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Old 02-23-2010, 08:55 AM   #29
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There is a couple with a 34 footer parked next to us here in Ajo. They tow the coach with a little Buick "Enclave". He told me that without the Hensley, properly set up, it would be impossible to tow safely.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:42 AM   #30
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If you drive expressways (i.e. +50 mph), you're going to have an incident with your rig.
EVERY camper I've ever talked to, has told me a "close-call" story they've had while trailering- that was CAUSED or EXACERBATED by an inferior friction-based hitch.

Equal-I-zer, dual cam, friction bar don't eliminate sway, and track the trailer based on the tow vehicle's vector like the Pro-Pride (Hensley).

There are no drawbacks to the PP/HA vs. friction hitches... and if you mention "price"- don't do it in the same sentence as "Airstream"
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:48 AM   #31
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... and if you mention "price"- don't do it in the same sentence as "Airstream"
Great point Joe....I got more for my $ with the Hen....oh, never mind.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:07 AM   #32
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What you can do is to take an appointment with CanAm RV in London - Ontario - Can Andy T is the specialist in towing set up. You can actually buy your hensley from them if you want.

I wouldn't be surprised about the Buick Enclave being Canadian and being a Canam set up. I think I met them.
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Once again, thanks to all of you who took the time to respond to my inquiry. I am going with the PP. Like the all black paint, the price and the safety factor. It was interesting to learn that Hensley designed the PP as well. He said the PP was created to provide improvements to his first Hensley design. Gotta follow the "man".
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Excellent choice! If the PP had been around when I bought my HA, I may well have gone that way.

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Once again, thanks to all of you who took the time to respond to my inquiry. I am going with the PP. Like the all black paint, the price and the safety factor. It was interesting to learn that Hensley designed the PP as well. He said the PP was created to provide improvements to his first Hensley design. Gotta follow the "man".

Congrats...I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:19 PM   #36
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I ran this same question through the forum last year. Some folks thought the Hensley was "overkill" for a 22' Safari. I suppose those same folks might think the Lifeline AGM batteries, the Pressure Pro tire pressure monitors and the Centramatics are overkill as well. How safe is too safe? I bought the Hensley off a Craig's list ad for about half the cost of a new one and Hensley put a new warranty on it for me for a reasonable price. I was considering a ProPride when the Hensley popped up. Love the way it tows. By the way, I believe the folks at Hensley say they owned the patent that ProPride is operating under and let it go because it was not a superior product. I really don't know, but I read that on-line somewhere. Good Luck with your decision. jc
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:16 PM   #37
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After some more research - the "PP" is really looking very, very good!!!
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I believe the Hensley patent expired before the Pro Pride hit the market.
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I believe the Hensley patent expired before the Pro Pride hit the market.
I believe you are correct. The ProPride is easier to install (no drilling holes), easier to hook up because of the improved design draw bar angles, and can be adjusted to different tow vehicles because the draw bar is adjustable. (With the Hensley if you have to change the hitch height or angle, you have to have a new draw bar welded up at the factory.)

And don't forget, the retail price is $500 cheaper...even cheaper if you buy it on EBAY.
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Not a single person posting they regret their HA purchase... except the one's that wish they'd gotten a PP (Me)... LOL
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Does anyone have any experience with an AirSafe hitch? They are available for TT's and eliminate the "bouncing" from the tongue on the back of the truck. Are the bouncing and chucking a problem with either the ProPride or the HA?
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Does anyone have any experience with an AirSafe hitch? They are available for TT's and eliminate the "bouncing" from the tongue on the back of the truck. Are the bouncing and chucking a problem with either the ProPride or the HA?
No experince here, but I did look into one. They are available and can be used with what I call "normal" WD hitches, but don't believe they will work with a Hensley or ProPride. One of the bad things (IMHO) about the AirSafe hitch is it adds about a foot distance between the trailer and the tow vehicle. This in itself can worsen a case of sway if the oportunity exists.
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