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Old 09-30-2013, 12:29 PM   #29
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For what it's worth, I'm a newbie too and here's my experience:
Bought a 2000 Airstream Excella 30ft, used Hensley, pulled by my F150.

First two trips Hensley worked great, no sway.

Parked at an awkward angle at a campground, then unhitched.
Three days later, hitched back up, drive out of site, several large popping sounds. Check the Hensley, one of the sway bars had unscrewed itself, disconnected, fallen to the ground. Other sway bar completely crushed.

I can't believe that that a $3,000 hitch could fail so dramatically. Yes, yes, I know, it's the users fault, should have checked and made sure the bar was still was tight, etc., etc., blah blah blah. I'm an idiot, go ahead and laugh...

Ya know what thought, I'm not digging it that that piece just would come apart like that so easily - and then cause $100's of dollars of damage to the hitch.

I'm looking for something simpler, more "fail safe", less complicated. I'm looking for something that doesn't take two people 15-20 minutes just to hitch up. Anderson ? Equalizer ?
POI...There are no sway bars on a Hensley.
The WD bars are not screwed in. If installed properly they do not fall out.
It pays to familiarize yourself with anything that costs 3k.
I was a complete haha rookie when I installed ours 7 years ago. Went thru the manual more than a few times before venturing out.
At first hooking up alone took at least 25-30min...5 trips later no more than 10-15, can be even quicker with DW's help. I'm not usually in that big a hurry anywho.

Couldn't be more pleased using the HaHa, I'm sure the PP folks feel the same.

I can understand simpler, but sometimes it comes at a price I'm just not willing to pay.......sway.

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:54 PM   #30
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POI...There are no sway bars on a Hensley.
The WD bars are not screwed in. If installed properly they do not fall out.
It pays to familiarize yourself with anything that costs 3k.
I was a complete haha rookie when I installed ours 7 years ago. Went thru the manual more than a few times before venturing out.
At first hooking up alone took at least 25-30min...5 trips later no more than 10-15, can be even quicker with DW's help. I'm not usually in that big a hurry anywho.

Couldn't be more pleased using the HaHa, I'm sure the PP folks feel the same.

I can understand simpler, but sometimes it comes at a price I'm just not willing to pay.......sway.

Bob
Bob, congrats. You're obviously a far more intelligent and vastly superior human to me.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:55 PM   #31
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I don't have a $3000.00 hitch and I don't experience sway with my $250.00 hitch...

but then again I might be a far more intelligent and a vastly superior human because I didn't waste $3000.00 on a hitch.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:18 PM   #32
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Bob, congrats. You're obviously a far more intelligent and vastly superior human to me.
Thanks'....but it's not true.
Just a dumbie who "wasted" 3k on a hitch and took the time to lurn it.

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Old 09-30-2013, 02:30 PM   #33
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Excellent feedback Alumaholic ! Many thanks !

The Equalizer does look pretty good in those YouTube video's they got out there. Looks simple and relatively straightforward. I'm probably going to check one out.

Anyone have any experience with an Anderson pulling a 30ft Airstream ?
We have used Equal-I-Zer, Andersen, and ProPride.

The Equal-I-Zer is an excellent weight distribution hitch with limited sway control and stiff weight distribution bars. A good buy, especially if your use is limited such as weekends. But then is so Reese and others. And it's all subjective, this is just my thoughts.

The Andersen is fraught with inadequate design, good sway control that cannot be released and becomes a deficit on slippery roadways, does not have the leverage to distribute enough weight but for only very lightweight trailers such as Casita.

ProPride is an updated Hensley (not that there is anything wrong with Hensley, the patent expired), its linkage design prevents the trailer from moving out of straight line with the truck, unless the truck steers it. No sway possible. Not only that, it completely changes the day-to-day towing experience. Sidewinds, trucks passing feel similar to no trailer attached.

Hensley/ProPride is the best tow money you can spend, you will know why first time you use it. (By the way, hitching/unhitching is a 5 to 6 minute exercise if you take a few minutes to learn, and the hitch stays on the trailer.)
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:15 PM   #34
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We have used Equal-I-Zer, Andersen, and ProPride.

The Equal-I-Zer is an excellent weight distribution hitch with limited sway control and stiff weight distribution bars. A good buy, especially if your use is limited such as weekends. experience. Sidewinds, trucks passing feel similar to no trailer attached.
Hi, well in my opinion, my Equal-I-zer brand hitch has worked great for nine years now. The only sway that my trailer ever had was caused by an Earthquake while parked in my driveway. I have towed in zero degree weather, well over 100 degree weather, in rain, wind, on snow and ice without incident. I have towed in 13 Western States and 3 Canadian Provinces. My trip to Alaska was over 10,000 miles and for 50 days; I would hardly say that my use was limited to weekend trips. I'm happy that on your third try that you finally found a hitch that you like, but your comment about the Equa-li-zer being limited to weekend trips is unfounded and way off base.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:15 PM   #35
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When you are thinking about getting an RV, no one tells you about the less enjoyable parts—sewer, frozen water hoses, heavy hitch parts, grease, maintenance, more maintenance, spending lots of money. It is all about having your own bed, a fridge full of goodies, eating outside under the stars (with an occasional bear), satellite TV, beautiful women and handsome men with perfect children and Spot the dog (who wags his tail all the time and never begs).

After Spot bites the kid in the next site—that kid who pulled his ears—then you have to think about unhitching, if only to take that nasty kid to the emergency room.

All hitches take some time to learn and the time to unhitch or hitch gets better with experience. None is especially simple or quick to do if you want to get out of there in a few minutes in the morning, or unhitch and go to a restaurant in the evening. It is the nature of the beast. I never time it because all that would do is make it a job with a guy with a stopwatch timing me.

Our Equalizer is simple in design and has worked very well for almost 50,000 miles and 6 years. It is forgiving—set up badly by the dealer, it worked quite well until I got around to setting it up right, and then it worked even better. I wish the hitch head and bars didn't weigh so much, there was no grease and it was enjoyable to hitch and unhitch. It is better than dealing with the sewer.

I'd rather some magic connector did it all for me at the push of a button on the dashboard. Even better, I drive a sports car and my servants bring the trailer and have it set up when I get to a campground—I'll miss the bathroom right behind me though. The Quickbite is interesting, but I'm ok with what I have and there are plenty of things to spend more money on.

By the way, the OP was going to buy a ProPride, so the decision has been made and we can renew this on another thread.

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Old 09-30-2013, 11:23 PM   #36
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We have used Equal-I-Zer, Andersen, and ProPride.

The Equal-I-Zer is an excellent weight distribution hitch with limited sway control and stiff weight distribution bars. A good buy, especially if your use is limited such as weekends. But then is so Reese and others. And it's all subjective, this is just my thoughts.
Bob, you're right it is an "excellent weight distribution hitch and a good buy" as I said. The point I missed conveying, but intended, was if you are only towing weekends why spend big money on something else. I've got my reasons for changing but that's for another thread.
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Hensley/ProPride is the best tow money you can spend, you will know why first time you use it. (By the way, hitching/unhitching is a 5 to 6 minute exercise if you take a few minutes to learn, and the hitch stays on the trailer.)
Completely agree. It took me 10 minutes the first time, five minutes the second time to hitch up. Not because I am in any way more intelligent than others, simply because there isn't much to it.

If you're worried about a Hensley being too complex a hitch, don't be. Hitching and unhitching is a simple, straightforward process, especially if you have a backup camera installed.

Somebody already said it somewhere else in this thread, but it bears repeating: given the amount a new trailer cost, the TV cost and the value of the lives of the passengers, not getting the best possible hitch seems like a strange place to save a couple of bucks.
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.......it's not arguing when it's done on a 'puter.
You cyber-bully mine and I'll cyber-bully yourz.

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.......it's not arguing when it's done on a 'puter.
You cyber-bully mine and I'll cyber-bully yourz.

I put the peanut butter on one slice and the jelly on the other. Argue that.

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You have to...otherwise it is virtually impossible to get an even consistent spread over the entire sandwich.

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Chunky or smoothe ????? Do you remember when they tried to mix the jelly into the PB. Yuch. Just not the same
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