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Old 07-02-2016, 08:28 PM   #1
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2016 30' Classic
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Parkit360 dolly with ProPride 3P hitch

I use the ProPride 3P hitch on my 2016 Classic for all of the well posted reasons. Never a white knuckle moment.

The garage that I park the AS in is quite narrow - leaving approximately 12" on either side of the parked AS. I purchased the Parkit360 dolly to assist in parking in this and other tight areas.

One complication was how to connect the dolly to a ProPride hitch with no ball coupler available. I worked with Sean @ ProPride (a high service oriented pro) to fabricate a stinger that would go into the ProPride hitch on the trailer and have a 2” ball coupler on the end with which to connect the dolly to.

When I first used the fabricated stinger with ball coupler combo, I quickly determined that the strength of the ball coupler - particularly the coupler's front lip - was insufficient to handle the unique force that the dolly placed on the lip of ball coupler. In retrospect, I should have had Sean install a much stronger ball coupler - my error.

Back at the drawing board, I consulted with Jim Deraff at Parkit360 (another high service oriented pro) and decided to not use the ball coupler nor the dolly’s ball hitch at all when using the dolly. Instead, I had a local steel fabricator weld a thick walled 2” diameter steel pipe with two supporting steel brackets (see attached photo) to the customized hitch piece I received from Sean @ ProPride. Now, I simply insert the 2" steel pipe directly into the dolly"s 2” slot that the dolly’s hitch mount normally would go into. Once the customized piece is inserted into the dolly, I then connect the stinger into the ProPride hitch. Works perfectly well! And the stability of the connected dolly is very solid.

One added benefit: the final fabricated piece with steel pipe AND ball coupler has proven to be very valuable given its versatility. When I take my trailer to the AS dealer for service, the ball coupler is very helpful given that the dealer does not otherwise have a way to connect to the ProPride. The dealer rep told me that whenever they service a trailer with a Hensley or a ProPride, they charge a couple extra hours of labor to disassemble the hitch to get to the trailer’s original ball mount.

I hope this Parkit360 / ProPride 3P story is of assistance. Travel Safe. Dennis
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