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Old 10-26-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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Smile Hensley or Propride

Hello:
Need some input on the new Propride hitch. Who has purchased and do you have any pictures of installed product? Recently totaled my Airstream along with Hensley and I want to replace it and have some interest in Propride. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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the propride adjustable stinger intrigues me... sorry to hear about your rig... what happened.. everybody OK?
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Hensley/Propride

Please no versus....To much of that at times around here.

I can only speak for the HAHA. It performs as advertised, I'm sure the Pro-Pride does also.

Get all the info you can from both companies, phone calls help, it's good to talk with a real live American. (sic)
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You won't be disappointed.

p.s. Hensley also makes a GREAT brake controller.

Sorry about your accident, hope all's back right again.

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Old 10-26-2008, 05:31 PM   #4
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Wow...sorry to hear about your 'totaled' AS...hope everyone's OK!

I'm going to convert our AS's coupler to a QuickBite coupler...easy to convert by any welding shop worth it's salt! QuickBiteCouplers.com / New Revolutionary Trailer Coupler makes Trailer Towing Safe, Secure, Easier This coupler is the easiest to back into and lock...it's available with stainless steel jaws so you don't really need any grease on the ball if you use a SS ball...and this coupler is SUPER strong! Look at their web pics of a wreck where the coupler remained on the ball - the hitch on the TV broke, not the coupler! Standard couplers can't take that kind of abuse! That's what sold me, along with the easy hitching feature.

I'm then going to install a new Equi-L-izer, 4 pt hitch assembly. Equal-i-zerģ Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Controlô and Weight Distribution This is a clean design, with it's own built in anti-sway properties, much lighter than the Hensley types, and costs about $500! You could wear out 5 or 6 of these for what you'd pay for a Hensley!

At a recent Rally, with about 25 AS's, I checked out various hitch setups, no Propride's, but there were a couple of the Hensley's. One couple liked the way their Hensley 'handled' but always have problems getting it hooked properly, especially when on uneven surface...they even were having problems hooking up there on the level pavement we were camped at! They had to use a screw jack device under their tongue jack so they could move the trailer tongue side-to-side to get the square Hensley tube into the trailer mounted part of the hitch...granted, they may not be used to their hitch, but they said they'd had it for a couple of years, and this was pretty much standard proceedure...and they said it was a big problem if they couldn't get a straight shot when backing up. The other AS'er with the Hensley liked theirs also, the way it handled, and felt the hookup was just part of their routine for this type of hitch.

That new Propride looks like a lot of hardware to deal with, and lot's more weight...to say nothing of the high price for it and the Hensley.

Another AS'er, had a 2007 27 ft Safari and fitted a new Equa-l-izer when he took delivery. I was impressed with the way it attach's quickly, without any difficulity...the square bars fit up onto the frame brackets without any tool needed and get locked into place easily...it took him about two minutes to hook up his trailer! He pulls with a Chevy SUV, and has never had any adverse sway problems, he says it's rock solid.

We've been using an old Reese type WD hitch with the chains on the bars...and a friction type slider bar along side for sway control...a real 'pain' to hook/unhook...nasty grease that always finds a way to get on your hands or pants, etc...then the chains have to be levered out of the way to lock the frame brackets...we haven't had any bad sway problems, but I want to update to a newer design, that's cleaner and easier to hook and unhook...

I'm banking on the QuickBite and the Equa-l-izer to be just the ticket for us...
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:54 PM   #5
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I believe we might be the ones Mexray was talking about with the Hensley. I wanted to clarify some points. We have had our Hensley for about 4 years give or take. A Hensley is a little trickier to hitch up at times but that can be said for any hitching experience. With the Hensley the tow bar must be aligned with respect to the receiver on the trailer. The "jack" Mex spoke about is a tongue jack and is a handy little tool for any trailer. If you back up and miss your mark by a couple of inches, you can simply crank the tongue over to match up. It saves time and frustration at having to back up multiple times to get aligned.




The Hensley is a brick out house of a hitch and expensive. But it differs from the Equalizer in that the Equalizer is a friction device. It uses friction to dampen sway. The Hensley is 4 point trapezoid hitch which allows the vehicle to input turn but the trailer, by nature of leverage, can not turn independently of the vehicle.

Hensley is way more hitch than is needed 99.99999% of the time. We have ours only for the peace of mind factor. I do maintain that any reasonable sway control hitch, like the Equalizer is all that is needed for safe and reliable towing. However, I do love my Hensley!

Lastly, the Propride is made by the man who invented the Hensley Arrow, Jim Hensley. After a falling out of sorts with Hensley Mfg, Jim is on his own and has made improvments to the Pivot style hitch (the Hensley hitch). It is a lower priced hitch and I bet of equal or better quality then the Hensley Arrow. I have been thinking of getting one for our '54 Cruiser when we are road ready - if that helps.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:27 PM   #6
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #7
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Terry - No chance of that. I found all of their little ways in and have sealed them. Besides, winter5 is coming and they are going underground. The count has not increased since I sealed up that last hole in the front of the trailer.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:56 PM   #8
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Terry - No chance of that. I found all of their little ways in and have sealed them. Besides, winter5 is coming and they are going underground. The count has not increased since I sealed up that last hole in the front of the trailer.
Don't forget you just bought a 34 1/2 foot mousetrap.

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Old 10-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #9
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Terry may have to split this topic off if it contuinues! That is a cute picture. Yes, we do have a new mousetrap but I WILL be prepared!
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:52 PM   #10
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Wow......I really hate hearing those two words ("totalled" and "Airstream") used in the same sentence. I am assuming everyone came out okay....

Were you not happy with the Hensley? Or, are you just looking at all options? What will your tow vehicle be, and what size Airstream are you replacing the....err, totaled....Airstream with?
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What happened?

Hi, not to put the original poster on the spot, sorry to hear about the loss of your trailer, but what happened? It has been stated on this forum that no trailer with a Hensley Arrow hitch has ever been damaged. Note: this is not an exact quote, but close to the statement or claims that were made.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:19 PM   #12
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Hi, not to put the original poster on the spot, sorry to hear about the loss of your trailer, but what happened? It has been stated on this forum that no trailer with a Hensley Arrow hitch has ever been damaged. Note: this is not an exact quote, but close to the statement or claims that were made.
If that were true, I would not have a salvaged Hensley from a totaled 34' in storage in Tampa.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:21 PM   #13
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I just modified the title of this thread to be slightly less combative...
Things are kind of quiet right now, with just the occasional spammer, and I'd like to keep it that way.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:40 AM   #14
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Sorry, don't want to take the thread off topic, but is it pronounced Pro-pride, or Prop-ride?

Just curious and having trouble with that one.
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