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Old 08-21-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Best Anti-Sway Hitch?

We hit the "perfect storm" and rolled our beloved 2003 Airstream Classic (thankfully we were not injured). A cold front coming in with wind gusts, down steep hill and tractor trailer going to fast by us caused the trailer to sway and tip both trailer and TV (Ford Excursion V10). We used an anti-sway hitch with chains and bars but didn't help this time. We pulled our '75 Airstream Excella for 10 years without sway problems. What about the Hensley Arrow hitch, is it worth the money when we replace our Airstream?
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
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Really sorry to hear that. If you think the hitch would have made a difference you may be a lot more comfortable with a different hitch. Check the Hensley but also look closely at the Pro Pride if you are going to spend that amount of money. Are you getting a new tow vehicle also?
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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We hit the "perfect storm" and rolled our beloved 2003 Airstream Classic (thankfully we were not injured). A cold front coming in with wind gusts, down steep hill and tractor trailer going to fast by us caused the trailer to sway and tip both trailer and TV (Ford Excursion V10). We used an anti-sway hitch with chains and bars but didn't help this time. We pulled our '75 Airstream Excella for 10 years without sway problems. What about the Hensley Arrow hitch, is it worth the money when we replace our Airstream?
If you hit the perfect storm, there is no perfect hitch. However I am confident that our ProPride is giving us the best sway control currently available. To me that piece of mind is worth the extra monetary investment, compared to other types of sway control.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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Glad you are OK!

I can't compare since I don't have experience with other brands, but I can say with confidence that our Hensley was the best investment we have made. Had we chosen the ProPride, I suspect I might very well say the same thing about it.

I can't speak to the conditions present when you had your accident, but I will tell you our F250 is MORE stable towing (with the Hensley) than just the F250 alone, which I am sure sounds bizarre. Not saying it would have been the same in your situation, but when we tow in winds it is like there is no wind - we can tell it is windy from looking at the trees.

The Hensley I have found to be very easy to hook up. On some rare occasions (I'm talking 1 out of 100 hookups) it takes me a while and can be a little exasperating.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #5
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I went from a Reese dual cam to a Hensley for our trailer, when we had a short wheelbase truck. The Reese would allow the trailer to move around, especially on a windy day descending a hill.
The Hensley allows none of that, and I have also noticed our new F250 seems more stable towing with the Hemsley than just driving, not towing.
The Propride is comparable to the Hensley, with some changes and a somewhat lower cost.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #6
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Just returned from a couple of thousand miles in my 2012 Intl. This is my 4th trip, and I can vouch for the ProPride 3P. It IS an expensive hitch, but even with the blast of a semi going by at 75 MPH I felt ZERO sway with my 28' trailer. Went through a couple of significant thunderstorms with gusty winds. No sway. Can only report on my own experience, but it is all positive.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
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What about the Hensley Arrow hitch, is it worth the money when we replace our Airstream?
Yes it is. I've been towing with a Hensley since our first travel trailer. Many say it's overkill, but last weekend we got our moneys worth...and more. We were driving up a two-lane highway around 90 KPH in the boonies low on gas. My DW and I spotted a gas station and were assessing it's accessibility and with the sun in my eyes I didn't notice a beige car stopped in my lane waiting to turn left. No chance to stop on time, I had no choice but to execute one of those "emergency lane change avoidance manouvers" that I've seen on videos but I never thought I could pull off. Initially I hit the brakes to knock 20 kph off the speed then swerved onto the gravel shoulder and went around the car before re-entering the highway. I really hate cliche's but I have to tell you, God's Honest Truth, my short wheelbase Traverse handed it like the trailer was not there. I've always appreciate the Hensley, but that day I'm convinced it saved my butt, and was worth many times what I paid for it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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Sorry about your accident, but glad you weren't injured. And, welcome to the forum.

I have about 50,000 miles towing experience with the ProPride 3P hitch, and can definately recommend it. The ProPride was designed by the same person that designed the Hensley, only it's a newer design with inprovements.

I've been in one foot on the floor panic stop situation, and lots of windy conditions, and the only time I've expereinced even the slightest of a wiggle was when I went thru a Texas Panhandle whirlwind at 70mph, but it was not a sway.

I would not be without the ProPride.
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Glad to hear you made it through kswelch's.

Good testimony here on the Hensley/Propride. They do prevent sway but we must remember they do not reduce the external forces on the truck and trailer that caused it. There is a point if the forces load up enough, it's all going over without warning. In bad conditions slow down even though you "can't even tell it's back there".

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #10
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Best Anti-Sway Hitch

Thank you all for your posts about the Hensley and ProPride hitches. After careful consideration and soul-searching, we decided that we love our Airstream adventures too much to not be part of that anymore. We have carefully considered all the posts to our inquiry and have put a deposit down on a 2006 Airtream Classic and have contacted ProPride to order a new anti-sway hitch. We will do whatever we can to avoid this situation happening to us again. We look forward to going to Forum Rallies and getting to know you nice people! Looking forward to getting back on the road again (with lots of prayers for safe travel!)
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I know Sean Woodruff will take good care of you with the ProPride. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us, and many more years of safe Airstreaming to you both!
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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Glad you're OK. We have a Hensley, but would use a Pro-Pride as well. Same principal of pivot point projection. I would feel really comfortable with either of these products. I would like to try the new Anderson hitch as it it much lighter but also dosen't have much towing history....Glad you're jumping back in.

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Old 08-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #13
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I'll throw my 2 cents in for future readers. I use the Andersen WD with the built in sway control. Traveled 3000 miles in head winds and strong 25 mph+ side winds in the Columbia River Gorge. I had no sway at all the whole rig did move around some, but it was as one unit not just the trailer.. Semi trucks pushed pass with no sway of the trailer at all. I also had an emergency braking situation in portland on the freeway. My first one. I braked so hard the anti lock brakes on the TV came into play. No sway or wagging of the trailer during this emergency braking..

Plus the whole set up is light and easy to put on and off. You can also make sharp back ups without disconnecting, as the whole thing moves as one. It is also micro adjustable so no choosing which weight bars you need..
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #14
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I am about 1 1/2 years ownership with the ProPride hitch and love it. It seems to back a little sharper, and is very stable on the highway. Coming from a Reese there is a learning curve. Sean provides excellent service.
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