overland in our driveway for the past couple of nights (a friend's HOA wouldn't let his parents park in the neighborhood anymore, so we gave them safe harbor). When they came to pick up the trailer I noticed he was using the Reese hitch, but just with the chains, not with the additional Dual Cam Sway control. He said it works great for him, though I will note that he had the trim on his Airstream wheel well affixed with duct tape from hitting a cone in 35 mph winds with 45 mph gusts up north somewhere.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #31
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The EazLift really isn't bad.
I had one before.
It is easy to adjust, but more steps to couple and uncouple, and you have to loosen or remove the sway control before backing i to a tight space.


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Old 09-22-2015, 08:45 PM   #32
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Curt Mfg. #17222 works fine for us

I use the Curt Mfg. kit #17222 with our 1987 Avion 34W. CURT Manufacturing - CURT Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch Kit #17222

Works very well and didn't break the bank.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:40 PM   #33
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Here are a couple of videos that are pretty much clinching the Husky Center Line HD for me.

Also, there is quite a bit of confusion surrounding the Husky hitches (due largely to REALLY bad marketing and information dissemination from the company). The HD (31390) is an active system with compression cylinders. The TS (3221_) is friction based, and, in my opinion, not as good (more like the Equalizer).

Boating World (do not try this at home!)

GoPro video of hitch during use

How to set it up

Cheesy old video (with some good specifics)
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Old 09-25-2015, 01:35 PM   #34
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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 who wrote:
[. . .] 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's mouth:
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!).
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