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Old 05-21-2013, 11:08 AM   #15
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Hope this is semi-relevant...

I contacted Sean about concerns I had on the drop of the standard 3P hitch bar.

I'm rigging up the 3P on a 2013 3/4-ton Suburban where the top of the receiver box is 25-3/4" above ground level. The standard 3P hitch bar will not cover that range of adjustment therefore he will be shipping an extended hitch bar. Additionally, since the weight of the hitch is cumulative, he has advised me to go with the 1,400 lbs torsion bars.

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This feels like preaching to the choir, but here goes:

The willingness to experiment is key (I feel you already know). A stack of scale tickets with notes about loadings is the "friend" one always has available to consult in the future. The weight range of vehicle loadings is generally narrow, and the possible needed adjustments is correspondingly narrow in range. As Robert Cross writes, once this range is covered, then an annual check shows good to go. How to adjust the hitch is now known in advance.

I would start with adjusted empty weights for both vehicles. That means full fuel +permanent items + driver aboard the TV (as it will be higher than published shipping weight), and full water + propane + permanent supplies aboard the TT to estalish what will be the lowest weight one would ever see (as it will also be different from A/S literature). And from there, the range of loadings for short or long trips, extra pax, etc.

Eliminating guesswork is more than just a confidence-builder when one has also verified tire loads with/without WD applied (and consequent TV air pressure).

A few links here from a thread on another forum may be of help if one wishes to be painstaking (even if the TV-specific information is different).

Hitch Basics with Links

You may wish to detail your setup on the specific Pro Pride Users / Owners thread and cite CHEVROLET instructions (if any).

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #16
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I have a message into Sean for a little bit of clarification on the grease situation. It appears there is a bit of rubbing at the spring bar links and the bottom part of the jacks (rounded piece). It probably only does that in tight turn situations and am thinking this might also need a bit of grease.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #17
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(snip) It appears there is a bit of rubbing at the spring bar links and the bottom part of the jacks (rounded piece). (Snip.)
Can you post pictures of the locations you're talking about?
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It has already been addressed but it is definitely the spring bars not being greased.

The dealer may have not greased them at all during the installation. It has been known to happen more than once with a dealer install.
I think that my setup falls into the group where the dealer probably didn't grease the spring bars during the initial installation. With that in mind, I applied a small amount today. While doing so, the thought comes up -- "Just how much grease should I apply ??". I hesitate going back to the philosophy of 'keep squeezing the grease gun until it comes out of the fitting'.

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Cris, that's how you do it. Just keep squeezing until fresh grease comes out the bottom. Then it's full.

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Yes, this is a "waste-ful" type of grease use. But simple and effective, as well as a relatively small amount of grease, overall. No need to calibrate, etc, just pump until new grease appears. Clean it off, sort of, and get down the road.
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Wondering if I'm doing something wrong then...

I apply the grease with a grease gun to the zerks and after 5-6 pumps it starts coming back out of the zerk fitting itself. Nothing's coming out of the bottom of the unit. But it stops the squeaking for sure! Thoughts?
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Wondering if I'm doing something wrong then...

I apply the grease with a grease gun to the zerks and after 5-6 pumps it starts coming back out of the zerk fitting itself. Nothing's coming out of the bottom of the unit. But it stops the squeaking for sure! Thoughts?
The cavity may not be full yet. When mine was new I pumped about 5-6 pumps of grease and nothing came out the bottom. After several thousand miles, and adding grease each 1000 miles, grease now comes out the bottom when I add grease. I also have a little snake of grease come out the grease fitting when I remove the gun.
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It sounds like you started with little or no grease so will take more than you might think. Nonetheless, you got them greased, use it and grease again after a few hundred miles, then regularly after a thousand(?) miles. Check the instructions on that.

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