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Old 11-14-2015, 07:39 AM   #1
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Hello, I just bought a 2014 Jayco 338rets Eagle Premeir. I also own a 2012 F350 DRW long bed. I know it is long[39']. I'm thinking about the Hensley or the Propride hitch. I like to travel so it won't be used for short weekend outings. Do you think I'll need it and what one should I buy?
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:07 AM   #2
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I use a 12,000 lb Equal-i-zer hitch. It tows great. No issues at all.
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:34 PM   #3
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snip.... Do you think I'll need it and what one should I buy?
Xflyhighx,

Welcome to JOF

IMO the Hensley and ProPride are great WDH's with similar design characteristics and function. Both are considered top-of-the-line WDH's......, and their price is reflective of their design/construction. IMO either one would be a good choice if your WDH budget allows.

The next best choice would be either the Equal-i-zer brand WDH or the Reese Strait-Line WDH (w/Dual Cam) WDH......, and both have integrated sway control. With the potential loaded tongue weight of the 338RETS, I would consider a WDH with at least a 1,500lb rating. With the 338RETS you will want your TT's loaded tongue weight to be 13% to 15% of the TT's loaded gross weight for optimized TV handling of the 39ft TT.

There are a number of JOF threads on the different WDH's, here is a recent one:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...rol-31052.html

As far as a minimum requirement (or "need") for a Hensley or ProPride WDH for towing the 338RETS safely, I would say no......., it boils down to your personal preference, but proper sizing/adjustment is key with any WDH choice.

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I am leaning toward the Propride. The only thing I see is that the highest rated bars are 1400#. What do you think. Will it work? Thanks all.
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Should be fine.
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Thanks for all the valued advice.
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The 1,400lb rated spring bars should be ok.................,

Once you have your TV/TT under loaded conditions head to your local CAT scale. To dial-in your WDH adjustments the CAT scale will tell you everything you need to know. Also, the CAT results will confirm that your actual loaded tongue weight is within the limits of the WDH (or if cargo relocation needs to be considered).

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

JOF member "javelinman" scaled (via Sherline tongue scale) his 2015 338RETS loaded tongue weight at 1,600lbs, but we all have different loading habits: Post #21 in the following thread:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ers-15843.html

Jayco's published (web site, brochure, etc.) weight specifications for the 2014 Eagle 338RETS are:

UVW..... 8,590lbs (actual ship UVW will be higher, refer to sticker on TT)

GVWR..... 10,950lbs

Dry Hitch Weight...... 1,140lbs (only gets heavier from here)

Even with 1,500lb rated spring bars I would still recommend a CAT scale visit because the 338RETS's tongue weight can climb fast. If you normally travel with some water in your fresh water tank, insure you have water in your tank prior to the CAT scale visit.

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Just brought home my 2016 338rets from Pennsylvania to Long Island using my Blue Ox Sway Pro. No problems at all.
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First time out next week for a long haul, with a New Hensley, took a short run on it with it, just up the road and back and I can tell significant difference on the way the truck seemed to ride but we'll have to see how it does on the Long Haul next week.

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Old 05-25-2017, 10:47 AM   #10
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I would not think with a dually you would a propride or Hensley. Maybe if you were pulling with an f-250 short bed.
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