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Old 11-11-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hensley and Pro Pride

Can anyone explain the differences between the Hensley and the ProPride hitches?
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there's more to it, but basically, different brand names and slightly different design elements with ProPride being a newer design...
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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And the ProPride is less expensive...
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is it ? didn't know that !

The PP I bought was quite nice even though it's sitting in the garage unused
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:12 PM   #5
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They both work on a similar principle of projecting the pivot point forward so that it is closer to the rear axle and having a behavior similar to a 5th wheel trailer...but with a bumper pull.

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Below is from ProPride FAQ -

Yes, both hitches operate through the exact same principle of pivot point projection. Jim Hensley's original design patents addressed the mechanism for this projection. He licensed those patents to a man named Colin Connel who started the company Hensley Mfg., Inc. Jim Hensley never sold anything to the company named after him. He only licensed his patents to them. Through the years Jim continued to make improvements to his original design but the company never licensed any of them. In 2007, ProPride licensed all of Jim Hensley's patents to improve his original design.

What improvements have been made in the ProPride 3P?

An adjustable hitch bar to match different tow vehicle and trailer tow heights. This will save the 3P hitch owner $100-$150 in shipping charges in the future should a different offset hitch bar be needed for a new tow vehicle or trailer. The Hensley Arrow uses a welded hitch bar and the company offers a "free" exchange. Free isn't accurate due to the customer being required to pay the shipping of the new bar and return shipping of the old bar.

The hitch bar wedges and the hitch box have a greater angle to help in hitching and unhitching without the bar sticking in the hitch head. Hitching and unhitching the 3P is much easier than the Arrow. This is the feature that many of our customers who have owned Arrows in the past comment on most frequrently.

A one piece yoke holds the hitch head square to the front of the trailer and doesn't allow pivoting on the ball. This replaces the strut bars on the Arrow hitch. The independent strut bars do become loose from time to time on the Arrow hitch and allow the trailer to sway. When two independent strut bars must work together as one piece there is twice the probability of a problem. A SINGLE WELDED yoke will not become loose. Even if a frame bracket slips the yoke will not allow the trailer to sway. If an Arrow frame bracket slips it will allow the hitch head to pivot side to side and may damage the hitch.

The 3P hitch requires NO drilling into the frame for installation. Holes placed in the trailer frame weaken the frame. We do not think it is a good idea to drill holes in the trailer frame and weaken it. The Arrow requires holes to be drilled in the frame to hold the frame bracket.

The weight distribution jacks sit on top of the frame rather than hang on a pin outside of the frame. This provides better leverage for the spring bars by moving the tail ends of the bars closer together and also eliminates any possibility of the pin bending like can happen in the Arrow design.

The spring bars on the 3P are bolted into the hitch head rather than a hanging on a spring loaded keeper like with the Arrow. The bolt in design will not wear and allow the spring bar to fall out of the bottom of the head.

The steel is properly pre-treated for powder coating. This will help prevent against chipping and rusting. The Hensley Arrow paint problem is well documented on the internet. To date, not one issue has been reported with the 3P hitch. This will insure longer life for the hitch.

The control links are thicker. The control links are under a great load so the 3P increased the strength to prevent any bending.

The 3P hitch box has been reinforced to eliminate warping of the top edge of the box. Over time, the top edge of the Arrow hitch box bends under the weight distribution load. This diminishes the effectiveness of the weight distribution. The 3P hitch box design addressed this issue and solved it.

That's the story and the differences in a nutshell.
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Are there any other alternatives that don't cost $2,000? And why didn't my RV lot even mention this sort of hitch?

Does Hensley own everything to do with pivot point projection, or are there other ways to do it?
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When we had the last two bumper pulls, I used the Reese Dual Cam Striaghtline. It is a very good hitch and well proven...and ii is a lot less money than the HA or PP hitches.

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But does that one move the pivot point, or just a really good friction based anti sway?
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The Dual Cam is not like the HA or PP. It uses a cam system to push the trailer back to a center position. In theory, a perfectly balanced trailer will not need sway control, except when hit by an outside influence like a truck passing, etc. The HA and PP do a great job of masking a real problem. They do work, but at a hefty price.

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I understand about appropriate precautions to prevent sway. And I rarely experience any, except as you say, when there is an outside influence. High winds and passing trucks are what I'm concerned about.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:09 AM   #12
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Hensley and Pro Pride

Both are very good at what they do and are great products. I own a Hensley and love it. Towing a 35 foot trailer is a dream and the trailer has no sway at all. The biggest reason I went with the Hensley is very simple. I bought a reconditioned Hensley hitch from the factory which was less then new for either brand with a new hitch warranty and was able to pay for it over 12 months. This was something Hensley offered that PP did not, and being retired this helped us buy it.

The final reason for my choice is my wife. She can get nervous riding and she feels safe with the trailer being towed with our setup.
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