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Old 09-01-2017, 08:57 PM   #1
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After three years of towing our 27' FB international, we are starting to get the Moho itch. But for what may be for a somewhat different reason than for others. We are the type of Airstreamers that prefer to go to one (and not more than two) final destinations and camp for 7 to 10 days. Enroute to these destinations we will stop for the night and not unhitch. Sometimes we arrive early enough in the afternoon that we would like to take in some of the sites and maybe a local restaurant. However, we really dislike the unhitching and rehitching each day before arriving to our final destination. So, we frequently miss out on the local sites and restaurants. I currently have a Blue Ox hitch. My question. Other than the obvious advantages of the Pro Pride and Hensley, is the process of unhitching and rehitching the next day an easier or at least, a less tedious process? So much so that unhitching, each evening isn't such an ordeal?
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I think it is about equal for me.
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Maybe I don't understand your last question...i think Hensley is equal to my prior hitches to hitch and unhitch.
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From my point of view, hitching and unhitching with my ProPride is easier than a conventional WD hitch. For one, the WD bars don't have to come off. I just slack them, unlatch the stinger, and pull away. Hensley works in a similar manner as far as I know.
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I've unhitched and hitched on overnight stops. Anymore, it's no big deal. This is from memory, so don't quote me.

Unhitch:

Stop rig. Chock TT wheels. Slack W/D bars. Raise tongue jack till coupler JUST rises off stinger. Detach over center latches. Detach safety cable. Cut TyWrap and Detach umbilical. Detach safety chains.

Get in truck, put it momentarily in reverse (engages rear view camera) then drive slowly forward.

Remove stinger and store. Flip tow mirrors in and turn off TPMS. Level TT. Put down stabilizers.

Hitch:

Turn on TPMS. Turn on Nuvi and enter first waypoint of the day. Flip tow mirrors out. Raise stabilizer feet.

Insert stinger. Place an orange sports cone over stinger.

Get out and look how truck is aligned. Back truck up until Stinger is centered on receiver. Elevate receiver. Back truck into receiver.

Engage safety chains. Attach over center latches, insert pins, attach umbilical and brake safety wire. Tighten WD bars. Raise tongue jack. Ty-wrap umbilical. Pull chocks.

Besides the cone (helps with stinger alignment) I've painted the receiver mouth in white paint so I see a white square on the camera. This helps a lot.

Hope this helps.
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From my point of view, hitching and unhitching with my ProPride is easier than a conventional WD hitch. For one, the WD bars don't have to come off. I just slack them, unlatch the stinger, and pull away. Hensley works in a similar manner as far as I know.
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You're in Montgomery!!! Come over and let's hitch/unhitch my ProPride! Send me a PM with your name and number!

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Get in truck, put it momentarily in reverse (engages rear view camera)
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Off topic, but if you have the 8.4" UConnect in your RAM, touch the "Controls" icon at the bottom, then touch the "Backup Camera" button to turn on the backup camera without putting the transmission in reverse (which, if something goes wrong, can result in much unhappiness. Don't ask how I know.).

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Off topic, but if you have the 8.4" UConnect in your RAM, touch the "Controls" icon at the bottom, then touch the "Backup Camera" button to turn on the backup camera without putting the transmission in reverse (which, if something goes wrong, can result in much unhappiness. Don't ask how I know.).



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Good point. Thanks, I do have Uc 8.4.

Even though I have my foot on the brake, a little voice has been telling me it's a Bad Idea.

I'll move the Camera button to the soft key row today, and start using it that way.

Much obliged.
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From my point of view, hitching and unhitching with my ProPride is easier than a conventional WD hitch. For one, the WD bars don't have to come off. I just slack them, unlatch the stinger, and pull away. Hensley works in a similar manner as far as I know.
Exactly!
Other than needing to line up pretty close for the Hensley, it's back up, push the stinger in far enough to let the cams grab, safety chains and umbilical, and crank up the equalizers and your mostly done. Notice there's' not much difference than your Blue Ox, except you don't need to work the chains
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I have the scars to prove that chains with the flip-up tensioner are hazardous to your health. Jacks are way easier and safer.
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With the Blue Ox, you have to raise the jack almost to its highest point, release the chains. Lower the jack all the way back down to the point that you can release the hitch from the ball and then raise the jack back up off the ball. To hitch to basically follow the same procedures but in reverse. Every hitch and unhitch even requires the jack to be raised and lower three times. Sounds like the Propride is a much simpler and less time consuming process.
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It's very quick once you finally understand how to align the head and stinger.

Double-check wheel chocks. Release WD bar tension by winding the jacks till the bars are slack. Adjust height with tongue jack so tension is just off stinger. Uncouple by releasing the latches. Unplug umbilical, disconnect safety chains and breakaway cable, drive TV clear. Adjust tongue jack if needed height to get AS level, deploy stabilizers as desired. Remove and stow stinger if desired
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