How To Back Up With A Jim Hensley Hitch

How To Back Up With A Jim Hensley Hitch

One of the scariest things about towing is backing up a trailer. Drivers will do anything to avoid it. But keep in mind that backing up a trailer takes a lot of practice.

There are a few different techniques and tips you can use to properly back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch, such as envisioning your vehicle pushing the trailer and creating wide turns.

If you equip your tow vehicles with the most advanced ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, you are unlikely to opt for a lower-quality model.

Can you back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch?

The answer is, yes.

Not only does it back up easily, you do not have to worry about disconnecting anything to do so. This is a huge advantage the 3P has over most friction based hitches, not to mention you will also enjoy up to 87 degrees of turn radius.

Although it's possible to back up with some friction based sway control hitches, you need to disassemble them first and find a place to store the removed parts.

How to back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch

Backing up with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is not the same as backing up with a standard hitch. To back up with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, there’s no need for disassembly. The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch has a design that doesn’t require owners to disassemble to back up. All you need to do is to back it up at an angle, then back it up straight into the parking spot. Pull-up and re-adjust (if necessary). Once parked successfully, it’s time to unhitch. Check out this video.

If you successfully unhitch, your next hitch will go more smoothly. The way you previously unhitched has a significant impact on how you connect. If you practice these procedures on a regular basis, the Main Hitch Unit will be ready for your next unhitching.

Your trailer can be unhitched from any direction. Simply turn the Main Hitch Unit's hitch box around to face in the same direction you disconnected, and you'll be able to reconnect at the same angle next time.

Here is a friendly reminder of steps to follow:

Step 1: Chock your trailer tires.

Step 2: Lower your tongue jack until it takes the load off of the back of your tow vehicle.

Step 3: Unhook your chains, electrical, and emergency brake cable.

Step 4: Lower your Weight Distribution Jack until the Spring Bar becomes loose. Kick the spring bar with your foot to recognize that there is no tension on it. At that point, STOP lowering the jack, approximately 2-3” high from the base. Repeat this on the other side.

Step 5: Unlatch the OCL on each side with the OCL wrench.

Step 6: Pull the tow vehicle away from the hitch. If you have released the tension from the spring bars the hitch bar should slide smoothly out of the front of the hitch.

Tips for Beginners

Tip 1: Place your hands on the steering wheel at 6 o'clock.

Visualizing which way to steer your trailer is much easier.

Tip 2: If possible, look behind you.

Roll down your windows and check your side mirrors for a clear view.

Tip 3: Consider your vehicle pushing your trailer.

As you back up, imagine the back end of your vehicle pushing the trailer coupler.

Tip 4: Make wide turns at first, but move slowly.

Making wide turns may feel awkward at first, but with practice, it will become second nature.

Tip 5: Don't move too quickly.

Do not exaggerate your turns to the point where the trailer jackknifes.

Backing up with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is not a problem. It doesn't cause any extra difficulties at all.

Choosing the right hitch

People may wonder, "Do I need the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch? Is it worth the money?”

Backing up a trailer can be difficult and even upsetting. But having the right hitch and practicing the task a few times will not only ensure that you can do it efficiently in a real-life situation but will also boost your confidence. You might not even have to be concerned about others watching you because you're already an expert.

Back up easy with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch.

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