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Old 02-18-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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Hensley vs. ProPride

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to decide between the Hensley and ProPride Hitches. ProPride claims to have enhanced the original design but its not clear there is a benefit over the Hensley. I will be using it on a 2014 25' Flying Cloud.


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Old 02-18-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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I have a Hensley I bought used. If I were buying new, I'd go PP. Here's why:

1) stinger is tilt and height adjustable for various TVs. (I did buy an adjustable PP "stinger for Hensley" from Sean, but they are now out of stock)

2) The yoke design takes up less real estate on the tongue if you ever want to mount other a bike rack. I had to modify the strut brackets on my Hensley in order to fit an Arvika bike rack.

3) The PP is lighter

4) The PP is less expensive.


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Old 02-18-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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We have a ProPride because of the features Rich mentioned and the personal customer service from the owner. Sean (the owner) suggested 1400# w.d. bars to ensure weight transfer of our 2012 25' FC to our 2012 Ram 1500. Good move, it transfers the weight nicely and rides very smoothly with good connection flexibility.

I think Hensley or ProPride would perform exactly the same when towing.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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The benefit I see, in addition to the updated design and black paint instead of orange, is that you do not have to drill holes in your a-frame.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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I am also a Hensley owner. I bought it new and have towed with it for well over 100,000 miles. It has worked flawlessly. This unit is now on its second Airstream. I don't have any complaints other that the durability of the finishes.

That being said, if I were buying a new hitch system today, I would probably go with the PorPride for the reasons already stated.

I have even considered selling my Hensley and getting a new ProPride. If Sean took trade-ins, I just might tow Lucy to Michigan and treat her to a new hitch.

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Old 02-18-2014, 02:59 PM   #6
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I went through the same decision process you are going through. i bought the Propride at the end of my research and am sure I went the correct way. Reasons listed by the others in this thread is why I went with the Propride. I spoke to Sean at Propride and Terry at Hensley also.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:07 PM   #7
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Many thanks for all the responses on ProPride vs. Hensley. I was leaning toward ProPride and your comments pushed me well over the edge!
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:07 PM   #8
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I am a very happy Pro Pride owner. Works well and great customer service.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:14 AM   #9
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I am also thinking of purchasing a Pro Pride P3. Do they sell direct or should I be shopping for a dealer? I plan to install myself. Thanks
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I purchased my ProPride directly from the factory. Their website makes it easy. I comes in 4 neatly packed boxes, and with good installation instructions. I installed the hitch myself on my 34 footer without concerns. I did use my floor jack to lift the hitch head into the ball coupler. My 86 Airstream pulls true without a wiggle. I was in some nasty cross winds in eastern Colorado and was thankful the ProPride design locked the trailer solid behind my truck. A good back up camera makes hitching up much easier.

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Old 02-23-2014, 06:29 AM   #11
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Thanks David. I'll give them a call........... Steve
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I think everything is factory direct. There are dealers, like Colonial or AirstreamNW, that do installs per my emails with Shawn.
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I installed a new Hensley Arrow on our first Airstream in October of 2012. When we decided to upgrade to a longer and heavier trailer, I decided to upgrade to the newest version of Jim Hensley's design as well: the ProPride.
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ProPride - updated version of the Hensley Arrow and no one can beat ProPride's support, NOBODY! - Sean is the Best!!!

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