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Jim Hensley Hitch vs Blue Ox SwayPro® vs Equal-i-zer® vs Husky Center Line® TS

Jim Hensley Hitch vs Blue Ox SwayPro® vs Equal-i-zer® vs Husky Center Line® TS

Controlling your trailer and driving your tow vehicle is a big deal. You must use the best equipment possible to ensure a safe and easy riding experience.

 

Weight distribution hitches, also known as sway-control hitches, balance the connection between the vehicle and the trailer. Installing a weight-distribution hitch is important, especially when towing large loads. It can mean the difference between a stressful journey and a relaxing ride. With the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, you can finally enjoy life on the road without worrying about heavy loads or losing control of your vehicle.

 

Although there is a wide range in price for weight distribution hitches, from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, it is important to learn more about the product before purchasing one. That is why we will go over some of the different types of weight distribution hitches available, their specifications, and what distinguishes ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch from the rest.

Sway-control Hitches

The Equal-i-zer® 4-point Sway Control Hitch is a weight-distribution hitch with trunnion bars that comes in many different tongue weight and gross trailer weight ratings. Users claim this weight-distributing hitch is simple to install though it will require some additional adjustment the first time or when switching trailers. The disadvantages are that it is louder than a chain-style equalizer hitch, it is slightly more expensive, and is a friction-based solution.

Equal-i-zer® 4-point Sway Control Hitch

The  Blue Ox SwayPro® Hitch is a trunnion hitch with a tongue weight rating of 1,500 pounds and a gross tongue weight of 15,000 pounds. According to some users, it is nearly silent when in motion and comes with a pre-adjusted head that is ready to use. Some users complain that the sway bar chains are difficult to adjust. This weight-distributing hitch, like the Equal-i-zer®, is on the pricey side and is a friction-based solution too.

Blue Ox SwayPro® Hitch

The Husky Center Line® TS has a very high tongue weight rating of 1,200 pounds and a gross tongue weight of 12,000 pounds. According to some users, it is quieter than any other similar kits. The common complaint from users is its weight, despite the fact that it is not significantly heavier than comparable hitches. It is also difficult to install and move when not hooked up to your vehicle. And just like the Equal-i-zer® and Blue Ox SwayPro®, it is a friction-based solution too.

Husky Center Line® TS

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is by far the most improved, enhanced, and advanced trailer sway control hitch available for your extraordinary towing experience.

ProPride 3P

With easy installation and use you'll experience towing stability and safety unmatched by any hitch available. Its solid steel, durable design, and construction are built with the finest products available in the industry. It has incredible welding techniques that use four robotic welders doing four different things— the Main Unit, Yoke, Weight Distribution Jacks, and Adjustable Hitch Bar, at all times. The ProPride 3P® features the Pivot Point Projection (3P) technology that operates completely differently. Why is it different? The 3P hitch is attached to the coupler of the trailer. And by attaching the main head to the coupler of the trailer, we lock out the side to movement on the hitch ball. Any side forces on the trailer or any forces on the trailer that attempt to pivot the trailer at the coupler actually are projected forward. And because of our design, the effective point of the trailer is 52 inches forward of the ball. By locking out the side to side movement and projecting the pivot point forward to the rear axle of your tow vehicle, the 3P effectively causes your towing rig to act as a fifth wheel wood when influenced by outside forces. With the 3P technology, the towed combination becomes very solid and very stable.

Weight Distribution Hitches Comparison Table

ProPride 3P® Blue Ox SwayPro® Equal-i-zer® Husky Center Line® TS

Price

$799

over $825 (depending on the weight)

over $600 (depending on the weight)

Tongue Weight

300 - 1400 lbs

350, 550, 750, 1,000, 1,500 & 2,000 lbs

400, 600, 1,000, 1,200, 1,400, 1,600 lbs

400 - 600 lbs, 600 - 800 lbs, 800 - 1,200 lbs, 1,000 - 1,400 lbs

Gross Trailer Weight

14K maximum

20K maximum

4,000, 6,000, 10,000, 12,000, 14,000, 16,000 lbs

6,000, 8,000, 12,000, 14,000 lbs

Receiver Shanks

2" (standard), 2.5". 3.0"

2" receiver or 2.5" (BXW2000) receiver shanks dependent on model

2"

2", 2-5/16"

Pros

3P technology, solid steel, durabel design and construction, patented yoke, 3/4" thick Pivot Point Projection control links, 200# rated weight distribution jacks, 1400# or 1000# weight distribution spring bars, LIFETIME WARRANTY

Well-made, rotating latches, powder-coated steel construction

Variety of weight ratings and sizes available

Inexpensive, high weight rating, includes universal frame brackets

Cons

High price point

Loud, needs big sockets for installation

Needs more adjustment, louder than other similar hitches

Tricky installation

A Jim Hensley Hitch may cost you more than the amount of other standard hitches. However, the cost of the product includes added benefits that are not present with other standard hitches (as shown above). Most importantly, the ProPride 3P® hitch will eliminate your trailer sway problem.

If you use a friction-based solution, such as the Blue Ox SwayPro®, Equal-i-zer®, or Husky Center Line® TS, you will only dampen or reduce sway in certain situations, and you will have to slow down, limiting your vehicle's full towing capacity.

Why is it really best not to buy a friction-based solution?

Though friction-based solutions are less expensive, they do not solve the problem because they are simple mechanisms with fewer steel and moving parts.

In a friction-based solution, the pivot point remains on the hitch ball where the problem begins. When sway is developed, a friction-based solution will only take effect at high speeds. When the sway force exceeds the friction coefficient, the trailer will begin to sway.

Many ProPride 3P® hitch buyers previously owned a friction-based solution, and they wished they had started with a product that eliminates the problem, such as the ProPride 3P®.

What makes ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch different from other sway-control hitches?

To dampen the sway force, many hitches incorporate friction forces into their design. The difference between a ProPride 3P® Hitch and the other three hitches is simple and clear. Sway is eliminated by the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley hitch. And here’s why.

  • The Pivot Point Projection works in a different way. This ProPride 3P® Hitch is attached to the trailer coupler, which prevents the hitch ball from moving from side to side. Any outside forces attempting to pivot the trailer at the coupler are instead directed toward the tow vehicle's rear axle, removing the lever arm that acts on the tow vehicle when using a conventional hitch. 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 basically become one long truck. 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.

 

  • The 3P technology is single-directional. That means that the effective pivot point is only near the rear axle when the trailer tries to pivot with a force on the trailer side of the hitch. When a turning force is exerted from the tow vehicle side of the hitch, the effective pivot point is at the hitch, allowing the tow vehicle to control the trailer completely.

 

  • 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. These jacks give the user full control as to how much weight is distributed to the axles of the towing vehicle.

If you want to let the hitch handle everything and keep the trailer stable for you, consider the Jim Hensley Hitch and expect no trailer sway, no longer braking distances, no poor handling, or unnecessary vehicle trouble with the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch.

Make the right decision today and enjoy the safest and most secure towing experience available.

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