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Old 07-17-2007, 11:40 AM   #29
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.... I have tried everything that Ive read except for lubing. I dont want to have to handle greasy hitches. Theres got to be a better way other than a $3000 hensly that I cant afford right now since I just spent more $ than I have a right to with the 34.
You should try a Moho
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:54 AM   #30
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You're right, grease can be messy.
I've learned to step carefully around the hitch and I wear work gloves when hitching/unhitching. I also wipe off any excess that I see to minimize laundry accidents!
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:57 AM   #31
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Whats a Moho?
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:07 PM   #32
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Moho = motorhome.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:21 PM   #33
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How much is the Blue Ox?

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:26 PM   #34
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I was trying to find it here, and can't, but I remember reading a very unfavorable review of the Blue Ox hitch somewhere.

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Old 07-17-2007, 09:25 PM   #35
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I've used a Reese Dual Cam and it worked fine. Just a PITA to hitch up.

I just bought a 14,000lb capacity Equal-I-Zer for my 34' Avion. After doing much research on here and looking at the available options, I went with it. I hope it wasn't a mistake. It looks to me like, properly set up, the Eq is a great rig.

Safford RV in Fredericksburg, VA, sells the Blue Ox, the Equal-I-zer, and the Reese products. I talked at length there with one of their older more crusty sales dudes who's been in the biz for 30 years. He told me that the Reese is good stuff, been good stuff for many years, and he'd happily sell me one. But, he said the Eq was better in his opinion; easier to hitch up and works at least as well. But most importantly, he told me the Blue Ox (what I'd originally gone to look at as I didn't know he sold Eq or Reese) was a POS made in China and to avoid it all costs. Said they'd had nothing but trouble with them and actually quit carrying them, although I still saw the display tree on the floor.

I'll be interested to see how the Ox does.

I will agree that, engineering wise, nothing comes close to a Hensley. I'd buy one myself if it weren't so danged expensive. Heck, I might just fabricate my own knockoff of one. But for now, for me, I towed my new rig home 600 miles on just the ball and it did pretty doggone well. I think with a properly set up Eq, it will be stellar.

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Old 07-17-2007, 11:17 PM   #36
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On the issue of lubricating the Equal-I-zer, for the bar ends at the trailer, I use plain 'ol parafin wax from a candle. It doesn't get my hands all messy, but greatly reduces the noise. I rub in on with a candle then use a log lighter to melt it in.
At the head, on all pivots and the ball I use a real stiff marine grease and I clean and replentish it every other trip.
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:21 AM   #37
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I never thought about paraffin wax...hum, it would be less messy and probably less likely to pick up grit.
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:40 PM   #38
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Hmmmm, might have to try that.


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On the issue of lubricating the Equal-I-zer, for the bar ends at the trailer, I use plain 'ol parafin wax from a candle. It doesn't get my hands all messy, but greatly reduces the noise. I rub in on with a candle then use a log lighter to melt it in.
At the head, on all pivots and the ball I use a real stiff marine grease and I clean and replentish it every other trip.
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I'm in on the wax thing. I've got a whole bunch of old Hannukah candles I can use for the job!

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Old 07-19-2007, 03:05 PM   #40
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Haha

There are some used Hensleys on Ebay. You may be able to pick one up for about half price, of course I don't think the lifetime warranty is transferrable but you can check with Hensley directly. Also, Hensley sometimes sell refurbished hitches for much less that carry the full warranty. May be worth checking into.

eBay - hensley hitch, Parts Accessories, eBay Motors items on eBay.com=

I LOVE my Hensley. I've used it for about a year now and have gotten really good at hitching it up. It does take some practice.
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We have a 30' classic installed a Hensley myself and have been extremely satisfied. We switched from the Drawtight hitch.Good luck in what ever you choose to do.
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Another vote for the Reese Dual Cam. That's what they put on all the trailers they sell at Colonial. Seems to be working fine for me.
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