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Old 10-24-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Travel Trailer hitches HENSLEY ARROW

I have been looking at a Hesnley Arrow trailer hitch which is highly rated by manufacturer. Pretty much guaranteed to stop trailer sway. Hitch looks impressive in videos of demonstration. I am wondering if anyone out there has any experience with them. It is mounted permanently to trailer and you back the receiver into the hitch. Any input you may have would be appreciated, thanks . Yohop The drawback is they are very expensive.

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Old 10-24-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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I was considering Hensley but was advised against it in favor of my current setup because this hitch wound not add much to the performance and stability of my combination and it was a good advice. Hensley is a great hitch, however. The drawbacks include cost, weight ( at least 100 lb more than traditional hitch), difficulty connecting trailer without backup camera and on uneven surface, the fact that many RV dealers hate them when taking trailer for service and ask to remove it from the trailer.
Hensley is likely to be beneficial to people with long and heavy trailers in combination with challenging ( challenged?) TV with low resistance to sway due to soft suspension and long rear overhang/ short wheel base geometry.

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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Hmmm, I had (and still have in the garage) the sister hitch -
the ProPride hitch and never heard that they were hard to hitch up ?!?

Can't speak to the hensley, but I know this propride stopped any sway ---
I was a novice TT puller when we bought our first TT after years in MH's...
First tow home from the dealer was STORMING and windy and 18 wheelers all going 75 and I was pulling way more trailer than the 2005 Ford Excursion should have handled... but handled it fine - steady as a rock !!!

And I'd say that anyway even if my 18k wasn't for sale
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:01 PM   #4
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We used a Hensley Arrow for about 10 years. It performed just as well as the manufacturer claims and I would want another one if we go back to a travel trailer. Hitching up is certainly "different" but gets easier with use. We never had a backup camera but that would be nice. Check Craig's list, Ebay and etc, I sold ours for less than half the cost of a new one.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:41 AM   #5
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Hensley is a great hitch, had one and would never tow a TT without one. A less expensive option is the ProPride.
As mentioned, shop around for a used one of either and save a bundle. They very seldom wear out, so just about any used one would be fine.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:42 AM   #6
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Hensley Arrow

I also own a Hensley that I bought but was a rebuilt one so saved quite a bit of money over a new one with the same warranty. My trailer is 35 ft and pulls like a dream. The Hensley and the ProPride work on the same principle and they are both real good. Hooking up comes easy with time. I use a potable back up system to hitch up.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:18 AM   #7
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The Hensley Arrow and the ProPride 3P were developed by the same engineer - Jim Hensley. The Arrow is his first design, and works great. Customers continued to bombard him with ideas of how to make it even better. Jim considered those ideas and included some of them in his updated design, the ProPride 3P. Jim sold his interest in Hensley Mfg., then later started ProPride to produce the new and improved ProPride 3P.

So when looking for used hitches, look for both the Hensley Arrow and the ProPride 3P. If you're lucky you'll find a deal on a ProPride 3P.

Trailer Sway Control Hitch Guaranteed to Eliminate Trailer Sway - ProPride 3P

Note that the ProPride is now available in 4 different max hitch weights. 600, 800, 1,000 and 1,400 pounds max. The 1,400 is a new product, so you probably won't find one of those on the used hitch market. Choose one that has up to a coupla hundred pounds more hitch weight capacity than your max tongue weight. The big difference in the different max hitch weights is the spring bars, so if you find an 800 for sale but you need a 1,000, you can buy just the spring bars from ProPride for about $200. Only the 1,400 spring bars are on the website, so if you need 1000, call them or e-mail them.

They don't wear out, so used should be fine. Here is a used Hensley Arrow on EBay for a buy-it-now price of $1,300 as I write this:
Hensley Arrow Hitch | eBay

I found a used ProPride on Craigs List near Dallas, but we couldn't come to a price agreement.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your input on this hitch question. I appreciate the suggestions on finding used ones. thanks again. It sounds like a very good hitch setup.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:19 PM   #9
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There is a good youtube video where the guy moves the propride hitch by hand to give you an idea of how it works. Watch the whole thing or skip to about 3minutes.

On a traditional WD setup, the trailer is hanging onto the ball and you have sway control bars which dampen the sway by giving resistance back, this works to an extent, but it only masks the sway. The tendency to sway is still there and once the sway forces exceed the hitch capabilities, you'll lose control. If you have an undersized or short wheel base vehicle, this can be very dangerous.

On the Hensly and Propride, the hitches use geometry to give you a virtual pivot point close to over the rear axle, so they handle very close to a fifth wheel because fifth wheels pivot directly over the axle. This gives you the most stability possible. This is one of those inventions where the theory actually does prove itself in the real world. They are pricey, but it's best to factor that into the price of the travel trailer. And if you plan on doing cross country trips, going down some mountain passes with heavy crosswinds can get a little scary, but you can feel more confident that the travel trailer is not going tug your car around from sway.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:04 PM   #10
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Hensley/ProPride work as intended. They will make an inadequate tow vehicle adequate. They will make an unbalanced TT tow better. IMO, and I've owned one that I bought used, they aren't really necessary if you have a proper tow vehicle and properly balanced TT.

Hot shot towers tow TT's all the time w/o sway control. Of course they use DRW trucks most of the time. With that being said how many times has anyone heard of or seen a hot shot wrecking a TT from forced sway? It's one thing to have it blown over form high winds and another to have it just randomly start swaying.

Of all the years I've been traveling on hwy's and freeways I've only seen a couple TT's on their side. Next time you're in a CG, just take a walk around and look what people are using for WD setups. I find it truly amazing how many don't have sway control and just use a simple setup like EAZ-Lift with round bars and chains.

Don't take get me wrong on this, a HA or PP will make any setup better. Is it necessary? That's a personal opinion I guess.

After towing a 31' 7300lb TT with a 145" WB 2010 F150 and using an HA and then going to a 12 Ram 2500 CTD 169" WB, I found both felt the same towing.

Another issue and it varies from user to user is the infamous bump. It happens when slowing down and braking. I don't think the PP gives a bump on slowing down but the HA does. If you have a diesel and use the exhaust brake a lot, then you will get the bump slowing down every time because you are not activating the TT's brakes until late into the stop. It can be unnerving and annoying.

If I had a less than perfect tow vehicle and were towing a larger TT, I would invest in one. However If the setup is properly sized then IMO it's unnecessary.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #11
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If you have ever had to make an emergency stop and had your trailer not stay straight behind you will appreciate the Hensley. Never had a problem with an out of control trailer using the Hensley (ten years). It is everything they claim on their dvd. As far as price? What is your investment amount for your TT and TV. Isn't a proper hitch worth it???

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