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Old 01-19-2010, 07:23 AM   #99
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Originally Posted by REDNAX View Post
I also own and tow an enclosed dual wheel utility trailer that is 16' X 8' that has a GVW that is about the same as the A/S. The utility trailer has no equalized hitch or sway control and because of its construction it cannot even be retrofitted

If it is a pole trailer, then, indeed, a WDH can be retrofitted. If it is of the "bent arm" style, then . . . ?

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I've not ever been able to understand why anyone wouldn't want to minimize risk in towing. Get the best hitch, set it up properly -- be painstaking -- and enjoy the trip.

The idea that a big ol' pickemup is the answer isn't. Lousy stability, poor feel through the steering, and on and on. I have one, doesn't change the equation. They're lousy on the highway no matter how they are configured.

And I have yet to follow a TT down the highway and not see movement side-to-side. (I also have yet to see a PP or HA hitch on the road in making these comments). A pickup may be suitable according to weight and wheelbase but why tempt fate? Throw in bad road surface, worsening traffic and wind/rain. Driver who is distracted momentarily, maybe already feeling out-of-sorts.

I find it a given that folks, in these threads, always assume that the drivers' condition is ideal, and that's foolishness.

I've pulled my trailer with and without WDH and without any sway control. I can twitch the tail of the trailer right into the other lane with the flick of the wrist. With an HA, that's about impossible.

If the trailer decides to go over it'll probably take the truck with it. Happens all the time. Cut the risk. If all the gold-plated hitch does is reduce the "felt effect" at the steering wheel, then it has served a purpose to the good.

If I was an RV transporter I'd install a PULL RITE and be done with it.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:02 AM   #100
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Originally Posted by mistermike View Post
I have read this thread with great interest, mainly because I am shopping for a hitch for my Ford Crown Victoria. I will be pulling a 1968 Caravel.
What year Crown Victoria? It has had many incarnations, and many tow ratings, over the years. The current version only has about a 2,000 pound tow rating. If that's what you have (1992 and up), you need a different car. There are dozens of tow vehicle threads around the forums, and what tow vehicle you have directly relates to what you use for WD and sway control, if any.

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:05 AM   #101
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I am shopping for a hitch for my Ford Crown Victoria. I will be pulling a 1968 Caravel.
Ford Crown Vic's and Mercury Grand Marquis with the performance package seem to make great TV's. The newer cars appear to be the best full-size Ford sedans ever made for towing. Why the very low tow rating doesn't match the performance capabilities seem to be a mystery??.

It has been reported after many many test kilometers the 1992 model year and later drive trains have proven reliability and weight-handling skills. Some Crown Vics I have read about have 300,000 plus kilometers (including substantial amounts of towing) on their original engines, transmissions and rear axles, some towing 34-foot Airstreams – weighing 7,000 plus lbs.

We followed a late model Crown Vic down the highway a few years ago. It had a Hensley and was towing a 34'. Even though it was a fairly windy day their wasn't the slightest hint of sway or yaw from the rear of the 34'.

Be sure the receiver you end up with is strong enough for the Caravel.

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:57 AM   #102
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I am shopping for a hitch for my Ford Crown Victoria. I will be pulling a 1968 Caravel.
What year Crown Vic? I owned an '86 ex state patrol car. Way different than a '66 or a '96.

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