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Old 10-15-2016, 02:13 PM   #15
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Steep angles

Too steep of a dip can be a problem, too. First trip out in my brand new 2000 25' Safari, I tore the back bumper off going through a dip I had never had any problems negotiating before with my 18' SOB. Everything was fine on the way down, but as the tow vehicle started up the other side, geometry came into play and the top of the bump behind me caught the bottom of my bumper and pulled it off. I didn't hear it or feel it, but when I looked in my rear view mirror I could see power cord, sewer hose, leveling blocks, etc. all strung out behind me. Sad day at Black Rock.
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Old 10-15-2016, 04:35 PM   #16
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That's why I have an extended shank. Live and learn.
[QUOTE=Wingeezer;1864268]Apart from their towing excellence, I think the Hensley / Propride hitches help some in this regard as they put a greater distance between the trailer and the tow vehicle.

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Yah; but they're so damned heavy!
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Old 10-15-2016, 04:49 PM   #17
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I have seen a Hensley hitch that was over-turned while backing up. The alignment bars broke at the weld on the hitch head.
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:38 AM   #18
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I have bent Hensley Struts and both Hensley and ProPride 2" Stingers with my 35 footer in tight places. That a lot of leverage when you get near the limits. I have heard you can go up to 80 degrees with these hitches, but I would not recommend it. A little more and something is going to bend. Just take another cut or two to inorder to be safe.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:05 AM   #19
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Old 10-16-2016, 11:44 AM   #20
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I did the same thing to my rock guard about a year ago. There are a lot of places to damage a TV or AS that weren't obvious to me until I found out about them the hard way: crunching extended side mirrors, scraping side panels, denting upper panels with tree limbs, knocking off running lights, denting rear bumper with rock or post, and probably a few more that are thankfully fading away from memory. Sometimes I think I should have bought a pre-dented "learner" AS for the first few years before getting a new one.
The previous owner of our '74 certainly did a lot of parking by Braille. We're going to replace the (parts of) the side panel that were gouged right through by whatever side-swipe it was that landed the trailer in the insurance auction, but all the other nicks, dings and scrapes will be banged out as best as we can, and then we're just going to use it. Awesome on the inside - patina on the outside, is our plan.
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Old 10-16-2016, 07:05 PM   #21
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Thanks for sharing the damage and warning. I've got one to add for those with pickup trucks. Don't leave the small breaker bar or any other tools/items on your bumper when putting the tailgate down ... it will put a ding in your new truck's tailgate. I had just unlatched the propride and set the breaker bar down on the bumper ... before lowering the tailgate. Dangit.

Also need to figure out how to route and cable-tie the 7-pin electrical extension cable for my propride. Ask me how I know. Okay. I'll tell you. I turned hard and the cable snagged ... it ripped the darned spring-cover off.

Not quite the damage you experienced FCStreamer but we're all learning lessons... some more costly than others... Thanks, Rich
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:44 AM   #22
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So I was backing up to a campsite today and I heard a"cruuuuuuuunch". I was surprised as I didn't think I was close to hitting anything,

Turns out the steering angle was too steep. The corner of my truck struck the front rock guard. The rock guard is dented. The rear right window of my truck is busted.

Valuable (and expensive) lesson learned. You can hit your trailer with the corner of your tow vehicle when backing up of your steering angle is maxed out. Watch for that. Don't be like me.

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Old 10-17-2016, 07:47 AM   #23
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I think he has an Equilizer hitch.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:00 AM   #24
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That's why I have an extended shank. Live and learn.
Will a longer shank increase the sideways force on the TV at the ball? The principles of 'lever' or 'leverage' apply here whereas the longer the lever, stronger the force pushing the TV sideways on a downhill/stop? Also, the longer span between axels (aft on the TV and forward on the AS) hamper the ability of the rig to negotiate dips and bumps? Otherwise, sounds like a great idea to put distance between TV and RV. New at this, just asking.
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True, but not relevant to this thread. In my opinion.
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That's why I have an extended shank. Live and learn.
That brings on another problem if backing too steeply ... even more expensive if the frames get bent.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:53 AM   #28
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What frames? You can bend the hitch head.
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