SHOULD I BUY A JIM HENSLEY HITCH OR CAN I JUST BUY A FRICTION BASED ANTI-SWAY HITCH?
9 Reasons You Should...
CONGRATULATIONS FOR FINDING THIS. Making the Right Decision Could SAVE LIVES and Your Trailer.
Here is the executive summary: If you use a friction based solution like the Blue Ox SwayPro® you will only reduce sway, you will have to slow down and you will not be able to use the full towing capacity of your vehicle.
If you want to eliminate sway, you need to buy a Jim Hensley Hitch. The 3P is the latest of three Jim Hensley hitches in existence. First came the Eliminator, then the Arrow® and finally the 3P. The 3P is the only one which incorporates all of Jim Hensley's innovations.
Most buyers of ProPride 3P hitch used to own a friction based solution, all of them wish they would have just started out with the product that eliminates the problem, namely the ProPride 3P.
Friction Based Solutions Like Blue Ox Only Start Working Once Trailer Sway Has Initiated
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.
You Can Never Put Enough Friction On to STOP Trailer 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.
Rain Water, Dust, Any Bump in the Road Can Reduce Friction Temporarily and Cause Sway
Water is a lubricant, so is fine dust. As a result of normal use a friction based solution like the Blue Ox SwayPro® can have inconsistent amounts of friction applied under varying conditions.
The ProPride 3P (Pivot Point Projection) projects the pivot point of your trailer just forward of the rear axle, this stops trailer sway under any conditions.
Most Buyers of the 3P Hitch Used To Own a SwayPro® or Other Friction Based Solutions
Friction based solutions are cheaper because they are simple mechanisms with less steel and moving parts in their construction.
There are no real savings in buying a $600+ hitch that does not solve the problem. Further more, the ProPride 3P retains it's value in the second hand market, usually selling for over $2000 used. Ask the ProPride FaceBook Group members.
It Is EXHAUSTING To Drive a Large Trailer With Anything but a Jim Hensley Hitch
A friction based anti sway hitch will help some of the time, but you will still be a member of the white knuckle club.
If you miss driving down the road with one hand on the wheel buy a Jim Hensley hitch, the 3P is the latest of 3 such hitches in existence. First came the Eliminator, then the Arrow® and finally the 3P. The 3P is the only one which incorporates all of Jim Hensley's innovations.
The ProPride 3P Hitch Allows You To Utilize the Full Towing Capacity and Weight Capacity of Your Vehicle
The 3P eliminates sway, you do not need an oversized vehicle. You can tow to the maximum towing capacity of your vehicle. An oversized vehicle is not the solution to sway in and of itself, we call this The Big Truck Myth.
A trailer can sway on the back of a very large truck just as it does on a smaller one because the pivot point is the same. You may feel the trailer sway less in a larger truck, but not feeling the sway can also lead to the destruction of your trailer.
Travel Where You WANT To Go vs Where You CAN Go
Owners of the ProPride 3P Hitch routinely report traveling distances of of over 600 miles in a day.
Without having to fight sway, the world becomes more accessible to owners of the 3P.
No Need To Reduce Speed With the ProPride 3P or Other Jim Hensley Hitches
Part of the reason that the world becomes more accessible to owners of the 3P is certainly because of speed.
The elimination of sway allows for travel up to 80 mph (130 Km/h). Do not try that with a friction based anti-sway hitch or anywhere that it is not legal or safe 😉.
Friction Based Anti Sway Hitches Are Loud, the ProPride 3P Is Silent
Grinding metal on metal creates friction and also a lot of noise. Instead of setting up your rig to sound like a Tank Division, get the 3P Hitch.
The 3P is so quiet that is has been called the silent assassin, and campground ninja.
ProPride was founded with one single focus. That focus being to develop a culture of professional pride in everything we do in order to create an exceptional customer experience with every trailer hitch product, part, and service we offer.