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Old 02-22-2010, 05:18 PM   #15
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The thread entitled "The unofficial pp users guide" covers all of this ground. We have towed with a ball, an EZ-Lift, Reese, and friction/sway bar type hitches, plus the Hensley. Once we felt that an expensive hitch was a waste of money. However, having tried all of the above we would never go back. We have the ProPride and it is by far the way to go if you have the $$$ to do it. Sometimes progress really is better. The ProPride was slightly easier to hook up to. The learning curve was short, and we feel we can hook up faster than other hitches we have had. Back into it til it goes clunk and snapping two cam overs is about as simple as it can get. Like mentioned above, it is hard to find anyone who has had one willing to give it up.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:25 PM   #16
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Disagreement centers around whether the difference is important enough to be worth, say, $2000, which is the typical cost delta between a cam or friction system and any of the forward pivot systems.

Anecdotally, everyone who I've encountered who has used a Hensley or Propride hitch after having towed with a friction or cam based htich says that the difference is in fact worth it from a standpoint of convenience and safety.
Hard to argue with such happy hitchers, really. Sometimes I wonder when we'll see the light and go for the real thing. I'm first to admit first price isn't a good criterion for safety, but my complete Equal-i-zer hitch cost me $2K less than a ProPride. Serious bucks, when my EQ has done such an outstanding job for over 35K miles.

Of course, it's not the good miles we'll remember when something goes seriously wrong. I read a neat mini-review from a convert from EQ to Propride today. Check it out, pretty balanced reporting, not all sunshine stuff but thoughtfully presented.

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Old 02-22-2010, 05:33 PM   #17
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Our ProPride was about $2500 and Larry installed it himself in just a few hours. It included instructions that were very easily followed and understood. Sean at ProPride is available with a phone call anytime.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:42 PM   #18
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Unless you've actually towed with a Hensley it is hard, if not impossible, to appreciate the difference - and that difference is probably most noticeable with a tow vehicle that is approaching its towing capacities. The 60 day trial period gives you the chance to try it out and change your mind.

Hooking up does have some additional rules - once you know the dynamics of the hitch you will understand that the "rules" are commone sense and not a big deal - but your learning curve will teach you that they cannot be ignored - once you know them - follow them - hooking up is no harder than any other hitch.

As for the price? - we figure it as a good deal - after two conventional hitches we were thinking of getting a larger tow vehicle for our 19' Bambi - and opted to try out the 60 day trial period with a Hensley. It performed as advertised - and the final purchase price was a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a bigger vehicle.


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Old 02-22-2010, 05:49 PM   #19
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I have the Hensley and while it's a good design and works as advertised it is not worth $3,000.00. If it were priced at say $1500.00 I would say your getting a good value for your money but at $3000.00 it is overpriced
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In the last 3 1/2 years we have pulled Lucy with her Hensley over 50,000 miles.

Is it expensive? YES

Does it perform as advertised? YES

Is all sway totally eliminated? YES

Would I buy it again? YES

All of that being said, you should also research the new ProPride hitch system.

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I don't know much about the PP but I see one advantage out of the box : it's black...
not too fan of the too fast fading orange.
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In the last 3 1/2 years we have pulled Lucy with her Hensley over 50,000 miles.

Is it expensive? YES

Does it perform as advertised? YES

It all sway totally eliminated? YES

Would I buy it again? YES

All of that being said, you should also research the new ProPride hitch system.

Brian

This pretty much sums it up for me. Last Fall some close friends were involved in a highway rollover. Having seen the aftermath and the issues they are dealing with some 5 months later is proof enough to me.

It all comes down to what you're comfortable with.

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Get a proper TV...not an expensive band-aid.

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In the last 3 1/2 years we have pulled Lucy with her Hensley over 50,000 miles.

Is it expensive? YES

Does it perform as advertised? YES

It all sway totally eliminated? YES

Would I buy it again? YES

All of that being said, you should also research the new ProPride hitch system.

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Well said, and ditto.
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Thanks very much to all of you for your insightful comments. I will be going with either the Hensley or ProPride.
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Get a proper TV...not an expensive band-aid.

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What... a 2010 Expedition not good enough? Never mind.

The Hensley was the best safety upgrade we've made.

Don't know of anyone who has taken advantage of the $ back offer..that says it all.

Kind'a like sex...once you've tried it, the alternative sucks.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:50 PM   #27
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Any advice on whether or not the Hensley Arrow hitch system is as good as they say it is and if it's worth $3000.

Hensley tells me it totally eliminates trailer sway.

If so, why doesn't everyone have one (realizing of course that $3000 is a lot of money).
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Thanks very much to all of you for your insightful comments. I will be going with either the Hensley or ProPride.
Hi, you have a 2010 Airstream and a 2010 Expedition; Have you taken delivery of these two, and if you have, what did you use for a hitch? My opinion is that if you have a proper tow vehicle for the size and weight of your trailer, you should be fine with almost any good hitch. Also I believe that 25' and under, with proper tow vehicle would be OK. But longer and heavier trailers seem to need the HA HA or P P. You're at 27' with your trailer and if you have the long wheel base Expedition, you should be OK. If your Expedition is the short wheel base you might be pushing it. Finally if your driver abilities or fear factor is involved by all means buy a HA HA or P P. I am very comfortable with my Equal-i-zer hitch with my tow vehicle and trailer. But as noted, other people aren't. The price is not a factor for me, I can afford it, but don't need it. [just like I don't need $300.00 batteries]

Buy what you want, and what makes you feel good, and safe. Then enjoy your new Airstream.
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Towing a 30foot classic with a 3500 dually diesel classify as a proper tow vehicle ? I think so. I still bought a Hensley after 1 experience where it was every possible bad thing at once caused sway and allmost lost control.
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