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Old 08-21-2015, 06:35 AM   #1
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Husky 32218 Center Line TS with Spring Bars - 800 lb. to 1,200

Hello All

Still hitch shopping and stumpled onto the, seems like a fairly new hitch and cannot find many reviews on it. I like the weight range,and in the price range

http://www.amazon.com/Husky-32218-Ce...+trailer+hitch

Cannot find many reviews, any input please !!
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:10 PM   #2
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Husky makes mostly cheaap hitches you do not want. But the Husky 31390 Center Line is an excellent weight-distributing hitch with good sway control. If you don't want to go first class with a ProPride, then the Centerline 31390 is a good alternative for less than half the cost of a ProPride.

I don't know about the Centerline TS. That's a new less-expensive hitch from Husky. Reviews are hard to find because it's a brand new product. The older - and more expensive Centerline 31390 has some positive reviews, but the TS is too new to have many objective reviews.

Note that when ordering a Centerline 31390, you must order two parts. The head does not include spring bars, so you must order the spring bars separate from the head. The 800-1200 spring bars are fine for tongue weights that cannot exceed 1,200 pounds (max trailer GVWR of about 8,000 pounds). Ignore than 12,000-pounds gross trailer weight. Tongue weight - not gross trailer weight - is you limiter, so estimate 15% tongue weight and you won't go wrong.

There are at least 3 other WD hitches with built-in sway control that are comparable in performance to the Centerline 31390. The Reese Strait-Line, Blue Ox SwayPro, and EqualI-Zer. All 4 of those hitches list for around $1,000 and can be ordered from online discount sources including Amazon.com for about $550 to $650 including the adjustable shank required. The Strait-Line is available for less than $500 without the shank, but you have to have the shank and it costs about $120.
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Thanks SmokeyWren !

By cheap, do you mean,price or quality. I was not not familiar with Husky untill starting to shop for a new hitch. I had pretty much made up my mind on the Curt Tru Trac, untill reading about a few bracket failures people have reported, then i saw the TS. Trying to stay in that 300 to 400 $ range , but as you mentioned, i have only seen 2 reviews, both pos. but !!!! and want to get away from chains.
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By cheap, do you mean,price or quality.
Price and design quality, not quality of materials or workmanship.


Designed quality means it's designed to do the job right and never fails. I've towed various trailers all over the lower 48 with my Reese Strait-Line, and it always works flawlessly, regardless of pavement or wind conditions. I've had the ProPride only a year or so, and made only one long trip over 2,000 miles and several shorter trips around 600 to 700 miles. So far it has performed great. But it should since a new one costs three times what my Strait-Line cost.

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...and want to get away from chains.
Nothing wrong with chains except the inability to fine-tune the amount of weight distributed. But if you don't want the chains of a Strait-Line or Blue Ox, then why not order an Equal-I-Zer? No chains and they have years of satisfied customers. But a new one will cost you over $500. Here's one for $507:
http://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-90...es+-+10+000+lb
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