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Old 01-28-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Newbie alert on trailer hitches

I am getting ready to order my new 30ft international signature tomorrow. Thanks to all the great reading that I have gotten on this forum. I hate to start this again, but, I want to know if anyone has towed with both the Hensley and the ProPride? I have talked to both companies and watched all the videos. Hensley was very helpful and has sent me many emails and a DVD, the ProPride looks like a better product. When I talked to Sean at ProPride I was a little underwhelmed after all the recommendations on the forums. (He could have just had a bad day). All the AS dealers I contacted didn’t want me to get one of these hitches (no profit) but it sounds like the right thing to do for less stress driving. I will be using a 2013 Ford F250 diesel with a back up camera as my TV.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Many who question the pivot point projection hitch's are towing deprived, having never used them.

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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I have not towed with the Hensley, but I love my ProPride. Originally I had a Reese system, but didn't care for the push-pull feeling when passed by 18 wheelers. Once I changed over to the ProPride, towing became a "finger-tip" driving experience.
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The ProPride is superior by design, making the Arrow essentially obsolete. The patent-holder did his homework and re-engineered some basic irritations. The virtue of the latter is today finding one at an ultra-low price used. But one still has the frustrations of the thing (I have one). There is no competitor to either outside of the differently-designed PULLRITE.

2Airishuman owned both VPP hitches, and posted extensively. As this forum has also never anyone since who could post relevant threads as links as fast as he, I highly recommend you read all that he may include in his commentaries, direct & indirect, on hitches of this type . . even though it may call for multiple screens open at once (links on links). Quite the reader with great recall (and organization).

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OP: Check out the Andersen WD/sway control system before making your decision. It might just surprise you in its effectiveness and benefits (cost, weight and ease of use, etc.) over all the others on the market. A plus is that the folks at Andersen are great to do business with and in my experience they rarely if ever have a bad day.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:57 AM   #6
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.... it's so distressing being obsolete.....by design.

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Dont like how it distributes weight. The chains pull the ball into the coupler latch Very Hard, thats not good. The couplers on trailers were not designed for that.
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Which one are you referring too??? Just started to look into hitches, never thought they would be so expensive ( Hensley-Propride)
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Dont like how it distributes weight. The chains pull the ball into the coupler latch Very Hard, thats not good. The couplers on trailers were not designed for that.

Oh my...I guess the Anderson is now obsolete by design also.

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #10
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There is no doubt in my mind that the VPP type of HITCHES are the best.... Namely the Hensley and the ProPride. As the advertisement says they do not reduce sway... they totally eliminate it. I presently own a Hensley hitch, but if I were buying new today I would purchase the PP. It has several features that the Hensley does not have and one of these is the adjustable stinger. From what I understand the PP is also easier to hitch up. These hitches are expensive, but in my opinion they are worth every penny.
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Oh my...I guess the Anderson is now obsolete by design also.

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Some of the folks using the Andersen hitch with larger Airstreams have been having some "issues" with the coupler. Seems it's coming unlatched on the road, assuming from the pressure, and could possibly cause an accident because they report the coupler will lift off of the ball. Andersen has yet to respond, to my knowledge.

These same users are currently converting their trailers to another type of coupler from the Atwood.

The Andersen continues to work well with the smaller trailers.

I've never been a big fan of the Atwood couplers as even when they are working correctly, and are virtually new, they have a lot of play on the ball.
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How about the Blue-Ox
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How about the Blue-Ox
Have no experience, but I have heard of some problems with their washer compression anti-sway system.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:49 PM   #14
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I'm not familiar with the Blue-Ox. What is it similar in design to?
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