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Old 06-28-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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PullRite Hitch

Who here has experience with the PullRite hitch? The more I read about it the more interesting it becomes. Over the years Iíve towed various and sundry travel trailers (including the Airstream) with Reese hitches and have been entirely satisfied with their performance. Nevertheless, Iím attracted to the projected pivot point design of the Hensley and ProPrideóthe design and its towing benefits make obvious senseóbut the mechanical complexity of those systems are problematic to my way of thinking (Iím a strong advocate of KISS, especially when traveling).

But the PullRite is different, right? It has an actual pivot point at the rear axle of the tow vehicle as opposed to the virtual ones of the Hensley and ProPride. Further, it has the mechanical simplicity of the Reese, which I like, combined with the towing benefits of a rear axle pivot point. Whatís not to like about it?

Your thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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You are correct. Only drawbacks I can see is weight (issue?) and I think with some TVs you have to relocate the spare tire.
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Donreitz - what TV are you using? I ask because PullRite was actually my first choice (no offense, Sean :-) ) however, they don't make them anymore for my TV (2013 Chevy 2500 Duramax). The simplicity of it is really pure engineering genius and yes, it's pivot point is actually at the rear axle, not projected there. It's sort of a 5th wheel under the bed rather than in the bed of the truck....

I tried, but failed to talk them in to building one for me that would also served the current makes of GM models - I apparently wasn't compelling enough :-)

Search the forums for PullRite - there are some older threads from actual users who seem to love it!
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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Donreitz - what TV are you using? I ask because PullRite was actually my first choice (no offense, Sean :-) ) however, they don't make them anymore for my TV (2013 Chevy 2500 Duramax). The simplicity of it is really pure engineering genius and yes, it's pivot point is actually at the rear axle, not projected there. It's sort of a 5th wheel under the bed rather than in the bed of the truck....

I tried, but failed to talk them in to building one for me that would also served the current makes of GM models - I apparently wasn't compelling enough :-)

Search the forums for PullRite - there are some older threads from actual users who seem to love it!
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The biggest drawbacks with the PullRite very few TVs that they make them for and when you get a new TV you will probably need to buy a new hitch.
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The weight bars come in either 1000 or 2000 lb varieties. With the 1000 lb bars, the hitch is rated to handle 10,000 lbs. With the 2000 lb bars, it is rated to handle 20,000 lbs (and yes, the receiver changes from 2" to 2.5").

So, depending upon your Airstream and the weight bar you go with, you may find the ride to be too hard on your Airstream. It was for my 34' (front end separation), so I ended up changing hitches.

If it wasn't for that, I'd still be using it. Absolutely no sway at all, and in backing you can jackknife the Airstream 90 degrees... right beside your truck's rear axle. That came in real handy for some sites.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:37 PM   #6
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I have only seen a PullRite on an Airstream once- in 1997 in Zion, IL- on an International Travell-all.
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Looking at PullRite's fit chart I started to get Excited when I noticed they make one for Tundra, but- not for a new Tundra or anything else. 2008 or 2009 is the last year it is available for in any brand. It apparently is a good idea whose time has passed.
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2008 or 2009 is the last year it is available for in any brand. It apparently is a good idea whose time has passed.
I think they're in to regular 5-wheel hitches these days. Apparently, trailers are the product whose time might be passing in favor of those monster SOBs...at least in terms of where PullRite sees its revenue opportunity :-)

From a business perspective, maybe they'd have had better luck trying to distribute through partnerships with manufacturers, being the hitch of choice pre-installed.

I think the fact that some installations required moving the spare or cutting and redistributing the exhaust contributed to the drop in demand too. I had several conversations with my Chevy dealer about warranty issues and ultimately got to the place where he would have needed a diagram of the process to review with the manufacturer to decide if they would still honor the warranty.

I still pursued it with PullRite and would have paid a high premium for their troubles. Even ran it by their president. No go. I'm mad at them. :-)

But VERY grateful to have the ProPride. The PullRite is easy to understand because you can physically see how it works. It wasn't until I saw that Lego model video of the ProPride that I FINALLY had a semi-decent understanding of it (no engineer here!) and it absolutely prevents sway as promised. Peace of mind there....
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Donreitz - what TV are you using? I ask because PullRite was actually my first choice (no offense, Sean :-) ) however, they don't make them anymore for my TV (2013 Chevy 2500 Duramax). The simplicity of it is really pure engineering genius and yes, it's pivot point is actually at the rear axle, not projected there. It's sort of a 5th wheel under the bed rather than in the bed of the truck....

I tried, but failed to talk them in to building one for me that would also served the current makes of GM models - I apparently wasn't compelling enough :-)

Search the forums for PullRite - there are some older threads from actual users who seem to love it!
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Like you, I tow with a 2500HD D/A, only mine is a 2006 model. Having found my model in the PullRite application chart (although the chart isn't a model of clarity), at the time I didn't look any further to notice that recent model years are completely absent. I suppose that's why we see so few of them in use. That's too bad since it would seem beneficial to have a travel trailer hitch with an actual, rather than virtual, rear axle pivot point.

Folks, thanks for the information. I'm going to pursue this.
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Keep us posted, Don! There is a great explanation and comparison here:

http://www.serenitysys.com/rv/techni...ite_hitch.html

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And here's a link to a thread by users in this forum - back to 2004 I believe:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ned-11662.html
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And one last one (you might say I was really interested in getting the right hitch for my needs)


http://www.dnkk.com/Airstream/traile...mparisons.html
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Steve:
Thanks for the links. I appreciate the help.
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Comparing to the Hensley/ProPride design to PullRite or fifth wheel hitch points, there is no difference between "virtual" and "actual" pivot point in controlling sway. The Hensey/Propride is a newer design with features making PullRite somewhat obsolete.

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