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The ProPride 3P hitch is the most advanced trailer sway control hitch available for your towing needs. Jim Hensley hitch, the man who revolutionized hitch performance with his old Hensley Arrow hitch design, has improved and enhanced his new design for your extraordinary towing experience. With easy installation and use you'll experience towing stability and safety unmatched by any hitch available.
The ProPride 3P main unit consists of two 3/4" thick links that project the pivot point of the trailer forward to near the rear axle of your tow vehicle. By not allowing the trailer to pivot side-to-side on the ball trailer sway is eliminated.
The ProPride Yoke keeps the main unit hitch ball from pivoting in the trailer coupler which would allow the trailer to sway.
Heavy duty weight distribution jacks allow you to distribute your tongue weight with precision and ease.
The 3P adjustable hitch bar is designed for any tow vehicle and trailer combination now and in the future. It includes a bar tilt feature to compensate for hitch receivers that are not parallel to the ground. This tilt allows more efficient weight distribution for varying hitch receivers.
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Posted by Hayden Rampy on 14th Jan 2017
Wanted to share my experience with the Pro-Pride 3P.
My truck: 2016 F-150 with a 3.5 L Eco Boost, 3.55 rear end, max towing package and a 145 inch wheel base. It has a curb weight of 4890 lb, towing capacity of 11,600 lb and a GCWR of 16,900. Truck is stock other than Air Lift ride control air bags.
My trailer: 2017 Jayco 338 RETS. Dry weight 9130 lb. GVWR 11250. 40 ft from tongue to bumper. 12 ft high.
When I bought the trailer I knew I would be pushing my truck to the maximum capabilities. I wasn't concerned about the weigh as one search of You Tube will show videos of similar trucks pulling 14k loads up steep grades without difficulty. My concern of trailer sway. With the trailer outweighing the truck better than 2:1 when fully loaded, the large surface area inherent in a TT and my short wheel base I knew sway could be a huge issue.
After a lot of research and reading the endless debates on forums I decided the 3P was right for me. I placed my order and had boxes on my door step in just a few days.
From this point it was a comedy of errors on my part. Being mechanically inclined I casually read the directions and got to work. Install was a breeze with simple hand tools (though I did have to borrow a torque wrench).
(Below assumes you have a working knowledge of the hitch components)
Because I am pushing my truck to capacity I had to apply a lot of force to the weight distribution bars to distribute weight properly. I had installed my stinger level with the ground the so force of the WB bars caused the pivoting portion of the hitch (hitch head from here on out) to be nose down. I did not notice this detail before my first test drive.
Thinking I was good to go I took the truck and trailer for a drive. The sway was HORRIBLE. Because the hitch head was not level with the ground it wanted to ride at either extreme of its range of motion. When driving the force of the truck's forward motion kept the hitch head in the proper place but if a gust of wind hit the hitch head would move to one side then when pulled back to the center would over compensate to the opposite side because it wasn't level. This had a pendulum like effect and made the truck nearly undriveable. Additionally when turning at low speeds I heard a loud clunking coming from the hitch. (More on this later.)
I got home from the first drive thinking the 3P was utter crap and my wife was going to kill me when I told her we needed to buy a diesel pick up. However I remembered from all the forum reading I had done all the praise heaped on Sean at ProPride for his customer service. I called, left a message and had a call back in 20 minutes. He immediately knew what the issue was and said I needed to lower the angle of my stinger so that once I applied force with the WD bars the hitch head would be level.
I did as instructed and ran into my second problem. When coupling the truck to the trailer the hitch head must be at the same angle as the stinger. To accomplish this you raise or lower the WD bars to achieve the proper hitch head angle. In my case this was not possible. My trailer has a 6 inch frame and the ball coupler is mounted to the bottom of the frame so even using the top hole of the linkage bars and lowering the jacks all the way down I was unable to get the proper angle to hook up. I disconnected the WD bars from the linkage bars and was able to get the proper angle for coupling by manually manipulating them. I took another test drive with the hitch head riding level and all trailer sway was completely eliminated. However I still had the clunking noise coming from the hitch when making low speed turns.
After getting home from test drive two I turned my attention to the clunking. This was when I noticed I had installed the yoke upside down. (Yes, I'm an idiot) The hitch head would knock against the upside down yoke when making turns. The damage to the yoke was significant. Fortunately the hitch head suffered only cosmetic damage. By this point it was late in the day so rather than call I emailed Sean. I told him about my problems coupling the truck and trailer as well as my yoke damage. Sean replied early the next day. He said he would make longer linkage bars to help me get the proper angle while coupling and would send out new yoke arms. He charged me only his cost for these pieces and I was thrilled.
Again the parts arrived in a few days. I installed them and was able to hook up the truck and trailer without difficulty. There was one final piece of drama when my WD jack broke. It would turn freely without raising or lowering. A final call to Sean (which he answered immediately) and he told me I sheared a pin in the jack. Turns out using an impact gun to raise the jack is a bad idea. One trip to Lowe's and 59¢ later the problem was fixed.
I then took a 4 hour trip to Louisiana which was my first time to use the hitch with it working as intended. As others have said the hitch does eliminate sway but it doesn't put you on rails. I was still moved around a bit by wind gusts and passing 18 wheelers but at no point did I ever feel out of control of my vehicle. I was driving on a very windy day and the best description I have is it was like minor airplane turbulence. Wind gusts would move the truck and trailer in tandem and at first it was a bit nerve wracking because I kept waiting for tail-wag-the-dog sway. But it never came. After 15-20 minutes of driving I became used to the new feeling of my vehicle towing with the 3P and it was a pleasure.
Most of the forums I read agreed the 3P is a superior hitch to the Reese Dual Cam and Equal-i-zer. After all the 3P eliminates sway whereas the others only dampen it. The debate revolves around whether the 3P is enough better to justify the cost. Whether the 3P is worth the cost will vary depending on your tow vehicle and trailer though if you have the funds I would recommended it under any circumstances.
What I can say with confidence is in my case I couldn't have towed my trailer without a 3P. As manufacturers keep increasing the towing rating of half ton trucks situations like mine will became more and more common. To anyone trying to maximize the ability of their half ton to tow a travel trailer a 3P is a must.
Finally, not enough can be said for Sean, his patience, responsiveness and customer service.
Posted by Geary Watts on 20th Dec 2016
I have pulled bumper tow trailers for the last forty years and fought trailer sway with all the different trailers. I just purchased new Surveyor RBS243 travel trailer and am towing with Ford F-150 Eco. Purchasing the ProPride hitch is the best investment I have ever made for towing. The hitch performs better than I could have imagined. It would be nice to have a YouTube video showing the hitch being installed step by step.
Posted by Don Taylor - Fort Bragg, CA on 9th Dec 2016
I pull our 25' Airstream Safari with a Toyota Tundra.
I tried out the Hensley Swift Arrow thinking that it would be easier to couple and adjust distribution tension. Thankfully, I had a 60-day money back guarantee. The Hensley was almost impossible to couple in awkward situations that you encounter often in National Parks and other rustic areas. When towing on windy, steep roads the trailer would push and bump against the truck and feel very unsafe on the downhill runs.
Now, with the ProPride 3P, the trailer tows very smoothly and feels like I am in control. I come from a background in engineering and manufacturing and could appreciate each improvement that Sean made to the Hensley design. The main hitch unit moves like butter when you move it by hand. The larger hitch box is MUCH easier to back into and I don’t have to hump it to get it to seat. The weight distribution jacks are easy to adjust, stay where you leave them for ease of re-coupling AND I don’t even need to take the load off with the tongue jack, very nice. The real beauty of the ProPride is the way the yoke keeps the main hitch unit stable without the use of bulky and tiresome adjustable struts that hang out to the side of the trailer tongue. Once you have everything dialed in you don’t have to worry about the adjustment getting loose and needing to be tightened.
The ProPride is far superior to the Hensley in quality and design but the most impressive point is Sean Woodruff himself. He was there to answer every question I could throw at him prior to sales and afterwards responded to my questions quickly, even on the weekends. I am very grateful that I took the chance and replaced my Hensley with the ProPride 3P and would highly recommend it.
Posted by Alan M. Fisher, MD on 6th Dec 2016
This is our second ProPride Hitch, having traded in our Airstream for a shorter model. We towed a 30' Airstream for 5 years and the hitch was a dream. We never experienced sway, pulling or unusual motion in traveling 25K miles. Our 3/4 ton Ram hardly knew the trailer was behind.
Again...the best hitch on the market...the learning curve to hitch and unhitch is not complicated once you have a "system" in place.
I recommend this hitch unequivocally....AMF
Posted by Joe Key on 28th Nov 2016
I am very impressed with the build quality of the ProPride 3P Hitch I purchased to tow our 30 ft. Airstream Classic. After my first 250 mile tow I could not be more confident to tow this large trailer. The hitch almost makes you forget the trailer is behind you. Definitely feel like we made the right decision with this hitch...you get what you pay for rings true with this hitch.
However, I am more impressed by the personal service of the owner, Sean Woodruff. Our dealer did a horrible job of installation and set up of the hitch when we took delivery. Consequently, I have been in almost daily contact with Sean to make the necessary adjustments. Whether I send him an email or a text he gets back to me in less than 5 minutes virtually every time. I keep asking my wife, "Who does that these days?" He is always friendly and patient with my relentless questions and never seems to get frustrated with me in the least. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with Sean. Makes me even more proud that I purchased his hitch.
We are new to the RV world and so far this is without a doubt the best experience so far!
Posted by Bruce Weldin on 11th Nov 2016
I tow a 36' travel trailer with a Ram 1500 short box. Our first couple of trips were on two lane secondary roads at speeds below 55. All seemed ok but on the next trip we traveled 175 miles via interstate highways. Average speed was 45-50 mph due to wind and high truck traffic. At the end of the trip, I informed my wife that either we purchase a larger truck and a fifth wheel camper or our camping was over.
I did some internet research about sway and stumbled on the Hensley hitch. After more research, I was directed to your Propride 3P hitch. I asked in several Facebook pages and read every review I could find. Upon completion of said research, I purchased a Propride 3p 1400. After spending a Saturday morning installing it I road tested it on the old super slab. Wow! I'm a raving fan now! I attained speeds of 65-70 mph with no sway in a decent crosswind and even got passed by a big rig, all while driving one handed. I did stop once to make an adjustment on it. I will be towing the rig to FL for thanksgiving and I'm no longer scared of the trip.
Thank you, Sean, for giving back our camping experience.
Posted by Karl Shewmaker on 8th Nov 2016
My tow rig is a 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 Duramax, Crew cab, long bed, 4x4, with an added 100 gal aux diesel tank, cross bed tool box and a bed to haul the quad, the trailer is a Mallard 29F that I've added almost 500 to the rear not including the strengthening of trailer rear frame.. Ok my hitch was a WD unit with two friction style units attached. Local hauls of 10 - 20 miles on two lane roads at around 50 were no problem. A couple of months ago it was decided we cross the pass and camp at Leavenworth, WA... we had been on the freeway about 10 minutes and with the wind and the semi traffic I almost lost them. I stopped the first chance I could and tightened the friction units as tight as I could get them using both the crank handle and a wrench. This helped but could still really feel the wind and it was white knuckle all the way over and back.. I researched different hitches and settled on the Pro Pride 3P #1400 and WOW what a difference!!!!! Now my wife is not as nervous as a Cheshire cat and no more white knuckle driving... It is actually fun to tow over the pass again or anywhere for that matter. I would not have believed the difference had I not purchased one... I cannot thank you guys enough!!!!!
Posted by Kevin Anderson on 13th Oct 2016
Our 28' Bigfoot Silver Cloud is a great trailer but was prone to sway on the highway. After the installation of the ProPride hitch, fears of having an uncontrollable sway are gone! The tow vehicle and trailer move as one unit and sideways pull, even with high winds or the biggest trucks, is extremely minimized. My wife is happy again!
Posted by Doug Ulrich on 6th Sep 2016
Just finished a 4000 mile road trip with my new F150 and ProPride Hitch. I am pulling a 25' travel trailer which weighs about 6500 gross pounds loaded. I have used the Reese Dual Cam hitch on other trailers and this hitch is MUCH better than those. I did not experience any time where trailer sway was an issue. While in Wyoming on Interstate 90 we had one day when the winds were gusting at probably 30 mph or so. I reduced my speed to about 55-60 and had no problems. Yes, I could feel things moving, but it was the truck and trailer both moving, not the trailer swaying.
I also received great support from Sean as I worked at getting the hitch set up properly. He was very patient with my numerous emails and phone calls.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this hitch to anyone!
Posted by Mark Hodgson on 31st Aug 2016
After towing several thousand miles with a new toy hauler, that is 36' 8" in length and weighs loaded 11,300 lbs with a weight distributing "sway control" hitch, I bought a ProPride 3P hitch. Of course it costs money, so did my 2015 F250 Crew Cab pickup and the toy hauler. The expense on the hitch is minimal compared to the cost of my equipment and also having other peoples lives at stake if your dealing with trailer sway. Setting up a toy hauler and getting tongue weight set properly is not like a normal trailer because your always dealing with loaded and unloaded conditions which always effect the trailers balance.
On a trip to Texas from California I almost wrecked due to a gust of wind that sent me momentarily out of control. Thanks to a higher power that no other vehicles were around me at that moment and myself along with the equipment came out unscathed. I bought the ProPride after getting to Texas because that trailer was getting towed nowhere with out something that worked.
My significant other and I just completed a thousand mile round trip to south Texas which had sections of two lane highway and some good crosswinds and the hitch kept the trailer inline and following the tow vehicle. The passing of large diesel trucks was a non event which before would be a nervous situation when getting passed by them.
The ProPride 3P was not only a wise purchase, but in my opinion the best investment in safety a person can make. Hitching and unhitching is so easy as well, the little lady could not believe I had hooked the truck up while she was getting the interior of the trailer ready for travel.
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