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Old 05-04-2012, 11:53 AM   #441
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By the way, that Silver/Silver combination is SHARP!
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #442
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My ProPride setup

I have been reading the latest threads about installing, adjusting, & tweaking the ProPride and thought I would add a picture and maybe get an opinion. I received my hitch in January, but weather wouldn't allow installing until the first part of April. After reading the PP thread a few times, becoming familiar with the instruction, assembly went very smoothly. Installing on the Classic model seems to be a little more friendly from what I have read. I built the Receiver End with the plates up, obvious from the picture, but experimented both way and could have accomplished the current measurement with the plates down. The current setup uses three washers and the pictured setup achieved the tow vehicle's "before" front axle weight and the combination appears to be level. I see a problem when I add more weight to the truck's bed, I could possibly run out of adjustment on the jacks and spring bars. I have the 1000 lb bars and was considering changing the hitch bar setup to lower the hitch end a little thinking that would lower the spring bars and give me more adjustment. But after reading the above posts, I am wondering if I really would be better off with the 1400 lb bars? I have only pulled with the new PP hitch one trip, but I was very pleased. I really appreciate how easy it is to manuver with this hitch and seems oblivious to side winds and turbulence created by semi's. The 25' Classic has a very hefty tongue weight, listed at close to 900 lbs. Tell me what you think and Sean I will be giving you a call the first of the week. Thanks for the great service and a quality product.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:39 PM   #443
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I just got back from a weekend trip and it was my first real experience towing on something more than a short freeway trip. We took hwy 99W north from Eugene to Corvallis, then hwy 20 to Newport, and finally hwy 101 to Depoe Bay (all towns listed are in Oregon). Hwy 20 has some sections that are narrow and pretty twisty but its also travelled by lots of vehicles including semis.

The verdict is that the hitch works flawlessly. There's a spot on 101 where the road had washed out and was replaced. I hit it at almost midnight and I was pretty tired. It basically looked like the road disappeared; that's how dramatic a drop it was. The road also turned at the bottom. It was a little bouncy, but the trailer never swayed an inch. It was amazing. I was pretty convinced that we were screwed.

Anyway, I'm a total believer now.

Oh, and here's the rig with the hitch bar moved up one hole and two washers worth of tilt. It's probably about the best that we're going to get level-wise.



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Old 05-13-2012, 03:18 PM   #444
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I just got back from a weekend trip and it was my first real experience towing on something more than a short freeway trip. We took hwy 99W north from Eugene to Corvallis, then hwy 20 to Newport, and finally hwy 101 to Depoe Bay (all towns listed are in Oregon). Hwy 20 has some sections that are narrow and pretty twisty but its also travelled by lots of vehicles including semis.

The verdict is that the hitch works flawlessly. There's a spot on 101 where the road had washed out and was replaced. I hit it at almost midnight and I was pretty tired. It basically looked like the road disappeared; that's how dramatic a drop it was. The road also turned at the bottom. It was a little bouncy, but the trailer never swayed an inch. It was amazing. I was pretty convinced that we were screwed.

Anyway, I'm a total believer now.

Oh, and here's the rig with the hitch bar moved up one hole and two washers worth of tilt. It's probably about the best that we're going to get level-wise.



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Glad you survived the scare.
I'm too old to drive that late.

It's sort of hard to tell with the shadows, but it sure looks good from here.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:03 PM   #445
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Glad you survived the scare.
I'm too old to drive that late.

It's sort of hard to tell with the shadows, but it sure looks good from here.

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Thanks! I certainly wasn't towing that late by choice.
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High speed, low drag, Phil . . . !

But only 2Air was allowed to drive with his toes while otherwise texting and drinking coffee.

There's a placebo effect at work, slightly, with these hitches (as well).

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:45 AM   #447
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High speed, low drag, Phil . . . !

But only 2Air was allowed to drive with his toes while otherwise texting and drinking coffee.

There's a placebo effect at work, slightly, with these hitches (as well).

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I promise that I'll keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times regardless of what I'm drinking.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:09 AM   #449
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A ProPride Hitch Performance Story

I'll try to keep this brief....While on a trip to the Northeast last fall, we and friends (also pulling an Airstream using a PP) were traveling thru Pennsylania on a "scenic" back road doing about 50 mph. We were decending a slight hill and began to round a curve when all of a sudden there was a line of traffic stopped dead in the road ahead of us. (We were coming into a little town come to find out, and the warning signs in PA are less than what we're accustomed to here in TX.)

I slammed on the brakes as hard as I could while thinking maybe I should swerve to the Left and go around, but deciding if I was going to have a wreck, I'd rather hit the last car in the line in the rear, than have a head on collision. Holding the brake pedal down as hard as I could, I was bracing for a collision with the car, all the while thinking I would also be hit in the rear by my friends.

Fortunately, the rig just stopped, with no sway, no wiggle, no nothing, just stopped. My friend behind me said he was also bracing for a collision with us, but he was also able to stop also with his foot on the floor.

While talking about the event at the next rest stop (after changing our shorts), we both noted how well the trailers behaved in what was an all out, panic, emergency stop.

While we both wished it had never happened, we were both very thankful to be towing Airstreams equipped with ProPride hitches.

I was towing a 28' Classic with a 3/4 ton GMC, and my friends were towing a 31' Classic SO with a 3/4 ton Dodge. I've been towing trailers of some kind or another since '71, and nothing I have used to date performs as well as the ProPride hitch.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:29 PM   #450
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Wow, Steve, that does sound like a loaded-shorts-moment! It's that kind of thing that finally convinced me that the PP is, in fact, cheap. One should't compare the price of the PP to another hitch, but to the cost what happens when the trailer fishtails in a crappy situation!
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:41 PM   #451
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It's sort of hard to tell with the shadows, but it sure looks good from here.

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Okay, so I downloaded the photo on my computer and played with it some. Here's a version with fewer shadows.
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Okay, so I downloaded the photo on my computer and played with it some. Here's a version with fewer shadows.
It looks great from here.

Your trailer is riding higher than mine does. Is there anything in it?

Here is what ours looks like fully (at least) loaded.

Click on it 3 times, it gets really big.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:31 PM   #453
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first report

1) bought a 2000 excella classic 30ft'r in chicago (don't ask why)
2) had Sean drop ship a PPP to chicago. (it arrived on time as promised)
3) took me and my bud about 3 hours to install. and swag settings
4) left Sat am for Portland, OR and Battle Ground WA.
5) 2200+ miles with swag settings-no sway, 10x10 to the 6th semis, and roughly 65 mph sustained, 14 hour days.
6) made it home 5 pm monday, may 14.

Best tow I have ever made. Thank you Sean, Hensley, and ProPride.

Minor WD adj took all porpoising out, too. dang, I am almost scared to weigh and set up trailer "scientifically" it tows that good. Yes, I agree with the placebo effect and Sean, I have some questions, but will get to that later. At 2200miles, I have only 300 more to go to make it $1 per mile. cheap. btw, gas was never more than 369/gal EXCEPT IN OREGON-420!!! What's up with that?

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Old 05-15-2012, 12:09 AM   #454
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It looks great from here.

Your trailer is riding higher than mine does. Is there anything in it?

Here is what ours looks like fully (at least) loaded.

Click on it 3 times, it gets really big.

Ken
Yes, the Eddie Bauer's are a little higher. I think that the reason is the 16" wheels with larger tires, I think that the rational is that people who buy them want to venture a little farther off the highway than most. I'm thinking it's a gimmick personally.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:14 AM   #455
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1) EXCEPT IN OREGON-420!!!
Yeah, gas is getting a little nuts here right now. It's gone up about .20 in the last week or so.
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Wow, Steve, that does sound like a loaded-shorts-moment! It's that kind of thing that finally convinced me that the PP is, in fact, cheap. One should't compare the price of the PP to another hitch, but to the cost what happens when the trailer fishtails in a crappy situation!
Yes, I shudder to think about would could have happened without the ProPride and good brakes. It's a situation that I hope never repeats itself, but it is comforting to know how the rig will handle in a bind.
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Based on this thread and other recommendations I ordered the 3P, what's been everybody's experience on how long the build/delivery typically takes? I'm anxious to get it installed and take the 28ft International and our new TV (QX56) to the scales for some weights.
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IMHO, the assembly does not take as long as reading and understanding the instructions, but I'm not a good study in understanding instructions.

I would suggest going back in this thread and looking at all the instruction pictures because it will help you a lot if you understand it before you start reading the instructions.

The shipping will be just what UPS says it will be, but be prepared the boxes are heavy. It will help if you have a floor jack to lift the main hitch part into the trailer connector, and another person.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:42 PM   #459
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Based on this thread and other recommendations I ordered the 3P, what's been everybody's experience on how long the build/delivery typically takes? I'm anxious to get it installed and take the 28ft International and our new TV (QX56) to the scales for some weights.
It took a few weeks (3?) from order to delivery. 2nd what was said about about the weight of the boxes, and about going back to the beginning of this thread to look at 2 air's instructions and pictures.
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Guess nothings perfect?

While coming back thru the Panhandle of Texas the day before yesterday, and after about 50 thousand sway-free miles towing with the ProPride, we expereinced our first sway event.

Driving South on US84 between Slaton and Post, TX, doing about 70MPH, we were hit by a whirl wind, or as known in these parts, a dust devil. It was a pretty strong one. I saw it coming at us, and wasn't too concerned, but was ready for it. The whole thing lasted about two seconds, but the trailer and truck were oscellating back and forth over the entire lane. After the dust devil was gone, the sway was gone.

I will add this was not a typical sway where the trailer was trying to steer the truck, but one where the trailer AND truck were oscellating back and forth, in line, with the trucks front axel as the pivot point. I never felt out of control, but I would have to say it was a sway.
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