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Old 03-22-2013, 04:27 PM   #15
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How long did you use your Hensley?
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I have never used a Hensley. Having seen the problems and the time people have hitching one up I would never have considered one.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #16
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The Andersen should work well with a 19 footer, even with the Atwood coupler.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:39 PM   #17
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I have never used a Hensley. Having seen the problems and the time people have hitching one up I would never have considered one.
I guess it's good being a little smarter than the average trailer hitch. Just get things lined up....

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Old 03-22-2013, 04:55 PM   #18
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I have never used a Hensley. Having seen the problems and the time people have hitching one up I would never have considered one.
Agree, I learned a few new words of low brow French this past weekend watching people struggle with hooking up their Hensley and Prorides. I think I was happily humming the short time it took me to get my Andersen all hooked up and adjusted for the road.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:02 PM   #19
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Still have doubts? The definitive answer regarding a mechanical question surrounding the Atwood hitch when used with the Andersen has been posted at post 1580.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ml#post1276391

Having an Andersen is almost like have a 3 day weekend when compared to hooking up a HaHa
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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I have never used a Hensley. Having seen the problems and the time people have hitching one up I would never have considered one.
It takes me no longer and is no harder than any other WD I have used.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #21
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Thanks Bob.

The O rings is a great idea. If carried on one of the QB guide sticks that would make hitching truly a one man job and cut the hitching time even shorter.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #22
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I have used both the Equalizer and the ProPride on our 16' Bambi. Probably 5000 miles towing with the Equalizer about 6000 with the ProPride.
I hated the groaning of the Equalizer and I felt as though the trailer moved too much to passing trucks and wind. Never felt it oscillate with the Equalizer but it was not exactly stress free.

Hitching time is pretty much the same for both hitches ( I actually believe that the ProPride is a little faster most times). I do have a factory back up camera on my F-150 so it is pretty easy for both hitches. One time in three I need to move forward and re-align, this happens with both hitches and it takes about 10 seconds total when I do. As to the towing experience, I will never go back to anything else after experiencing the ProPride. Everything from making a change to weight distribution to the feeling of the trailer while towing is just awesome with the ProPride (and I assume the Hensley). No longer do I grip the wheel tight when passing a fast semi when on a two lane road, no longer do we porpoise while crossing the Tappan Zee bridge or the Sagamore bridge heading to Cape Cod. Use what you like! I love our ProPride.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #23
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I will agree that when we first got our Hensley, there was a time that I wondered if it was worth the extra trouble of hitching it up.



I soon learned a few great tips though and quickly moved up the learning curve - usually get it done now as quickly as I ever did with my old standard hitch.

Perhaps the biggest thing i learned is not to try to force things when alignment isn't correct - it won't work! Take your time and get alignment right with a couple of simple aids and things will then go smoothly. Don't be impatient!

In my case, the great relaxed ride and added peace of mind and enjoyment when towing greatly outweigh the time you need to invest to learn the hookup tips. I would certainly buy it again.

No doubt the Propride experience would be just as good (probably Propride owners would say better!) since it works in a similar fashion as the Hensley. I can't really speak to the Andersen, no experience with it.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #24
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The Hensley Cub is designed for trailers up to 25’ in length and up to 6000 lbs. of trailer weight. Our Cub hitch normally sells retail for $2515. However, right now we are conducting a test market for the Cub hitch and if your trailer is 21’ or less in length like your trailer is then you can order your brand new Hensley Cub for only $1695 which is $820 off the normal price. Then we also have an alternate installation kit using snap up brackets and chain links to lift the weight distribution bars into position that would save you an additional $300 making it only $1395. Now $1120 off the normal price is a great deal.

Currently we are also conducting an off season sale offering a flat rate $99 shipping anywhere in the US and reduced shipping to Canada. This special shipping offer will save up to an additional $195 off the normal costs. Also as part of this off season special we are including 90 days interest free as part of our 12 month payment plan.
That sounds like a good deal. Hensley and Propride are expensive but in my opinion they both have safety performance that is worth the price. I have owned and towed with a Reese Dual Cam, an Equalizer brand, and a Propride. The Propride is what I use now. It's a great hitch and, as I have stated before, very easy to hitch and unhitch by yourself.

Another benefit to Hensley and Propride is they do not depreciate much and sell easily if you ever decide you are done with towing a travel trailer.
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I am a very happy Anderson user. The hensely or PP's were never in the equation for me. I was sort of happy with the traditional WD hitch I had ( Equalizer style ). It worked well and towed nicely. I wanted to get a new hitch since I was having difficulty with the bars falling out of their socket and dragging on the road. Fortunately did not loose it. I went with the Anderson because of it's simplicity and light weight. I just got home the other day from my first trip using the Anderson. We traveled 5,400 miles over 6 weeks. I have never used sway control with my other hitches and I find that the AH allowed no sway at all. Some roads just can't be smoothed out no matter what you do
( ie. Rt. 10 W of New Orleans). It's a real roller coaster ride but the AH gave our trailer a soft ride and under control at all times. From what I read here the Hensley and PP users love them. I'm sure they make a fine hitch but I've never used one or even taken a real close look at them. But for my trailer and truck combination the Anderson was a good choice and I strongly recommend it.
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Thanks Bob.

The O rings is a great idea. If carried on one of the QB guide sticks that would make hitching truly a one man job and cut the hitching time even shorter.
Epiphany struck while watching DW create a pony tail, got severely reprimanded for stealing two elastic hair ties, (we were camping). Subsequently replaced with O-rings from the garage tool box.

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