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Old 02-26-2005, 08:12 AM
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Question for those who've towed with and without WD, and claim to love it: Why?

What does it contribute to the ride if the airbags on the truck make everything level without them? This is a sincere question, and I'm not looking for the insurance angle, nor the "legal" angle, as the word "legal" is not really applicable here. There are no laws being broken.
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Old 02-26-2005, 10:37 AM
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Anyone familir with the Hensley Arrow Hitch?

http://www.nosway.com/

People who tow Airstreams rave about them but I'm not sure if it offers any added benefit to those of us who tow boats. Supposedly eliminates sway and distributes weight. 14,000 lb rating. Rediculously priced at $2900. Anyone use this hitch to tow thier boat?
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You don't want to be one of those guys.
madcow IS one of those guys
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Old 02-26-2005, 05:47 PM
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Like this........Class V hitch, electric over hydraulic brakes.............about 12,000 lb
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I've got a Schuck hitch (Model 750-RT-R)that I don't use anymore. In fact I only used it twice before I quit towing boat and put it in dry storage.

Let me know if you are interested.

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Madcow was way over his tow rating with only a 1/2 Ton truck. That truck had COIL springs on the back, and a factory non W/D hitch, with oversized wheels and tires.

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As for towing with and w/o WD bars. The whole rig feels more in control. The teeder and bounce when going over bumps is severely reduced and you don't feel your front end wanting to bounce AT ALL over bumps. I will give it to you that on a dually, with a tag along hitch, and ALL that wheel base, the truck has less a tendency to bounce than a Suburban/Avalanche/2500HD Short Bed, but you get where I am coming from. Trailer sway is reduced, and I feel the trailer just tracks better behind you, especially while overtaking or being overtaken by an 18 wheeler. You can adjust and eliminate any vehicle sag with the bars as well. Overall, its hard to decribe, but it just makes the truck and trailer feel more together as one unit, rather than one attached to the other by only a margin of 2+5/16" of steel. It also takes a lot of the bearing of the trailer weight, and moves if from your coupler/mounting bolts, and directly transfers it to the tongue of your trailer.

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Madcow had an aftermarket wheel fail as I recall. I also think the trailer was overloaded from the description and pictures with too much tongue weight.
(No offense meant- just the facts ma'm).

Go with a WD hitch like a REESE or PUTNAM and electric brakes.

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Madcow's description was the trailer began to sway, and it just was unrecoverable. (Coil springs will do that, hence as to why they are not on trailers.) There were pictures of how the aftermarket rim was destroyed into pieces after the wreck.

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nobody recommends electric for boat trailers because of the water. Most manufacturers install surge type brakes
Electric over hydraulic is the way to go for big tows. The "electric" part never enters the water. Axles are hydraulic cylinders actuated by electric pump at tongue activated by brake controller in the cab. In some states, it is illegal to tow over 10,000# without electric over hydraulic.

Had surge brakes on my triple axle Eagle trailer for my 311. THEY SUCK! Trying to stop suddenly on wet pavement (light change, a..hole pulls out in front of you, etc) makes for wet pants and a wild ride.

382 Formula on triple axle Eagle trailer is 13,500 without fuel. Electric over hydraulic brakes with weight distributing hitch is the only way to go for this kind of tow.
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