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Old 09-14-2011, 04:05 PM   #11
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That's what i thought, too. Maybe they brought it back?


Now that brings back some memories
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:13 PM   #12
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I vote for a Hensley Arrow Trailer "No-Sway" WD hitch..........and its orange too !
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:20 PM   #13
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I vote for a Hensley Arrow Trailer "No-Sway" WD hitch..........and its orange too !
The Hensley is nice but a very expensive set up. Have you ever felt sway while using it? They claim ZERO sway in their sales lit.

I have been happy so far with the Eqaulizer Hitch, I have only felt a tug on a rare occassion, otherwise no sway from this hitch when set up properly. And that is the Key to a safe tow, you must have the hitch set up correctly.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #14
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I had an Equalizer 4pt and I loved it so I thought until I bought the Hensley Arrow, There is no-sway and It pulls like a dream ! It's worth every penny. Either one is good the Hensley Arrow or The Pro-Pride 3P.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #15
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I had an Equalizer 4pt and I loved it so I thought until I bought the Hensley Arrow, There is no-sway and It pulls like a dream ! It's worth every penny. Either one is good the Hensley Arrow or The Pro-Pride 3P.
Good to hear real world feedback, thanks!
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:37 PM   #16
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Upgrader,

My situation was very similar to yours so I will give you my experience.

I had a pop-up before we purchased a 2012 Roo 23SS.

The pop-up that we had was a Coleman/Fleetwood Niagara, which is one of the bigger and heavier pop-ups in the market. I have towed the pop-up with an 5.0L V8 Explorer, 4.6L V8 F150 Super Crew and a Dodge Durango V8 5.7L Hemi all with factory tow packages. My current TV is the Durango (similar to your Aspen).

While the F150 was the best for towing and the Explorer the worst, I was comfortable towing the Niagara pop-up with the Durango equipped with just a Draw-Tite Friction sway bar. The pop-up sat nice and level behind the TV and there was none or very minimal sway experienced even when large tractor trailers passed me on the highway or on very windy days.

I have checked the GCWR, GVWR, etc, etc for my current Durango and (at least on paper), I have enough margin to tow the 23SS with my family and the equipment that we take on our trips. When we bought the 23SS, the dealer tried to talk me into a Husky WD/Friction Sway Bar set-up for $450 or a Husky Centerline for $750 but I politely turned down their offer. They (salesman and dealership owner) had nothing good to say about the Equalizer -- called it a "POS". This dealership would not install or let me install any other WD/Sway on their lot so I just put the trailer on my TV hitchball and drove it home. No big deal there.

After I brought the trailer home, I towed (test drives) the 23SS without any WD/Sway bar and with a Friction Sway Bar to see what set-up I would be comfortable with. I quickly realized that I needed/wanted a WD/Sway Bar set-up to feel comfortable with the Durango/Roo 23SS combo.

I am currently using the Equalizer WD/Sway hitch (purchased from RVW for $439 shipped) and am very pleased with the set-up. The trailer sits nice and level (slight nose down) and, so far, I have not experienced any handling or sway problems. Set-up was easy, took me at most 1 hour to get the whole thing done. The hardest part of the Equalizer set-up is torquing the hitchball to 450 ft-lbs!!

Regarding the Durango as a TV, I am OK with it as I live in Michigan and most of my towing is on flat lands or rolling hills.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:48 PM   #17
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The 5:1 wb/tt length is a good idea but just a rule of thumb - almost an internet myth as it's quoted often but nobody has ever identified the source of the 'science' behind it.

I tow a 28' TT with an expedition ( a tad bigger than your aspen from what little I know of aspens) and I opted for a reese dual cam - I can't compare others but I have towed many a smaller trailer with no wd/anti-sway and all the small trailers were felt more by my butt and passengers than this big trailer.

I've towed it through a number of construction zones (any that's driven the PA turnpike can attest to the never-ending work they do there) and some lanes are barely more than the TT and uneven pavement - and never an issue. Been passed by several big rigs - my minivan sways more than the expy/trailer combo.

Not sure about the friction anti-sway, but I don't have to remove anything to back up.

It was easy to install (bought it mail order) and setup. Well worth the $400ish I spent.
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:32 PM   #18
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To clarify...my TV is a Chrysler Aspen built on a Dodge truck chasis...that's what I'm told. I know where the key goes to start the car and I know where to put the gas...since I have done that so often. We were to replace the Town & Country we had with a similar one. At the time, a new one was $3000 more than the Aspen and the Aspen had many more features including the factory installed tow pkg. While I have yet to push all the buttons on the Aspen (remote controlled "sun/moon" roof"), I know the TV is strong enough to pull the Roo. Thanks for all the help.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:43 PM   #19
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We're just trying to help- tow packages can come in light and heavy - and options can affect tow ratings as well.

A properly equipped (or un-equipped...wheels/tires, 4WD, loaded vs spare changes total vehicle weight and what it can tow based on GCWR, gear ratio, etc) can mvoe the tow rating 4,000 lbs on some vehicles! You own the truck so only you have access to all the details you need to know. Sure, you can exceed your rating or GCWR and survive - but it will shorten the life of the TV for sure and can make some conditions more difficult or impossible. What you can get away with in the middle of kansas may not be possible in colorado, for example. The RV salesman wants to sell an RV - how well your TV handles it is not his problem.

Trust me - there was a big sticker in my TT that said 'small SUV towable' and technically that's possible- an Explorer can potentially tow 7500 lbs and the trailer empty weighs 5400...but add people, clothing, food, the hitch, propane/battery, kitchen items, bedding and bath, tounge weight and suddenly an explorer can't do it - and with the full size F150 based Expy I"m at max rating (based on GCWR of my particularly set up truck).
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:27 PM   #20
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Go with the Equalizer. We have have the same trailer & pull with 1/2 ton Z71 Silverado. Other than the extra weight & length hardly know that it's back there. No sway, just a nice smooth, straight down the road drive. No white knuckles, no extra set up. To make the hookup easier make sure that you have an electric tongue jack. You won't regret either.
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