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Old 10-17-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Wind Mitigation System...ProPride/Hensley or 3rd, 4th best?

I'm still using the basic Husky Weight Distribution and Sway Control System installed by the A/S dealer on my 2014 23D.

I've been reasonably happy with the weight distribution achieved, and the sway control seems to work well with the 2013 RAM 1500.

I experienced very windy conditions returning from New Mexico this week. We were pushed around by the winds and by vehicles with large frontal areas traveling 75-80 mph in New Mexico and Arizona. At one point we were pushed 3 feet into the shoulder by the effects of a big box rental RV traveling at high speed.

Needless to say we are motivated to find a solution.

I understand that the Hensley/ProPride hitches could do the job. I'm a little put off by their prices and possibly by the fact that they cut into the payload capacity of the TV.

I'd love to hear of other systems that do a great job countering wind and vehicle effects.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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Next to PPP (choose your brand), Reese Straight Line is the best I've used...but it isn't nearly as good as the PPP design.

I've also used EQ, Drawtite, and some other WD with friction bar (don't recall brands). They are down the "effective list" for me.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:58 PM   #3
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ProPride or Hensley (my preference would be ProPride simply because it's the latest technology) will be your best bet.

However, understand that if the wind you experienced pushed you around to a level of 10 (on a 0 to 10 scale), don't expect either of the above hitches to take it to a zero level. They are better, but not that good.

Your next bet would be the Reese Straight line like Rich says, however adjusting it to work right is a genuine PITA, if you ever do get it right.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:20 PM   #4
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We've been using a Reese for about 7,000 miles and have towed in windy conditions (probably not as windy as during your incident.) I find that in high winds the Reese does an excellent job of keeping the rig straight as an arrow. In fact, on several occasions after a couple hours of easy towing, I've been surprised at a potty/gas break at how windy conditions are on the outside of the tow vehicle.

When I am passed by a big truck, I do notice a small tug towards the passing vehicle, but I would say that the amount we are pulled off track is a matter of a couple inches at most.

If I had been pushed off the road and into the breakdown lane by a passing truck, I think I would be giving serious thought to getting into another "hobby."
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Is that a Husky Centerline? Or, is it their basic bottom-line hitch?

I've never experienced sway or even a feeling of being pushed whatsoever anywhere I've towed all over the USA including 50mph gusty sidewinds towing my 19ft (which isn't much different than a 23ft) with my SSR using the Centerline hitch. The SSR weighs 5000lbs; hefty but not as much as your Ram. I tow about 70-75mph and haven't ever experienced any inkling of sway let alone being pushed around by other vehicles. But, then again, if your hitch isn't set up near perfectly with proper weight distribution, it's near impossible to eliminate such problems.

But then again, I have the Husky Centerline...it's unlike any other hitch with its built-in sway control. It really works well.

What model Husky do you have?
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:19 PM   #6
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Is that a Husky Centerline? Or, is it their basic bottom-line hitch?

I've never experienced sway or even a feeling of being pushed whatsoever anywhere I've towed all over the USA including 50mph gusty sidewinds towing my 19ft (which isn't much different than a 23ft) with my SSR using the Centerline hitch. The SSR weighs 5000lbs; hefty but not as much as your Ram. I tow about 70-75mph and haven't ever experienced any inkling of sway let alone being pushed around by other vehicles. But, then again, if your hitch isn't set up near perfectly with proper weight distribution, it's near impossible to eliminate such problems.

But then again, I have the Husky Centerline...it's unlike any other hitch with its built-in sway control. It really works well.

What model Husky do you have?
We have the basic Husky with chain adjusted WD bars and friction sway control.

Our 2013 19 was a breeze in the wind. The increased surface area of the 23D has apparently made a big difference.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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Ah...I figured it was the basic Husky. The Centerline is an amazing hitch; I've neither had nor heard of any incidents of any towing problems, sway, pushing, or concerns whatsoever with this hitch. I've got about 30,000 towing miles on mine so far. Best hitch I've ever used.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:34 PM   #8
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Only the Hensley/ProPride design projects any push or sway forces to your rear truck axle where it is stabilized. On all others any push or sway forces are on the hitch ball where they are leveraged forward to the front (steering) truck axle. They all have various devices to reduce these effects, but whatever remains is felt at the front (steering) axle.

A long wheelbase to short rear overhang tow vehicle, as well as stiff sidewall tow vehicle tires, will stabilize push or sway forces but not eliminate them. Only the Hensley/ProPride design will do that.

We have been traveling the past several days with our ProPride and 2012 Ram 1500 reg cab short wheelbase; side winds and semi's passing are of no concern on this trip or others in much worse conditions.

Remember the Hensley/ProPride payload penalty is only the difference in weight between your present hitch and it's weight, less whatever of that difference is distributed to the trailer axles.
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Like Doug, I tow with a 3P and a '14 Ram with Cummins. After more than 15,000 miles with this set up I agree with what he says 100%. I went through some really heavy storms in Arizona this last summer -- and hundreds of semis blowing by. Never felt any sway. None.
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Wind Mitigation System...ProPride/Hensley or 3rd, 4th best?

Just a note, Used Hensley Arrows sell on ebay for about $1,500 regularly.

I got a good one for $1,400 delivered.

In my experience, these articulated hitches make towing better by changing the character of the combination.

It makes a hitch mount trailer tow and feel like a fifth wheel.

Just an FYI, a used Hensley bought from other than Hensley will NOT have its lifetime guarantee and will not be eligible for the stinger exchange program.
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I'm leaning towards the ProPride 3P. It sounds like a good solution for the 1/2 ton TV and will transfer to future 3/4 ton TV, larger AS upgrade.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:22 AM   #12
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Another question. How critical is it that the AS and TV lie on the same plane when attaching the ProPride 3P? My drive slants slightly up from the level trailer port. This has worked OK with the Husky system but not sure about the ProPride 3P.
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When I am passed by a big truck, I do notice a small tug towards the passing vehicle, but I would say that the amount we are pulled off track is a matter of a couple inches at most.

If I had been pushed off the road and into the breakdown lane by a passing truck, I think I would be giving serious thought to getting into another "hobby."
Hi, Like the above statements in high winds, or the wake from a big box, my trailer and tow vehicle only move a few inches. Wind is wind and a hitch can't stop that. [they stop sway] A million dollar hitch won't stop gusts of wind from moving you over, but three feet is way too much, or possibly caused by over reacting to the situation.
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My limited towing experience (a few thousand miles) taught me early on that a too rigid connection (in my case 1200 pound bars) caused sway starting at 60mph and instability by passing trucks.
Once I changed to 800 pound bars, everything changed to a safe and pleasant towing experience.
I tow a 34' triple axle with a 1 ton extended van. The length of my TV and trailer is about 55' and I use a reese dual cam WD system.
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