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Old 03-08-2014, 07:32 PM   #21
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dsrace, not denying that the Hensley or ProPride are very fine WDH's, top of the heap.
but, IMHO, as in the video shows, they are best for towing with a short wheelbase vehicle. the video shows the steering and braking demos with very short wheelbase tow vehicles.
i won't get into the "Can-Am" discussion about whether some of those tow vehicles were appropriate or not.

but for those of us that chose a tow vehicle well within the specs of our trailers, the Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual-Cam are well able to control our combos without dropping 3x the amount of money.

if you choose to tow at or over specs, then please spend the money for a Hensley or Propride.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:58 PM   #22
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After watching the above video, I think the Hensley is not a very responsible company, advocating towing of heavy trailers with under rated vehicles.

The video shows an Airstream being towed by what looks like a mid-sized sedan. I'm no expert on Airstream trailers, but a triple axle trailer would surely exceed the GVWR, GCVWR, and axle ratings of any sedan, and probably most light duty trucks.

If I'm stepping on any toes, I'm sorry, but for a company to even suggest that a trailer that size can be trowed with anyone's hitch by a car that size is irresponsible!

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what's funny is that a lot of companies, especially Can-Am, use Airstreams in their demos that use a vehicle not normally considered a trailer tow vehicle. like a 4-door sedan or a CUV.

Airstreams are in a class by themselves and are not a true representation of what the vast majority of travel trailers weigh or behave like.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:06 PM   #24
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what's funny is that a lot of companies, especially Can-Am, use Airstreams in their demos that use a vehicle not normally considered a trailer tow vehicle. like a 4-door sedan or a CUV.

Airstreams are in a class by themselves and are not a true representation of what the vast majority of travel trailers weigh or behave like.
2 things that are in favor of Airstreams are aerodynamics and shocks. Shocks can be added to FR products, but we are at the mercy of FR for the aerodynamics.
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All the above is true, however Airstreams are not light. Except for the very small single axle ones, they are 5,000 pounds upto 10,000 pounds (their current line doesn't even show a three axle model).

I'm not a member of the weight police, but come-on!

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All I have to say is wow to that video. Maybe I should have dropped 10k on a crown vic to tie my trailer instead of the 40+ I spent only truck and saved some money! :-D
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RJ - I'm with you!!

They show a late 1990's Dodge Intrepid pulling that 3 axle Airstream. I had a 1995 Eagle Vision (basically same car). I have no clue what the advertised tow capacity was any more, but I DO know the suspension was lousy. Every time I needed new brakes or tires, there was some kind of issue with the suspension, tie rod ends, etc. At 9 1/2 yrs old, the left front suspension collapsed. Fortunately I was right at a stop sign when it happened. I called the junk yard and told them to come and get it. I wouldn't pull a popup with one of these!
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another thing they don't tell you, is that often those sedans are highly modified by someone like Can-Am. they are your run-of-the-mill sedans.
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another thing they don't tell you, is that often those sedans are highly modified by someone like Can-Am. they are your run-of-the-mill sedans.
The very fact that Intrepid actually made that triple axle Airstream move is proof of that. That or it was pushed up to speed by something else.
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dsrace, not denying that the Hensley or ProPride are very fine WDH's, top of the heap.
but, IMHO, as in the video shows, they are best for towing with a short wheelbase vehicle. the video shows the steering and braking demos with very short wheelbase tow vehicles.
i won't get into the "Can-Am" discussion about whether some of those tow vehicles were appropriate or not.

but for those of us that chose a tow vehicle well within the specs of our trailers, the Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual-Cam are well able to control our combos without dropping 3x the amount of money.

if you choose to tow at or over specs, then please spend the money for a Hensley or Propride.
I always take those kinds of video's as an over exaggeration of it's ability's and I forget that there are those that take video's like that literally like the space shuttle commercial lol

you are correct if you have the right tow vehicle you should be good and as old coot always says shock shocks shocks!! they do make a diff!! now I don't know about short wheel base vehicles being a better use with those hitch's because any and all additions for a better towing experience is for the best imo. what I don't know is why the dealerships don't stock one and sell them since they gear the msrp's and sale price's to the point people can borrow the entire amount from the bank with no money down in many case's?! they could just add these to the notes and there are a few models of campers that just were not made worth a crap imo ( like the wolf pack 30 wp rated at 1/2 ton and really should be 1 ton dually!! ) for the tow vehicles they rate them for and this is where these would come in for the best imo.

a lot comes down to the operator as well as tv and terrain but wind will always get us in the end lol I could see these making a diff there too but towing those campers with sedans or ford escapes..... well that is a big no no and they really shouldn't show that but it is a testament as to what they can do. of course the down side is if these hitch's put an ill-equipped operator behind the wheel of a tv not up to the task then that push's the load to the very fine line between in control and out of control which is dangerous.
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