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Old 08-13-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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Husky Centerline

So, after spending hours researching on the internet, I made my decision and purchased a Husky Centerline hitch to replace the standard dealer installed round bar, friction anti-sway WD hitch. This weekend I will be installing it. Who else is using this hitch? Any hints, tips or advice?
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:13 PM   #2
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I have been using it for 4 years. It's has been a great hitch for 2 TT and 3 TV.

If you have a couple that is mounted on top of the frame you may need a riser ball. Without a riser, on my first TT I contacted the A-Frame a couple times causing minor but visible damage while backing into a site.

One thing I don't like is your TV/TT need to be lined up remarkably straight to get the torsion bars on and off. We always remove the bars while checking in at the CG and well before driving any loops.
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Curious though, why Centerline and not Equal-I-Zer?

Equal-I-Zer is much more popular and has many more users on this site and every other forum I have read.

I wanted the Equal-I-zer, included it in the TT deal, but after the fact learned the dealer didn't sell it and tried to give me a standard Husky round bar which I refused so I ended up with the Centerline.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:21 PM   #4
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I had a centerline before I got a motor home. I loved it. Great hitch kept the trailer in line during wind traffic and lane changes.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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I don't really have a great answer for that. I just liked what the Youtube videos and the reviews I read about the Centerline were saying. I then contacted Husky via email with some questions I had on Sunday evening. I was getting phone calls from them Monday morning at work. They answered all my questions and the gentleman who called me even told me to call him directly if I ever had any more questions or needed anything. I liked the outstanding customer service and that definitely played into my decision.


He did recommend, as you did, removing the bars while the TT/TV are straight before pulling/backing into any camping spots that may not allow for straight parking. That isn't a deal killer for me as it has to come off anyway.
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Curious though, why Centerline and not Equal-I-Zer?

Equal-I-Zer is much more popular and has many more users on this site and every other forum I have read.

I wanted the Equal-I-zer, included it in the TT deal, but after the fact learned the dealer didn't sell it and tried to give me a standard Husky round bar which I refused so I ended up with the Centerline.
I have never used the Equal-I-zer, but after researching WDH I really do not see what the advantage of it is. It seems to just be metal-on-metal friction, but the design is strange in that the contact surfaces are not replaceable.

One of the most well-designed options I found is by Reese this, but not their Straitline system. It is a simple design that works exactly like the Equalizer, except the contact surface is metal-on-brake pad material, like a disc brake. You can replace the brake pad material and the cost of the whole package is <$500 in the US.

Unfortunately I could not source in time for my first trip, so I ended-up buying the Blue Ox system which my dealer had in stock. It is convenient and very well-built, but I have not used anything other WDH to compare it to.
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Curious though, why Centerline and not Equal-I-Zer?

Equal-I-Zer is much more popular and has many more users on this site and every other forum I have read.

I wanted the Equal-I-zer, included it in the TT deal, but after the fact learned the dealer didn't sell it and tried to give me a standard Husky round bar which I refused so I ended up with the Centerline.

I think I got screwed in the exact same way by the exact same dealer.
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I think I got screwed in the exact same way by the exact same dealer.
LOL - probably so. They saw me coming, a rookie, buying their first trailer. I negotiated a decent deal, not great but not bad, but they tried to tell me the same thing about WD and Equalizer being used interchangeably.

Another funny thing, we went to the same CG as you for our shakedown trip, rancheria. Upon check-in they gave us a bunch of BOGO coupons for their restaurant and kids under ~6 are free -- so the family and I ate all our meals and I felt a little guilty because I was only there for the CG. That was 4 years ago and we have never been back, but it was a perfect shake down spot.
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I had towed my 2004 Jay Flight 24FB since it was brand new until now using just a standard round bar WD hitch with 1 friction sway control. I assumed that the same thing would be fine when we bought the new trailer, so all I asked the dealer for was a new version of the same old hitch. We towed the new trailer home two weekends ago and it seemed to be "nervous" behind my truck (sensitive to wind and cars passing from the opposite direction). This made my wife very nervous and led her to ask me "Is everything OK?" multiple times on the way home. Last weekend, I checked all the measurements and discovered that the dealer had set the ball too low. I readjusted it and did a test pull. It was better but still demanded my full attention while pulling it. At that point, I decided that a new hitch was in order and here I am. I will be installing the Centerline hitch on Saturday. I did call the dealer and ask if they would take the other hitch back and give me credit towards the Centerline....they never returned my call. Oh well...I have a friend who wants to buy the round bar set-up for his race car trailer.
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LOL - probably so. They saw me coming, a rookie, buying their first trailer. I negotiated a decent deal, not great but not bad, but they tried to tell me the same thing about WD and Equalizer being used interchangeably.



Another funny thing, we went to the same CG as you for our shakedown trip, rancheria. Upon check-in they gave us a bunch of BOGO coupons for their restaurant and kids under ~6 are free -- so the family and I ate all our meals and I felt a little guilty because I was only there for the CG. That was 4 years ago and we have never been back, but it was a perfect shake down spot.

We are headed back there tomorrow. My wife's dad and my parents both live in Pioneer, so it's a nice convenient place to go with little risk. Next trip we will branch out.
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