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Old 08-24-2014, 10:41 PM   #1
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Mennonite Spectators - difclt 3P hitch up

So I am leaving Hungry Mothers State Park today (Marion, VA, wonderful park to visit if you get a chance, not the most fantastic campsites, but in the B loop site 10 is very nice, right on a beautiful little creek) and I had quite a bit of trouble getting my propride hitched up.

The spot I ended up parking and unhitching from was quite awkward to simplify, and it ended up that my truck was on very uneven ground in the spot in which I had to unhitch.

I knew it could prove tricky to re-hitch up....you would approach it, my wife was directing me..it all looks good, then comes the uneven part and it was kinda unpredictable

Overall, I learned a few things from that experience, but what was like a scene from the “long long trailer”...there were all these kids all week (I think they were Mennonite families) riding bikes around the loop...and when I begin to attempt hitching...well, here comes about 10-12 of these kids and teens...just parked there 5 feet from where I am doing my thing...parents (at least 2 of them anyway) were next to me near there just watching and smirking as well. Actually was glad no one offered to “help”...

Anyway, after much fiddling, I got it all done...

But seriously, I was incredibly annoyed with both the kids and the parents that just sit there and would not tell them thar heathens to “GIT!”

Patience tested...I passed...still have a happy marriage and no Mennonite children were harmed in the process.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:51 PM   #2
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Besides ensuring good alignment, I filed off the sharp back edges of the stinger to help it slip into the head easier, and use a shot of my handy and versatile CorrosionX each time as well.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:06 PM   #3
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The P3 can be fun to hitch even when not "on the level". Even more so with a playful crowd of gawkers.

I learned on soft or uneven approach, I can toss some boards under truck tires to improve stinger angle. Mennonites may prove too squishy.

Happy hitchin!

Btw, a few years ago a group of Mennonites came and stayed in one of our Church Retreat facilities while they rebuilt the neighborhoods. Without them the town would have disappeared. Very interesting folks..as you have noticed.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:11 PM   #4
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One of them came over and commented my trailer - she had a 1964 airstream that had seen better days but no major dents or damage

I did not get a pic sadly

I may just bring a couple pieces of wood for such a purpose
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I mistakenly watched The Long Long Trailer with my husband right before our maiden voyage (to my family's house). I think that scene scarred him for life, because he insisted that 1.) I would be the only one giving directions and 2.) Nobody else was allowed outside to watch.

Glad you got hitched up okay and didn't blow a gasket at the gawkers!
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I hate being spectated upon :-) - I have been known to get out of the truck and take a bow when spectators gather :-)

And while I appreciate the kindness, it irks me when people don't ASK if I want their help, they just get behind my truck when I'm backing up and start barking directions! I'm not kidding! That has happened to me at least 3 times. Huh?!?!

Glad you got through it ok. I had a few of those with my PPP too - even asked the park owner for some help - he had never seen one and it was maybe my 3rd trip. I was on a downward angle trying to back upward in to the hitch head - and you know it doesn't like that! :-) Park owner dug out ruts for my rear tires and built up ramps for my front tires so my approach was level. I wish I had known then the "secret" I posted about in the unofficial PP user guide thread...we sent him and his wife a box of fantastic goodies along with a mortified apology...he said he wants us to come back so that's a good sign :-)
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I have had people do that to me when I am parallel parking my vehicle on the street. As if I can't do that myself.

I drove a huge cutlass to high schools, was always running late. I KNOW how to parallel park a big vehicle into a spot it will fit into. Thank you very much.

One time these two guys were just standing there smirking and watching. After I got out, I looked them in the eye and said --Well, which one of you won the bet? --and walked away.

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The P3 can be fun to hitch even when not "on the level". Even more so with a playful crowd of gawkers.

I learned on soft or uneven approach, I can toss some boards under truck tires to improve stinger angle. Mennonites may prove too squishy.

Happy hitchin!

Btw, a few years ago a group of Mennonites came and stayed in one of our Church Retreat facilities while they rebuilt the neighborhoods. Without them the town would have disappeared. Very interesting folks..as you have noticed.
Made me laugh. Thanks.

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I do not think it matters, whether someone is Mennonite or Baptist or any other denomination, or even just plain Americans unrelated to any denomination, you would cause a crowd to gather. I know this as we have also had many folks gather when we hitch up. They are just curious people. We are asked about it, beeped at, waved at, thumbs up, left notes, and on and on from all kinds of people all around the country curious about the Airstreams.
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Hint, hint, get a back up camera, they are great and make hitching a breeze.
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I am really really going to be considering backup camera
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Just a friendly comment....

The ProPride (PP) and Hensley (HAHA) have a "stinger" about 10 in he's which is about 10 in he's in length and square. It has to be backed into the hitch on the trailer. This means aligned vertically, horizontally and rotationally. All axis.

When the tow vehicle and trailer are on same "plane" and hitch is too, it is simple. Imagine mis aligning either on any a is and there is a binding action.

This is what you want once hitched, for a nice snug fit. Not like the "skinny jean" phenomenon, more like the perfect catch.

Now imagine trying to align these parts when the TV is unable to approach properly..... It is bad.

The camera helps!
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:19 AM   #14
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Yeah - my wife did a fine job directing but the nature of the spot created problems

I ended up hitching it by adjusting the WD jacks

I had it all the way in finally except for the final 3/4 inch and nothing could pull it rest of the way in (with those bolts for example) - and fiddled with the WD jack and tightened up the one side and it just fell right in

Usually a tightness in the WD jacks ruin the hitching and keeping them loose is the ticket but in this scenario even loose it was getting hung up cause it was way off level on 2 axisis

Ps - the Mennonite mention was with no intent to say anything broadly about those people - rather to simply be descriptive of the situation

As pointed out - this is an equal opportunity affliction
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