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Old 09-16-2015, 08:40 AM   #11
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Hensley or Pro-pride are the best but not the cheapest, been using our Hensley for nearly twenty years now, no need to control sway, there is none, by far the safest hitches out there.

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Old 09-16-2015, 08:58 AM   #12
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Well, i'l bail out now, because money seems no proplem, as with us !

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Old 09-16-2015, 09:35 AM   #13
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yes it's a bumper pull not a 5th wheel.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:14 AM   #14
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What trailer are you looking at? A bumper pull with that much weight will eat into the payload quick. I think the 1500 Eco has a payload around 1800#. 10 to 15 percent of 10,000 is 1k to 1.5k right off the bat. The 2500 6.7 payload is around 2.5k to 4k# depending on equipment.

For a hitch, hensley, propride are huge names as well as the Equalizer brand. I have the equalizer and love it. I use the equalizer with the setup in my sig and it does fine. I pull all over UT and CO and through the Rockies with ZERO problems.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:25 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by dustman_stx View Post
You're gonna definitely want the 2500- maybe even the SRW 3500. The 1500 will NOT handle that trailer. The soft coil spring suspension on the 1500 doesn't do well loaded heavy- and you'll almost for sure be over on payload by several hundred pounds with that trailer on the 1/2 ton.
I agree with this. I am pulling a 30 foot 5500 pound Wildwood x lite with about 400 pounds of gear in it. I am pulling it with a 2014 RAM 1500 with a 5.7L Hemi. I would not go much higher than what I am pulling. The 1500 handles my 6000 pound load with 3 people and a dog in the cab but I feel like I am at the edge of what it should safely tow even though the 5.7 short box crew cab is rated to pull 8700. I even added AirLift in the rear suspension to level it out. They are a blessing because they have helped with the tongue weight. If I had it to do over, I'd have bought a 2500. Remember, it may be able to pull it.....but it MUST be able to stop it. Thats the other half of the battle in tow ratings.

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Old 09-16-2015, 11:44 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by dustman_stx View Post
ProPride or Hensley. Either will run you around the mid $2K range. I run the ProPride and love it.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:55 AM   #17
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I have a Hensley. They aren't cheap but they totally eliminate sway and give you the most comfortable ride. I had a Reese Dual Cam WD hitch before. It was noisy and you still got sway in high wind or on the interstate. You didn't have the turning radius either. I can make very tight turns with the Hensley and it is very quiet. Some will tell you they are hard to hitch up. There is a short learning curve but nothing that difficult. I suggest you go to YouTube and search for Hensley Hitch videos. There is one there by Hensley that demonstrates what it will do for you. It is not an exaggeration. I feel safe in all conditions now where in the past I had times that made me nervous.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:58 AM   #18
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Hitch>Trailer>Tow Vehicle

This is a popular question and the answer is...nope there is no one answer. If I had it to do again, I would go with a 3/4 ton (2500) series diesel for the TV just because of the torgue and extra weight capacity. I have a 8500# Windjammer with about 1,100# actual hitch weight loaded and am using the Equalizer 1400# hitch with no issue. BTW, I pull mine with a 2013 Sierra 1500, 5.3L and don't have but one issue...I will have to trade up to a heavier TV before I can get the 40' 5th wheel my wife wants next. There are as many WDH on the market as there are RV's I think. We were given a 1000# Trekker at delivery and found later that it was not heavy enough to level the TV. The dealer refunded the money as I had bought another one. Just make sure it has built-in sway control (easier to use than working with a separate sway controller) and is heavy enough for the hitch weight. Do NOT go by the factory specs for hitch weight as that is empty of all fluids, does not take into account if a extra accessory package with an additional AC unit has been added, or your camping stuff. My specs said hitch weight was 860# With an 8000# trailer, at least do a 1200# hitch. and Welcome!
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:09 PM   #19
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Lots of good info, thx
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:02 PM   #20
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My TT I had an Equalizer, good but noisey, a very good friend of mine just had the same debate and he went with the Blue Ox, no noise due to chain set up but still has sway control.

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