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Old 11-22-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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Husky centerline vs Propride

First of all that is a post i write this summer:

I am writing to share with you my experience of driving my 2011 Jeep Cherokee V6 and my airstream 2013 27 foot international Serenity FB.

But to start , I 'll list you my driving experience. First, I am a police officer for 20 years. Driving and handling a vehicle I know.

Secondly, I had three Airstream . The first one a 2009 Flying Cloud 20 foot pulled by a Mitsubishi Outlander V6, reese hitch.

The second a 2010 25 foot flying cloud FB pulled by a V6 Nissan XTerra ( that was a **** combo ) and then my Jeep Cherokee . Also with a reese hitch . I don’t want to buy a truck ( f150/ f250 ect..)so the jeep was a good compromise…

The problem with reese hitch was the sway. It not completly eliminate the sway. And believe me, the hitch was perfecly ajusted. I am perfectionist freak

The last year I switch to a 27 foot trailer FB . I buy a Anderson hitch that I sold after two use. Without going into details ( go see de post of Anderson), my truck trailer combo was asking too much for this hitch. If I compare Reese and Anderson for my combo, reese was better.

So I bought a ProPride hitch . Very good system, eliminating sway at 95%. Cons : expensive and heavy. But with my combination the weight is a good compromise. I didn't strengthening de hitch like some have did. After five months and regular inspection, everything look good...

That said, this summer we traveled 23,500 km in the USA for 5 months. Montreal to Vancouver via the USA , all American west coast ( road 1 and inter. 101) to San Diego and then back home by the south of the USA. We did a lot of road AND a lot of big hills. We did all the National Parks and the toughest roads that are either mounted or downhill. And especially some place at temperatures of 45F . For the record you have very beautifull place in USA…Nice contry and very nice people…In five months no bad experience whit people…

So we are a family of three. I weigh 175 lbs , my wife 120 lbs and my little girl 36 lbs. I have two bikes on the front of my Jeep. That dosen’t botter for the drive and for cooling the engine. But the con the bike collect bugs. And one on the roof. All the bikes and supports weight about 120 lbs bikes. A Thule box on the roof with equipment. Weight of about 60/70 lbs . A little bbq in the truck and a tool box.

When we take the road , my water tank is full. My gray and black water tanks are empty. The fridge is almost always full ( we like to eat and eat well compare to you Americain.. ). Plus canned, wine, shoes, toys, linen, personal items etc. ...

A few place my Jeep was hot but I 've never had to stop. It was 45F and a hill. I shut the AC on all the climb. So name a places whit a hill, there are good chance that we dit it..

In the highway I do not go over 60 miles. It is better for consumption 55 miles. And my average consumption of 23 500 km is 18,5 liters per 100km. This is good

So in summary , my Jeep Chorokee alone with its 20-inch tires has a very good stability. With my trailer and the Propride hitch it is almost as well! Regarding the engine power for 27 feet , there is no problem. You will not make the 60 miles in mounted , but you will be going up ....This engine is a little bull ! And for the hold wolf who said that is dangerous, try it before saying something. And think outsite the box ! Biger it is not necessarely better…

My next steep, thinking of bying a 30 foot. But whit the V6, it will be to much for the engine and the truck hitch. So I am thinking of a Jeep Diesel and making a slimp dolly whit electric brake. All the weight will be on the dolly and not on the Jeep. And whit the diesel engine i will have no problem to pull the Airstream.

Today post:

Finally get my new Airstream International 30 feet and a Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel 2014. My Dileme was: Do I buy a second hitch ProPRIDE or I try the with a Husky centerline. Hey well I bought the centerline and I am extremely happy. Easy to install, virtually no noise and I see no difference with the ProPride. The only disadvantage, to install the torsion bars, ideally the trailer and the truck must be inline. Perhaps maximun 25% angle. I completed 800km with a Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel and driving was wonderful.
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:56 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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Great report Tino. Happy to see that it has worked out so well with the new Airstream and Jeep. We are also very pleased with the combination. Except for a faulty headlight at delivery, we have not had a single issue with the Jeep Diesel over 42,000 k this year. I did have to get a valve stem replaced in West Virginia and we have been averaging 14.3 l/100k on loaded trips. You will notice a big improvement in fuel economy. I also travel with full water, 2 bikes, and enough shoes to start a business. Airstream at 7600 lbs. Watch for Rawn77 on your travels and if you see him, check out his Solar system. Jim


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Tino,

I've had an interest in the Centerline hitch also. The Belleville springs make sense.

The pic with the hitch, what is the orange on the bar?

Thanks,

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Why not just transfer the ProPride to the new trailer? You might need stouter weight distribution bars but the basic hitch should last almost forever.
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:48 PM   #6
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The Husky Centerline looks just like an Equal-i-zer. I have the Equal-i-zer, and I think I want a ProPride.
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Looks are not describing the functional differences. I own an equalizer works good but no other system to compare with.

Equalizer to me is passive, relying on friction to do the sway control. Go off center and it's just friction. The Husky Centerline Belleville springs and cam heads resist going off straight line and the springs want to return to centerline towing.

No, sorry this is not a test drive report. It's what my interpretation of the springs and cam head are functionally doing.

I'm intrigued by its design.
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There are 2 things that are orange. One is the label on the spring bar. The other looks like a handle to pull to engage the breakaway break.
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The "other" orange thing is a safety strap that prevents the bar from swinging out if you are disconnecting at an angle. Go to the site and have a look. It is under the products PDF. Glad to hear the positives about this hitch, as I am planning to purchase one for next years trips.
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Tino,

I've had an interest in the Centerline hitch also. The Belleville springs make sense.

The pic with the hitch, what is the orange on the bar?

Thanks,

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The orange stiker it is a warning when you on hock...
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Why not just transfer the ProPride to the new trailer? You might need stouter weight distribution bars but the basic hitch should last almost forever.
Yes but propride was heavy, and little bit harder to hock and to quipe in order...
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There are 2 things that are orange. One is the label on the spring bar. The other looks like a handle to pull to engage the breakaway break.
It is not the andle for the brake away, it is a stoper for the bar when you on hock. If your are not strate whit the Airstrean, there going to by tension on the bar and it can punch where leg
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