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Old 08-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #687
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I just ordered my second ProPride hitch today. In addition to having a ProPride, I have two Hensley Arrows but am not hassling with them any more...no more orange for me. After dealing with the lack of support from Hensley and seeing/installing/using the ProPride 3P, it was a no-brainer. Admittedly, the Hensley was King in its day...but its day has come and gone as far as I am concerned.

All thing being equal and already having the Hensleys, I would have used one but after buying a new TV with a considerably higher receiver ('13 Suburban 2500), the Hensley has been rendered useless to me and apparently, there is nothing Hensley can or will do to provide me with a solution. I considered a ProPride-built HA adjustable "stinger" but they are on back-order....maybe a blessing in disguise and therefore, I'm moving on.

I doctored up the Hensley in preparation for use before I learned of my inability to use it with my TV.









I blasted, powder-coated and reconditioned all components...it looks new for all practical purposes, but technically, its still inferior even if a PP Hitch Bar was currently available.





HA - Gimpy, scabbed together and prone to distortion/cracks.


PP - Solid, robust, clean, uniform angles and less prone to distortion due to steeper angles.


HA...picture speaks for itself...including quality of welds.


PP -uniform/machined taper...steeper angle/less prone to wedging.


I like the ability to dial in the PP Hitch Bars....




Being a "tinkering" guy, while installing the 3P, I made a few tweaks on it as well.

On the yoke, I doctored up the welds a little and removed the powder-coating to get proper clearance on the bushings. With the "pivot" bolts tight and the bushing loaded, the yoke hinges without resistance but no side to side slack. Additionally, I provided a little more clearance between the "head cover" (at the outside notches) and the yoke to prevent minor interference while pivoting.






These are just my opinions based on my experience and comparisons. Again, if my TV worked with the HA, I'd be using it and just keeping an eye on the things that I think are the weak links on that hitch. On the other hand, I can't ever see me buying another. The HA was as good as it got until something better came along...namely, the ProPride. I've hit on some of the bigger issues above but have a whole list of other subtle improvements associated with the 3P.


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Old 08-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #688
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PP installed

Howdy..
Boxes (yes, 4 boxes, arrived via UPS this afternoon) Yes, heavy..

Unpacked, inventoried, all appears intact. Even fits..

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Old 08-14-2013, 11:08 PM   #689
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Son came over to help install. Raining brought work to a halt as my son did install at my home and we do not have cover yet.

Need to complete install by routing propane and electrical lines which were moved to accommodate yoke.

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Dang!

That was quick--I struggled just to move the boxes into the garage to keep them safe...
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:07 AM   #691
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Zackybilly,
Would you be interested in getting rid of those Hensleys?
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:53 AM   #692
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Dang!

That was quick--I struggled just to move the boxes into the garage to keep them safe...
It helps if you are too dumb to know if you are doing it wrong

Also, while it can be done alone, an extra set of hands/ eyes is crucial to getting done in a couple hours. At least the first time.

Still, in the spirit of full disclosure, there remains reroutes of propane flex line and re secure of wiring.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:07 AM   #693
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Zackybilly,
Would you be interested in getting rid of those Hensleys?
Yes I would or otherwise, they'll just be collecting dust. I have one on the trailer has jacks and the second one I have has chains & cam-over latches like other WD hitches. I'd let you pick and choose parts & pieces. I'll have to confirm but I think I have 1000 & 1400 lb. bars.

Both of the stingers I have are 6" drop but would you believe they won't interchange? That's unforgivable with most manufacturers.

Let me know what you want to do and I'll give you a hell of a deal on one of them.

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Yes I would or otherwise, they'll just be collecting dust. I have one on the trailer has jacks and the second one I have has chains & cam-over latches like other WD hitches. I'd let you pick and choose parts & pieces. I'll have to confirm but I think I have 1000 & 1400 lb. bars.

Both of the stingers I have are 6" drop but would you believe they won't interchange? That's unforgivable with most manufacturers.

Let me know what you want to do and I'll give you a hell of a deal on one of them.

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I would think the one with jacks would be the more modern and less noisy while turning- but I really don't know that for a fact.
I am quite happy with my Equal-i-zer but I'll never know if the Hensley/ProPride are better until I try one.
I have an EazLift in the shed collecting dust I wish I could get rid off. I don't foresee ever using it again. The Equal-i-zer is so much easier to hook up and less noisy.
I have 1000# bars on both EazLift and Equl-i-zer.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:16 PM   #696
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I would think the one with jacks would be the more modern and less noisy while turning- but I really don't know that for a fact.
I am quite happy with my Equal-i-zer but I'll never know if the Hensley/ProPride are better until I try one.
I have an EazLift in the shed collecting dust I wish I could get rid off. I don't foresee ever using it again. The Equal-i-zer is so much easier to hook up and less noisy.
I have 1000# bars on both EazLift and Equl-i-zer.
Actually, according to Hensley and their database, the cam-over job is a newer set-up than the jack-type I received on the 31 Classic....I went and checked...I do have 1000 & 1400 bars...your choice. Not that it matters to me one way or the other but on the chain set-up, once dialed in, I don't see it as being any better or worse than the jacks. On the chain/cam thing, it came with struts that you install between the rear-end of the WD bars and where the jack normally mounts when un-hooking...prevents the hitch head from pivoting forward.

The cam-over bits & pieces....




Un-hooked struts....


I'll leave the jack-type on the trailer until you come get it as it only takes a couple of minutes to rig down.... or until the PP replacement comes in which will be several weeks out.









I'll be in New Mexico the first week of September but available most any other time.

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I am interested in purchasing the one of those Hensleys, but I will do some research first-
Which stinger do I need for my Tundra? I don't think I need a 6" drop, but I don't know that. I don't think I have any drop at all now- or maybe a 2" drop. I think the ball is level with the receiver.
Which is the "preferred" setup? Jacks are cam-over?
I am puzzled that the two 6" stingers won't interchange. Is there that much variance from one year to another?
I will ask those questions on Airforums.
Please pm me with a price and contact info. I remember that you live in MS but I didn't know where your town was. I live in Greenwood in Leflore county in the Delta. US Hwy 82 and US Hwy 49E run through here.
If I decide to purchase one I might bring trailer and all so I can see the difference on the way home. I could tell the difference from sob and EazLift to Airstream and Equal-i-zer when we traded for the Heirstream. We still work, but we camp every weekend from now till Thanksgiving or Christmas depending on the weather.
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I see Poplarville on the map- about halfway between Hattiesburg and Picayune on I-59. Is Paul B. Johnson State Park worth spending a weekend? I have driven by Poplarville several times in my life, but it has never registered. I must not have ever stopped there for gas or anything. I remember all those FEMA trailers in a field down that way- and a bunch of them burned to the ground.
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"HA - Gimpy, scabbed together and prone to distortion/cracks"


Tell me more---we have had a HA for 2.5 yrs and the past six months has been a bugger to UN- hitch--- having to unhitch from truck and use a hammer to extricate the stinger from the Hensley- it gets stuck in there BIG TIME---almost like it goes in too far- can't really see any expansion of the HA box, but can't come up with any other explanation. Even traded our 6" stinger for another, and no change - anyone else with this issue???
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I see Poplarville on the map- about halfway between Hattiesburg and Picayune on I-59. Is Paul B. Johnson State Park worth spending a weekend? I have driven by Poplarville several times in my life, but it has never registered. I must not have ever stopped there for gas or anything. I remember all those FEMA trailers in a field down that way- and a bunch of them burned to the ground.
If I didn't live here, I wouldn't have stopped at Poplarville either...just a small town with one traffic light...after Katrina, I was just looking for land close to the interstate to build a new shop...Poplarville is where I found it.

Paul B. Johnson is a decent park. You may want to look on ReserveAmerica, etc. and look at the slots as some of them are on the short side. It has a nice lake but its not Disneyworld.

On the hitch bar drop, maybe someone here can elaborate as I'm not familiar with the Tundra set-up. I do know that on my Suburban 2500 the top of the receiver box is 25.5" above GL. The 6" drop hitch bar is about 5-6" too short for my set-up. The max HA offers is 8" drop. Sean offers an adjustable version to fit HA hitches but is so bogged down building hitches, he doesn't know when they will get around to build more. I tried to pre-order one but he didn't want to take a pre-order without having an idea of when they could get around to building them. He built the drop I needed for my PP hitch. I don't know what Chevy was thinking putting the receiver so high on a vehicle designed to tow. I will give credit to them for how robust the receiver is but it is on the high side.

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