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What Is A Jim Hensley Hitch

What Is A Jim Hensley Hitch

If you enjoy traveling, being outside, or taking road trips, you may be thinking about buying a travel trailer. Regardless of wherever the road takes you, one of the most important things to keep in mind is how to safely haul your trailer, and a pivot point projection hitch is the solution to completely eliminate all trailer sway.

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is the most advanced trailer sway-eliminating hitch design available in the market today. The Jim Hensley Hitch is the most trusted name in trailer hitches that ensures a safe and enjoyable towing experience.

History of the Jim Hensley Hitch

Jim Hensley is the inventor of the ProPride 3P® hitch as well as the Hensley Arrow® hitch. He has been awarded hitch patents which he has always owned, and licensed them to Hensley Mfg. and ProPride, Inc. ProPride also owns and licenses patents for the 3P hitch.

PRODUCT US PATENT

Adjustable Hitch Bar

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Adjustable Hitch Bar with the ProPride 3P®

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V2 Jacks

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V2 Jacks with the ProPride 3P®

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Jim Hensley created a simple prototype of his converging link design in 1972 and discovered it worked well. Jim began a patent search in 1976 and discovered that his concept was not even remotely similar to anything else. Jim set up, built, and sold the Eliminator Towing System all by himself.

In 1993, Colin Connell contacted Jim about the Eliminator. Colin bought an Eliminator and used it on his 24' Starcraft travel trailer. He was so taken with it that he wanted to manufacture it and Jim agreed to license the patent to him. Colin then established Hensley Mfg. Inc. to manufacture and sell the hitch, now known as the "Hensley Arrow® Hitch."

Jim continued to develop innovative solutions that were never implemented by Hensley Mfg. Sean Woodruff, a 10-year Vice President at Hensley Mfg., decided to leave the company for this and many other reasons.

When it comes to engineered designs, the ProPride 3P® is second to none. It is the most advanced Jim Hensley hitch ever created by Jim Hensley and Sean Woodruff that debuted in October of 2007.

What is a Jim Hensley Hitch?

The Jim Hensley Hitch is a Pivot Point Projection (3P)' hitch, also known as a sway-control hitch, that is used for towing bumper pulled trailers. It functions completely differently because the 3P hitch is attached to the trailer coupler. And by attaching the Main Unit to the trailer's coupler, it prevents pivoiting on the hitch ball. Eliminating the side to side movement of a bumper towed trailer by projecting the pivot point forward.

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley hitch also features weight distribution jacks that helps distribute weight better and more evenly to balance the connection between the vehicle and the trailer.

By preventing side-to-side movement and projecting the pivot point 52 inches forward to the rear axle of your tow vehicle, you are effectively turning your bumper towed trailer into a fifth wheel and eliminating trailer sway.

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is known to be the most advanced hitch ever produced. It has incredible welding techniques that are carried out under strict supervision for perfect welds every time.

The ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch uses four robotic welders doing the four different components namely the Main Unit, Yoke, Weight Distribution Jacks, and Adjustable Hitch Bars, at all times.

ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch Components

What is a ProPride 3P® Main Unit?

The ProPride 3P® anti-sway trailer hitch main unit is made up of two 3/4" thick links that project the trailer's pivot point forward to near the rear axle of your tow vehicle, eliminating trailer sway by not allowing the trailer to pivot side-to-side on the ball.

ProPride 3P® Main Unit
ProPride 3P® Yoke

What is a ProPride 3P® Yoke?

The ProPride 3P® anti-sway trailer hitch yoke prevents the main unit hitch ball from pivoting in the trailer coupler, causing the trailer to sway.

What is ProPride 3P® Weight Distribution Jacks?

Heavy-duty ProPride 3P® weight distribution jacks allow you to precisely and easily distribute your tongue weight by leveling the trailer to your vehicle.

 

ProPride 3P® Weight Distribution Jacks
ProPride 3P® Adjustable Hitch Bar

What is a ProPride 3P® Adjustable Hitch Bar?

The adjustable hitch bar is a vast improvement over the original Jim Hensley hitch's non-adjustable offset. The bar has multiple offset positions to help level your trailer and stabilize handling. The tilt feature in the bar improves weight distribution and keeps the ProPride 3P® hitch head level.

When you are out on the road hauling your trailer, the last thing you need to worry about is experiencing trailer sway. You're probably thinking about using a hitch designed to 'control' trailer sway at this point. Why not just install one that eliminates it entirely?

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

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