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Old 09-20-2017, 07:48 AM   #1
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Andersen, Pro-Pride, or Hensley??

Pulling a Coleman Light 4901lbs dry weight and 507lbs hitch weight with a 1995 Ford F250 HD with the 7.3 PSD.

Help me decide. I've read all over the internet and can't seem to come to any sort of conclusion. Are all three equally as good? Is the difference simple mechanics? It seems all three do the same thing, distribute weight and control sway, equally well.

I like the price and simplicity of the Andersen. The Pro Pride would be my second choice simply because I think it looks a little better but the cost at $2500+ is prohibitive. The Hensley would be third because I just don't like that big orange thing on the front of my TT but I think I can get a used one for right at a grand.

So there we are. What would you do???

Thanks for the help folks.
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Do you really need to spend more than about $500 on a good hitch for that light a trailer being pulled by a 3/4 ton truck?

I'm using a $500 Equal-I-Zer to pull a 6700# GVWR trailer with no problems at all.
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If you're not having tow issues then any of the low end WDH's would work. You have plenty of truck for that TT.
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One of the reasons I'm looking closely at the Andersen is tight turns and backing up. My round bar chain/friction sway control hitch doesn't like either. Not sure how the other 2 would handle it but it looks like the Andersen would be able to go as tight turn as I wanted and backing up be a non-issue.

and yeah....I like having plenty of truck
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LOL!! Next RV (if there is one) will be a class A DP.

and really....after a bit of thought it isn't so much weight distribution I'm concerned about. It's sway and ride control. I could probably get by without the WD part of the hitch. Not that I would but.....
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JohnBoy - frankly, I have a Hensley and love it. The big orange blob gets looks but it also keeps bad guys from making off with my trailer .

That said, you should be able to shop CL or FleaBay and find a good used one for a lot less than retail. Know I did. Got it for a little over a grand.

Turn radius is same as without the hitch. Yep, you can jack knife it if you try.
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Any of the WDH with built in sway control will do fine with your combo. Something like a Equal-i-zer, Reese Steadi Flex, Blu Ox Sway Pro, etc. You can back up with any of them. Far less $$$ than a Pro Pride type.
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Husky CenterLine. Heavy TT, 900lb TW, no sway, $500, lots of $ left over for ice cream with the grandkids!
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One of the reasons I'm looking closely at the Andersen is tight turns and backing up.
If that is your primary criteria. you're still spending too much money IMO on the Andersen for these features. The Equal-I-Zer will turn tight and back up without removing weight from the WD bars. Many good lower cost hitches will.

I only talk about the Equal-I-Zer 4-way hitch because it is the one I have. Are there better hitches? Yup. It's your money.
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I looked at that Equalizer. But it uses those spring bars and we have some pretty good dips in the roads around here. The Husky will let the trailer start bouncing like a pogo stick if I'm going even a little to fast over them. I hate that.

Does the Equalizer not bounce like a springboard? I can see how the Andersen would be opposed to that movement.

I did find the Equalizer at a cheaper cost than the Andersen so there is that too.

Andersen-$474.99 shipped

Equalizer-$441.98 shipped
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If your rig pogos, then you should look at your shock absorbers, because they are supposed to, dampen unwanted movement, aka absorb shock. Your truck is a 1995 model year. How old are the shocks?

You're pulling a trailer. It won't ride like a limousine. When your pickup goes over a dip, it begins a motion that will happen again as each axle goes over the dip. I slow down for a dip myself whenever possible, but I am rarely in a hurry.
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Rancho shocks are not 2 years old and maybe 25K miles. Other than the occasional pogoing it rides great. I don't drive fast pulling the TT but the dips aren't always marked or visible until you're there.
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Get an equalizer. I have 20k miles on mine with a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 diesel. Easy to use and stable hitch. Great design
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