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Old 05-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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ProPride video: Hitching up!

Having read a number of critiques of the time it takes to hitch up a ProPride and wondering where these come from I decided to time myself hitching our ProPride up on a video.
I bit under 6 minutes from beginning to end.
We had not been hitched in about 5 weeks and I did nothing to "prepare" for the hitching except ask my wife Dorsey to film the event.
Yes, I did not actually finish as the breakaway/emergency brakes were not yet attached as I had to make a repair to the clip that holds the line to the truck. You can add about 2 seconds to the total time for that job.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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First, I have to say...

I have the most thoughtful and helpful customers of anyone in the world!

This is an excellent video, Bruce and Dorsey.

Over the years I've said I can hitch much faster than any conventional hitch and you just showed how.

Thank you both for posting it!
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Nice, guys! I wish the folks at Chilly Man 7 didn't have to watch me screw that up royally last weekend because I swear, that 6 minute window has been my experience too! Maybe 10 when hitching by myself without DW's eyes helping out. Great idea to use the breaker bar as a "ruler" to set the jack height for the hitch box.

Great video! Thanks for posting.
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Very impressed to see you could get the stinger into the trailer on the first try. Having just come back from 4 weeks in my trailer and too many hitch/unhitch events to count, I found the most critical factor was to have my TV at as close to the same angle as it was when I unhitched (you'll read this in other places). I found that simply marking my front and rear wheel position BEFORE I unhitched made this incredibly easy. It is a VERY small 2x2 window and if you are off by more than a few degrees -- and I solo trailer. There is definitely a learning curve, and Bruce's video does a nice job. Thanks for posting it!
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First, I have to say...

I have the most thoughtful and helpful customers of anyone in the world!

This is an excellent video, Bruce and Dorsey.

Over the years I've said I can hitch much faster than any conventional hitch and you just showed how.

Thank you both for posting it!
Oh yeah, and we're competitive too....Bet I can do it faster with my Hybrid Hensley/Propride! Would that be a HenPride...or a ProLey?

Hitching is pretty much the same steps either way. Thanks again Sean for making up the adjustable stingers for some of us HAHA guys.
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Very impressed to see you could get the stinger into the trailer on the first try. Having just come back from 4 weeks in my trailer and too many hitch/unhitch events to count, I found the most critical factor was to have my TV at as close to the same angle as it was when I unhitched (you'll read this in other places). I found that simply marking my front and rear wheel position BEFORE I unhitched made this incredibly easy. It is a VERY small 2x2 window and if you are off by more than a few degrees -- and I solo trailer. There is definitely a learning curve, and Bruce's video does a nice job. Thanks for posting it!
We use the back up camera built into my wonderful F-150!
It is certainly part of the reason it is so easy to hitch up but I can do it with a vehicle that has no back up camera pretty easily too.
If we didn't have a camera I would install one though. It is a great tool.....
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PPP hitch or not, a BU camera makes it a first shot hitching every time, once you get the camera perspective down.
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PPP hitch or not, a BU camera makes it a first shot hitching every time, once you get the camera perspective down.
Quick story!
My mom needed a new car and after seeing my back up camera in the Ford, she stated that her next car had to have one. Well, I found a nice Tiguan with Nav and a back up camera and she purchased it.
I delivered it to her and went along for an introduction so she could learn about the many new features of this complex car.
When we got to the camera and backing up (something she has never been very good at) it was hilarious to watch her try to figure out what she was seeing in the camera. I was laughing, she was annoyed and it would have made a great video. The best part was when I learned that she has always been under the impression that the rear tires steered when a car backed up......!

Six months into ownership of the car she now backs up quite nicely.

Time seems to help with perspective.

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Agree....my Infiniti QX has 4 cameras....front, both sides, and rear. You can select "bird's eye view" and see 360 around your car ... but obviously I just use the BU for hitching. Lighting does matter, though!
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I learned a lot from watching that - thanks. Wonder if you could speed it up even more (if you wanted to) with a cordless drill instead of the ratchet wrench...

Got to say, one thing that entices me - beyond the performance - is that this reduces the weight of the hitch parts that need to be moved around.

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I learned a lot from watching that - thanks. Wonder if you could speed it up even more (if you wanted to) with a cordless drill instead of the ratchet wrench...

Got to say, one thing that entices me - beyond the performance - is that this reduces the weight of the hitch parts that need to be moved around.

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You certainly could use a drill to tension the jacks, I have seen people do it.
My intent was not to drag race through the process but rather show it for what it is, easy peasy! We hitched up at Chilly Man and I noticed we had a small group watching the process. I hit it first shot! Maybe we need to show a video of the process from inside the truck watching the camera....
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View realistic video from my experience. I having gotten fairly proficient at hitching up by myself without a camera or mirror when on level ground and a straight in hook up. On more difficult angles I use a mirror to see the stinger. I put white tape on the top of the stinger so that it is very visible in the mirror. I use the trailer stabilizer speed handle for the WD jacks. I find it more difficult to hitch up when my wife is attempting to give me stinger view guidance (I'll deny I ever said that if challenged by her).
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I use my stabilizer jack crank for the jacks. Just as fast and easy as getting out my drill and socket and a lot quicker than the wrench that came with the hitch.

I have an Eye-Ball backup camera with a magnetic mount. I put the camera on the stinger, just above the casting, pointed down 45 degrees to see the stinger end. I also have a 10' piece of thick orange rope with a magnet on one end and a weight on the other end. I stick the magnet to the bottom of the hitch opening and stretch out the rope in line with the opening in the hitch. In the camera image, I simply keep the black stinger over the orange rope as I back up and it leads me right into the opening. This really helps when hooking up solo in the dark where the usual clues to being lined up are absent. I stop once, with the stinger just short of the hitch, and visually adjust the height with the tongue jack. This really worked well in some of the little half-circular sites in the state parks where I have to unhitch at quite an angle.
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Pahaska - that's a GREAT idea! I may steal that one!

I have a cordless impact wrench that actually torques out before I can get the jacks to rise 6". I recently used the stabilizer wrench and find that's a pretty effective and efficient tool for the WD jacks.
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