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Old 02-02-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hensley and ProPride Design

When reviewing the Hensley videos, it appears that the trailer can't "sway" the tow vehicle due to some sort of "lock" mechanism not just from the pivot projection advantages. Does the ProPride do this as well?

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It's not a lock, per se. It's a geometry and physics thing. And yes, PP works the same, but has IMO some distinct advantages, like an adjustable stinger and its yoke design doesn't take up as much real estate on the tongue if you have other items to mount, like a bike rack. Also, I don't recall any drilling of holes required for PP. BTW, I own a Hensley, ONLY because I found a really nice barely used one at a KILLER price.

If I were to buy new....no question, I'd go PP.
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I agree with dznf0g. I have a Propride and love it. To me the Propride has several advantages over the Hensley. No drilling, Propride yoke, adjustable hitch bar, very good quality powder coating, lower cost to buy, super customer service before & after the sale. My experience has been that it is very easy to hook-up to the trailer by myself with the Propride. I have no experience with hooking up to a trailer with a Hensley hitch.

I spent several months researching the Hensley and Propride before I bought the Propride. Part of my research was talking to Sean at Propride and Terry at Hensley. Give both of them a call. It will be worth your effort if you are thinking about buying one of these two hitches.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:50 PM   #4
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When reviewing the Hensley videos, it appears that the trailer can't "sway" the tow vehicle due to some sort of "lock" mechanism not just from the pivot projection advantages. Does the ProPride do this as well?

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First of all: I tow with a ProPride and am very pleased with it. However any anti sway system can be overcome with the right circumstances and forces. A ProPride, Hensley, pull rite, or any other system will sway if a violent enough maneuver is preformed.

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Our first Airstream. Seller has ProPride and wants to sell with trailer. Spoke to Sean Woodruff, the CEO today. seems like a worthwhile investment. Any negatives? We have a Ram pick-up with Cummins diesel. With PP hitch and 30 International I've been told we'll have to look to make sure trailer is still back there. Any comments or advice?
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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Our first Airstream. Seller has ProPride and wants to sell with trailer. Spoke to Sean Woodruff, the CEO today. seems like a worthwhile investment. Any negatives? We have a Ram pick-up with Cummins diesel. With PP hitch and 30 International I've been told we'll have to look to make sure trailer is still back there. Any comments or advice?
I'd say buy the ProPride with the trailer, you need a hitch anyway so at least $500 of the price is free.

The ProPride is $2500 new so cut $500 off for being used and $500 for the huge convenience to them of not having to remove it and deal with selling it separately. I wouldn't expect to have to pay them more then $1500 and would probably start by offering $1000 for it.
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Our first Airstream. Seller has ProPride and wants to sell with trailer. Spoke to Sean Woodruff, the CEO today. seems like a worthwhile investment. Any negatives? We have a Ram pick-up with Cummins diesel. With PP hitch and 30 International I've been told we'll have to look to make sure trailer is still back there. Any comments or advice?
I have a ProPride and like it. There has been one publicly documented case of a weld failure in the hitch bar (stinger) leading to separation of the trailer from the tow vehicle. Time will tell whether that's an isolated incident or the beginning of a pattern.
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The Hensley has likely had similar failures and more of them. I wouldn't get excited over what a few on RV.net get their panties in a twist over. The failure rate of any and all WD hitch components is expected at some (low) level, as with any other device.

The advantages of this hitch type make it a no-brainer to buy.
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Our first Airstream. Seller has ProPride and wants to sell with trailer. Spoke to Sean Woodruff, the CEO today. seems like a worthwhile investment. Any negatives? We have a Ram pick-up with Cummins diesel. With PP hitch and 30 International I've been told we'll have to look to make sure trailer is still back there. Any comments or advice?
I have the same type tow vehicle. Mine is a 2003 quad cab short box 4X4. Check my profile picture. I have a ProPride and am very satisfied with it. Definitely buy it with the trailer. I don't know the age of hitch or trailer so I won't hazard a guess about how much you should pay for the hitch. You will find that your truck will do an excellent job of towing that trailer. I tow ours all over the Rockies with no problem whatsoever.

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I have a ProPride and like it. Hook up is a little different but not difficult. My thought is that 90% of the time it is overkill but when you need it you will be glad you have it. I would get one again. Very solid feel when towing.

BTW does anyone know if the PP stinger the same size as the Hensley?
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I have a ProPride and like it. Hook up is a little different but not difficult. My thought is that 90% of the time it is overkill but when you need it you will be glad you have it. I would get one again. Very solid feel when towing.

BTW does anyone know if the PP stinger the same size as the Hensley?
The are both made of 2x2 steel but are not interchangeable because the details of the wedge and locking mechanism differ.
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WE LOVE OUR PRO-PRIDE! Phenomenal hitch. "The tail does not wag the dog"!
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Hensley makes auto stuff? My maiden name is Hensley. Something I never knew, lol.
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