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Old 03-13-2016, 06:27 AM   #1
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Question What hitch to purchase?

I see many brands and am looking for advice, we have a 2015 GMC 2500 Sierra and will be picking up our 28 International next week.

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Old 03-13-2016, 07:40 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

The hitch a very hot topic here on these Forums. I won't try to tell you what hitch system to purchase.

What I will tell you is what we have used and are very happy with. We have been Airstreaming for ten years now. We have almost 1,800 nights in our Airstreams, and have towed them nearly 150,000 miles. We tow a 25FB that weighs over 7,000#. Our tow vehicles are a 3/4 ton Suburban and a one ton Silverado.

We have always used a Hensley Arrow Hitch System. They are expensive but they work exactly as advertised. We have never has an uneasy moment from trailer sway.


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Old 03-13-2016, 07:45 AM   #3
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What Brian said!
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:47 AM   #4
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The ProPride hitch system is also a Hensley design. Worth considering as it is more recent a design and more adjustable. Doesn't hurt that it is less expensive and does not require drilling holes into the A frame. Tons of threads on the forums about it.

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Old 03-13-2016, 09:23 AM   #5
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After three hitches we have the ProPride as well, performs as advertised. Sway and semi bow wave push no longer happen.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:45 AM   #6
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Started with a Hensley Arrow on our 2013 25FB as the ProPride was not much in discussion in October of 2012. When the 25FB was traded for the 31' Classic, I upgraded to the ProPride (Jim Hensley's second design) for the 2014 31' Classic and put the Hensley Arrow in storage. That Hensley Arrow is now installed on our 2015 23D.

While the design concept is similar, the implementation is very different between the two installations. I find the ProPride is somewhat easier to connect and disconnect because off the mechanism for the weight distribution bars,

It helps a great deal that both the 2012 Ram 2500HD Cummins and the 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI diesel tow vehicles have rear view cameras.

I was able to install the ProPride by myself on the Classic. There is no drilling into the frame of the trailer with the ProPride installation.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:46 AM   #7
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Hi - it's hard to provide unbiased advice since there are too many x-factors that go in to a decision like this and those are mostly personal (budget constraints, type of camping/driving you expect to do, weight parameters - tongue, axels, payload, etc.). And besides - whatever a person is using is often the advice you'll get. 😃

All that said - my #1 criteria was preventing sway (since I purchased the truck and trailer brand new, cost was not going to be high on my list of considerations - that wouldn't always be the case).

My preference was the PullRite which unfortunately is no longer manufactured for our trucks (I have a 2013 GM 2500 diesel - I tried to get them to make me one &#128515. That was a genius design - an arc under the bed of the truck with an arm that pivoted from the axle around the arc to your trailer. Pretty much an upside down 5th wheel.

Since that wasn't an option, my choices were friction devices that react to sway or virtual pivot projection (VPP) devices that prevent sway. BlueOx also claims to prevent (not just react to) sway. I'm not sure how but I'm not arguing with their claims. For friction, I was really tempted to look at the Andersen - bit of a firestorm of reactions to that one and after much more heat than light on that argument, I've concluded it would struggle moving enough weight to my front axle but the light weight of the hitch itself and that innovative collar/brake lining set up for friction was tempting to me.

At the end of the day I went with the ProPride (Hensley VPP design). Since PullRite wasn't an option, VPP became the main criteria so next was deciding on the Hensley Arrow or the ProPride. Could have gone with either and I assume would have been just as happy. I liked a few of the features of the ProPride design better - especially no drilling in to the a-frame.

That was my mental calculation. Your mileage can, will and should vary.

Good luck and enjoy the rig!!
(Oh - and get a ProPride! 😃 - sorry - it's obligatory to pitch what you use in a hitch thread 😃😃&#128515
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:24 AM   #8
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What hitch to purchase?

The best available for eliminating sway on a modern vehicle is a Hensley designed hitch.

Due to their fundamental and unique design these are simply the best anti-sway devices available.

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Old 03-13-2016, 10:46 AM   #9
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I need to say that l don't own a Hensley or propride, though I might someday. They are the most expensive and heaviest hitches out there. That said they are the most effective against sway. You should also look at the various threads on this forum discussing the inherent difficulty with hitching and unhitching this style hitch, particularly on uneven ground. I gather one eventually figures it out or learns to live with the issue. Just something else to consider.

I gather both are effective enough in regards to weight redistribution, the primary purpose of a WD hitch. Sway is function speed. Tow at a sensible speed, especially downhill, will do more to increase your safety than a mechanical unit. Airstreams are good towing trailers, and I suppose more forgiving in regards to sway that most SOB's. I imaging in the most extreme and unusual circumstances a Hensley or Propride will possibly save the day.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:55 AM   #10
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Opinions here frankly are usually very biased and therefore need to be taken with a whole shaker of salt. Everyone loves what they have and use even if according to others it is a piece of crap that using will get you killed your first trip out. I have used both the Andersen system and the Blue Ox Sway Pro. Had teething pains with both but once proper set up both offered 100% satisfaction.

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Old 03-13-2016, 11:26 AM   #11
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Greetings from Louisiana

When we purchased our 2014 International the dealership suggested the Blue Ox. knowing nothing about hitches and bumper pulls coming from a 5th wheel we went with their suggestions. Love it, Love it, Love it. Easy to attach and detach. I have friends who have other brands and none are as easy to work with as my Blue Ox.

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Old 03-13-2016, 11:46 AM   #12
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We pull our 30' 2001 Excella with our 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel using a Reese anti-way system. Love it!
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:49 AM   #13
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Billyg6...did the exact same thing when we bought out AS
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:57 AM   #14
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Many hitches

I began towing my 30' Flying Cloud with a Yukon XL and a Reece Dual Cam system. I was not happy. I upgraded to an F-150 and it was better still with the Dual Cam but it was loud in the parks creeping as I turned and backed in to a sight. So one last time I upgraded to a GMC 2500 HD and a Pro Pride Hitch. Now we're talking. But keep in mind that hooking up and un hooking on uneven ground is tough. I camp at a lot of State Parks in Michigan and my trailer is stored next to my house on a sharp turn. I no longer liked the Pro Pride/Hensley idea. Finally with my new Classic 30' and GMC 2500 I installed an Equalizer Weight distribution hitch. Dude, I am happy. A ball is the easiest thing to hook up to, and I have never had a sway issue. Yes, the Pro Pride/Hensley make the trailer a part of your truck, but I don't feel any less secure with my new system and no creeks, no problem hooking up on uneven ground, and no problem hooking up on a sharp turn. I also like the parallel look the bars create with my frame unlike many other weight distribution hitches. Hope this helps.

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