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Old 06-23-2007, 02:18 PM   #15
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I've been clear about my source, Gallant's RV consumer guide, and merely passed the info along. None of us can have tried towing every trailer and in my case I"ve yet to tow one.
Oh, and Frank... my comment about the "drivel" was NOT aimed at you... it was aimed at the various folks like Gallant's RV Consumer Guide and others who "rate" the "towability" various trailers like there's some gold standard for towing against which all others can be judged. I just can't put much stock in a "towability factor" from a formula that someone dreamed up.

IMHO, the "towability" factor depends as much or more on the competence and design of the tow vehicle as it does the design of the trailer itself. Naturally, there are design issues (particularly weight and aerodynamics) that allow for one trailer tow better than another, but the towing competence of the overall package is as dependent on the tow vehicle as it is on the trailer. A trailer that doesn't tow well behind one tow vehicle may be amazing behind another, and that's largely trial-and-error.

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Old 06-23-2007, 02:39 PM   #16
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One decision factor between a Hensley and a PullRite is whether you want the (expensive) hitch to remain on the truck or the trailer. I'm not certain about this, but I believe the PR is more custom to the truck it's on than the H is for the trailer (weight bars can be easily changed out compared to frame mounting points). Also, the truck part of the tongue extension of the PR may tend to be in the way when not towing.

BTW, I saw parts for a PR in a South Seattle scrap yard barrel about a year ago, but it didn't have a price on it.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:53 PM   #17
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Yes, good point Pete - the Hensley Arrow is a hitch system which is installed on the trailer and plugs into a common 2" hitch receiver, while the Pull-Rite is a truck-mounted pivoting receiver which also requires components on the trailer for its operation.

Neither hitch system interchanges between vehicles well, because there is no standard coupling height. If you need a tow truck to move your Arrow-equipped trailer, be prepared to uninstall the whole thing at the roadside; similarly, the Pull-Rite system would require some hardware to come off of the trailer tongue.

The reinforces Roger's point about the tug and trailer being a combined vehicle system (okay, he didn't say it that way...).

I think if you want to tow a bunch of big trailers, you would be better off getting a good tow vehicle than adding multi-thousand-dollar mechanical marvels to any of them. Maybe even make them all goosenecks, live with having to use a pickup, and need only an ordinary fifth-wheel or ball-in-the-bed hitch.
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An interesting alternative would be to acquire a low-boy gooseneck or 5W trailer and put the egg on that trailer, plus a few ATV, bikes, chairs, genset, BBQ, etc. I saw a similar rig a few years back where the owners had mounted a large pickup camper on the low-boy.
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Old 06-25-2007, 05:39 AM   #19
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That's a great rig, Pete. The owner's could have gone for a much larger pickup camper and STILL had room for all their tows AND a patio!

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