ProPride 3P hitch assembly ideas
We had a very bad rental TT experience with a box trailer which constantly tried to sway us off the highway a couple of years ago.
After that we looked at airstreams and liked the 2015 FC 25FB best. Knowing the overall weight of the trailer wouldn't be an issue for our TV (Infinity QX56, Armada base) we weren't quite as sure if it could handle the tongue weight of the TT especially since our number crunching came too close for comfort.
Andy from the Can-AM RV centre in London, Ontario gave us the reassurance that an Infinity QX56 (Armada base) and a 2015 FC 25FB are a good match even with the heavier tongue weight as long as a good weight distribution system is used.
After our white knuckle rental experience we also decided to go with one of the serious no sway options and after lots of online research ended up getting a Propride 3P hitch. While our airstream dealer told us itís overkill, we are so far very happy with our decision.
After our airstream dealer and 3 more RV centers shied away from installing the Propride due to the somewhat time consuming process, we briefly thought of installing it ourselvesÖ fortunately our local garage (Grantís Service in Colgate, Wisconsin) was more than happy to take on the challenge and came up with some in our eyes impressive solutions:
The advantage of the propride is that you donít have to drill anything into the trailer frame but it clamps with u-bolts around the frame itself instead.
For our airstreamís frame that means the u-bolts end up sitting under the gas bottle plate with the two 30lbs bottles then resting on 2 bolts instead of the frame itself. To have a little more stability we were told at the dealership and read about washers or plastic spacers being used. Grant welded in 4 metal plates as an indestructible base for the gas bottle platform (picture 1 below).
Since we are not planning on selling our airstream any time soon we like the more durable solution (even though its a permanent one) over the washers/plastic spacers.
He also added a holder for the 7 pin cable onto the hitch to make sure the cable never scrapes over the ground since you need a cable extension with the longer dimension of the Propride (picture 2 below).
Although we are far from being experts in using trailers we feel the hitching and unhitching process are straight forward.
As some have mentioned issues with the Propride while backing up all we can say is that neither an almost 90 degree entry into our driveway nor passing backwards through an only 10 x 10 gate for storage have caused a problem.
We also followed the recommendations to check on the real weight by going to a public weight station with realistically loaded truck and trailer. We are very happy to confirm that the Propride provides all the weight distribution needed in our set up PLUS some safety margin.
While we are just starting to go on trips we already encountered windy conditions and couldnít be happier with the performance of the hitch. The TV and TT run like on train tracks. No sway whatsoever so far.