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Old 07-18-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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I'll be towing 2015 FC 25 Twin with 2015 Tahoe w/max trailering. Now need advice on best WD hitch. Looking at Hensley (awfully expensive), Proride, and Reese dual cam. Would appreciate any advice, recommendations?


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Old 07-18-2014, 05:26 PM   #2
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I've had a Hensley for ten years and have towed our Airstream 25FB with it extensively (120,000 miles). I have been very satisfied with its performance. That being said, if I were buying new today, I would probably go with the ProPride.

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Old 07-18-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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This is a touchy subject here. I would suggest you do some reading and searching under Forums>towing and hitches. There you will find the subject hashed over in great detail in many similar posts.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:35 PM   #4
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I'll be towing 2015 FC 25 Twin with 2015 Tahoe w/max trailering. Now need advice on best WD hitch. Looking at Hensley (awfully expensive), Proride, and Reese dual cam. Would appreciate any advice, recommendations?


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A Reese dual cam 600 pound load equalizing hitch would work very well for you.


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Old 07-18-2014, 07:10 PM   #5
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Both Brian and idorba have good points. Here's the way I look at it. You will never know how much an out-of-control crash and rollover DID NOT cost you if you invest in a ProPride or Hensley rigid system.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:27 PM   #6
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The reason many of us use ProPride/Hensley hitches is because this pivot point is effectively moved forward to the truck rear axle. There is no "wagging", it is eliminated. Additionally, the ProPride/Hensley hitch geometry allows only the truck to initiate any turns, the trailer is locked in a straight line behind the truck. Side wind cannot cause the trailer to move out of alignment with the truck, it cannot "wag the dog".

Our truck and trailer are very similar to size and wheelbase of your combination. We used two other hitch brands before buying a ProPride. The Propride is in a completely different league of from other hitches. They work differently and are totally comfortable in all traffic and weather conditions. Best money we have spent on our Airstream.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:28 PM   #7
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Hi there. A 2015 trailer and 2015 tow vehicle. Those will last your whole life. Amortize the cost of the hitch over say 25 years and even a $2500 hitch is about a quarter a day.

There are lots of choices. Know why you want what you want and you'll make the right choice.

I wanted to prevent sway from happening, not just try to control it when it happens. PullRite was my first choice - an upside down "5th wheel" but they no longer make them for more modern vehicles. Only other choices for me were Hensley or ProPride (to go with my new trailer and truck). These hitches project the pivot point toward the rear axle of the tow vehicle and literally prevent sway from happening. The ProPride is the updated design of the Hensley made by a different company.

Another option that could possibly have worked for me (except for the sway prevention feature) was Andersen. Much lighter than ProPride, about 25% of the price, and for my setup (a 3/4 ton truck that only needs 50% reloaded on the front end) Andersen's limited weigh distribution capability would have fit my needs.

Lots of good choices and whichever one we choose, we tend to love them and defend them to the end (just search "hitch", grab a keg and enjoy the comedy ;-) ). Can't stress enough - you really have to know what you're trying to accomplish and then you'll make the right call.

Oh - and just get the ProPride :-D

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Old 07-18-2014, 09:01 PM   #8
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Had a very bad experience with purchasing a Hensley. Contact via PM if interested. That being said, I went back to a Reese Dual Cam
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Had a very bad experience with purchasing a Hensley. Contact via PM if interested. That being said, I went back to a Reese Dual Cam
Was this a very bad purchasing experience or a very bad towing experience? If the towing experience was very bad we would all like to know more.
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Sounds like you have done your homework on payload, but do notice how some hitches weigh more than others. And check the weight label on your vehicle's receiver. I bet it says 1000 pounds....heavier hitches mean more load on the receiver.

I tow with a short wheelbase 2010 Yukon Denali. I started with a Blue Ox hitch and it did not seem to work well with my Yukon. I switched to an Eaz Lift 1400 pound version with dual friction bars. That worked better for me but it is not as good as Hensley or ProPride.

I tow a 2013 FC 25 FB twin. The tongue weighed 995 pounds last I checked. I think it weighs more now because I just had an inverter and solar panels installed.

Enjoy your new rig!!
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It was a purchasing/product quality/quality control issue
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Reese dual cam works for me.


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Started with Hensley with my 2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI diesel and a 2013 25FB International Serenity. Worked like a charm coming home empty with new trailer from selling dealer in Los Angles to Phoenix on I-10 through the mountains.

After loading the trailer for camping, the scale numbers did not work so moved to a 2012 Dodge 2500 HD diesel. Numbers worked but we did not like the model trailer and traded for a 2014 31' Classic. Also changed to second generation Jim Hensley designed hitch called the ProPride, which is a major improvement over the Original Hensley I had used. Second benefit was much lower acquisition cost.
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I saved a few bucks by buying a factory refurbed Hensley from the factory. No cause for any regrets.

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