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Old 09-07-2017, 02:39 PM   #15
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HA Hookup Aid

I have the 2.5" one - don't recommend leaving it plugged in while driving without the trailer

I do put a blue cut pool noodle over it if I leave it in the receiver while at the Campground. That thing could break a leg if you hit it right!

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Old 09-07-2017, 02:43 PM   #16
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As for hookup aid - I forget who in the forums taught me this but I have a bright orange and yellow rope about 10' long with a magnet on one end. I put the magnet under the hitch head on the trailer and run a straight line with the rope out towards the truck. In the backup cam of the truck, I can see the stinger "ride the rope" as I back toward the trailer. Works every time. When I get close enough, I get out to check height of stinger and hitch head - adjust if needed - then back in to connect the OCLs.

And if there's tension there and I can't seem to get the stinger in enough for that, simple winding of the WD jacks tilts the head and pops it right on to the stinger.

Once I learned that, I haven't had a problem connecting.

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Old 09-12-2017, 03:18 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by rmkrum View Post
Sigh. Saw what an ordinary 2" bar and ball stinger did to the front end of the guy that ran into it causing a chain reaction accident involving 4 people. And yes, I was the first guy in front of that a Prius, no less. Had a clean imprint of the car behind me's license plate frame in my bumper.

A ProPride stinger would make a massive mess out of some fool that ran into it... Mine is a bog standard 2" one. A 2.5" would be formidable.
Don't you remove the stinger when not towing?
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:06 AM   #18
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I lay an extended tape measure - or one of those yellow hitchin rods - lying on the ground leading right up to the mouth of the hitch at the correct parallel angle.

Then, using a backup camera stuck on the back window of our truck cap and adjusted so that I can see the end of the stinger, I just back up making the stinger end follows the line right up towards the hitch assuring that the horizontal stinger angle matches the hitch.

As for the vertical angles, I have a wooden dummy hitch bar stuck in the hitch so that I can visualise the hitch angle.

When backing the ruck, I stop when close enough so that I can still remove the wooden bar (ie the stinger does not prevent it being removed) and then I go back and using the screw jacks and tongue jack, I adjust the hitch angle so that vertically, it matches the stinger angle.

I the remove the wooden bar and continue to back the stinger in.

Seems like a lot of gadgetry but quicker to do than to explain, and generally it gets me in first try. I also have one of the sidewinder gadgets in case I need a minor adjustment.

Sometimes, if it won't go right in to the wedges on the stinger, you can pull it in the last 1/4" or so using the overcentre latches on the Hensley.

If that doesn't work, then I haven't done things right - I know (from experience!) that I cannot force it in this situation, so I pull head and repeat the process. Not too often i need to do that.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:32 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Countryboy59 View Post
Don't you remove the stinger when not towing?

On my personal tow vehicle, yes. The stinger in this situation was on someone else's vehicle, and the one that caused the 4 car Chan reaction hit that stinger. The PU was basically undamaged on the rear. He got pushed into his wife's car, which banged into my Prius. A Charlie Foxtrot of the first order...

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