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Old 02-02-2014, 05:42 PM   #1
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Hensley hitch question

I have been looking at the hensley hitch to help some sway which I don't care for. I currently have the e2 weight distribution bars on my trailer now.

But the question I have is looking at the drawings online it looks like it
hitchbox is a step lower than my current distribution system. Is that true
or is just how I am looking at it?

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Before you go spending big bucks on a Hensley or a ProPride, you need to get some weights and go over your hitch set up. First, make sure your tires on the trailer and tow vehicle are at the proper pressure.

What is your tow vehicle and what tires are on it?

What is your hitch or tongue weight as a percentage of the loaded trailer weight? You need a minimum of 10% of the trailer weight on the tongue. Some can go as high as 15%.

Where is your water tank located and how much water do you carry?

Are the waste tanks empty?

Once you have all of these issues addressed, then we can look at a more expensive hitch.

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It's not just a more expensive hitch. It's an entirely different way of controlling sway. Which is to create a pivot point closer to the rear axle by using geometry, and inherently have little to no sway to begin with. Any other type of system has sway present, it just tries to suppress it as much as possible by dampening the forces pulling it away from center tracking.

It shouldn't be thought of as an upgrade to lower cost sway control systems, because your current sway control isn't enough. It should be thought of as a different way of towing. Like people who prefer to tow with a fifth wheel for the control and the shorter overall combined length. Well, this feels like towing with a 5th wheel, except you don't get the shorter combined length.
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If there is a difference, i think it's pretty minimal. I don't think the few inches are going to matter much.

Here is someone that has used one extensively for 34k miles.

here's your hitch, vs hensley, vs propride.



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Hensley and Propride both project a pivot point closer to the rear axle and you get a behavior much closer to a 5th wheel is much more forgiving. A lot of people go to the HA pr PP hitch to get away from a sway problem which could be corrected with a better balanced and properly set up rig. Often it is an undersized tow vehicle. Often it is as simple as correct tires or tire pressure on the tow vehicle, or not having the weight distributed properly in the trailer.

In a lot of cases, the HA or PP hitch covers the problem up at the expense of the wallet.

I have towed a travel trailer many a mile with an tried and true Reese Dual Cam straight Line hitch...but it was set up properly and with an adequate tow vehicle.

Whe we were starting out with an RV and what was a less then ideal tow vehicle, I fought getting it dialed in and finally got it much better, but we did get a little sway tendency from time to time. We found the water tank was behind the axles, so we did not carry more than 1/4 tank of fresh water

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I forgot to add this link in my other post:
Hensley Arrow Hitch Review | Silver Travel
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