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Old 03-14-2016, 07:38 AM   #43
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Boats have a completely different weight distribution relative to axle placement and th the boats heaviest part. Try a mismatched boat to it's trailer and it'll handle poorly.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:51 PM   #44
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Spent some time reading through the other BOSP threads and found interesting and helpful information, even in the BOSP to Hensley/Propride comparison thread.

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Old 03-25-2016, 03:12 PM   #45
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Gents: am in the process of purchasing a Blue Ox and have heard if your truck is equipped with anti-sway (as is my 2016 F-250) you should turn it off when using the Blue Ox as they tend to work against each other. Have you "experienced" Blue Ox users heard that? Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:22 PM   #46
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Gents: am in the process of purchasing a Blue Ox and have heard if your truck is equipped with anti-sway (as is my 2016 F-250) you should turn it off when using the Blue Ox as they tend to work against each other. Have you "experienced" Blue Ox users heard that? Thanks in advance.
That is certainly not true with a Jeep GC (my TV). A couple of times while towing I have had my ABS and Jeep anti-sway kick in under pucker factor conditions. Seemed to keep the drama to a manageable level. Curious as to where you heard about turning it off.
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Turning off a sway control system sounds like flawed logic, but it may be correct. Only the manufacturer of the vehicle can answer this question.

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I'm in the club now! After reading this and other threads, I decided on the BOSP for my '16 F150/25' AS Classic. I found the lowest price online ($541 at RVUpgrades.com). The local RV dealer agreed to $550 (always ask for price match), down from $595, and I picked it up.

After assembling it, I find that the lowest ball height is 20" (guesstimating, because my driveway has a slight slope). From the manual, my hitch height is 18 3/4", so I'm 1/4" higher than the recommended height range. This is with 18" wheels on the truck and 15" wheels on the trailer.

I think I have read that it is better to be low on the hitch rather than high- please correct me if I'm mistaken.

FWIW, the bottom inside surface of my receiver is 18", for those of you who might have larger TV tires.
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I'm in the club now! After reading this and other threads, I decided on the BOSP for my '16 F150/25' AS Classic. I found the lowest price online ($541 at RVUpgrades.com). The local RV dealer agreed to $550 (always ask for price match), down from $595, and I picked it up.

After assembling it, I find that the lowest ball height is 20" (guesstimating, because my driveway has a slight slope). From the manual, my hitch height is 18 3/4", so I'm 1/4" higher than the recommended height range. This is with 18" wheels on the truck and 15" wheels on the trailer.

I think I have read that it is better to be low on the hitch rather than high- please correct me if I'm mistaken.

FWIW, the bottom inside surface of my receiver is 18", for those of you who might have larger TV tires.

Give Blue Ox a call, they will work with you getting correct drop bar.
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Boats have a completely different weight distribution relative to axle placement and th the boats heaviest part. Try a mismatched boat to it's trailer and it'll handle poorly.
Yes it is so.
I attended a workshop by Blue Ox last year in Farmington. They advise to turn of three TV Sway Control. The BO works by resistance built up in the bars on opposite sides of the sway as the distance is shortened. That force seems to be counter to the TV sway control.
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Yes it is so.
I attended a workshop by Blue Ox last year in Farmington. They advise to turn of three TV Sway Control. The BO works by resistance built up in the bars on opposite sides of the sway as the distance is shortened. That force seems to be counter to the TV sway control.
Interesting! Actually the source of my original question is a conversation I had with Blue Ox tech support. The tech I spoke with mentioned if my TV has sway control to turn it off when using the BO hitch. I was just wondering if other Airstream owners using the Blue Ox system were aware of this recommendation as I had not heard this using my current hitch system. My Ford owners manual recommends utilizing the sway control when towing. Thanks for your response.
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I use a blue or on my 2500.

I have zero experience with any other hitch.

So far so good.

The blue ox the dealer sold me doesn't fit my receiver as I have the big one, so I have to use an insert, which I kinda get a little peeved that the dealer didn't order the proper size down bar, cause blue ox does make it.

Also they had to get a second down bar as the normal one wasn't tall enough due to the height of my truck bed, so mine has more holes in it.

I use 8 chain links, but I can't ever remember if the dealer told me 8 or 10 ��

I haven't had any problems at 8 though.

One time I tried taking off the bars without unloading enough tension and the wrench smashed my hand into the underside of the propane tank covers, lucky I didn't break my hand.

Raising my tow vehicle with the jack never feels like it raises enough to completely remove tension, but enough to easily get them off. Maybe I'm just being wimpy on the raising of the truck and should just go more.
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I wonder how long the trailer jack motor and screw will last hoisting up the front of the trailer and the back of the tow vehicle, which in my case when added together would exceed the lifting capacity of the electric trailer jack?
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Gents: am in the process of purchasing a Blue Ox and have heard if your truck is equipped with anti-sway (as is my 2016 F-250) you should turn it off when using the Blue Ox as they tend to work against each other. Have you "experienced" Blue Ox users heard that? Thanks in advance.
We just completed the first leg of our tow with our new TV. Apparently all the BOSP shanks come standard with six holes for the head and our Range Rover HSE was fine with one hole to spare as it had 19" to the inside top of the receiver. The new TV is 23.25" to the top so even after dropping the head to the last hole and the TV spring sag I am still about 1.5" high on the tongue. I had no problems on our 4.5 hours maiden voyage (towed beautifully, sweet having enough power on long grades and exhaust brake) but ordered a Curt 17120 shank that will give another 3" of drop so I can have the TT level or slightly down at the tongue. The Curt shank fits the BOSP and is rated 15K lbs/1.5K lbs tongue for less than $70 on Amazon.

News to me on other posts regarding shutting off the F350 sway function, need to do some research to see what is correct.

Be sure to raise the tongue jack/TV to load and unload spring bars!

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I have never turned off sway control when using Blue Ox. Not saying Blue Ox is wrong but sway control will only kick in when things get wild back there. If that's the case I think it would be better to have both helping out. I have to do some research, but then again my Blue Ox is up for sale. Fifth wheel coming soon.
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Give Blue Ox a call, they will work with you getting correct drop bar.
Today I did a proper set up on level pavement, and with the Blue Ox hitch head at the lowest position and WD checked and correct, the AS sits at a very slight nose down, so I feel it is perfect. I couldn't do a test tow, as I needed to find a 1-7/8 socket to tighten the ball nut (with I could not, so had to machine the nut down to 1-3/4. I am a machinist, BTW) Keep this in mind if you purchase this hitch- the ball nut is completely enclosed by the hitch head structure and you will need a socket. You may need to have the dealer tighten this nut.

BTW How did I do, matching the truck and trailer colors??
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