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Old 06-08-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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Which Hitch

Hey, All:

Getting Ready to purchase an Airstream 27FB Twin. will be towing with a Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8.

Dealer is telling me to do the Blue Ox Sway Pro...that is sufficient. I have done a lot of research on the Hensley Arrow. Looks like totally different systems. What is your recommendation. Should I spend the extra $$?

Any data out there? I am new to towing.

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Old 06-08-2016, 03:34 PM   #2
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If you are going to do all of your camping on graded site and want that sense of security you might consider the HaHA. If you plan to camp off level terrain think before buying the HaHa. i have seen camper take over an hour attempting to line them up. anything out of the norm and it is not a 1 man job. If you do not have mechanical aptitude it is a challenge.
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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I have only used two brands, the Andersen and the Blue Ox. Can with clear conscious recommend either one for your application. Data? You can find thousands of post here all recommending one brand or another. Good luck sorting out the facts from fantasy and questionable motives.
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:08 PM   #4
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Go with the Blue Ox. It works for me.
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:44 PM   #5
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I've had an equalizer, Reece dual cam, and now the blue ox sway pro. They all work good, however the blue ox is much, much more quiet and easier to adjust and keep dialed in. I'm very happy with it.


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Old 06-08-2016, 04:58 PM   #6
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We have used Equal-I-Zer, the inadequate troublesome Andersen contraption, and now ProPride, an updated Hensley design. The Equal-I-Zer had good weight distribution with some sway control, the Andersen was an expensive slightly effective sway control device with little weight distribution capability, the Hensley/ProPride provides complete weight distribution and eliminates any possibility of sway, and you will not be pushed around by side wind and semi bow wave, exceptional towing comfort in all conditions.

The Hensley/Propride design costs less if you buy it as your first hitch, trust me.
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Old 06-08-2016, 05:26 PM   #7
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Get the Blue Ox. I have been towing for a year now full time and have NEVER experienced one bit of sway and have seen it all as far as road conditions and traffic. Save the extra money for beer or other essentials.
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:51 PM   #8
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Very happy with my Husky Centerline. No sway and reasonably easy to set up and hook up. Everybody here has their preference, and until you have a bad experience you should be happy with what you purchase. The most important thing with any hitch is to have it set up correctly. Just my thoughts.
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Had a Hensley Arrow on our 2013 25FB which we kept when we traded for our 2014 31' Classic. We put a ProPride on the Classic. We installed the old Hensley on our 2015 23D.

Never had a sway issue with either hitch. Not a major connection issue with either one.
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Im very happy with my Anderson wd hitch and found it provides plently of weight transfer.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:05 PM   #11
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Had a Hensley Arrow on our 2013 25FB which we kept when we traded for our 2014 31' Classic. We put a ProPride on the Classic. We installed the old Hensley on our 2015 23D.

Never had a sway issue with either hitch. Not a major connection issue with either one.
If I was pulling a 28 or greater I would probably go with a PP as well. That is a lot of trailer.
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I'll just say that Sean at ProPride seems to be EXTREMELY attentive to his customers. One question I sent via e-mail was answered in about 3 minutes. When I put in my order, there was a mistake on the submission. Sean was on the phone with me, again in about 2 minutes, to straighten out the mistake I made.
Also, I suggest you read thru the ProPride threads. I did come across a video demonstration of how the PP or HAHA hitches work. Guy uses lego's but it gets the point across. U-Tube video at: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...C0B8&FORM=VIRE
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I don't even tow one of those fancy silver trailers..... just a plain old evil white box camper. And it tows like a dream hitched with the BlueOx.

BlueOx is "clean" in that it does not have to have grease applied on the external parts like some other brands do, it is quiet in operation, and it's east to connect and disconnect.
It's also effective at weight distribution and sway control. Worth every dollar.
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:51 PM   #14
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I have the trailer you're ordering. Have been fulltiming since late last October and have covered 30K miles, mostly in the west. I went ahead and spent the money on a ProPride and have not regretted it. With that trailer and your tow vehicle you'll want lots of weight re-distribution. I have a GMC Sierra 1500 with the max trailer tow package which has a rated payload of 1940 lbs.
There is a learning curve with the PP, but once you get it down, it's a one-person job to hitch up, assuming you have a back-up camera. (You should have a back up camera in any event.)
I suggest a professional installation ( the folks at Colonial Airstream, from whom I bought my trailer, did mine). The amount of WD tension you can determine experimentally.
I've had semis pass me doing 80, while I'm doing 60 and there's no sway, although you can feel the whole rig being sucked towards the semi as it approaches. In considering comments from others, bear in mind that the typical 3/4 ton truck weighs between 1,000 and 1,500 lbs more than a half ton truck like yours and may feel more stable with a less elaborate anti sway hitch than the ProPride or Hensley. Also, the 3/4 ton probably has a longer wheelbase than your truck, which adds to stability. So, look for hitch recommendations from people towing your trailer with a half-ton truck.
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I made the dive into the ProPride hitch and have been entirely satisfied. As someone else mentioned, Sean is amazing and seemingly always available. When on a trip 2 weeks ago, something odd was going on with the hitch (turns out due to a repair guy who messed with it). I emailed Sean pictures of it and had an answer back from him within an hour. He described what to do and we were off and running again.
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The Hensley/ProPride are great products hampered only by internet myths. One is you must park truck and trailer on level ground, or straight in to disconnect or connect to the hitch. That's not true.

The hitch can be easily tilted by adjusted one or the other weight distribution jacks to perfectly align the hitch box with the truck on a different plane than the trailer. The hitch can also be moved left or right to align the hitch box with the truck at a different angle to the trailer.

The weight distribution jacks are totally adjustable by simply turning the screw jack holding one or the other, or both. This also enables the weight distribution system to be simply adjusted to minor or major changes of load in the truck or Airstream.
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