Originally Posted by Walke
If you are steering your rig fast, or steering your rig past other vehicles, you will have no sway with "sway control" hitches. If you ever have a panic situation where you have to "drive" (swerve) your way out of danger, only the Hensley or ProPride will FOLLOW your tow vehicle with solid control.
Well, as I said, this conversation is one that can go on forever and it has on many sites.
Admittedly, I've never used a Hensley or a PP so I can't speak to how well they do or do not work.
But I can speak to how well my setup works.
made avoidance maneuvers with my rig:
Including, but not limited to, avoiding cars pulling into my lane while traveling 65 mph+, avoiding cars pulling out in front of me at intersections, last minute changes at interstate toll booths (don't ask!) and pulling the trailer back on to the road after it has jumped a shoulder while traveling through a construction zone.
The scariest and most telling event was a semi deciding he wanted back into the outside lane at about 60 mph and he just started coming over.
I don't know if he didn't look, was frigging with the radio, fumbling with a smoke, was falling asleep or just missed it but I had no choice but to literally YANK it over to the shoulder. I had to go so far ALL the LH tires (truck and trailer) left the road surface and were tracking through soft gravel at around 55 mph (sorry, was a bit too busy to look down at the speedo to be exact with the speed!).
Once I'd dropped back enough, I made my way back on to the paved surface. No muss, no fuss. Trailer tracked straight and true through it all. Well, no muss/fuss other than my sudden urgent need to find a rest stop and go for a 20 minute walk....
This is well outside of the normal push/pull of a semi or cross winds on the plains. I've towed through all that also.
Up and down the west coast, Continental divide, prairies, plains, appalachians, coastal. You name it, I've towed through it (well, I draw the line at snow so far).
I've also towed this rig through the Canadian NWT. if you want to find out if you rig is going to move around one you, head north to what is termed "roads". If it doesn't squirm around on you there, it never will.
I'm not retired, so when I get an opportunity to go, I go. Weather and other conditions are what they are.
I'm also military, so when they say I'm moving, I'm moving. Pack the house up, hook up the trailer and move the family. Whenever and where ever. That's a big reason why I've towed in bad conditions/traffic/etc. Waiting for better conditions is just not an option.
Never once has it "whipped" the truck, never once has it done anything other than follow the truck in it's tracks (as much as any trailer can that is).
Maybe my setup is just really "dialed in", maybe the Husky Centerline has attributes better than other wd/sway hitches. It is not a very commonly used hitch after all. It's basically a WD/sway hitch with it's own "special twist".
Honestly, I can't tell you What's the deciding factor with my rig. Probably all of it taken together.
But I won't be changing the Husky out for an H/PP anytime in the forseeable future.
Like I said, I could care less how it does it as long as it gets the job done.
Nothing personal in this response either, just some real world experiences with one specific hitch, one specific truck and one specific trailer.