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Old 12-17-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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ProPride question from newbie

Taking delivery on 2015 FC 28RB in March. TV is 2015 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax 4X4, Class 5 hitch. Thinking about ProPride WD hitch. Two questions: Can you back up with bars in place? Are 1,000 lb bars right configuration? OK, third question: are there any other things I should consider before calling Sean at ProPride to order in Jan.? Thanks for help and Merry Christmas all. Ron


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Old 12-17-2014, 02:50 PM   #2
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You most certainly can back up with the bars in place, just don't try too severe of an angle. Saw some damage pictures on a thread a while back with someone who tried 90 degrees or so.
Ask Sean about the size bars...he has all the best answers.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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Actually the hitch head as well as the w.d. bars stay bolted to the trailer tongue all the time. And the extra length will allow your truck's tail gate to lower while hitched up. Backing is no problem, you can jackknife it like any other hitch if turned too tight.

There is a learning curve for some hitching because the stinger must be aligned so it goes directly into the head, no angle. Learn that quickly and you will love it.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:48 PM   #4
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I just towed my new 30' bunkhouse with a diesel Excursion. There's a lot of talk about the Propride is overkill with the bigger TV's, but I have to tell you, I am very happy with my Propride. Works like a charm, gives me a good piece of mind when out on the highway.
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:47 PM   #5
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You will be happy to have it. There is no substitute only comparatively inadequate replacements.

Get it dialed in on a certified scale. Get TV tire pressure according to spec. And enjoy.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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Hi Ron
I also have a 28' FC and a Propride hitch...... As mentioned earlier the WD bar stay attached to the hitch head that is on the trailer. The only part on the truck is the stinger that fits into your truck receiver. So backing up and into the hitch is not an issue at all.
The first few times you hook and unhook, the process can be a bit strange. But once you get the process dialed in you will be good to go.


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Old 12-17-2014, 06:21 PM   #7
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Ron, I have the same truck, PP and going from an FC25 to a 2015 Classic.

wo questions: Can you back up with bars in place? YES However make sure that the head gets straightened out before you try to unhook. If it is off to one side or the other the foot of the tongue jack may not clear the tension bars when you try to lower it. Are 1,000 lb bars right configuration? Ask Sean, it will be either the 1000 or 1400 bars. OK, third question: are there any other things I should consider before calling Sean at ProPride to order in Jan.? Order the safety chain and 7 pin electrical extension. You will need them. Thanks for help and Merry Christmas all. Ron
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:24 PM   #8
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Sean also sells the Sherline scale. Get the 2k version. Knowing the tongue weight is part of best hitch set up.

Longacre Racing sells calibrated air pressure gauges, another excellent addition to the toolbox.

A quality ft lb torque wrench is also needed.
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All good data above... you can also mount Rock Tamers! I have the whole TV portion laying next to our 34' now.. easy hookup...
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:52 AM   #10
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There is no substitute only comparatively inadequate replacements.
Fanboy much?

It is sociologically fascinating how the people who overpaid the most for their setups feel the need to constantly prop themselves up and cut the conclusions of others down. Do you really need to bash the other brands to feel good about your decision to buy your setup?

I can think of a quite a few reasons why your towing solution is inadequate compared to my Equalizer. Both systems do the same thing just in a different way. Where did you get the idea that your way is better? Do you have any facts to support your claim? How are the other systems inadequate? Will you please inform us of the facts that back up your statement? Oh and please feel free to address the physics involved.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:51 AM   #11
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Question The illusion of facts....

No arguing, no bashing, no 'facts'.... just the experience.

No one can illustrate the advantages of the PPP hitch design on the pages of this or any other Forum.
It's the experience of using that brings the advantages into the light.

The cost factor is determined by the individual....for us it is a worthwhile investment. Taking the cost of the Classic & Burb into consideration the addition of the Hensley was a minor factor.

We all like to think we have the best trailer on the market. I'm sure there are folks out there who would dispute that 'fact'....the same goes for all the choices we make.

I like mine, I'm sure you feel the same. Thats your prerogative.

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Old 12-18-2014, 10:51 AM   #12
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When a trailer begins to sway it pushes the trailer coupler/hitch ball connection side to side. With a conventional hitch this movement is leveraged forward to the truck's steering axle; sway controls only dampen this movement.

With the Hensley/Propride, the linkage of the hitch projects this side to side movement forward past the ball/coupler to near the truck's rear axle, where the sway is stopped before it can begin. The side to side movement is not felt at the truck's steering axle.

Because of the linkage design, only the truck can steer the trailer out of alignment of the two, the trailer cannot steer the truck. When a semi passes you, the bow wave cannot push the trailer out of alignment with the truck. Gusting strong side winds do not move the trailer out of alignment with the truck. Towing is very safe and comfortable for the driver.

That's my explanation based on experience with conventional and ProPride hitches and how I understand their function.
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:06 AM   #13
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Fanboy much?

It is sociologically fascinating how the people who overpaid the most for their setups feel the need to constantly prop themselves up and cut the conclusions of others down. Do you really need to bash the other brands to feel good about your decision to buy your setup?

I can think of a quite a few reasons why your towing solution is inadequate compared to my Equalizer. Both systems do the same thing just in a different way. Where did you get the idea that your way is better? Do you have any facts to support your claim? How are the other systems inadequate? Will you please inform us of the facts that back up your statement? Oh and please feel free to address the physics involved.

You might read around. Here and on other RV forums. Some threads go to great length in discussion of difference. Or, maybe someone will allow you to drive theirs. I've been pulling travel trailers forty years among other types. I can do -- and have done-- maneuvers with this hitch that at a lower speed would allow trailer rollover with inferior hitches. That would roll any 5'er.

The information you lazily demand is minutes away. Do the homework. Then call Hensley and get one on the 30 day trial.

Maybe you won't have the confidence to do throttle-on 55+ mph violent lane changes from the shoulder to the median and back across the Interstate for nearly a mile as I did in testing my purchase. I wouldn't blame you. It's a lot to risk as the truck could go over with it. I was going to know right away what this hitch could do. And it did what was promised. I could whip the trailer and no more shake it than one can a shadow.

I only wish the eighteen-wheelers I drive were even close to this kind of performance.

You've nothing to lose and a helluva lot to gain.

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I brought my AS home from Georgia in early December. I had a WD hitch on my unit and I white knuckled several times as a Tractor/Trailer blew past me. The unit, at one time, almost was sucked into the Tractor as it went past. The backend of my TV slid over by the trailer's reaction.
I bought a HA and I wish I had it on my first trip. I wouldn't have felt the swaying.
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