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Old 01-26-2019, 06:49 AM   #1
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Hensley/ProPride and HD Trucks?

Quick question. Iím about to pull the trigger on a ProPride hitch before a long out west trip.

Those of you running this style of hitch behind an HD truck, particularly a diesel, have you noticed any undesirable behavior when using powertrain braking? (Exhaust brake, transmission grade braking)

I ask because the way the hitch moves laterally I canít foresee it being a real concern but Iíd like to ask. I depend heavily on the powertrain braking abilities when trailering in the mountains.
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:55 AM   #2
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Give Shawn at ProPride a call. He was extremely helpful when I purchased mine and has been great long after the sale. He will not feed you a line of bull just to sell the hitch. He wants you to be happy because he realizes his business depends on highly satisfied customers. As an aside, I had this same question before I bought, just with respect to hard braking. I can PM you his number if you are interested.
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:56 AM   #3
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I used a propide with a Ram 3500 SRW, CTD and had zero issues utilizing the exhaust brake. It was a complete pleasure towing through the WV, VA and NC mountains. Now sway no issues!!

Best thing would be to contact Sean at ProPride talk through your concerns.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:05 AM   #4
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Give Shawn at ProPride a call. He was extremely helpful when I purchased mine and has been great long after the sale. He will not feed you a line of bull just to sell the hitch. He wants you to be happy because he realizes his business depends on highly satisfied customers. As an aside, I had this same question before I bought, just with respect to hard braking. I can PM you his number if you are interested.
Iíve talked to Shawn. Thank you. He is very helpful. His response is below. So Iím not overly concerned, but Iíd like to hear real world experience. Iím sure Iím over thinking this, but for $3k and a two week 4K mike trip, I want to be sure.


In most situations, there isn't enough difference in the deceleration of the trailer and the tow vehicle for the trailer to really roll up on the tow vehicle. And, even if it does slightly it instantly goes away when the trailer is being pulled again. There can be some push in a turn if the trailer isn't slowing properly but, again, not very common due to the trailer brakes slowing down the trailer adequately.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:15 AM   #5
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I used a propide with a Ram 3500 SRW, CTD and had zero issues utilizing the exhaust brake. It was a complete pleasure towing through the WV, VA and NC mountains. Now sway no issues!!

Best thing would be to contact Sean at ProPride talk through your concerns.
Thank you. Thatís great to hear. Thatís what I was looking for.
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:58 AM   #6
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I used a Hensley with a 31' 7300 lbs SOB TT and a 12 Ram 2500 CTD. I got the infamous 'Bump' quite often using just the EB then hitting the brakes. It occurred when exiting off ramps where I just let up on the pedal and let the EB slow me down for a bit. Then when needing the brakes to finally stop I'd get the 'Bump'.
I also got the 'Bump' when in the sections of the hwy where you approach a 25-35 mph curve while running 55-60 mph. As I approach the curve I, again let the EB slow me down until I need the trucks brakes, at that point stepping on the brakes would cause the 'Bump'.

Now this 'Bump' thing didn't happen like that every time. Just enough and unexpectedly to bug me.
I also used the same HA with the same TT and a 2010 F150 and never got the 'Bump'.
Figured that the F150's TBC was doing it's job and causing the TT's brakes to grab before the 'Bump' could happen.

I will say though that the HA is awesome. It was far more effective with the F150 than the 2500. I towed the same TT with a no sway EAZ-Lift and the TT 2500 never flinched.
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I used a Hensley with a 31' 7300 lbs SOB TT and a 12 Ram 2500 CTD. I got the infamous 'Bump' quite often using just the EB then hitting the brakes. It occurred when exiting off ramps where I just let up on the pedal and let the EB slow me down for a bit. Then when needing the brakes to finally stop I'd get the 'Bump'.
I also got the 'Bump' when in the sections of the hwy where you approach a 25-35 mph curve while running 55-60 mph. As I approach the curve I, again let the EB slow me down until I need the trucks brakes, at that point stepping on the brakes would cause the 'Bump'.

Now this 'Bump' thing didn't happen like that every time. Just enough and unexpectedly to bug me.
I also used the same HA with the same TT and a 2010 F150 and never got the 'Bump'.
Figured that the F150's TBC was doing it's job and causing the TT's brakes to grab before the 'Bump' could happen.

I will say though that the HA is awesome. It was far more effective with the F150 than the 2500. I towed the same TT with a no sway EAZ-Lift and the TT 2500 never flinched.
This sounds exactly how I drive. Use the powertrain braking as much as possible.

So how ďbadĒ is the ďbumpĒ? In the last paragraph are you saying you prefer the EAZ-Lift to the HA with the 2500?
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The bumps not bad in and of it's self. It just catches you off guard since you don't know when it's coming.
I didn't mean to sound like the EAZ-Lift was preferred. What I meant was that with my TT and going to a 3/4 ton from a 1/2 ton that the little bit of TT movement didn't effect the truck like it did with the F150. When the TT got pushed around the F150 also got pushed around. Using the HA with the F150 cured all the truck movement. Not to sound cliche'ish but it really was like nothing was back there.
Moving to the 2500 CTD and just using a plane Jane WDH like the EAZ-Lift gave the same "Like nothing back there" tow.

another factor that bothered me about the HA was the hitching and unhitching. If you're on level ground then it's not bad. If you're on very uneven ground it can be frustrating.
I didn't have a backup cam on either truck so I had to have the wife help or get out of the truck several times to adjust the HA to get the stinger to line up. I'm assuming that with a backup cam things would be somewhat easier.
The other issue and this pertains to me, was that when parking the TT in my driveway I was in a V position with the truck and TT. When hitching I could only insert the stinger an inch or so before it would jam. I had to get out and raise the HA a little, then push the stinger in a bit, repeat, repeat until the HA was seated.
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Buy the propride-awesome hitch and Shawn is indeed very helpful.
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Old 01-27-2019, 09:15 PM   #10
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I could never justify spend that kind of money on a hitch. I didn't need to with the 150, and surely didn't need it with the Super Duty. If my tow vehicle needed that hitch, I would have sooner spent the money on a better tow vehicle.
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