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Old 05-16-2018, 05:05 AM   #1
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Hitching up at an angle with PP or Hensley?

Please no bashing and please only owners or experienced replies. I really need to know answers because I need to make a decision today on one of these 2 hitches or if I am going to get a standard ball style. If they cannot do what I need then I need to get a regular ball style hitch. So my plan is to get a Hensley or PP with our new TT. After watching vids and reading posts it seems that you cannot hook or unhook these systems if the TV isn't straight left to right, with the TT? But nothing flat out tells me or shows me. If its true then that really sucks because my indoor storage requires me to hook up and unhook at around a 35-45 degree angle between the TV and TT. Please help guys!
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:55 AM   #2
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Can't you just yank it out and get her straight then hook up the sway system?
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Can't you just yank it out and get her straight then hook up the sway system?
I don't know, can you? I will have to hookup and unhook from the TT at this angle every time. Are you saying it is possible as long as you do not hook up the anti sway bars? I can't find a clear cut answer if this is possible. Oh wait, you aren't talking about a standard ball hitch are you? If so then, yes you can. My question is specifically about doing this with the Propride and Hensley hitches. Just making sure that's what your referring to.
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As long as you don't mess with the stabilizers and come out of it and go in the same way, there shouldn't be a problem. I always release my bars when I back into or come out at a sharper angle. I can't imagine the Hensley or the ProPride are any different. All CG's have different terrain and if they require a straight up connection, I'd look for a different hitch. My friend tows his trailer with a Hensley and he's never had a problem.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:44 AM   #5
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Incorrect information. Once I needed to hitch up ProPride at 90 degree angle. ProPride is newer version of Hensley. If money is not a problem, take ProPride.

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I responded because I know how they work, being around them all day. No, I don't own one but I'm pretty clear on how they work.
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:29 PM   #7
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Hensley owner here, it is a pain but yes you can do it. If you have a back up camera on your pickup it is much easier. You can also leave the stinger in the hitch and back your truck receiver onto it instead of the normal way. With the stinger in the head you can rotate the hitch to the desired angle as well. For all the headache they can be for hitching up they pay for themselves in spades towing. Nothing else comes close, nothing.
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Yes you can hitch up at an angle. The easiest is to leave the head at the same angle as when you unhitched, but it moves easily to line it up as you back towards it, just get close & adjust the angle. Just think of it in the same way as lining up the ball under the “socket”, with the Propride (which I have), you are just lining up the “stinger” with the “square socket”, just on a horizontal plane rather than a vertical plane. It’s a little bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve done it a couple times, it’s really quite easy. I hitch and unhitch much faster now than when I had my Equal-I-zer hitch.
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Hensley owner here, it is a pain but yes you can do it. If you have a back up camera on your pickup it is much easier. You can also leave the stinger in the hitch and back your truck receiver onto it instead of the normal way. With the stinger in the head you can rotate the hitch to the desired angle as well. For all the headache they can be for hitching up they pay for themselves in spades towing. Nothing else comes close, nothing.
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Yes you can hitch up at an angle. The easiest is to leave the head at the same angle as when you unhitched, but it moves easily to line it up as you back towards it, just get close & adjust the angle. Just think of it in the same way as lining up the ball under the “socket”, with the Propride (which I have), you are just lining up the “stinger” with the “square socket”, just on a horizontal plane rather than a vertical plane. It’s a little bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve done it a couple times, it’s really quite easy. I hitch and unhitch much faster now than when I had my Equal-I-zer hitch.
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Man, thanks you guys. Very good replies and just what I needed. There is confidence for me in both. I also called Sean from Propride yesterday and got his input because I decided to go with a Propride 3P-1400. After researching, watching hours of vids, and reading hundreds of reviews, I don't think one is any better than the other. Both have amazing reviews and lifetime warranties. I actually ended up deciding off of color. The all black on the Propride looks so much better. The Hensley's, especially with a few years age on them look hideous. Our TT will always be indoor stored so its probably not as critical but I don't like that color. The adjustable stinger will be nice too. Sealing the deal with the dealer today hopefully with a buyers agreement. Thanks again to all helpers!!
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:34 AM   #10
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I used a used HA for about 1 year. Hitching on an sideways angle was doable. Where I had real trouble was when the TT and the truck were in a deep V position. It took multiple tries to get the stinger in the receiver. I had to do it in small amounts. I constantly had to lift the HA up every 1-2" of insertion. PITA as it was what I had to do when parking in my driveway.
JMHO but I would never buy one again. Too much hassle and $$$$$. If I were to go back to a TT again I'd find one I like that had the axles more rearward to give a more natural straight line tow.
Don't get me wrong as I thing the PP and HA are the best of the best in WDH's, but with a properly designed and setup TT they're not necessary.
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