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How To Back Up With A Jim Hensley Hitch

How To Back Up With A Jim Hensley Hitch

Backing up a trailer can be intimidating for drivers, as it requires a lot of practice and proper technique. To successfully back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch, it may be helpful to envision your vehicle pushing the trailer and making wide turns. Additionally, investing in a high-quality hitch like the ProPride 3P® can make the process easier and more efficient. Many drivers prefer to use the best available sway-control hitch to avoid potential issues or trailer sway when towing.

Can you back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch?

Yes, it is possible to back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch, and the process is made even easier with the ProPride 3P® due to its ability to stay connected during backing up. This is a major advantage over friction-based hitches, which often require disassembly before backing up and may have a limited turn radius. The ProPride 3P® also offers a wider turn radius of up to 87 degrees, making it easier to maneuver in tight spaces.

How to back up with a Jim Hensley Hitch

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch has a unique design that allows for easy backing up without the need for disassembly. To back up with this hitch, simply angle the trailer and then back it straight into the parking spot. If necessary, adjust your position and then unhitch once you have successfully parked. This process is different from backing up with a friction-based hitch, which may require disassembly before backing up. For more information, you can check out a video on the subject below.

Properly unhitching your trailer can make the process of reattaching it much smoother in the future. It is possible to unhitch the trailer from any direction, and the main hitch unit can be turned to face the same direction as the previous disconnection for easier reattachment. By following these steps, you can more easily and efficiently connect and disconnect your trailer.

Here is a summary of the steps for unhitching a trailer:

  1. Secure the trailer tires with chocks.
  2. Lower the tongue jack to take the load off the back of the tow vehicle.
  3. Disconnect the chains, electrical cables, and emergency brake cable.
  4. Lower the weight distribution jack until the spring bar becomes loose, and then stop lowering the jack when it is about 2-3 inches from the base. Repeat this process on the other side.
  5. Use the OCL wrench to unlatch the OCL on each side.
  6. Slowly drive the tow vehicle away from the hitch, making sure that the hitch bar slides smoothly out of the front of the hitch.

Tips for Beginners

Here are some tips for beginners who are learning to back up a trailer:

1: Place your hands on the steering wheel at the 6 o'clock position to help visualize the direction in which you need to steer the trailer.

2: If possible, look behind you to get a clear view of the trailer and its movement. Use your side mirrors to assist with this.

3: Imagine that your vehicle is pushing the trailer coupler as you back up, as this can help you better understand how the trailer will move in relation to your vehicle.

4: Make wide turns at first, but move slowly to avoid oversteering or causing the trailer to jackknife. With practice, you will be able to make more precise turns

5: Don't move too quickly while backing up, as this can make it difficult to control the trailer. Be sure to take your time and make sure that the trailer is moving as desired.

Backing up with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is straightforward and does not pose any extra difficulties.

Choosing the right hitch

Some people may be hesitant to invest in the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, wondering if it is worth the cost. However, having the right hitch and practicing the task of backing up a trailer can not only make the process easier and more efficient, but can also increase your confidence in your ability to do so. With the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, you can feel more secure in your ability to back up easily, even in real-life situations where others may be watching you at the campgrounds. Overall, investing in this hitch may be worth the money if you want to make backing up a trailer as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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

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