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Old 06-27-2010, 08:43 PM   #239
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I would actually like to see....

Pro pride come up with a radially adjustable weight jack. that'd solve my dilemma. the jacks as they appear are a little on the large/ugly side. But, adjustment is adjustment. I will spend more time on photos and some measuring. 2air, I may ask for some measurements based on your initial photos.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:58 PM   #240
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Exclamation Door interference?

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Another Jack issue is likely unique to a select few trailers, but mine is one of them (2010 Airstream Flying Cloud 27 FB, double bed). This model has a centered front storage compartment with a downward opening door. When open, this door lies flat on the battery box and extends almost to the leveling jack. With the Weight Distribution Jacks installed, the door does not open fully, limiting the size of what can be put into the compartment. Furthermore, when open, the door rests against the Weight Distribution Jacks. If the door is open when one is lowering the jacks, the door may become caught under the lower edge of the outer (upper) tube of the jack, and be pulled down with it. This puts a mush mark in the edge of the door, as I found out the hard way. (AAAgh! My brand new trailer!) Not your fault, but a conflict that may be common enough to warrant your calling attention to it, both in the Jack installation instructions and the unhitching instructions.
Are others finding this to be a problem with the PP? I live by that storage compartment as it is the ONLY outdoor storage on these FB rigs. Enough so that this might become a deal breaker for switching to a PP.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:32 PM   #241
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door space...

how far FORWARD on the tongue does the door swing down??

the jacks mount 25 inches back from the ball

but can be moved +/- an inch or so...

see pix in post #8 and later in devo's posts.

IF you measure how much clearance is needed

and mark off the jack placements on the A frame this might help sort out spacing.

maybe toss up a pic so we compare to rigs with the hitch installed.

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Old 07-06-2010, 06:52 PM   #242
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door space...

how far FORWARD on the tongue does the door swing down??

the jacks mount 25 inches back from the ball

but can be moved +/- an inch or so...

see pix in post #8 and later in devo's posts.

IF you measure how much clearance is needed

and mark off the jack placements on the A frame this might help sort out spacing.

maybe toss up a pic so we compare to rigs with the hitch installed.

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Hi, from memory, which might be failing with age, I believe the front cargo/storage door, just clears the back of the propane cover; This is where the jacks are mounted, preventing from opening the door all the way down flat over the battery box area.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:10 PM   #243
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Hi, from memory...
would that be "memory" of where u mounted your pp?



i'm aware of the particulars bob, regarding tanks, covers, jacks and so on...

but withOUT measurements can't check the PRECISE space needs.

also tank placement (and the cover) isn't exactly the same on all stream models...

and the battery boxes are not all the same size either.

the point being IF westy' makes some measurements i/others who HAVE a pp...

can check the jack locations better and factor in the door clearance needs.

his hatch door, A frame length, ball position are relatively fixed positions...

the tanks/cover AND the pp mounting are somewhat flexible.

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Old 07-09-2010, 03:25 PM   #244
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Thanks for the info guys. Sean@PP said 28" from center of the ball back. That puts it exactly behind the propane tank cover and interferes with the door by about 1/2 inch. I'll post a pic soon. This is the first chance I have had to get the trailer out of storage and properly look.

Robert, do you have a picture of your setup with the door down? How far down does it go before interfering. If it goes down down 35 degrees, that's not bad, but if it goes down 22.5 degrees, no go.
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good info chris...

if you take a pic with the door DOWN and measure that distance/arc...

i will mock up a door on my unit and check the clearance from the jacks AND tank cover.

the tanks/cover can be moved forward ever so slightly and the jacks can too...

BUT the jack movement is limited by the YOKE position UNDER the A frame (shown in the first few posts)

i can fiddle with the spacing sunday and get back to ya here.

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Old 07-10-2010, 09:53 AM   #246
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How far door opens after pp install

I will also get back to you. Unfortunately it can't be until Sunday...(the A/S is in Storage in a nearby city). What I can tell you right now is that the door will open sufficiently to store and get to tools and equipment in that space. We do need to pay attention to wheather the door is open or closed so that we don't "munch" it again when we are working with adjusting the hitch. It should be part of the set up, take down list one uses.

On Sunday I will measure the angle and get back to you. 2Air, I know, I know, you want pictures. Not sure I can pull that off, but I will try.

In any event in my mind, the value of having the safety and competence of the pp hitch far outweighs the issue with the door.

Just spoke to John, he confirms my "sense" of the open door. If without the hitch the door opens flat to behind propane tank (90 degrees), the door now opens halfway (45 degrees).

Again, I will measure on Sunday.

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2air, thanks, I'll get a picture soon. I have been thinking of eliminating one propane tank, which would eliminate the need for the big pretty cover and should buy a little forward clearance. The propane tank elimination idea comes from wanting to shave down some tongue weight and the fact that I almost never go through a tank during regular season. I hate pulling all that weight around for no reason.

Also after rereading my previous post, clearly I was thinking incorrectly on terms of door opening angles. Clearly a close to 90 degree opening is preferred.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:41 PM   #248
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Flying Cloud 27 ft front storage; angle of opening

The pro pride hitch installation limits our ability to open the front storage compartment as discussed. I measured the angle of opening and it opens to 55 degrees (completely open, with out the hitch would be 90 degrees).

I also measured from the top of the storage opening to the door. That opening is 10 1/4 inches. So that would be the size opening you would be dealing with to get items stored in and out. As I have said before, we have found this to be acceptable.
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outSTANDING post mary!

thanks 4 going the extra mile.

the photo will help many others understand about access.
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i just measured the distance from the front SKIN to the jack tubes on my unit...

10 inch at the top and ~11 at the bottom (since the shell is curvaceous)

the jacks MIGHT be moved forward 1/2-1 inch...

but that's about it before the w/d bars would start to LIFT the hitch head.
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your pix clearly shows the compartment is useable with some wigglin' of stuff.

i'd hate to give up ANY storage but given the UP side of a pp...

i may be biased...
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some units have a SQUARED CORNERED front access door that is slightly taller as i recall.

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Old 07-12-2010, 09:35 PM   #250
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This is a copy of the post I made in the Tow Vehicle and hitch section, but it applies directly to the 3P, so I copied it here. I hope that is OK.

2Air would be proud of me. I stopped by the CAT scales today and weighed the rig. I am towing a 1997 34' Excella with a 2009 F150 Supercrew 5.4L gas engine and 2X4 drivetrain. Max weights; Front Axle 3600#, Rear Axle 4000#, GVWR 7100# Wheel Base 145" Max Tow 11,300# GCWR 17,100#

Following are the scale results:

Truck only, no "stinger" for 3P hitch, full fuel, driver (185#), 11 yr old son in rear seat (90#) wife and 10yr old daughter missing. (but I know they are around somewhere)

Front Axle 3280# Rear Axle 2740# Gross 6020#

Truck & 34' Airstream, 3P Hitch Bar stringer set to 4th hole from top of 6, empty holding tanks (we have yet to travel with them filled)

5" weight distribution jack extension
Front Axle 3160# Rear Axle 3700# Trailer Axle 7620# Gross Wt 14480#

6 1/2" Weight distribution jack extension
Front Axle 3320# Rear Axle 3520# Trailer 7640# Gross Weight 14480#

7 3/4" weight distribution jack extension
Front Axle 3380# Rear Axle 3460# Trailer 7660# Gross Weight 14,500#

I find it interesting that moving the weight distribution jacks beyond 5" actually moves a little (20#) back to the trailer axles. The tongue weight appears to remain steady at 820# with the increased jack extension.

I will probably run at the 6 1/2" jack height as it gives me a bit more buffer on the front axle (remember my wife, daughter, and dog weren't in the truck for the weigh in). Generally we carry very little additional weight on the truck bed, and most of the additional stuff in the trailer is food and clothing which all goes on or aft of the axles.

Thank you to all of the Airforum folks who did this before me so that I would know to do it. It provides peace of mind, plus allowed me to better adjust my 3P hitch for a safer towing experience. It also tells me that should we ever consider full timing (many years from now when the children are off to College or beyond), a move to an F250 may be in order. I know FT people have a lot more stuff in the trailer and vehicle than weekenders and rally folks like ourselves.

I hope this helps anyone considering doing something similar.
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great job craig,

i replied in more detail over in your NEW cat scale thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...lla-66840.html

now all we need HERE is a photo or 2 of your rig all step and towin'...

with some scenic background to accent the combo.

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I'll work on that. Perhaps a good scenic background will present itself at the Top of Georgia rally this week.
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