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Old 02-03-2017, 02:22 PM   #1
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Jack Pad interfering with Pro-Pride?

Considering a Pro-Pride and wondering about an issue I saw on a You Tube video on hooking up the hitch. In a severe angle situation the jack pad was blocked by the WD bars. My question is, has any one experienced this and is the jack pad on the Classic removable?
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:36 PM   #2
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Hi there. I've noticed you've asked a lot of questions about the ProPride. If you haven't seen it - there's a HUGE thread on all things ProPride here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-57179.html

It's a bit to sort through but some really excellent insight there.

I've never used anything else so I have nothing to compare it to. But I've run in to all the problems you hear about and with some time for the learning curve - I get it now. It was all user error

Good luck and happy camping!
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:50 PM   #3
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Hi there. I've noticed you've asked a lot of questions about the ProPride. If you haven't seen it - there's a HUGE thread on all things ProPride here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-57179.html

It's a bit to sort through but some really excellent insight there.

I've never used anything else so I have nothing to compare it to. But I've run in to all the problems you hear about and with some time for the learning curve - I get it now. It was all user error

Good luck and happy camping!
Thanks for your response. I did look at that thread and it is overwhelming at 104 pages. I am hoping someone will help me skip ahead.
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I have run into the issue. There are spots, including my driveway where the TV/trailer angle is off and it doesn't take much to cause an interference with sway bars and the trailer jack pad. There is never an interference with the jack ram itself on my Trailer. The situation can be improved by pulling forward slightly after backing up because the PP will naturally straighten out somewhat. Also adjusting the sway bar jacks until the bars are loose gives some flexibility.

However it has caused enough problems that I ordered a removable extended Jack foot from Atwood (#82660) that I plan to install this weekend in place of the welded extension foot that came with the trailer. With it I hope to have an easily removable pad to get around the sway bars. I will let you know how well it works.
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Unbolt the pad and use a separate foot that you can slide on or off the jack post.
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I have a 2017 Classic which came with a welded foot on a 1 foot extension that is lynch-pinned inside the ram. When you are at the site and there is interference, it can't be removed because the sway bars prevent sliding it out. The only recourse is to either straighten the TV/trailer angle or remove the extension ( not easy) before backing in. It will definitely help to switch to a removable foot
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:29 PM   #7
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I have a 2017 Classic which came with a welded foot on a 1 foot extension that is lynch-pinned inside the ram. When you are at the site and there is interference, it can't be removed because the sway bars prevent sliding it out. The only recourse is to either straighten the TV/trailer angle or remove the extension ( not easy) before backing in. It will definitely help to switch to a removable foot
Please let me know how it works out for you!
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My 2002 Classic bought last January used did not have a jack foot at all. I had an extended foot I bought for my 25 which I use by drilling the jack ram and pinning it. On both trailers the extended foot is pretty low, so I always take it off when towing.

I'm looking at getting a Propride now so it sounds like my normal operations will be fine.

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Old 02-03-2017, 05:30 PM   #9
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You know, there are not many complaints about the PP or the Hensley other than price. You can worry about the little things with this hitch. Practically talk yourself out of this hitch, buy another hitch and worry or scare yourself every trip thereafter. I have 3 different top rated hitches and will not tow with any of them again.
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Since we camp in tight spots, we've run into it several times. I am working on modifying the connection from the spring bar to the weight jack to a quick disconnect. In the event of a conflict, just swing the bars away.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:35 PM   #11
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If you back at angle into any site, and you will, you will want a removable, or no, foot. We have had a few different ones, the best is the one we use now, a 10" piece of 4 x 6 wood block that I set under the bare jack post when lowering it. Never interferes with anything, and if I take off and leave it at the campsite we don't lose anything.
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If you back at angle into any site, and you will, you will want a removable, or no, foot. We have had a few different ones, the best is the one we use now, a 10" piece of 4 x 6 wood block that I set under the bare jack post when lowering it. Never interferes with anything, and if I take off and leave it at the campsite we don't lose anything.
You make a good point. My thoughts are, if you can't lower the jack because of the pad, how can you expect to remove to pad. Well mine pad goes inside the the jack tube as it is adjustable. Other pads may be different.
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Jack Pad interfering with Pro-Pride?

My setup has a jack foot that is not attached. I simply retract the ram all the way, and pick up the foot for storage in the TV. No interference even at extreme angles.
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I have run into the issue. There are spots, including my driveway where the TV/trailer angle is off and it doesn't take much to cause an interference with sway bars and the trailer jack pad. There is never an interference with the jack ram itself on my Trailer. The situation can be improved by pulling forward slightly after backing up because the PP will naturally straighten out somewhat. Also adjusting the sway bar jacks until the bars are loose gives some flexibility.

However it has caused enough problems that I ordered a removable extended Jack foot from Atwood (#82660) that I plan to install this weekend in place of the welded extension foot that came with the trailer. With it I hope to have an easily removable pad to get around the sway bars. I will let you know how well it works.
Quoted the wrong post yesterday, please let me know how the change works for you.
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