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Old 10-25-2015, 06:44 PM   #1
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What hitch for 28'?

I just ordered a 2014 28 ft Signature. I have had 3 prior AS. I have used Reese dual cam hitch. Is that still good or do you suggest something else?
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Old 10-25-2015, 06:55 PM   #2
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If that worked for you on a 30 footer, there is no reason that it shouldn't work on your new 28 footer.

We have also had three Airstreams over the years and still use our 10 year old Hensley on our 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB.

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I just ordered a 2014 28 ft Signature. I have had 3 prior AS. I have used Reese dual cam hitch. Is that still good or do you suggest something else?
You might ask two questions.

The first one you already have, which is a Reese dual ca.

But the second questions answer has to do with the rating.

The same size Airstream calls for a different weight rating bars, which TOTALLY depends on the exact tow vihicle.

What is your tow vehicle (exactly, along with original or different rear springs and/or air shocks or air bags).

All of those things spell out, and demand different rated hitch bars, for the safest rigging and towing.

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I towed my 28 with a ProPride. Just know that your trailer has the heaviest tongue weight of any of the current crop of Airstream trailers. Heavier even than the Classic.
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I just ordered a 2014 28 ft Signature. I have had 3 prior AS. I have used Reese dual cam hitch. Is that still good or do you suggest something else?
Hi Dick, did you order a 2014 or 2016 Airstream?

What's you tow vehicle today, and do you plan on carrying anything heavy in the bed?

Do you still have the Hensley hitch? That's my recommendation because that's what we now use and I know how well they work, very easy to hook up without heavy lifting (only the stinger is unlatched from the trailer tongue and I just pull ahead a few inches and store right back in the hitch head), and you can lower the tail gate fully while hooked up. Sweet if you already own it.
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Old 10-25-2015, 08:23 PM   #6
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Consider the second generation Jim Hensley hitch design called the ProPride. There are substantial user friendly improvements between the two generations.

I use an existing Hensley hitch I had in storage from the first Airstream (2013 25FB International Serenity) on a 2015 23D International Serenity behind my 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI diesel (it did not work out on the 25FB). This tow vehicle has been to CanAm in London, Ontario to have the receiver reinforced and while there they tweaked the stinger by making it about 5" shorter and putting a small bend in it to preload the weight distribution bars. We are able to use the prior screw jack setting of 3" on the 23D.

I took the complete new rig above to CanAm on the way home to fine tune the Hensley. They replaced a screw jack and tack welded the frame brackets in place. I am using the 1,200 pound bars.

We use the ProPride on the 2014 31' Classic attached to a Dodge Ram 2500 HD Diesel truck. I use the 1,400 pound bars on this hitch as the tongue weight was at 1,375 pounds after modifications and is now 1,175 pounds. Screw jack ranges from 5.5" to 6" depending on the water and propane levels.

Since the Airstream literature tongue weights are understated for every model, on a 28' model you will probably find the atctual weight camping ready over 1,000 pounds.

A good tow vehicle decision is needed to consider this weight plus any other "necessary" items needed when hitting the road.
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What hitch for 28

We have the 28'FC and use the ProPride hitch. Very good hitch and have been very happy with nOt just the hitch but the customer service we get from the company


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Old 10-26-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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The Reese duel cam is a very good hitch set up....we like ours..
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I had the dual cam and hated it, ended up with equalizer. Just my opinion.


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Old 11-08-2015, 06:56 PM   #10
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I've been very happy with the ProPride pulling my 2015 FC28. Semis passing me at 80 while I'm doing 60 produce no sway. Aside from the cost, the other disadvantages to the PP are more difficult hitching than with a ball and a need to have the TV more nearly in line with the trailer to hitch or unhitched. Also, I think backing, the trailer responds steering inputs with some delay.
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I've been very happy with the ProPride pulling my 2015 FC28. Semis passing me at 80 while I'm doing 60 produce no sway. Aside from the cost, the other disadvantages to the PP are more difficult hitching than with a ball and a need to have the TV more nearly in line with the trailer to hitch or unhitched. Also, I think backing, the trailer responds steering inputs with some delay.
I had Hensley on two of my prior AS. I totally agree with everything you said.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:53 AM   #12
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I agree with dkottum. You just can't beat a Hensley Arrow Hitch. I just bought a 30' Classic in Utah that came with a Hensley and pulled it home (1250 miles). Get a Hensley and be done with it. There are good deals on Airstream Classified sometimes.
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A couple of tips I have learned about hooking up the ProPride.

Alignment to the trailer is not important but alignment of the stinger to hitch head must be good or it will not go in. Also if the truck and trailer are not both level horizontally, you can tilt the hitch head with the weight distribution jacks to align them.

When getting close, raise or lower the tongue jack so the hitch head is maybe a half inch lower than the stinger alignment. The hitch head is resting at the bottom of it's vertical movement, and will lift slightly when going together.

I keep at can of CorrosionX handy to spray a shot on the stinger and into the hitch head to lube them so it slides together more easily.

The edges of the back of the stinger are sharp and can catch going into the hitch head. I filed these edges just enough to take off the sharpness so it does not catch.

To make it easier to unhitch, after backing the trailer into its site, pull ahead a foot or so to take any side twisting tension off the tires and hitch assembly. And measure your front and back of the truck's wheel well heights on one side BEFORE hooking up. Then after releasing the weight distribution tension, raise or lower the tongue jack to get these same heights. You will be able to just drive away.

This soon becomes intuitive and can eliminate any hitching/unhitching problems.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:49 PM   #14
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I just ordered a 2014 28 ft Signature. I have had 3 prior AS. I have used Reese dual cam hitch. Is that still good or do you suggest something else?
I had an Equalizer for my 25' FC pulled by 5.5L V8 GMC. Pulled well.

Bought new 28' FC three months ago and pulled it across country with same hitch/tow vehicle. Towed well but at higher speeds getting below 10 mpg. The 5.3L also did a lot of downshifting going up hills.
Bought new GMC Sierra HD with Duramax diesel. This is 3/4 ton truck. Pulls 28' great at all speeds. The GM specs say weight distribution hitch not needed with a trailer under 10,000 pounds. Tongue weight rating is 1,500 pounds. I did a 500 mile test drive with the equalizer and then came home for 500 miles with just a tow ball and no weight distributing hitch. Their was no difference in handlling at any speed or road condition. Tested up to 85mph. I now use the ball only and have eliminated the heavy and dirty equalizer. I was surprised, but the heavier truck made a big difference.
I also have all of the tow data for MPG for the 5.3l V8 versus the 6.6L Duramax. If interested I can publish this data.
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