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Old 10-06-2017, 09:21 AM   #15
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I like everything about the ProPride hitch so I've decided to pull the trigger.

I've exchanged emails with Sean and he's recommended the 1400. My current Airstream is my 4th Airstream in over 30 years of trailering so I've seen my share of popped rivets and damage caused by rough roads. My current hitch is a Resse Dual Cam with 800 pound bars and the ride for me and the trailer isn't bad.

My tow vehicle is a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel and handles my 30' Classic with ease.

I'd like to hear from ProPride users with similar combinations, which bars you have and your experience with ride and any other information to pass.

Thanks in advance

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I have the same setup, only a 17 ram...I like my Reese and wouldn't change, had a Hensley with 04 30' classic...I will stick with my Reese...
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:49 AM   #16
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I have a 2015 Ram 2500 with Cummins and tow a 27' FC FB. Have 1400lb bars and 2.5" hitch bar. The 2.5" hitch bar is a perfect fit in my received with no play at all. I have an Equalizer hitch when we had a 23" AS and they didn't have an option for a 2.5" hitch bar and there was a lot of play with the sleeve.

Make sure you get an accurate measurement of the receiver's height on your Ram for Sean so you have enough drop in the stinger. The Ram's receiver seems to be higher than other makes.

I love the ProPride and wouldn't go back not the Equalizer type WD/anti-sway hitch systems.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:05 PM   #17
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Mike:

If I going to be refueled over the desert by you- I am going to do what you say!!! Take Sean's advice.

You are buying the product from the manufacturer-take his advice!!! I have been to his manufacturing site and bought the product-go with the 1400.

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Old 10-06-2017, 12:33 PM   #18
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What size "currently looking" do you toe.

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Old 10-06-2017, 12:46 PM   #19
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I use a 1400 with my 30' FC, works like a dream.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:00 PM   #20
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Thanks Robert. I appreciate the information.

I found out too late that the Air Force age limit for pilot training was 26 1/2. I was Boom Operator for 27 years....23 years and 5000 hours in the KC-135 and 4 years and 1000 hours in the KC-10.
OOOH! Nice job! I was ground bound in the R.C.A.F.
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OOOH! Nice job! I was ground bound in the R.C.A.F.
Yer makin' me jealous!

They took away our tanks in SE Asia.

I had a Flight Equipment MOS @ Da Nang..."Loadmaster"

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So you called the manufacturer and you told Sean what trailer you had and what you are towing with and he recommended 1400 bars but you really don’t believe him so you are asking people you don’t know, probably won’t meet and you have no way to know what idiot mistakes they may be making and you want their advice, have I got that right? Really? Why bother calling the man?
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So you called the manufacturer and you told Sean what trailer you had and what you are towing with and he recommended 1400 bars but you really don’t believe him so you are asking people you don’t know, probably won’t meet and you have no way to know what idiot mistakes they may be making and you want their advice, have I got that right? Really? Why bother calling the man?

...."idiot mistakes" why bother posting.

We also called the manufacturer, 1400lb bars also advised. Turns out 1000lb were the proper choice for 'our' set-up. I made an idiot mistake.
Not all will be covered by blanket statements made by the xperts.

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Old 10-06-2017, 10:48 PM   #24
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...."idiot mistakes" why bother posting.



We also called the manufacturer, 1400lb bars also advised. Turns out 1000lb were the proper choice for 'our' set-up. I made an idiot mistake.

Not all will be covered by blanket statements made by the xperts.



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And between us two knuckleheads - the 1000# bars worked for you and 1400# bars worked for me. Life is good. Glad to be an idiot if you're in that club! 🤣
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Old 10-07-2017, 02:32 AM   #25
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All I am saying is, why take the time to call the manufacturer and ask him a direct question about his product and then not take his advice.
I have learned a lot from this forum and I am very grateful for the time that people took to post a reply or to offer advice but I am not sure I would take the personal opinions of complete strangers over the advice of Sean at Pro-Pride. The guy knows his stuff, knows Airstreams and knows his product and I do not believe he is giving bad recommendations. I don’t even use PP about I still respect his opinion and would follow his advice over someone else.
PS - I use Hensley
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I recommended to the OP he look at it from acquired scale values. Eliminate subjectivity.

The results posted by RC are that end result: (after revealed problems were corrected) the load transferred to the TV Steer Axle is X. That number was tested. One bar set was ideal for X transfer.

The point to scale values is that it reveals the range of adjustment. It's short.

One bar set or the other will be "better". It may or it may not be the recommended choice.

Sean comes highly regarded around here. I've purchased several items from him. So it's not about him or his recommendation, but working with an individual rig.

That rig might be right at the edge of one set or the other. The range of adjustment might allow either to be used. But that range overlap will favor one bar set more than the other.

Mechanical relationships are such that verifying their accuracy pays off with best performance.

As it would with yours, Ms Kendrick. It's easy to adjust a Hensley for best ride as the integrated anti-sway works no matter what adjustment is used. But that doesn't mean your Dodge is set best for the test of an emergency double lane change. Or that braking is best (w/o WD transfer to TT axles). Or that TV tire pressure is ideal. (Too little WD, and too much TV tire pressure is an easy guess; and not about you, but RV'ers in general).

Numbers acquisition and testing are basic.

Is Sean likely right? Sure. Doesn't mean one can't be painstaking in a one time purchase.

I'd not trust that a brand new Airstream had correct axle bearing lubrication, bearing preset, or axle alignment without verifying. It's too costly otherwise. The manufacturer or the dealer wouldn't matter. And shouldn't.

These are the responsibility of the operator. That's what's at stake, here.

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see ProPride Group on FB there is a chart for ProPride model selection based on loaded tongue weight
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:39 AM   #28
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Nothing wrong with "Trust, but verify." We have a similar set up; F250 towing a 31 Classic; Sean recommended 1400 to me; I was a bit spooked after reading that the 1400s could cause popped rivets, etc, but went with Sean's recommendation. Added RideRite air bag suspension because DW has never seen a cooking device she didn't want to bring along (she is a chef, so I don't "suffer" too much). Absolutely sold on ProPride; have yet to see comments of regret after purchase. Spent a lot of time on the Cat scales with various loads and WD jack settings. Amazing difference in handling at different settings. What a marvelous device. Nearing 10K miles towing now in all sorts of conditions, never a sway or other sense of control loss. Love our truck, love our AS, love my DW (not in this order!) and love life. Airstreaming is so cool. It is so much more fun when you can tow in confidence; spending many, many hours in research of the many aspects of towing is time well spent.
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