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Old 03-16-2016, 10:15 AM   #43
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Our first few miles with our ProPride (some side wind, lots of semi's) realized for us we had spent the best money ever for towing our Airstream.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:32 PM   #44
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I compared mine to the old hitch setup over the exact same path (Cajon Pass in SoCal). Night and day better. Felt much more in control and safer.


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Old 03-17-2016, 06:32 AM   #45
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I compared mine to the old hitch setup over the exact same path (Cajon Pass in SoCal). Night and day better. Felt much more in control and safer.


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What Hitch did you have before?
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:57 PM   #46
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What hitch to purchase?

It was a Husky WD only hitch. I gave it away. Horribly hard to hook up, greasy mess on the removable WD bars, no sway control whatever.

Crap is too polite a word. It came with the AS when my son bought it. After the first trip up and then down the Cajon pass I looked Into getting a better one, once my hands unclenched 😄

Looked at Hensley Manufacturing, then ProPride. Did not like the Hensley mfg sales experience, talked to Sean at ProPride. Much less BS more data. I went with ProPride.

Have lots of miles on it it all sorts of traffic and haven't been scared by sway ever again. It's not fun when it feels like the trailer is about to try to come around and kill you....😄 it was that bad.


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Old 03-23-2016, 09:15 PM   #47
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Purchased a Hensley

After researching and all of the advice from you folks I purchased a Hensley. Will be picking our Airstream up in a few weeks and feel confident with this choice. L
Damn that thing is heavy, almost needed help getting it out of the back of my truck.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:25 PM   #48
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By the pound, these hitches are maybe not badly priced..

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Old 03-23-2016, 09:36 PM   #49
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Great choice! Congrats and happy camping!
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:36 PM   #50
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Yeah, and using a floor jack to hold the head in position is not s bad idea.


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Old 03-24-2016, 08:44 AM   #51
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I acquired a hydraulic lift table cart for the hitch installation and used it to load the boxed hitch into the pickup and unload it at the storage unit where I installed the hitch. There was no way I could handle the hitch head weight any more by lifting it.

For maintenance, getting six 16" pieces of 4 x 6 out of a 8' 4 x 6 gave me the pieces to build a support under either the Hensley or ProPride. I lower the hitch to rest on the wood stack and release the ball lock and raised the trailer to clear the ball. I put as jack stand under the "A" frame, just in case, and clean and grease the ball and the socket in the hitch. I reverse the process to re-attach the with to the trailer.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:10 AM   #52
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By the pound, these hitches are maybe not badly priced..

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Considering the current price of scrap iron, they are way, way overpriced.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:16 AM   #53
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Oh but they are way better than scrap iron, there is a lot of "value added" to the raw steel via the simple elegance of sound design and execution of a product that is arguably the best design on the market hands down.


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Oh but they are way better than scrap iron, there is a lot of "value added" to the raw steel via the simple elegance of sound design and execution of a product that is arguably the best design on the market hands down.


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IMHO the Hensley hitch is a contraption that would come out of a Government design shop with unlimited resources and money available without oversight.
I would consider the best design as one that gets the job done with the least amount of effort and resources used up.
Reading the process of handling the Hensley above and its cost reassures my decision why not to purchase one.
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Like most ice cream shops with 23+ flavors, there are many hitch manufactures and some with many models. So one can choose what they want at the price they are willing to pay. Unfortunately, there is usually no pre-tasting so to speak of the hitch, so the expense once paid could have to incurred again if the hitch does not work out and the buyer is unhappy with the first choice.

The beauty of the Airstream Forum with all of these hitch threads, is that the reader can get real world feed back from the folks that recurrently using the different models of hitches and if they have changed to another one, their rationalization for the change.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:41 PM   #56
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Just my choice....

We have the Equalizer to tow our 27 FB with a Silverado 1500. Easy to hook up and no sway issues. I don't know if its the best but it works for us.
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