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Old 08-15-2015, 05:41 PM   #15
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The picture below is with 4 washers and 6.5" on the jacks. The stinger sitting in the receiver prior to inserting in the head has a downward angle. As you add washers you will need less lift on the jacks to get the same WD.


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Old 08-15-2015, 08:05 PM   #16
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Looks perfect, although I'm surprised that's 4 washers. Looking at your adjustable stinger, the vertical shank with holes and the piece with side plates look squared up as opposed to tilted.
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:27 PM   #17
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KYAirstream. It's definitely 4 washers but you got me wondering if the vertical part of the adjustable stinger had slipped some. It maybe had a bit, but the middle bolt is the pivot point so as long as the top is hard against the rivet and washers the bottom is where it should be. I took mine apart to have a look. The bottom slotted hole looks like it has enough free play to allow maybe one more washer.


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Old 08-16-2015, 06:02 PM   #18
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My washers or adjustment pin must be slightly thicker, as I was only able to fit 3 washers.

I'm no expert, but I thought your setup looked great.
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:46 PM   #19
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Missing photo?

Totally unrelated to the topic at hand so please accept my apologies but the photo I posted above in post #15 has disappeared when viewed in a browser but is visible in the App on my phone. Anyone know why? I have not exceeded my allocation of memory for uploads.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:29 AM   #20
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Reading the responses here make me happy to have the Propride. When researching, I was aware of the PP adjust-ability, but I though it was only in regard to hitch height. Now I am learning about this tilt and other adjustments. The tilt is actually affected by the amount of WD applied, so there is a lot of fine tuning with this hitch to get it optimized. I'll be working on mine this week. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:45 PM   #21
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Looks like you have used max lift on the WD bars. I have a feeling this setup will be very difficult to hitch/unhitching. I think you should use washers to tilt the stinger down 10 degrees or so when not connected. When connected, everything should be level. For my combination, about 5 3/4" of lift on the WD bars works well. Truck and trailer are level. My truck is a '15 GMC Sierra 1500 with max tow package and the trailer is an FC27 front bed.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:48 PM   #22
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PS: Sawing off a piece of the stinger sounds like a bad idea to me. With the WD bars tightened, there's a lot of stress on that part. That's how some of the tongue weight is "levered" off the rear axle.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:24 PM   #23
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So anyway, here's the update.

I quoted my origional photo link for easy reference...in this photo I already have 4 washers in there and I am still not parrellel to the frame with the hitch.

Any of you go with more than 4 washers?
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So anyway, here's the update.

I quoted my origional photo link for easy reference...in this photo I already have 4 washers in there and I am still not parrellel to the frame with the hitch.

Any of you go with more than 4 washers?
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Before you go anutha futha, I have to ask.... Is this a new Excursion ? It looks to me like the receiver is not "level to the ground"/parallel to the TV(tow vehicle). I once had a Ford that the screws on the receiver were loose. That allowed the whole receiver to move, rotationaly. Please, put a 2x2 board into the receiver and see if it is "parallel" to the ground. It it is rotated "up", it would cause that condition you have in your picture.

In fact, a member of this board had to replace his TV receiver hitch because it was so "sloppy"!!!! He had used the TV that tow something heavy and it "stretched"'the metal tubing!!!!
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Thanks for the warning cwf. I will look at it closely tomorrow, we are headed up to NH for a small trip.

This is a 2005 Excursion, the last year made. The stinger does have slop in the reciever, same as my other set ups, not sure how you would get rid of that. The reciever is just barely bigger than the hitch bar.
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Was there suppose to be another photo? I only see the original.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:58 PM   #27
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Just the origional...nothing has changed. I will be going over the hitch reciever tommorow and will update if it is lose or has other issues.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:25 AM   #28
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When installing on my ML350 I tried every hole combination and shank position Up/Down to establish a level trailer, level stinger extension and level ML when the bars were fully engaged. I wound up with the stinger shank hanging down and cutting it off to provide ground clearance. I also made an additional rivet and used two to prevent any possible movement of the stinger when installed. I think I might have had one washer at the top to level it. Not sure why but I can not get a my photo to upload. I even tried one that I posted previously. Must just be too late in the night. From the picture you would have seen that everything is level when loaded.
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