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 Post subject: Hitch for RT328BHS
PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:56 pm 
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We are waiting on our ordered RT328BHS, and looking at hitches. This is a BIG trailer, and I want to do the hitch correctly the first time. There are multiple options, and multiple concerns.
To start, my last trailer was a 30+ foot Outback, pulled with an F250, using a Hensley. Pulled great. No sway. No longer have the Hensley, though.
I now have a 17 Silverado 3500. It has "sway control" built into the stabilitrak system, but I have no idea if that actually does anything. I also upgraded the hitch from the standard GM (1500 TW/13000 total) to a commercial hitch (2700 TW/20K total) due to tongue weight concerns.
The new trailer has a brochure TW of 1280. We are getting most options, and so it will go up. A Hensley would add 200# to this. Add in gear and TW is easily 1600+ That is over the WD numbers of the Hensley or Propride (1400), but may not matter with the truck/hitch combo I have? The truck should be capable of weight bearing that much, but I would think some WD would be beneficial, even if not the full 1600 or TW of the trailer?
Would I be ok/better moving to a cheaper hitch with higher WD rating (Reese at 1700, Andersen at 1600, or Blue Ox at 2000), since I already have additional sway prevention in the truck electronics? Would save about $2000. I have never experienced sway, and I really don't want to, but I also don't want to waste $2000 when a simple/less expensive setup would work just as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Hitch for RT328BHS
PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 5:50 am 
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Since you can't use the Hensley or the Propride you might want to give this a try along with one of the friction based anti sway hitches that you mentioned?

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distrib ... 81775.html
I saw it cheaper on Amazon.

I have not purchased one nor do I need it, but I was thinking it could be a safety or backup in case anything happened to my hitch while on the road?

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:00 pm 
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Is it true that I can't use the Hensley or Propride? I know the WD bars would not match my tongue weight of 1600 or so pounds, but would the 1400# bars be enough with my truck?
I haven't seen many people with the 328bhs floor plan, but the 310bhs is similar, with a similar tongue weight and length. Does anyone have good experience with the propride, hensley or andersen hitch?

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 Post subject: Re: Hitch for RT328BHS
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 10:50 pm 
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eberning,
I really don't know if you can or can't, I misunderstood your statement and I thought you had already determined that you couldn't?
Please email or call Sean at ProPride, he will certainly help with that.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 1:21 pm 
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Thanks
I did email him and he said it would work.

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I have a 310BH with a 2016 Silverado 3500 HD (SRW). I use a 14K Equalizer - Not in the same class as the ProPride 3P, but I have had no issues at all. I have only towed about 600 miles but I feel no sway on the highway going by trucks or having them pass me. The only concern was I had to tow in 40+ mph winds, the TT was not swaying around but I definitely knew it was there. I would not want to tow for hours that way if I could help it. The only draw back is the noise with the hitch and I only have this at slow speeds and extreme angles, and even then I don't always have the poping. It was worse my first couple of outings, but appears to have worked itself in, if this makes sense. I have not weighted my trailer, but I assume I am near the max, possibly slightly over the 1500 TW, but the truck does not appear to be squatted in the rear.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 5:48 pm 
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I installed the Hensley with the 1400 bars on my 310 and when I hooked it up everything looked perfect. I have only taken one ride with the new hitch so I can not say a lot more. Before the Hensley I used a Reese with 1200 bars and a friction sway control. I switched after a trip to SC when my wife followed the camper and felt it moved around to much with the old hitch. The Hensley and ProPride have a TW raiting of 1400 the hitch is after the ball therfore you do not need to add that weight. As long as you are not over the truck tongue weight raiting you should be fine.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:35 pm 
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I have been using the 14K Equalizer hitch on my 310BHS for close to 4 years now with my F250. It required ride rite air bags to get perfectly level on the 250 but may not be necessary for a 350. It is a fantastic hitch with zero sway when properly set up. I have towed over 15K miles with this setup now and have weighed it several times with varying ballasting to minimize tongue weight but with dual golf cart batteries up front it sits at around 1400-1500 lbs TW. I would not hesitate to use the Equalizer if I were you.

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I've got th Blue Ox and 2k bars. I measured my tongue loaded on a310BHS at 1680 lbs with a shoreline scale. I suspect you'll be close to 1800 lbs.

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My dealer sells the Blue Ox. How well has that controlled sway for you?

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Btw, the Sway Control built into your vehicle is for when there is a severe event such as an evasive maneuver. This is NOT for everyday minor sway control as it won't intervene as it is integrated with when a Stabilitrak event intervenes. I have experienced this a few times over the years, both times when I was cut off and had to perform an evasive maneuver. If your hitch is setup properly this should never intervene even in higher winds

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I run the Blue Ox with our 308 and am a fan. Easy and quiet and does the job without the moans and groans of the bar friction systems. I wouldn't sweat the hitch too much. You have plenty of truck for that trailer. As a former half ton owner/puller, I had to have it perfect with such a big trailer but with a one ton the setup is not as critical since these trucks are so much heavier and longer. I personally wouldn't spend Hensley money, I don't think you need it.

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eberning wrote:
My dealer sells the Blue Ox. How well has that controlled sway for you?

It does the job. I had the Reese Stright Line on my old Cougar and it's just as good and way easier to install and dial in.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:08 am 
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I just bought the 328BHS. The dealer sold me a Centerline with 1200Lb bars. I just went on a 150 mile trip and it seems to tow just fine with my Excursion 7.3 with rear air bags and anti-sway bar. There is plenty of popping going on when I turn, but that doesn't bother me too much. I previously towed a slightly lighter trailer with an Equalizer hitch with 1000 Lb bars. That was a good hitch, but this new setup tows about the same as the last one. That said, seeing some of your TW numbers is a bit surprising. Excursions are known for softer springs (for a 3/4 ton), and mine sits level with the trailer hooked up and only 5psi in the air bags. I tow with about 25psi though.


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