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Old 03-07-2021, 06:57 AM   #21
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All of the WD hitches get a bit excited going over very uneven terrain or through sharp turns. Forward or reverse is not the issue. They are designed to do their thing when you are at normal "highway" angles between the trailer and TV. Releasing the springs when you are going to do something odd reduces strain on the hitch, on the TV, and on the trailer. With most designs it also reduces the amount of noise involved. You have enough horsepower in the TV to execute the maneuver ( no matter how nutty) without any noticeable "feedback" from the hitch.

Indeed strain outside the normal limits, is going to translate to increased wear and tear. Very extreme situations may damage things ( think pulling into a 45 degree slope ....).

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Old 03-07-2021, 07:11 AM   #22
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I have damaged two antisway bars backing up. The front coupler gets pinched
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:46 AM   #23
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I have damaged two antisway bars backing up. The front coupler gets pinched
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? Add on Friction or WD bars
And the fault there is?
I went over the ppp 'limit' once when backing, my BAD. Lesson learned.
FWIW...still don't remove the bars, just pay more attention and back slower.😂

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Old 03-07-2021, 08:55 AM   #24
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interesting comments about backing into sites. On a trip last year, I had a guy come over as I was setting up camp to check out my hitch. He had watched me back in and said to his wife, as I was doing it, "he isn't going to make it, he didn't allow enough room for the turn". I nailed it on my first try (I guess I'm getting better). He had never seen a Propride hitch and seemed impressed by it.
My understanding is that the Propride and Hensley hitches allow for tighter turns going forward and reverse than do other hitches due to the geometry the hitch provides. Going forward, a trailer will more closely match the track of the TV.
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:16 AM   #25
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Equalizer square bar twisted while backing up. Thats why I moved to the Blue OX several years ago...the chain prevents the torsion that occures with the Equalizer in a tight manuver backing up; this is a better design, than the square bars...few articles on this also. The taper bars provide more downward sway tension/ control while towing also. IMHO of course...
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:28 AM   #26
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I have the Eazlift WD and sway bar set up by Andy at CanAm. I do loosen or remove the sway bar when backing in so it doesn't get broken/bent/make noise. The set up is easy and since the bars are rounded they do not get bent. And as for weight, the bars are relatively lightweight and easy to hook up. The hitch is heavier but most are. Been using them for 5 years now.
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Old 03-10-2021, 03:44 PM   #27
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Can you tell me why you did not like the Hensley - I am buying a new Classic 30 in May and the dealer has recommended Blue Ox. There is a lot to consider and any insight you can share would be great
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Old 03-10-2021, 03:52 PM   #28
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Old 03-10-2021, 06:01 PM   #29
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Can you tell me why you did not like the Hensley - I am buying a new Classic 30 in May and the dealer has recommended Blue Ox. There is a lot to consider and any insight you can share would be great
I have a Blue Ox, but, I'm towing a 20'..... For a 30', I'd consider a ProPride (if you go that route, go w/ ProPride over Hensley, as it is the more updated design).


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Old 03-10-2021, 06:43 PM   #30
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I like my Equal-I-Zer.
Weight distribution and sway control all in one. Hitching and un hitching are so easy even I can do it.
Same for us ... now three AS that we have used the same hitch! We did have to change the drop once ... dealer exchanged / traded it for us at no cost. One nice feature on the EQ brand is that it is not vehicle specific ... we have used it on an F150, Ram 3/4, Chev 3/4, Chev 1/2, and now back to a Ford Expy.
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Old 03-12-2021, 10:39 AM   #31
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Same for us ... now three AS that we have used the same hitch! We did have to change the drop once ... dealer exchanged / traded it for us at no cost. One nice feature on the EQ brand is that it is not vehicle specific ... we have used it on an F150, Ram 3/4, Chev 3/4, Chev 1/2, and now back to a Ford Expy.


sounds like hensley and pro pride are where itís at but itís outside the budget for now so iím going with an integrated 4-point wdh with sway control. i appreciate the great discussion!
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:11 PM   #32
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Nobody mentioned Andersen? Solves most problems raised, and should work well with a vintage trailer size/weight
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Old 03-12-2021, 06:36 PM   #33
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Nobody mentioned Andersen? Solves most problems raised, and should work well with a vintage trailer size/weight


I mentioned it in post #2
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I mentioned it in post #2


I stand corrected, there was a brief mention of Andersen in post 2
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