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New 1500 series pickups and Hensley Arrow

4x4ord
Explorer III
Explorer III
I’ve never towed with a half ton nor have I towed a tag axle RV. My sister has a newer GMC Denali 1500 with the baby Duramax and tow package. The truck is rated to tow up to 13000 lbs. She has no experience towing. The trailer they are planning on buying is a 24 foot tandem axle tag trailer with a GVWR of about 6000 lbs. Is buying a Hensley Arrow hitch for such a small trailer of much value or is the GM anti sway control along with a typical weight distribution hitch more than adequate to provide a safe and pleasant towing experience?
2023 F350 SRW Platinum short box 4x4.
B&W Companion
2008 Citation Platinum XL 34.5
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mooky_stinks
Explorer
Explorer
4x4ord wrote:
I’ve never towed with a half ton nor have I towed a tag axle RV. My sister has a newer GMC Denali 1500 with the baby Duramax and tow package. The truck is rated to tow up to 13000 lbs. She has no experience towing. The trailer they are planning on buying is a 24 foot tandem axle tag trailer with a GVWR of about 6000 lbs. Is buying a Hensley Arrow hitch for such a small trailer of much value or is the GM anti sway control along with a typical weight distribution hitch more than adequate to provide a safe and pleasant towing experience?


You might want to double check that tow capacity because it’s nowhere near 13,000. Depending on what configuration of cab/box she has, the most it would be is 9,100. And I’m not saying that the truck can’t tow the camper she wants. That sounds like a good match.
2020 F150 XL Screw 4x4 6.5”box
3.5 ecoboost Max tow HDPP
7850 GVW. 4800 RAWR
2565 payload

2020 Cougar 29RKS 5th wheel

Grit_dog
Nomad III
Nomad III
mkirsch wrote:
Well for sure the Hensley would GUARANTEE a safe pleasant towing experience.

Any weight distribution hitch worth buying these days has sway control integrated into the design. It would not make sense to buy a simple basic hitch to save a couple hundred bucks.

The reality is that by and large, "tag axle" towing is not that big of a deal. Sounds like this rig will be well within its limits, and probably would not even need weight distribution save for the receiver rating of 500lbs.


Couple hundred bucks? What you talkin aboot Willis?
Simple WDH with sway control = $500 new or dime a dozen used for half that much.
A pro pride is like 4 grand…..
You must’ve meant save “a couple thousand bucks” is not a big deal?
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Grit_dog
Nomad III
Nomad III
Define tag trailer. Just a typical flatbed tag? Or are you talking about a camper and using trucker terminology?
Either way 6klbs needs nothing as far as the truck is concerned.
Vehicle sway control does nothing to help a trailer that sways on its own. Sure it will modulate it but will be continuously using brakes and throttle. Literally a bad solution “if” there is an issue.
Unless worried about needing some help for the springs, I can’t imagine doing anything but hook n go on that light of a trailer unless it tows reeeeaaally poorly.
You of anyone should know this based on your professed towing knowledge.
2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29 - Sold.
Couple of Arctic Fox TCs - Sold

blt2ski
Moderator
Moderator
Any of the dual cam, equalizer style hitches will be more than capable of what she is towing.
As long as, just with 5W/gooseneck hitches, one has an appropriate amount of hitch wieght. IF not, while a Hensley will stop and or control fishtail sway. One is still towing an unsafe trailer IMHO!

I've always made sure my trailers are safe towing at 60 mph with no bars, straight behind the TV, no sway issues other than say a cross wind or larger truck going by movements. You feel these issues even if you are solo! Bars should make this effect a bit less....but if hit by a 60-80+ sidewind....you may very well move half a lane over as I did going across I205 over Columbia river in east Portland.

Backing is a bit different due to the pivot being farther back. I doubt it will jack knife per say. As one will hit the tanks etc before you can get to 90*.

Marty
92 Navistar dump truck, 7.3L 7 sp, 4.33 gears with a Detroit no spin
2014 Chevy 1500 Dual cab 4x4
92 Red-e-haul 12K equipment trailer

mkirsch
Nomad II
Nomad II
Well for sure the Hensley would GUARANTEE a safe pleasant towing experience.

Any weight distribution hitch worth buying these days has sway control integrated into the design. It would not make sense to buy a simple basic hitch to save a couple hundred bucks.

The reality is that by and large, "tag axle" towing is not that big of a deal. Sounds like this rig will be well within its limits, and probably would not even need weight distribution save for the receiver rating of 500lbs.

Putting 10-ply tires on half ton trucks since aught-four.