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Old 07-30-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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3P and Hensley design hitches

I am all for eliminating sway, and I know before I ask this there will be a ton of variables that could be introduced. But...

Does anyone know what kind of adverse effects these hitches introduce to the back end of your TV...The energy is getting transferred somewhere right...52 inches north of the 3P hitch...which means that all of that "negative" (torque) is getting put on the frame, drive train, springs, etc.

I would imagine that the actual sway would also involve some of the above.

But....

imagine a coat hanger that you continue to bend back and forth at one location (yes that would eventually break at some point.)

But then take a wooden ruler and try to flex it to the same degree.

I am aware that I am kinda comparing apples to oranges to this scenario...I just think that something that has more rigidity to it may "snap" before something that has more "flex" ability to absorb.

I would be interested to hear the comments on this.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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I have been using a Heansley for a long time and it has been transferred from trailer to trailer several times, while I tend to change TV every three years or less I have never had any problems with the TV. I believe the sway is canceled out by the hitch which in your coat hanger analogy would be like putting a hinge where you are bending it.

If Sean from pro-pride still reads this I am sure he could explain it better.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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Not sure how it work but it sure works. I read that it locks the truck and trailer together and the truck change the trailer. but the trailer can't change the truck. I can be running 70 and a large truck pass nothing a push of air not sway.

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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If your trailer sways you need to determine the problem and eliminate that first.
THEN get a Hensley or P3 if you get pushed around by wind or other traffic on the road.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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If your trailer sways you need to determine the problem and eliminate that first.
THEN get a Hensley or P3 if you get pushed around by wind or other traffic on the road.
No you get the Hensley or Pro-pride to cure the swaying.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:13 PM   #6
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Define sway for me please.

"If you notice significant trailer sway during normal driving and an occasional uncomfortable situation, your rig is not set up properly, and that should be corrected."
Taken from;
Controlling Sway Causes of poor tow

"Sway often results from improper weight distribution"
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:55 PM   #7
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Define sway for me please.

"If you notice significant trailer sway during normal driving and an occasional uncomfortable situation, your rig is not set up properly, and that should be corrected."
Taken from;
Controlling Sway Causes of poor tow

"Sway often results from improper weight distribution"
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Trailer Sway Control and Towing Safety Guide | GMC
The difference is in the fact that hensley and pro-pride do not control sway, they eliminate it completely. You can set up WD hitches correctly and still experience sway.
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The difference is in the fact that hensley and pro-pride do not control sway, they eliminate it completely. You can set up WD hitches correctly and still experience sway.
I think what twisty is saying is that it is an improperly loaded camper that sways- nothing to do with the WDH.

I, too, have had the same wonderings. If a camper wants to sway, it's going to push on the hitch and try to sway. If the Hensley/Pro-pride stop it form swaying, is the camper still *trying* to sway and putting undue force on the hitch?

Would it be better to eliminate sway first at the camper level and then have a better towing experience with the Hensley/Pro-pride?

(Obviously, I have no dog in this fight as a fifth wheel owner. Just curious.)
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I found these two videos hope this helps.

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"You can set up WD hitches correctly and still experience sway."
That is true if the weight distribution of the trailer is so poor that sway still happens.

"Would it be better to eliminate sway first at the camper level and then have a better towing experience with the Hensley/Pro-pride?"
Precisely. There can be no intelligent argument against having the trailer set up properly to eliminate unwanted handling characteristics.

I'm done and I am out.
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