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Old 01-06-2014, 05:31 PM   #15
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For setting the height to unhitch, I place my fingertip on the top of the hitch right beside the coupler with the side of my finger against the coupler and then raise the trailer until I feel movement. It is very easy to feel the very first movement between the hitch and coupler as the weight comes off the hitch. No danger of pinching since there is no horizontal movement possible.

I first did this at night when it was hard to see the relative movement, but now I do it all of the time. I have to be right there to activate the switch on the jack anyway, so it is simple to just place my finger against the coupler.
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:12 PM   #16
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Pahaska,

Did you ever post a picture of this?

Cannot visualize the process.

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Old 03-04-2015, 04:23 PM   #17
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Pahaska,
Did you ever post a picture of this?
Cannot visualize the process.
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Arcticfox sent me a good picture some time ago. Here it is snipped from his email. Insert your fingers vertically at the tip of the arrow with the fingertips just touching the PP hitch and the sides of the fingers against the trailer. You will sense the relative motion of the two parts very easily, even in the dark. I came up with this one dark night. You can not be pinched.
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:35 PM   #18
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I have your word on that? I like my fingers the way they are!!!
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:41 PM   #19
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One more if I might ask.... do you crank the bars all the way loose/down when ready to disconnect ? If you have rock Tamera and they're on the vertical, did you trim them much? OK 2 questions. ...
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:49 PM   #20
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Double - the user manual will tell you to loosen the WD jacks just to the point where you can sort of kick the WD bars with your foot and see they're loose. You don't necessarily go all the way down - that can affect your re-hitching process (ask me how I know :-) ).

And the touch method discussed earlier is very good. As soon as you feel the move, you stop moving the jack and you definitely won't pinch your fingers.

I don't have rock tamers so can't help there....good luck!
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Pahaska, that is exactly the method I use to know when the "stinger" is unloaded and I am ready to pull the pick up away from the trailer.

I almost always get a "no drag" unhitch with this method.

I'm glad you posted that picture. Helpful to us.

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Old 03-04-2015, 10:29 PM   #22
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I carry a tape measure in my battery powered drill case. I use it to measure the point of 'release' of the PP stinger AND the amount of force applied to the WD bars of the PP setup after hitching and before retrieving/unloading the tongue jack to above the WD bars.

When I have the AS in it's 'place' and 'CHOCKED', I will do as Pahaska describes and seek the 'release' of the stinger. It will only move OUT of the PP hitch...

Now, pull the TV away and measure from the top of the PP hitch to the ground. That is my 'hitch height' when ready to re-hitch for departure.

I can now 'level' the AS properly and set the stabilizers, etc.

With that measurement, when ready to hitch up for departure, I can 'pre-set' the PP height and begin the process of re-hitching.

Oh.. a well lubed 'stinger' really helps. Also, my 'stinger' had very sharp 'leading edges' and the stinger would quickly bind if not directly aligned. I 'dressed' these edges with a flat bastard and it is now very slick.
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Rock tamers...

Here is a picture of our Rock Tamers... and the PP..
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Thanks for that information. I take delivery at the end of the month. I've had a fifth wheel for the last 15 years. The "switch" from the 5er to a TT is causing a bit of anxiety.
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I carry a tape measure in my battery powered drill case. I use it to measure the point of 'release' of the PP stinger AND the amount of force applied to the WD bars of the PP setup after hitching and before retrieving/unloading the tongue jack to above the WD bars.

When I have the AS in it's 'place' and 'CHOCKED', I will do as Pahaska describes and seek the 'release' of the stinger. It will only move OUT of the PP hitch...

Now, pull the TV away and measure from the top of the PP hitch to the ground. That is my 'hitch height' when ready to re-hitch for departure.

I can now 'level' the AS properly and set the stabilizers, etc.

With that measurement, when ready to hitch up for departure, I can 'pre-set' the PP height and begin the process of re-hitching.

Oh.. a well lubed 'stinger' really helps. Also, my 'stinger' had very sharp 'leading edges' and the stinger would quickly bind if not directly aligned. I 'dressed' these edges with a flat bastard and it is now very slick.
Sure sounds like an involved procedure when all you have to do is put your finger over the ball. I've been doing this for years and it works.

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Finger on the intersection between the coupler and the propride tells you when the stringer is unloaded and your're ready to drive the TV away.

cwf's measurement of the hitch height BEFORE he levels the trailer tells him where to lower or raise the propride to match the tow vehicle stinger when backing into the propride. That measurement sure saves a lot of messing around trying to "level" the propride hitch head to the stinger.

Thanks for the tip cwf. I'm going to start doing that. I think it will help make hitching up a bit easier.

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Here is what I use to quickly determine the proper angle of the PP to the TV.

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And that's an interesting way to magnify the "visual" leveling of the stinger to the hitch head. You guys are clever!

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