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Old 02-19-2017, 11:10 PM   #1
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Back in the Game of travel trailer towing NEED Advice

Back in the travel trailer game after 17 year break. I recently purchased a 2000 F-150 super cab 4X4. It's really clean and only has 92K original miles. Then I picked up a 2016 Nash 17K. The previous owners used it twice and got something bigger.

It's just the wife and myself plus the pup.

Big question is WD hitch. What would work best? Brand? Pricing?

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Back in the travel trailer game after 17 year break. I recently purchased a 2000 F-150 super cab 4X4. It's really clean and only has 92K original miles. Then I picked up a 2016 Nash 17K. The previous owners used it twice and got something bigger.

It's just the wife and myself plus the pup.

Big question is WD hitch. What would work best? Brand? Pricing?

Thanks
https://hensleymfg.com/build-my-hitch/the-hensley-cub/ The best and the most expensive
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:42 AM   #3
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You don't need a Hensley Arrow for that TT. Any brand would work fine. I would check out Blu Ox.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:25 AM   #4
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You don't need a Hensley Arrow for that TT. Any brand would work fine. I would check out Blu Ox.
I thought the link was for the smaller CUB? Which has a smaller...not to be confused with small price tag.
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Then I picked up a 2016 Nash 17K.
GVWR 6500, with wet and loaded tongue weight of about 850 pounds. Very-well-built TT that is therefore heavy for it's size. It's all the trailer you want to tow with your 17-year old F-150. I hope you have the 5.4L engine with 3.73 axle ratio.



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Big question is WD hitch. What would work best? Brand? Pricing?
WD hitches are available in 4 price categories.

1]Cheap, which you don't want. Example is Reese Pro Series.

2] Low priced, which I don't want. Example is Reese dual-cam that is not a Strait-Line, and most WD hitches from Curt and Husky.

3] Meduim price with MSRP around $1,000 and online prices about $500 to $700. Good enough for most folks. Examples are Reese Trunnion-bar Strait-Line, Blue Ox SwayPro, Equal-I-Zer, Husky CenterLine (the original CenterLine #31390, not the newer CenterLine TS. (I tow my cargo trailer with a Reese Strait-Line.)

Here's the Equal-I-Zer you'd want for your 850 pounds max tongue weight:
https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-9...ews/B004TR8F5C

And here's the Husky CenterLine head assembly. Unlike most other WD hitches, the CenterLine does not come with spring bars. You have to buy the spring bars to exceed the max TW you might have, and they cost another $100 or so in addition to the cost of the hitch head.

Husky Centerline 31390 head assembly

Husky CenterLine spring bars for 800 to 1000 TW

4] But "best" is the expensive (more than $2,000) no-sway hitches designed by Jim Hensley, the original Hensley Arrow or the new and improved Hensley ProPride. (I tow my TT with a ProPride.)

Here's my ProPride. I haven't seen new ones advertised for less from other sources.
https://www.propridehitch.com/propri...control-hitch/
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I thought the link was for the smaller CUB? Which has a smaller...not to be confused with small price tag.
Yeah, your link was right for the Cub. But the Cub is rated for trailers up to 6,000 lbs. And the OP's trailer has GVWR of 6,500 pounds. So if he orders a Hensley hitch, he'd need the Arrow, not the Cub.
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Yeah, your link was right for the Cub. But the Cub is rated for trailers up to 6,000 lbs. And the OP's trailer has GVWR of 6,500 pounds. So if he orders a Hensley hitch, he'd need the Arrow, not the Cub.
Actually the "bio" reads:

Dry Axle Weight (approx. Lbs.): 3840
Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.): 480
Net Carrying Capacity: 2680
Gross Dry Weight Ė Lbs.: 4320
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) Ė Lbs.: 7000

The Hensley Arrow is over the top for this application, the Cub with a self imposed 6000# limit would work. 2680 #'s is above and beyond any normal carrying capacity I've seen on these smaller TT's with smaller weight axles.

I would differ to Hensley on this to be certain, it's their 'Promise' that matters not my opinion.

Smokey runs a taunt ship he will always steer you with in the numbers, and that is a proper thing.

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Don't buy a hitch that is rated to handle less than your current trailer weighs. We all buy larger models and if you do then you will be even more under capacity.
Follow what Smokey says, I always read his posts and follow the advice.
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Top of the line is the Hensley Arrow, which we used with an F-350 towing a 27.5' TT. But overkill in your case. Unless you wanted to get it, then down the road, you said, "Let's get a bigger TT Hon!" After all, we already have the HITCH for it! (I suggest waiting to tell her that you will need a heavier duty truck for many more $$$!)
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Don't neglect looking at the Andersen. I think it would be more than enough, is very easy to use, and doesn't cost near as much as many of the applications mentioned so far. Once I dialed mine in, there is no sway, no white knuckle experiences, and it is unbelievably easy to hook up and unhook. Guess I should write them and try to get a commission for mentioning them! LOL
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could be one or all of the above.. OR NONE.


I like LESS then 40 degrees above outside temperature.. as normal.

so if outside air is 80.. 120 and above needs looking at..
but 30 degrees between 4 hubs. is OK...
try avoiding using brakes before reading hubs.. unless you are reading for brake heat.

my opinion.

a new temp gauge can and will scare a new owner. till you use it for a while.

mechanical drum brakes and using magnets to operate .... will never be equal.
and going unused for months is not good .. need operating time to work loose and remove rust from moving parts.
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I use the Husky round bar I got from Costco. No complaints towing my Nash 23B with 800lb tongue weight.
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