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Old 11-05-2014, 05:48 PM   #29
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My tailgate opens all the way with my Equal-i-zer...
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:05 PM   #30
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My tailgate opens all the way with my Equal-i-zer...
You must have a tiny tailgate.

Actually, after you posted this I decided to to think about it (that takes all the fun out of it), and realized that I never used the equalizer with the Airstream. It was used on a 21 foot Bigfoot and I could not fully open the tailgate. I bought the ProPride the same time I bought the Airstream.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:08 AM   #31
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You must have a tiny tailgate.
Or he has a drop bar that's longer. There are different lengths available.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:29 AM   #32
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We used an Equal-I-Zer before the ProPride and the tail gate could not lower. A longer stinger/drop bar on a conventional hitch would increase trailer sway leverage on the truck as well as make it more difficult to equalize the load.

The longer hitch length of the ProPride/Hensley design also may require higher rated w.d. bars to ensure enough weight distribution, but the 1400# ProPride results in a more flexible hitch connection than the 1000# Equal-I-Zer for us.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:52 AM   #33
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The longer draw bar is so you can turn the steering wheel all the way (going forward) and the weight bars will not contact the tow vehicle's bumper. It also allows room for the gusset on the drop bar. The tailgate opening fully is a side effect or byproduct, albeit convenient.
I would not choose one hitch over the other based on whether or not the tailgate would open. I had an EazLift before. It was a great hutch, but the tailgate did not open.
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:09 PM   #34
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There seems to be some bad blood between them. Are they aware that this is a turn off to their product?
I used to play piano semi-professionally and have had a number of pianos moved both for myself and for churches and other places where I've played.

In the large city nearest to where I live, there are two major piano moving companies. Both provide excellent service, and competition between them has resulted in low prices. The times I've called them for quotes the prices have been within 5% and are competitive with those from general moving companies who do not specialize in pianos.

These two specialist piano movers are, hands down, better at moving pianos than anyone else in town. Pianos often require disassembly to be moved, and I've had other places put them together wrong.

There is a good deal of "bad blood" between these piano movers because the newer company was founded by the former 2nd in command of the older one, reducing the older company's market share and driving down prices.

Such phenomena have been the topic of academic study at business schools. Studies have shown that animosity typically develops in mature markets where there are two major competitors. The classic b-school examples are Coke and Pepsi.
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IMHO some of the bad blood is based on some of what I consider Gonzo marketing tactics on the part of Hensley that I experienced when I was looking at sway control hitch setups.

I went with ProPride because of the lack of high pressure marketing and a strong tendency of Sean to stick to the facts about his hitch. I also talked to him via email and got al my questions answered in a timely, no BS manner.

I don't like seeing safety-related hardware sold by what appeared to me as a used car salesman approach. I am an engineer by trade, and have a very low tolerance of marketing BS. I run on data and facts to make my decisions.

I just like the approach and the design of the PP better. The convenience of an adjustable height stinger was a big plus in my mind. It's a pain to ship heavy it's of steel back and forth to get the right fit. My recent change from a 2WD to 4WD taller TV rely validated that approach.

As always, YMMV. Other opinions are valid as well--this one is mine, and I'm sticking to it. (Grin)


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