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Old 02-09-2014, 01:34 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the replies. There is a lot of energy on this subject. ProPride seems to be the leading candidate. I am planning on installing the WD hitch on the used Airstream at its current storage location - about 10 hours from home. If I go with the ProPride, any issues with installation? I looked on line and found a set of photos where it looked like someone had to drill holes and hack saw a flange to install. Will that be the case on an Airstream? About how many hours to install?
I installed mine at home on a 2010 31D. You will want a floor jack, a torque wrench, and a grease gun, besides a good set of wrenches etc. The only modification that was necessary was to slightly bend the propane tubing under the right A frame member so the WD Jack bracket could pass between the tubing and the frame. I was very meticulous and careful so it took me the better part of a day.

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Old 02-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #16
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People support what works for them, naturally. When I first got my AS it came with an inexpensive Curt hitch. Sure I got a greasy at every interaction but it worked. I commented a few times on this forum about those who would spend so much on a hitch as those Hensley, 3P 'ers. Then I bought new tires for my tow vehicle, MS/2s and on my next trip my trailer was swaying all over the place. I checked height, etc. and it was ok. I took my father along for a ride and he could not believe, "almost has you in the other lane," the difference. I took people's advice here and bought a used 3P. VERY nice hitch. I will say though that when I got it I immediately found that the original owner had been shipped two different weight bars. Sean from Propride sent me the correct one with exchange. My first run was amazing, the truck and trailer moved as one. When a semi passes, the movement is less BUT what movement there is, is as one. I do not have ANY sway to speak of. If you decide on it, get the largest weight bars, not an option. My AS tongue weight is listed as 860lbs but at the CAT scale it is 990lbs (1000) you need the extra.

I installed my 3P and I am a beginner mechanic IF THAT. It took me two sessions and quite a bit of time working slowly alone. The truck receiver/stinger part is not bad- just figuring out if you turn the L up or down based on truck/trailer height and a couple monster bolts. The second part I ran into an issue with my LP tank tray. I had to buy Nylon spacers to raise it so that I could mount part of the hitch on the tongue. And, yes, like AG & AU said, get something to lift that heavy hitch head in place once you get to that. This may sound dumb but it took me a while to wrap my head around how the pieces worked together, so, in spots the directions sometimes left me pondering (obvious novice, "ok it says to tighten that here but how do you get it on there?) Hey my trailer doesn't go down the road beside the truck so I must have done something right! One perk is that I can also drop my tailgate while hitched unlike before.

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Old 02-09-2014, 03:56 PM   #17
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We used two different brand hitches before our ProPride, what a completely uneventful towing experience we now have. Take the time to learn alignment of stinger to hitch head before your first hitching/unhitching and you will find it very use to use.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:06 AM   #18
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I had a ProPride installed on my 2011 30' Classic and a new one on my 2013 27 International - wouldn't have it any other way!
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:42 AM   #19
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I have an Equal-i-zer towing a 30 behind a Tundra. I had an EazLift in the past. If I had a million dollars (I'd be rich), I'd get a ProPride.

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