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Old 07-02-2013, 12:59 AM   #57
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What was your feelings on the Anderson that compelled the switch? Did it feel unsafe in your opinion? Would like to hear more about your switch and what compelled it.
The Andersen was a capable hitch. I've hesitated contributing to the 2000+ post Andersen User thread, but there are plenty of posts highlighting its benefits. My primary motivation in switching was to gain more flexibility with weight distribution. An added benefit has been improved sway control. It makes the towing experience on my long trips more enjoyable.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:43 AM   #58
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Not quite accurate. The Hensley/ProPride cause the assembly to act as one locked unit, i.e. as if you were driving a long bus. You WILL feel the push caused by the bow wave of a bus or motorhome as it overtakes you. If you are in the right hand lane and the bus is overtaking in the left lane its bow wave will manifest in the tow vehicle as a yaw TOWARD the left lane; as the bow wave moves to the tow vehicle it manifests as a yaw away from the left lane. So as you are overtaken you will have to first SUBTLELY steer to the right and then SUBTLELY steer to the left, just as you would do if you were driving only the tow vehicle; it's just that the duration is somewhat longer due to the length of the assembly.

The main point is that at no time is there ever any oscillation set up since the Hensley/ProPride NEVER changes angle due to the bow wave (it does change angle due to your steering input).
So...I will feel EXACTLY the same experience as I feel now? I guess there is nothing known to man that will take that feeling/sensation away. I guess the thing to do is use what I have and put it to rest.
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I guess the only way I would ever know if the towing experience is better is to drive a rig with the Hensley/ProPride. If any of us ever meets in person say on a caravan or at a rally maybe we can swap rigs for 10 or 20 miles of interstate highway. That is the only 100% way to get a feel for it or to know if one is significantly better/worse.
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This is my best interpretation/assessment of ProPride/Hensley vs. others-
You will still feel yaw when passed by an 18 wheeler, but the tow vehicle/trailer combination will remain straight rather than bending in the middle?
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I watched the vids of the process to hook up and unhook. Looks quite a bit more difficult than a Reece hitch. I would like to hear from some PP owners on what it is like to connect and disconnect.
This would transfer nicely to the PP....

Hitch'n rods from CW with O-rings to measure hitch height and get the alignment.
With practice, 10min, quicker with a helper......sometimes.

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...and by the tow vehicle/trailer remaining as one unit (straight?not bending in the middle) it is safer because oscillation never begins. Driving with the ProPride/Hensley is like driving a motor home or large straight box truck when an 18 wheeler, bus, or other large vehicle goes by. You still feel it trying to "draw you nearer" or "suck you closer" but it can be corrected with a slight nudge of the steering wheel. I guess people who opt for the more expensive ProPride/Hensley are buying peace of mind. You can not put a peice on that. Think about it- my trailer is the most expensive thing I have ever bought in my life- period.
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So...I will feel EXACTLY the same experience as I feel now? I guess there is nothing known to man that will take that feeling/sensation away. I guess the thing to do is use what I have and put it to rest.
Again, not quite accurate. As I previously stated "The main point is that at no time is there ever any oscillation set up since the Hensley/ProPride NEVER changes angle due to the bow wave (it does change angle due to your steering input)".

If no oscillation is set up, then it can't be exacerbated by PIO (pilot induced oscillations). The problem with sway is it's a lot like "flutter" of an airplanes control surfaces; once initiated it can, in a split second, become intensified and uncontrollable; so you NEVER, NEVER want it to initiate.
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...and by the tow vehicle/trailer remaining as one unit (straight?not bending in the middle) it is safer because oscillation never begins. Driving with the ProPride/Hensley is like driving a motor home or large straight box truck when an 18 wheeler, bus, or other large vehicle goes by. You still feel it trying to "draw you nearer" or "suck you closer" but it can be corrected with a slight nudge of the steering wheel. I guess people who opt for the more expensive ProPride/Hensley are buying peace of mind. You can not put a peice on that. Think about it- my trailer is the most expensive thing I have ever bought in my life- period.
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I plan on putting my HD cam-corder back at the trailer on the trip back from the dealer back home (4-5 hour drive on highways) - that will be in about 4 months.

I will post this entire length of video on youtube and of course review it myself to examine trailer movement - I will do this despite what hitch I get - but it will be interesting to see how it does with a non-PP type hitch like blue ox, or resse, or equ-i-lizer...
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I plan on putting my HD cam-corder back at the trailer on the trip back from the dealer back home (4-5 hour drive on highways) - that will be in about 4 months.

I will post this entire length of video on youtube and of course review it myself to examine trailer movement - I will do this despite what hitch I get - but it will be interesting to see how it does with a non-PP type hitch like blue ox, or resse, or equ-i-lizer...
I would suggest that you aim the camera out the rear window of the trailer and watch the view shift around when an 18 wheeler passes you on the interstate. Some 18 wheelers, even flat beds, generate an amazing bow wave of air when they pass a travel trailer on the interstate.
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I can feel the bow effect even when a car passes, but when I look in the mirror the trailer appears to be traveling straight. In my mind the trailer would apper to be going straight to other motorists around me. I think it's just something I feel more than anything. That being said, in tornado weather I am sure the whole rig is actually moving.
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I would suggest that you aim the camera out the rear window of the trailer and watch the view shift around when an 18 wheeler passes you on the interstate. Some 18 wheelers, even flat beds, generate an amazing bow wave of air when they pass a travel trailer on the interstate.
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Back in 2006 I had the occasion to follow our rig for 60mi on the Interstate.
DW was driving, towing with our 95 2500 Burb, Reese straight-line. Proper set-up, level with CAT tickets.
I was very surprised at the movement of the AS with every passing "bow wave". I had never felt any indication of loss of control when driving and DW said she hadn't either. After towing for 18 seasons, I was used to the 18 wheeler "push". I never realized just how much movement there actually was. The oft mentioned statement, "it tows like it's not there", is not necessarily a good thing. I was made aware that "not there" may quickly disappear when it no longer is.

Hence the Hensley, it's called the Arrow for good reason, it tracks straight, but I still know the Airstream is where it belongs.

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It will be easy then to verify the trailer away with say the Reese or blue ox etc...then my decision will be very easy ....then I will conduct the same video test with the Hensley / pp
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It will be easy then to verify the trailer away with say the Reese or blue ox etc...then my decision will be very easy ....then I will conduct the same video test with the Hensley / pp
A few years ago we towed w a Reese dual cam, thought it was safe until an 18 wheeler passed us and the trailer went into an uncontrollable sway. There was nothing to stop it, nothing. We rolled and totaled both truck and trailer. It was a terrible experience and we were very lucky to not be killed. What are you waiting for?

Reese is fine to its limits! Then it is useless! We called Reese and did not even receive a response. We now tow with Hensley. NO sway no matter what passes us. We did not realize the difference until we got the Hensley. If you don't think your life is worth a couple thousand dollars, that is your loss. What are you waiting for?
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