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Old 01-14-2015, 09:54 PM   #1
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Hi all: my wife and I are in the process of buying a 30 ft. Classic. First foray into travel trailers. Have towed horses for a number of years by have not pulled a long trailer. One of the first issues I face is a hitch. I will Be using a 2500 Silverado diesel as a tow vehicle. Another Airstream owner friend of mine highly recommended a Henley hitch. After research I felt a ProPride hitch would be my choice. Then the Airstream dealer said he wouldn't touch a Henley or ProPride and recommended Equilizer hitches, which they sell. I still like the idea of the ProPride/Henely. I am looking for some feedback from actual Airstream folks on what they use and how they like it. Can you help?
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. This topic has been discussed frequently and never ends well. I would use a custom Google search like this:

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You will get numerous hits and can read until your eyes bleed.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:06 PM   #3
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Main thing is: make sure the receiver on the tow vehicle is strong..... then, choose your hitching mechanism. Don't rely on a dealer pushing what he/she sells.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:25 PM   #4
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I have a 22' International and tow with a Toyota Tacoma. I have a ProPride and won't part with it under any circumstances.

It tows nice in the wind, flat out ignores passing semi trucks. I find it easy enough to set up and hitch up.

Sean, head honcho of ProPride is an absolute gem on customer support before and after the sale. Go to the 'Unofficial ProPride hitch' thread to have way to much to read about it

I like it, to put it mildly.


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Old 01-14-2015, 10:33 PM   #5
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Propride... good choice. It 'eliminates' sway... a real hassle and potentially dangerous trailer/tow vehicle behavior.... even a Hensley ... is better than a standard WD hitch.. and 'sway control'.

I tow with 2012 2500 Dmax (LML) Silverado HD 4x4.. you don't 'need' the 4x4 until you NEED a 4x4... but don't replace your vehicle for that reason alone.

We tow the 34' you see in the avatar.. the truck blocks the view.

Be SURE your hitch is up to the task.. GM had some round tube receivers which I would only use to install a step block...not tow anything.

Does your 2500 have factory 'brake controller'.. ???

So.. you don't have your location in the info tab... send me a PM and I can give you the skinny on the Propride...or, go blind reading the forums... whichever you prefer.
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I can't recall sway with our Equl-I-Zer hitch but the trailer sure moved aside in gusting sidewinds and passing semis, and a steady sidewind kept it slightly out of alignment with the truck.

None of that whatsoever with the ProPride. And the hitching/unhitching is simpler, adjusting the weight distribution bars is simple and variable with the screw jacks, and the heavy hitch head and w.d. bars stay on the trailer when unhitching. Would not want to tow without it, not fully realized until I used it.
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Hi, go with the Propride, and enjoy camping/traveling.
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Hi Mark - did the dealer say why he would stay away from the Propride/Hensley hitches?
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Sigh. It's most likely, IMHO because he does not sell them.


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Either one.

Maybe the the Hitch is just smarter than the dealer.




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One of my co-workers hates both hitches because they are too complex, and too safe.
Yes, you read that right. They are too safe. He says they lull you into a false sense of security, and that encourages you to do things while towing that you shouldn't.
Umm... I own a Hensley, and won't get rid of it.
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One of my co-workers hates both hitches because they are too complex, and too safe.
Yes, you read that right. They are too safe. He says they lull you into a false sense of security, and that encourages you to do things while towing that you shouldn't.
Umm... I own a Hensley, and won't get rid of it.
I LOVE to be lulled.

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I have an equalizer and have been pleased with it however, I have never used anything else. Have heard good things about all three mentioned in earlier post.


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