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How Is The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch Different From Other Sway Control Hitches?

How Is The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch Different From Other Sway Control Hitches?

Most of the weight distribution hitches are all used for the same thing. They also all attempt to reduce sway by reducing speed, adding friction, pumping your trailer brakes, or just by distributing weight correctly, which is unsuccessful. Sway control hitches, equalizer hitches, weight distribution hitches, stabilizer hitches, or anti-sway hitches are some of their names. Ours is known as the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, which is the most advanced trailer sway control hitch that offers a performance that is second to none. But why go with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch? How does ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch differ from other sway control hitches?

In this article, we’ll go into detail about what the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is and how weight distribution works with the patented 3P technology. You might be familiar with friction-based sway control hitches, so we'll compare them to ours to showcase how innovative and outstanding the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is.

What is ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch?

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, commonly referred to as a sway eliminating hitch, is a weight-distribution hitch used for trailer towing. It helps in distributing weight equally to balance the connection between the trailer and the vehicle.

Pivot Point Projection, also known as 3P technology, is the key feature of the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley hitch. The ProPride 3P® is the only one which incorporates all of Jim Hensley's innovations.

3P technology and Weight distribution

The Pivot Point Projection or 3P technology is single-directional and works differently compared to other sway-control hitches. This ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch locks out the trailer coupler and keeps the trailer from moving on the ball. Any outside forces attempting to pivot the trailer at the coupler are instead directed toward the tow vehicle's rear axle.

Instead of a swinging lever at the end of your tow vehicle, the ProPride 3P® has an unbreachable level of stability that allows the tow vehicle and trailer to move as a single vehicle. With this added stability, you won't have to manually correct trailer sway because with the ProPride 3P®, trailer sway will never happen. After all, the hitch ball isn't moving, so there's no leverage to hurl the trailer out of balance. Take a look at this simple lego demonstration to help you understand.

Weight distribution is built into the design of the ProPride 3P® hitch. The sway control feature of the ProPride 3P® is truly independent of the weight distribution feature. Two heavy-duty weight distribution jacks control the weight distribution feature and give the user full control as to how much weight is distributed to the axles of the towing vehicle.

How Is The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch Different From Other Sway Control Hitches?

Many hitches use friction forces in their design to reduce the sway. The ProPride 3P® Hitch's advantage over friction-based sway control hitches is easy to understand. The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley hitch eliminates sway.

Let's take a look at what some of those differences are between our ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch and the friction based solution sway control hitches.

ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch Friction based solution

Eliminates sway

Reduces sway

Silent

Loud

3P technology

Pivot point is still on the hitch ball

Solid steel, durable design and construction

Cheaper because of simple mechanisms

Patented yoke, 3/4" thick Pivot Point Projection control links

Needs more adjustment

No need to reduce speed

Inconsistent amounts of friction applied

Utilize the Full Towing and Weight Capacity of your vehicle

Needs big socket for installation

Lifetime warranty

Tricky installation

Retains value on second-hand market

With a friction based solution the pivot point is still on the hitch ball, that is where the problem starts. A friction based solution will only go into effect, at speed, when sway starts to happen. In cases where the force of the sway exceeds the friction coefficient, the trailer will start to sway.

In order to stop sway with friction you would have to apply enough friction to stop the trailer from pivoting.

In other words, the amount of friction necessary to stop the trailer from swaying would also prevent you from being able to take turns.

One major problem of friction based solution sway control hitches is the noise it creates. If you don't know about it, watch this.

You can also check out this video from Sean Woodruff to see him explain the differences between the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch and friction based solution sway control hitches.

The greatest technique to prevent trailer sway is not to control it, but to totally eliminate it.

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley hitch is pricey, but when it comes to safety, there is no substitute to it. Yes, there are less expensive hitches on the market like the Blue Ox SwayPro®, Equalizer®, Husky Center Line® TS and more, but what long-term advantages can they offer?

Make a difference, choose the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley hitch. A wise choice could save lives and keep your trailer from being damaged.

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Got questions? Email us at info@propridehitch.com or call us at (800) 960-4767.

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