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Old 05-25-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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V-Nose trailer sway and hensley hitch

I just pulled my 2017 274VFK out of storage and will coming home had two semi trucks pass me, which resulted in major trailer sway. I mean trailer swayed into the neighboring lane.

I was using the standard WDH and already have installed a friction control sway bar.

After researching a lot of options and talking to several people, I have learned that v-nose travel trailers are prone to sway issues. Additionally, the Hensley Swift arrow hitch is the best at preventing sway.

Does anyone out there use a Hensley hitch? If so what is your opinion?
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:21 PM   #2
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I had your same problems. Hensley solved them all. I now have a fifth wheel but will not sell my Hensley at any price, in case I ever go back to a bumper pull trailer.
The hitch is worth every penny you will pay for it. The safety factor is unbelievable.
They sell new and remanufactured units. I bought mine off of Craigslist used and saved enough to buy Hensley’s lifetime warranty.
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:28 PM   #3
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There is one for sale in the classified....I have a ProPride and is worth the cost.

Hensley Hitch $750 (pickup only)
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:34 PM   #4
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I have a Propride 3P which is the same design as the Hensley, towing a 35 ft Windjammer 3008 with a F250. No sway issues over the last 5 week trip on interstates, being passed by trucks and in crosswinds. I can feel the entire rig moving sideways as a unit in severe crosswinds, but I can look in my mirrors and see the trailer and truck are straight with one another.

The only time I can detect any hint of sway is on a downhill interstate bend where the truck has to initiate some turn. Even then it is a ďless secure feelingĒ in the steering wheel as opposed to swaying of the trailer. It is quickly damped out either by the hitch mechanism or the F250 sway control.

Hope this helps. My parents experienced a major trailer sway incident on the way to Italy when I was 11. Itís a moment Iíve never forgotten which is why I bought a Propride and never bothered trying anything else first.
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I "had" the same problem you're having prior to getting my Hensley. If I wasn't paying attention being passed by a semi, I would almost be pulled into their lane. Since I installed the Hensley I don't have to worry about that anymore. NO, movement whats so ever... I bought mine used from a friend. BTW, If you buy a used one, you can call Hensley and get the lifetime warranty for a cost $$.

They really do work!
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Hensley's also solve both world hunger and world peace.
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I use the 4point Equalizer WDH and solved all my problems. Later RJD
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We started with Andersen quickly went to Blue Ox sway pro then to Hensley. BO was better than the first hitch, but the Hensley was by far more superior. Then came the 3/4 T truck I thought I would go back to the BO. So I did just that for one trip NOPE Hensley was still the better way to go.
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I just pulled my 2017 274VFK out of storage and will coming home had two semi trucks pass me, which resulted in major trailer sway. I mean trailer swayed into the neighboring lane.

I was using the standard WDH and already have installed a friction control sway bar.

After researching a lot of options and talking to several people, I have learned that v-nose travel trailers are prone to sway issues. Additionally, the Hensley Swift arrow hitch is the best at preventing sway.

Does anyone out there use a Hensley hitch? If so what is your opinion?
I use an Equalizer 1200/12000 on our Wj3006. No issues. I'd like to see a comparison of an equalizer and a Hensley. For the money the Equalizer is the winner. I mean $700 or $3000, seems like an easy choice to me.
For the record friction sway bars are better used as boat anchors.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:40 PM   #10
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I've pulled my Flagstaff V-nose TT all over the USA. Probably have logged well over 30K miles in the past three years. I use a Fastway E2 WDH. Never had an issue with sway. I follow this and another RV message board and don't recall hearing any issues concerning major sway due to the v-nose design.

My secret.... pulling a 6500 lb TT with a 8000 lb truck. Really cuts down on tail wagging dog issues.

I seriously doubt the V-nose design is more apt to cause trailer sway. I know for sure it does not increase your fuel mileage.
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