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Old 07-11-2010, 09:38 PM   #15
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I am puzzled at the fact that there are no comments about Pullrite in almost 2 years.
We pull our 1981 31' Excella II with our 2001 F-250 diesel and it makes long trips a real breeze....
no more stress from 18 wheelers whizzing by.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:53 PM   #16
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Pullrite hitch.

Hi, I think I have only seen two of these hitches in my life; And I'm pretty old. But I have never seen one with a trailer connected. Like to see pictures of one connected in straight and turned positions.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:50 AM   #17
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By all reports the pullrite works well.

The lack of popularity is due to the need to have one such hitch per TV, and due to the problems with clearance during installation.

I sometimes borrow an extended cab pickup when I need room for more passengers, which is easy enough to work out with the ppppp. With the pullrite I would need two hitches.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:22 PM   #18
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To get an idea how the Pullrite Trailer hitch works and a short video go to:
PullRite has a SAFER, STRONGER, BETTER designed hitch for you
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:55 PM   #19
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Always Pros and Cons....

Yes, I admit that the PullRite has some disadvantages....for example, you have to carry your TV spare in the bed of the truck because of the PullRite's configuration.
I have never used a Hensley or other comparable competitor, so I can't make a comparison.
...but in my book, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

I used to be totally stressed out towing before I bought this truck with the PullRite.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:12 AM   #20
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I looked at the PULLRITE and found only two negatives:

1] Weighs over 400# as installed on TV. (If I had to do it over I would have bought a 1T versus a 3/4T truck . . coming close to factory payload capacity isn't difficult with a big trailer and fulltiming equipment aboard).

2] Reduces ground clearance significantly at truck rear. It'll need to be checked against each vehicle, but, a 4WD is a more likely candidate than a 2WD pickup.

What I liked about it -- and still do -- is the ability to pull OTHER trailers with the antisway qualities of the hitch.

As others have mentioned, spare tire needs to be relocated and exhaust system needs to be re-worked.

Doesn't seem so long ago that a PR was about $750.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:30 PM   #21
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PullRite clarification.....

I take issue with the comment about the clearance behind a pickup.
We are pulling with a 2WD F-250 and will attach a picture at the first opportunity, but right now we are disconnected.

(As I write this, we are sitting under a tree at the factory, waiting to have additional awnings installed, as we travel on to Warren, OH to the Packard Museum.)

Yes, it was a bit of a challenge to invert the hitch, but there is NO PROBLEM when you use a ball with a 2" riser, as described in the PullRite manual.

Also, as I recall, the PullRite is attached to the frame of the truck with 8 bolts. Yes, it is heavy.

I never expect to need to move it to another TV, as our diesel only has 111,000 miles.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:34 PM   #22
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PullRite clearance

OK...
Here's a pic of Ole81 connected to the truck....not the best pic because the sun was facing me....but you can get the idea. With the adapter inverted and using a ball with a 2" lift, you have absolutely no problemwith clearance!

Also, the question was raised about the weight. It would be a good Physics exercise to determine the advantages or disadvantage of PullRite's weight being UNDER the TV, versus Hensley;s weight being cantilevered BEHIND the truck.

Maybe there is an engineer following this forum who can analyze it.


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thanks for adding user content bob.

no engineers are needed.

simply take the truck to a scale and WEIGH it (steer/drive axles)

then hook up yer stream and repeat.

then be so kind as to REPORT back the figures.

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Old 07-22-2010, 10:30 AM   #24
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Thanks for the info. The pictures I have seen of installations show a fair amount of reduced ground clearance on a pickup truck rear. Nice to see that someone is using it on a 2WD. Now, what is the ground-to-truck-frame clearance, and what is the number against the low point of the PR?

Thanks.
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