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Old 09-29-2014, 08:58 AM   #29
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When we bought our SOB nine years ago we bought a Reese with 1200 weight distribution and more importantly a sway bar. When we changed to the following two AS's we used that set up with our 1500 Silverado. No issues or problems. When we bought our 2012 31' Classic the PO had a Hensley. If the Hensley hadn't come with the trailer I would have used the Reese. I now have a HD truck but would have stayed with the Reese since it worked well for us. I drive at the speed limit except in Texas so semi's usually don't pass at high speeds.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:09 PM   #30
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Thanks, Andy, I will investigate this from the right end of our country..LOL
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:07 PM   #31
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I am only a 1 year in still "newbie" airstreamer and RV'er in general. Ive hitched my bass boat for years before this...very easy.

Hitching my propride requires a bit more attention to detail and can take a bit more time.

Once when camped and parked on a very uneven spot (tow vehicle was on a different position as the trailer) it proved very difficult to hitch....took about 20 minutes of fiddling....all other times have been easy...especially once you got the swing of it...

I think other hitches would be much much easier to hitch, but even as an RV newb, I really have never found the propride to be all that much of an issue to hitch up...
and my percieved benefits far outweigh this "difficulty" hitching.

In other words, of all the times I have hitched now in the past year, only once would I qualify it as "difficult"....

I have no freakin' clue which hitch is better...my opinion is just one of hundreds or thousands on here on such a subject...we were convinced by testimonials of owners who had owned previous hitches and who then after loved the PP/HA hitch...our experience with it so far has been as expected by all the positive feedback from owners....

I have no meaningful opinion to share about other hitches for comparison.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #32
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:18 AM   #33
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I know of one ProPride failure, a broken stinger weld that is very unlikely to occur at highway speed, rather when entering/leaving a steep driveway approach dip which is true of any hitch weld failure. Do you have other documented cases?

It might weigh 100# more than a conventional hitch, not much spread over all truck/trailer axles with weight distribution. The straw that broke the camel's back, I don't think so. The beauty is the hitch head stays on the trailer, you never have to lift it. If you've reached both...

I'm sorry but I can't find the post describing two documented incidents despite Google-foo-ing for almost 30 minutes. I believe it was from one of the two Andys that contribute here often. If you are really interested you might ask Can-Am Andy first.

Many owners inadvertently overload their tongues by overlooking AS's 15% maximum mandate. 100 lbs. of extra tongue weight can make a BIG difference, especially with the little trailers.

For us little guys with our 16' trailers that are being towed by our barely legal minivans, 100 lbs. can easily become the straw that broke the camels back. When your TV's payload and tongue weight are used up, AND your TT's CCC is used up it isn't time to throw a 190 lb. hitch into the situation. It's time for a new tow vehicle. Once that's addressed a Hensley or ProPride should be reconsidered based on each of their own strengths and weaknesses vs. that of the their competition.
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Old 09-30-2014, 01:07 PM   #34
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Airstream doesn't mandate 15% tongue weight, rather recommends 10-15% tongue weight. They do mandate a maximum tongue weight in your Airstream Owners Manual:

"WARNING: The tongue weight should be approximately 10% of the trailer’s total weight, but MUST NOT EXCEED 1,000 lbs. And, under no condition should it exceed the hitch rating. Your hitch installer should provide your hitch rating information."

Most w.d./sway control hitches are partly supported by the truck's receiver and so is Hensley/ProPride when they are pinned into the truck's receiver. It's arguable whether this represents adding to tongue weight and has been argued here many times. As I recall on the last one Ron Gatz made a reasonable assignment of 50% to truck receiver and 50% to trailer tongue. It is not as simple as taking the weight of the hitch and adding it to the tongue weight.

As for truck payload the only weight that matters is what is added to the truck after hitched up with w.d. applied, only found by weighing the truck with trailer attached (trailer axles off the scale) and then the truck by itself to find the difference.

Nontheless, the o.p. is getting a new 1/2 ton truck and 25' Airstream. That's what we have with a ProPride hitch, the third hitch we tried. Our experience is he will have a most pleasurable towing experience by far with the Hensley/ProPride design in all weather and traffic conditions with his similar setup.
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:43 PM   #35
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I have been towing travel trailers since the 70's, and have towed on just a ball, with an Easilift, three different types of Reese, a Curt, an Andersen, and a ProPride weight distribution hitches.

The ProPride is in a class of it's own, but that's not to say it is without issues.

At the end of the day, all weight distribution hitches work, and basically the same way, all except sway control. It is my opinion that setup of the hitch you have is more important than the brand of hitch you own.

It is also my opinion based on experience if you have 1000 pounds of tongue weight, you need 1000 pound bars to distribute that weight properly no matter if that weight is behind a minivan or a one ton truck. I use hitches, I do not sell them.
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:52 PM   #36
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I also use the Equalizer with 1000 lb bars and an Airsafe.
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Works great, and gotta love the Diesel Exhaust Brake going down passes in Colorado.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:34 PM   #37
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I am only a 1 year in still "newbie" airstreamer and RV'er in general. Ive hitched my bass boat for years before this...very easy.

Hitching my propride requires a bit more attention to detail and can take a bit more time.

Once when camped and parked on a very uneven spot (tow vehicle was on a different position as the trailer) it proved very difficult to hitch....took about 20 minutes of fiddling....all other times have been easy...especially once you got the swing of it...

I think other hitches would be much much easier to hitch, but even as an RV newb, I really have never found the propride to be all that much of an issue to hitch up...
and my percieved benefits far outweigh this "difficulty" hitching.

In other words, of all the times I have hitched now in the past year, only once would I qualify it as "difficult"....

I have no freakin' clue which hitch is better...my opinion is just one of hundreds or thousands on here on such a subject...we were convinced by testimonials of owners who had owned previous hitches and who then after loved the PP/HA hitch...our experience with it so far has been as expected by all the positive feedback from owners....

I have no meaningful opinion to share about other hitches for comparison.
Does your P-P also transfer the load bar forces to the AS that Andy is referring to with other EQ/Reece hitches?
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:38 PM   #38
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If I understand that point - I think the answer would be yes - although I have no visible damage as of yet - no popped rivets etc -


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Old 10-03-2014, 12:53 PM   #39
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I think the Equal-i-zer beats on the trailer harder because of the square weight bars- less flexible. I think in general round weight bars give the trailer a smoother ride- more flexible.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:55 PM   #40
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Good News : Lot's of good choices for hitches, lots of user experience


My Experience with Equalizer and 25 ft. Safari FB and now with a 30 ft. Flying Cloud towing with Tahoe and Dodge Ram 1500.

Like: Low Cost, No sway, Easy to hook up, parts available everywhere

Annoying Things I put up with: Heavy to put in and take out (I leave the bars on), Constantly checking all the nuts and bolts for tightness, makes a lot of noise, L-bars and retainers wear out.
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good:
1. price
2. easy to hook up
3. good weight distribution/sway control
bad:
1. inside link plates bow
2. cannot get the trailer level while maintaining good weight distribution/sway control
3. I ain't got $2,300 for a ProPride!
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The thing is about the $2300 ProPride and the $700 hitch we bought with or trailer, if we had got the ProPride first it it would been $700 cheaper. That's for the benefit of those looking for their first hitch for their Airstream.
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