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Old 08-22-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Joy in driving.

Ok, I am on of those people who enjoys driving.

I also really enjoy spending time in my Airstream.

However, I didn't much like driving when I was pulling my Airstream because it demanded 100% of my attention. (Much more demanding than driving an 18 wheeler)

The installation of my Hensley hitch changed all of that, now I enjoy driving while pulling my trailer.

Anyone else of the opinion that the addition of a HAHA or ProPride add to the joy of traveling as much or more as they add to safety?

The way my trailer pulls is like night and day. Amazing product!
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:41 PM   #2
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I completely agree! It is a pleasure to tow with my ProPride. The only time I am stressed is on twisty narrow roads.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:41 PM   #3
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After a lot of reading on the forum before I even saw our first Airstream, I was made aware of the Hensley hitch and decided that with a smaller tow vehicle (2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI diesel) I should get the best hitch possible. There was not a lot of chatter about the Pro ProPride (version 2 of the Hensley design) at that time.

The Hensley on our first Airstream and now the ProPride on our second Airstream make driving much less stressful. The issue now is maintaining a proper speed for the situation and distance from the folks in front as the rig weighs close to 19,000 pounds and does not stop or handle like a Porsche with ABS brakes.

I am learning to ignore the line behind if I think 55 is all the speed I need despite a higher posted number, such as on the winding mountain roads. At the first safe opportunity, I pull over and let folks pass.

In Indiana where I am from, the law is to pull over if five or more vehicles are backed up behind you.

While the 55 mph speed limit for trucks and vehicles with trailers seems to be ignored a lot of the time in California, I still have seen performance awards being given out to those that chose to ignore that limit. A non-local needs time to decipher the road signs there when getting to new destination.

Our first time towing to a Long Beach trailer park from the East side of the Phoenix area was an energy draining experience for me and we arrived at the destination before afternoon rush hour. When we were ready to return home, we left after the morning rush hour and that helped. The two GPS systems were at odds on the route which did not make things easier.

If I have a long distance to travel in a fixed time, I prefer the interstate system out West in rural areas. Big cities seem to sprout idiot drivers like dandelions in the grass in the MidWest lawns.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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I have no experience with the hensley or propride ( other than being personally attacked and insulted by the owner on this forum) but I have the same feelings about the Blue Ox SwayPro. Very to easy hook up and unhook, clean (no external grease to get all over everything), quite and absolutely no sway allowed. So easy and relaxing to drive while using the Blue Ox SwayPro. All this for a reasonable price that you do not need to take a second mortgage to afford. I just finished my first trip of 700 miles using the Blue Ox SwayPro with zero white knuckle moments. A true joy to use. They are a US company that still understands the concept of customer service, actually answers the telephone and respond quickly to emails. Not an employee or a paid shill, just a happy customer.
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Compared to what?

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Ok, I am on of those people who enjoys driving.

I also really enjoy spending time in my Airstream.

However, I didn't much like driving when I was pulling my Airstream because it demanded 100% of my attention. (Much more demanding than driving an 18 wheeler)

The installation of my Hensley hitch changed all of that, now I enjoy driving while pulling my trailer.

Anyone else of the opinion that the addition of a HAHA or ProPride add to the joy of traveling as much or more as they add to safety?

The way my trailer pulls is like night and day. Amazing product!
I'm glad you are enjoying traveling. Before the Hensley, were you towing your Airstream(s) with a different weight distributing hitch, or without one?

I'm still towing with an old-fashioned WD hitch. Adjusted well, the rig tows better than with the hitch adjusted poorly (meaning the front end is light), but there is still room for improvement. I'm in a quandary about whether to upgrade to a Hensley/ProPride hitch.....
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:24 PM   #7
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Is it truly an upgrade if you are happy with your current set up?
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:54 PM   #9
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Joy in driving.

I cant say anything about other set ups, I have ;

A. Towed on the ball

B. Towed with the Hensley

For me the issue is sway, because over about 62 my trailer tended to sway now and then, but the bigger issue is how sweet it is to drive now.

I find myself getting ready for things that don't happen any more. I mean before when a truck passed I would always want to be sitting up straight and have two hands on the wheel for the inevitable, being blown away from the truck, and then instantly being sucked into the truck... Nothing happens now.

Also I might see an irregularity in the road knowing that I am going to have to do some driving, and now nothing happens...

I have some very well set up fifth wheel trailers and one tons for my work, surprisingly my Airstream feels every bit as capable and solid as these trucks.

There is a different feeling with a fifth wheel set up that inspires confidence, but my Hensley has made my Airstream pull as well.... So far anyway.

Yea I am impressed. I still say that such a thing is NOT NEEDED, but it is nice.
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I have towed with the regular WD ( chain type) and now for the last 3 A/S's with an equal-i-zer and I must say that the biggest change for me was going from single axle 20ft to a dual axle and 5ft longer 25ft for both towing and backing. I think that the tow vehicle and properly set up WD system along with the stability of the longer trailer was the most calming on my nerves.


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Old 08-22-2014, 09:35 PM   #11
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Oh , I am not a shill or trying to sell ProPrides or Hensleys...
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I have towed with the regular WD ( chain type) and now for the last 3 A/S's with an equal-i-zer and I must say that the biggest change for me was going from single axle 20ft to a dual axle and 5ft longer 25ft for both towing and backing. I think that the tow vehicle and properly set up WD system along with the stability of the longer trailer was the most calming on my nerves.


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I can relate to that. I recently went from a 17ft. vintage Airstream to a 2006 23ft. double axle. While the little Bambi II towed very well using an Andersen WD system it is a huge difference in towing feel between the two trailers. Towing home 1600 miles with a POS Draw Tite with zero sway control that was not set up properly was a true white knuckle experience several times. Totally different experience with a properly set up Blue Ox SwayPro.
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Oh , I am not a shill or trying to sell ProPrides or Hensleys...
I would claim that you ARE a shill. You yourself stated that you have pulled "on the ball" and then with the Hensley. Of course you are going to have a much better experience with an anti sway WD system. Come on, think about what you just said.

I have only towed with an Equalizer. I never towed without it and never just "on the ball". I have over 25K miles with my Equalizer and can make the same claims you have made. I also towed an SOB with the equalizer and never experienced any trouble with sway or anything else.

I am glad that you like your Hensley. I also think that there are many of us out there that tow with the same ease as you claim using substandard (by your insinuation) WD systems. Again, I am glad that you are happy with your system. Please don't judge others who use something different.

On Edit: I was referring to the comment made by CWF as far as my last statment.
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Joy in driving.

I don't think I judged anyone or their sway control.

All I said about other sway control is that I have no experience with it....

From which of my statements did you derive my supposed hostility?

Please let me know so I might not offend you again.
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