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Old 08-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #15
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Wow. How about PPILS "ProPride instrument latching system"???

A couple of white "pinstripe" would be easier and neater than any painting I might attempt!
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:37 PM   #16
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I put white electrical tape on top of the stinger pointing front to rear and white tape on top of the 3P hitch opening pointing side to side. I use the hitch mirror that Sean sells. This setup works very well for me. Tape has not come off of either area in about 10,000 miles of towing. I'll see if I can get some pictures to post.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #17
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I put white electrical tape on top of the stinger pointing front to rear and white tape on top of the 3P hitch opening pointing side to side. I use the hitch mirror that Sean sells. This setup works very well for me. Tape has not come off of either area in about 10,000 miles of towing. I'll see if I can get some pictures to post.
Here a couple of pictures of what I have described.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:09 PM   #18
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I might be able to do THAT!
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:51 PM   #19
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If it seems logical to assume that a Hensley hookup is similar to a ProPride then - for a foreseeably challenging hookup:

- lining up is everything .....
- longer struts are a lot more forgiving than shorter struts
- stopping the stinger a couple of inches before entry - then lining up the hitch head (up, down, left, right) so it is absolutely dead centre - maybe even slightly low - means a lot.
- a little WD40 on the wedge and end portions of the stinger goes a long way to eliminating any sticking or jamming of the stinger partway into the head.
- stopping again when the stinger has entered the head a couple of inches - and checking to make sure it is exactly centered is very helpful.
- stopping at the first sign of resistance and - if it is needed - then again adjusting the head (almost always up by this point) will allow the hook-up to be completed.

May take a little longer - but it works and saves a lot of frustration .....

On occasion - in really uneven ground - where the TV and trailer form a bit of an obvious "V" - then it may also be helpful to lift the back end of the TV by putting a pair 2X6's under the back wheels of the TV to lift the stinger up.

Rereading this makes it sound kinda onerous - but on uneven ground it works ...... really .....


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Old 08-12-2013, 07:22 PM   #20
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Loks like a lot of non-sense.
Get an Equalizer hitch and get on the road and on with your life.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #21
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Loks like a lot of non-sense.
Get an Equalizer hitch and get on the road and on with your life.
Once we got used to our Hensley, it has been easy and quick to hitch up and I assume the ProPride is even easier.

Aligning the stinger with the hitch is very important and is not onerous. That does assume that the tow vehicle is moderately well lined up. Backup cameras are a wonderful invention for getting the tow vehicle lined up correctly.

Subsequent small corrections are easy. Up and down is done with the trailer jack, front and back pitch with the spring bars, side to side with something like the Hitch Helper.

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Old 08-12-2013, 07:57 PM   #22
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Loks like a lot of non-sense.
Get an Equalizer hitch and get on the road and on with your life.
Hmmmmm :-o

I'm sure the EQ is a fine product. Glad you're happy with it. Any hitch, trailer, tow vehicle, etc. has its oddities and learning curve, like - GM wants to shut my truck down if I don't provide a constant source of $10/gallon cow pee/DEF....guess I should forgo the diesel and get the gasser based on this logic? Then again for that matter, probably a tent and a backpack would eliminate the problem altogether! :-)
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #23
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Bill, had an Equal-I-Zer before our ProPride. The ProPride is easier to hook up, weighs less (hitch head stays on trailer), and cleaner. And the towing experience is a league above in all conditions.

And it's quiet. You would like it.

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:37 PM   #24
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I am running same hitch purchased in 1999 for this AS. It is an EAZ-Lift with 1000 pound bars which I suspect are "tweaked" as there is not enough weight transfer and obvious wear at crucial points (might not have been properly lubed when used?) or there are more miles on it than I realized at purchase.

Anyway, problems with porposing and loud pops when turning were enough to affect peace of mind. Add that the single friction sway damper is totally cranked down yet mild sway evident maybe because of slack in the system contributing.

Hope to install this week and tow the weekend, only about 2 hours away, probably over via US290...
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:39 AM   #25
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I do not mean to hijack this thread, but there is a lot of great info helping me as I am installing a P3 I just picked up off of Craig's list. I am in the final part if the installation, but I am trying to figure out if there is supposed to be any vertical pivot to the hitch. I have the yoke loose right now because there doesn't seem to be any vertical pivot on the receiver which has me concerned if I am at a bit of an off slope while hitching/unhitching. Can someone offer me a bit if info here? How does this hitch adjust to different slopes between TV and camper? Hope this makes sense, and thank you for any advise/help.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:42 AM   #26
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I did not install mine so I cannot reflect on the installation. But once installed to adjust the slope or angle of attack you simply crank up or down on the weight distribution jacks before you insert the stinger in the hitch.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:48 AM   #27
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Hitch'n rods' from CW with O-rings has helped a lot with our Hensley.

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Old 08-13-2013, 06:51 AM   #28
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Cms smith - I was assured by Sean it does this because I will have the same issue
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