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Old 12-23-2018, 05:28 PM   #43
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Obviously this is opinion not fact, so read all you can and make your own decision.
Count me in as one who agrees with your statement. You want the proper weight on your front wheels and ANY trailer can get into a sway situation at some point.

I'm not going to argue any more than this.

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Old 12-23-2018, 10:49 PM   #44
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Yes the Pentastar V6 is the only engine offered in the van

That engine is the only V6 in the whole Chrysler lineup.
Truck, car, jeep, etc.
I have one in a 2013 Rubicon. It runs good and has minimal vibration for a V6, but there are some things about the design and construction that leave me cold. I thought I would never trust one for towing, but it sounds like yours is fine. They do seem to be working out better than I expected. Thanks.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:41 AM   #45
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I just rated this thread - how many stars did I give it?
Thanks for all the suggestions and opinions and much-much-more. I got it all in the first 20 or so threads...then the train sort of fell off the tracks.

Re thinking it all now I think I may start my journey with no additional hitch additions and if there is a problem on the road, make additions as needed.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:52 AM   #46
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Driving our 28' Bigfoot Silver Cloud home from Oregon to IL, empty and as Bigfoot originally designed it except with an added WDH, with a Ford Expedition with top of the line tow package, we began swaying in a fashion that was terrifying. We spent the first night researching the proper way to drive with sway and the second night researching some kind of hitch to alleviate the sway. We find our ProPride to be worth every penny we spent on it. No more muscling the steering wheel when semis pass us. I would not be on my way to Padre Island in the Bigfoot right now had we not added that. Kevin would be camping by himself, or we would have sold this camper. Probably the latter, as my hand condition does not allow me to spell him driving, and the work he had to go to to keep the camper to even minimal swaying did not make driving easy at all. Before, we had to watch for semis, so Kevin could grab the steering wheel tightly with both hands. Now, we mostly don't even notice it. After adding the ProPride, I even pointed out once to Kevin as were driving and a bus (They are worse than semis for setting off sway!) was passing us, that he was still driving with one hand.

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Old 12-24-2018, 07:43 AM   #47
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I have often wondered if that's why BF discontinued the Silver Cloud model. An empty, as-built trailer should be naturally well-balanced and stable under normal towing conditions, including passing big rigs. A little "tail waggle" that dies out after a couple of oscillations is normal, but anything that could be described as "terrifying" is not. I recall your posts at the time, and I remain curious about why it was naturally unstable.

I'm glad you found a solution, though. ProPride is one of the high-end WDH systems that includes very effective sway control. Rather than dampen (mask?) sway with friction, I believe it works by changing the geometry of the hitch connection. Very pricey.
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:37 AM   #48
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Jon,

Pricey but worth every penny. Not sure if that was why BF discontinued making this model. My understanding is that they were made for managers, but the new models are definitely designed differently. They sit higher than our camper which is a design I wish we had. Kevin too, because the dump valve is so low to the ground that dumping is difficult in many places.

The Propride does change the geometry. Kevin says that it treats the trailer as a 5th wheel, rather than a bumper hitch pull. The pivot point is moved virtually forward near the rear axle making the 2 units act like one long unit. An added benefit is that this camper is virtually theft-proof, because of the ProPride hitching method.

A semi just passed us. Yes, I felt it a bit, but I probably would not have even noticed it, had I not looked up at that moment and spotted the semi. No tail wiggle of any kind. We love our ProPride.


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Old 12-24-2018, 09:16 AM   #49
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This Propride hitch was the topic some time ago. I do not remember if it was Cindy or someone else who brought it up. The trailer hitch ball is normally the point of rotation (imagine the tow vehicle is stationary and the trailer can slide sideways). The Propride uses the so called four bar linkage to shift the point of rotation somewhere near the rear axle of the tow vehicle. That makes it behave just like any 5th wheel (and that includes the Scamp19), hence the outstanding stability. I consider this a very elegant solution, even though it is complex, heavy and expensive. Any wear in the four bearings of that linkage may negate the benefits, so it is something to be aware of. Obviously it is worth it in some situations.

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Old 12-24-2018, 11:12 AM   #50
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A local Bigfoot dealer here in BC recommended a Fastway WDH. I have also heard from other 25 ft Bigfoot owners who use a Hensley WDH. It would be interesting to know what other owners of this trailer are using for WDH, specifically how much of the front fibreglass "nose" is "cut out" to accommodate the assembly
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:41 PM   #51
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We do not have the nose of a recent Bigfoot nor did we buy a Hensley, but we bought a hitch that Hensley created, the ProPride. Here are images of the cutouts we had to do to make it work to our Bigfoot Silver Cloud.

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Old 12-24-2018, 10:01 PM   #52
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We do not have the nose of a recent Bigfoot nor did we buy a Hensley, but we bought a hitch that Hensley created, the ProPride. Here are images of the cutouts we had to do to make it work to our Bigfoot Silver Cloud.

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that seems a lot more complicated than a conventional WDH, like the cheap one I used for awhile,

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Old 12-25-2018, 09:57 AM   #53
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Thats what I currently have.....easy. By the looks of it, install of the Fastway WDH will minimize the "cut out" on the nose....almost next to nothing.
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Old 12-26-2018, 12:37 PM   #54
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to equalize or not

We tow a 24' Wind River (8200 lbs)with a RAM 3500 single wheel, and a 10,000 lb. Equal-i-zer hitch. The hitch provides both equalization and sway control but is a bit of a pain to hook up. Cross winds and passing 18 wheelers has never been a problem a problem. I have also had two tires blow out on the trailer with no control issues at all. ( The trailer is not overloaded, I check tire pressure before and during each trip, check temperatures at each stop, and have not had good luck with Good Year tires.) My hitch was a little expensive and a pain at hook up but I won't tow without it. Good Luck with your decision. Bill
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We tow a 24' Wind River (8200 lbs)....
phew, thats only 3 feet longer than my Escape 21 and nearly twice the weight.


ok, I'm guessing the Wind River has a 24' box and is more like 28' overall hitch to bumper, while my escape 21 has a ~ 17 foot box, and the WR is probably 8' wide while the Escape is 7'...
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Old 12-26-2018, 01:08 PM   #56
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This is what the Equalizer cutouts are on our Bigfoot.
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