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Old 02-26-2016, 04:57 PM   #21
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1) don't listen to a dealer on weight.
2) you would probably be among the first to regret a Hensley/PP! If you aren't scared off by the $, go for it.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:28 PM   #22
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I am even willing to remove the battery (I will charge prior to leaving)
If you remove the TT battery you will not have brakes is the Trailer was to disconnect from the TV.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:51 PM   #23
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You might be surprised by what changes your tongue weight. I have weighed TW using three different methods, the shurline scale, bathroom scale method, and CAT scales. all have been within 35 lbs of each other. Adding the Hensley did not add 195 lbs. of TW. Maybe closer to 70-80 lbs of added weight. But I can't remember if anything else changed but I don't think so. You would most likely be pleased with the Equal-i-zer or maybe a Blue Ox. You don't have a very long nor heavy RV so I would think that only really strong winds or passing semi's would be your only big problems. They can be controlled to some extent by slowing down or moving over in your lane when being passed by large vehicles. Honesty you would weigh the rig fully ready to camp, with full fuel, propane, dog, pillows, utensils ready to camp.

Please beware that your battery supplies the power to your trailer brakes in cases of break away. So if you relocate battery make should your brakes will still function in a emergency.
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:28 PM   #24
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The Hensley has a 90 day money back plan. I'm not sure I have ever seen a bad post on either one of the hitches. By a person that as owned one of the hitches. I have seen alot of bad post from people that don't own the best hitch on the market. Sway is the problem some hitch weight is not as bad as Sway. You wouldn't be sorry with either of the hitches.
Like uhduh camping said Equal-i-er would work I would think that only really strong winds or passing semi's would be your only big problems. They can be controlled to some extent by slowing down or moving over in your lane when being passed by large vehicles.
The strong winds when Semi's passed took the wind off the rig and made it a hand full to drive . So I bought a Hensley no sway hitch. The problem went away smooth driving in the wind and traffic.
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:38 PM   #25
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I have 21,500 miles on my Equal-i-zer 4 point. Yes, it has been a great hitch for 6 seasons. Have already planned another 4000 mile trip this summer. Make sure your dealer sells the 4 point Equal-i-zer if you go that route. I have never had any problems with passing traffic. If traffic is going to blow you around, a Hensley is not going to stop that any better than anything else. I'm not trying to talk you out of the Hensley, if that is what you really want then buy it. I would also double check your receiver rating with Ford. I would guess that it is really rated a bit higher than 890 Lbs.


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Old 02-28-2016, 02:09 PM   #26
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Lbjet I seen your point in few posts. I believe your a true fan of the E 4 . I am a fan of the Hensley hitch. I believe with a 3/4 ton truck the E4 is a great setup. The Hensley did help my setup in the wind and traffic.
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All I said was I don't have those problems. Wasn't trying to imply you didn't or it didn't help you. Glad the Hensley works good for you. What I did imply is that even with the Hensley there is a lot of stress on the truck in the wind, or with trucks passing and any truck/ trailer comb with any hitch is going to feel it. Heck, I can feel it with my car sometimes.


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I THINK your truck helps more than the hitch. You take e 4 hitch and put on Expedition with a good size trailer and wind and trucks. You MIGHT have more pressure on the rig than the friction in the hitch can handle. Just my thoughts lots of time the driver makes a big difference in the setup. Did mean to ruffle any feathers. But do think it good to go back and forth. As long as it's respectful and I don't mean any disrespect. Happy towing !!

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Old 02-29-2016, 11:22 AM   #29
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First Trailer,
I suspect you are dividing the dry TW by the GVWR, and are concerned that it's under 10%. Once you load a battery, LP tanks, and your gear, you will be over 10%. The trailer manufacturers design trailers a bit tongue-light, assuming you will actually put stuff in/on them.

To your actual question, I would say, "no". Any sway control system is not a substitute for proper loading. You need 10-15% on the ball. Purchasing several hundreds (or thousands in this case) of dollars worth of equipment should not matter. I'm surprised any hitch guy told you otherwise. They must have been a salesman, and not actual tech support.
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