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Old 01-29-2019, 06:49 AM   #1
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Is the Hensley worth money

I've got a 30ft toy hauler now with the 4 point equalizer hitch and it seems to work good, we are upgrading to a longer toy hauler, 37ft long. We have a trip planned to Sturgis this August, about 3300 miles round trip. I've been thinking about going with the Hensley since my old hitch is being sold with the old camper, but they are almost 4 times as expensive as the 4 point equalizer or blue ox, are they so much better.

Sturgis is a long trip and it would be nice to not have to worry about cross winds or big trucks blowing by.

Thanks for the advice
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:06 AM   #2
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It could be the app I'm using but I don't see what you're pulling it with here.

Short story is the folks that have dropped that much money on a hitch are of course going to say it's the best hitch money can buy. Definitely worth the investment.. if you don't do it you're taking your life in your hands.

I'm not as convinced. How often has sway been an issue with your current setup?

It would help if you posted what you have now.. tow vehicle, rig, weights, etc and what you are looking to go to.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:44 AM   #3
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Do you need it? No. Is it a great insurance policy to GREATLY improve and prevent control issues while towing? Yes. We have one and I say they are worth every penny. BTW, Hensley's easily move from TV and TT. We bought ours used 6 years ago and it is at least 15 years old. It is now on its 4th TT, two with previous owner, and 3rd TV.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:52 AM   #4
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Once you have decided a hitch upgrade is worth the money I would suggest you also consider the ProPride hitch https://www.propridehitch.com/. It is the one I went with and extremely happy with it. Top notch Customer Service. Sometime back there was a 10% discount code (USA) try it.
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:39 AM   #5
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Here is my current info

31ft KZ toy hauler weighing 6200 empty about 8000 loaded with 1050 tongue weight - 3/4 ton crew cab gas truck

The unit I'm looking at - Wolf Pack 25PACK12 or T-30 Torque - both will be about 10K loaded and in the 36 to 38ft long with around 1150 tongue weight

I've been pulling campers for years, even worked part time for a dealership and have been up to Goshen and Middlebury Indiana multiple times to pickup new units to return to NC. My current setup seems to work good, never any big sway issues, but with the bigger new trailer, and since I have to buy a hit anyway, just want to start out with the right stuff. Also on the trip my wife might help drive so I'm trying to look at all the conditions
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:31 AM   #6
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Lot's of things are worth the money- doesn't mean one has the money. So, if you have the money, you can buy either a ProPride or a Hensley and you'll be very happy with it. I think a Ferrari is worth "the money"; unfortunately, I don't have "the money"!
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You can get 90% of the benefit for 30% of the money.

Whether or not that is 'good enough' is a decision everyone has to make for themselves

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Old 01-29-2019, 10:39 AM   #8
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You can get 90% of the benefit for 30% of the money.

Whether or not that is 'good enough' is a decision everyone has to make for themselves

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That's the law of diminishing returns. Everyone has to decide where on the graph they're most comfortable. I'm cool with getting 90% of the phone or TV for 10% of the money, lol. Also the reason I buy XLT trucks typically instead of the Platinum. I get 95% of the truck for 60% of the money.
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Old 01-29-2019, 01:02 PM   #9
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I had a Hensley and it immediately eliminated any hint of sway. I foolishly sold it, thinking we would not have another trailer.
I now have a 264RKLE Surveyor with an Equal-i-zer 4E. Same tow vehicle. The Surveyor is a bit heavier and longer than the previous trailer. Equal-i-zer does not do the same job.
DW says no, but, I keep looking for a used Hensley.

There is a learning curve to Hensley hookup,but, once mastered, worth it. Also, I kept the Hensley greased where required and I never got a bit of grease on me. Seems like every time I get neat the equalizer I get a spot grease from the hitch head or front of the equalizer bars on some piece of clothing.
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Old 01-29-2019, 01:37 PM   #10
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As mentioned, it's a significant premium. My Equalizer 1,000 lb WDH was $500 OTD when I bought last Jan -- that included the ball and the set-up (and my dealer did a really nice job setting it up). Propride is $3,000. That's closer to 6x ... an order of magnitude difference in price.

The old adage is something like: a $20 bottle of wine is generally better than a $10 bottle of wine, but it's not twice as good. Before everyone starts piping up with the $4 bottle of some brand they love, that's not the point. The point is the diminishing returns. It's better. Is it 6x better? Almost assuredly not.

If money is no object, then buy the best without question.

I wouldn't pay a dime more than I did. The Equalizer WDH is easy to set up (use) and it's incredibly stable. If I were towing a 40' 12,000 lb trailer, maybe my answer would change.
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