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Old 04-21-2019, 06:12 PM   #1
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Our ProPride Experience

I put over 30K miles on our AS using an AirSafe (~$1K) with a Blue Ox (~$500). With all the hullaballoo on AS Forum, at the beginning of the AS season last year, I bought, installed, and used a ProPride instead. (Retails close to $3K with shipping.) Note: One cannot use an AirSafe with a ProPride or a Hensley.

Comment from my significant other opposite me in the front seat within a few miles of beginning our first trip with the ProPride: "This ride is a lot stiffer. I'm no longer able to read the paper or a book while we're driving. The words on the page jiggle too much."

We put around 1K miles on the ProPride with our trip. Upon returning home, I took off the ProPride , reinstalled the AirSafe + Blue Ox, and ultimately sold the ProPride on Airstream Classifieds.

Next trip: "This is a much smoother ride. I have no problem reading now while we're driving."

I now have approx. 35K miles on the Blue Ox, most of which have been with the AirSafe. So far, no problems, and in my experience, I couldn't tell any difference in weight distribution effects, sway, etc. between the Blue Ox and the ProPride. In other words, I didn't see any improvement with the ProPride over the Blue Ox, and I will refrain from commenting on the ProPride's downsides, of which I think there are some significant ones besides cost as others have mentioned in this Forum.

At the end of last summer and our AS season, I bought and installed a set of Lippert weight distribution straps (ie, the "Straptek" system): https://www.lci1.com/straptek which I have yet to use. Even though I was using a Harbor Freight 24 inch breaker bar & 1 inch socket to set the weight distribution bars on the Blue Ox, that process frightened me and the straps are supposedly more controllable and safer.
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:46 PM   #2
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With a stiff 3500 you need a soft ride more than a safe one?
In 12 seasons with a PPP I've found nothing difficult and no 'downsides'👍, and I'm not the brightest Crayon in the box.🥺
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:09 AM   #3
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Thank god we have the “Hitch police” to make sure everyone is safe!
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:26 AM   #4
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Thank god we have the ďHitch policeĒ to make sure everyone is safe!
Teehee....not 'police' just a GOF.😂
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:38 AM   #5
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Very interesting, and food for thought. I have almost the same setup as you, i.e. A 27 ft FC FB, Blue Ox, and a new 2015 F150 Eco... No air soft though. Leaving for a long trip/Carravan in the fall, and trying out where best to spend somewhat limited funds. On the wish list is, a built in ems surge protector, a voyager back up camera, a micro air easy start, and a portable solar charger. So far I'm leaning towards the surge protector as being at the top of that list, but, I'd like to do the air soft too. I need a money tree.

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Old 04-22-2019, 07:52 AM   #6
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Upon returning home, I took off the ProPride , reinstalled the AirSafe + Blue Ox, and ultimately sold the ProPride on Airstream Classifieds.
Blasphemy!
You must be punished before you speak poorly of Easy Start and diesel tow vehicles.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:40 AM   #7
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I have over 30,000 miles of experience towing with a Blue Ox SwayPro. It worked perfectly for all those miles behind a Titan XD Diesel. Then I bought an F250 Diesel and didn't like how loose the truck drove with the Blue Ox Swaypro. So I reluctantly bought a Propride 1400#. The Propride fixed the looseness while towing with the F250.

Then I found that I liked the Propride better than the Blue Ox:

1) I don't get greasy every time I go near the Propride.
2) The Propride is easier for me to hitch and unhitch.
3) It so much easier to hitch and unhitch the Propride that my wife can do it.
4) The Propride stinger is lighter than the Blue Ox receiver and hitch head. And it has no grease on it!
5) The Propride's weight distribution is infinitely adjustable and independent from the sway control. Therefore you can use less weight distribution to make the ride as soft as you want without losing the sway control.
6) The Proride works better with my F250 Diesel than my Blue Ox. The comment from my wife was "now the truck feels like its in control with the Propride".

I would have kept my Blue Ox SwayPro if it worked well with my F250. But since it didn't, I bought a Propride that I now like much better. This will be a never-ending debate. Use the one that your "significant other" likes best. Mine prefers the Propride.
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I have over 30,000 miles of experience towing with a Blue Ox SwayPro. It worked perfectly for all those miles behind a Titan XD Diesel. Then I bought an F250 Diesel and didn't like how loose the truck drove with the Blue Ox Swaypro. So I reluctantly bought a Propride 1400#. The Propride fixed the looseness while towing with the F250.

Then I found that I liked the Propride better than the Blue Ox:

1) I don't get greasy every time I go near the Propride.
2) The Propride is easier for me to hitch and unhitch.
3) It so much easier to hitch and unhitch the Propride that my wife can do it.
4) The Propride stinger is lighter than the Blue Ox receiver and hitch head. And it has no grease on it!
5) The Propride's weight distribution is infinitely adjustable and independent from the sway control. Therefore you can use less weight distribution to make the ride as soft as you want without losing the sway control.
6) The Proride works better with my F250 Diesel than my Blue Ox. The comment from my wife was "now the truck feels like its in control with the Propride".

I would have kept my Blue Ox SwayPro if it worked well with my F250. But since it didn't, I bought a Propride that I now like much better. This will be a never-ending debate. Use the one that your "significant other" likes best. Mine prefers the Propride.
I never understood why anyone would buy a $3000 hitch. I never experienced any sway with my Airstreams. I even tried to get them to sway and it was impossible.
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I think much of it depends upon where and what you tow and tow with. I had a Blue Ox and it was fine when I wasn’t in heavy traffic on the freeway. It was horrible in Milwaukee, Chicago, and heavy truck traffic areas. The bow effect from the big rigs made driving miserable. I said if I have to drive like this for 3 to 4 hours I’m going to hate traveling. When I changed to the Propride that all went away. Now going through Milwaukee and Chicago is tiring, but not exhausting. Much more manageable.

Now having said that I have an F150. Maybe with an F350 it would be different. I don’t know. All I know with my F150 the difference was significant.

I saw a video on YouTube where they went from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton and it greatly improved their towing experience.

For me using an F350 as an everyday driver would be a no go. I chose the F150 because of the gas mileage, capable, and comfortable.

By the way I kept my Blue Ox. You never know if I get a different AS and truck.
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I never understood why anyone would buy a $3000 hitch. I never experienced any sway with my Airstreams. I even tried to get them to sway and it was impossible.
Yep...much too expensive for an Airstream.🤓

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Old 04-22-2019, 08:36 PM   #11
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Itís NOT overkill, and I wonít tow without one. Our 22 footer is easy to make sway without good sway control and proper WD setup. Just go down the Cajon Pass on a windy day. And no, it was basically empty with no water aboard.

And, in the grand scheme of things, my family is priceless. $3,000 is cheap in comparison.
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If your trailer sways out of control at normal highway speeds then there is something else wrong and a hitch is not going to help you. Indeed one of the arguments against the use of sway control equipment is that it can cover up a developing problem and keep you from realizing it until it's too late.
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If your trailer sways out of control at normal highway speeds then there is something else wrong and a hitch is not going to help you. Indeed one of the arguments against the use of sway control equipment is that it can cover up a developing problem and keep you from realizing it until it's too late.
How long have you been using a PPP hitch?

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