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Old 06-27-2013, 06:01 AM   #631
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Also forgot to mention, I think the "sweet spot" is when you raise the jack to the point where you can see (and it's VERY subtle) the coupler slide off the ball.
That is what I look for also as the "sweet spot".
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #632
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Also forgot to mention, I think the "sweet spot" is when you raise the jack to the point where you can see (and it's VERY subtle) the coupler slide off the ball.
I will watch for that next time. I believe that is the same spot that I find by wiggling the Rock Tamer bars, but it may be a better indication in these off level spots.

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:36 PM   #633
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I continue to harvest good ideas from fellow PP owners. I find it sometimes difficult when I unhitch to insure that all the weight if off the TV before I unhitch. If I miss I get a nice "clunk" as my stinger exits the hitch. I wonder sometimes if the autolevel system in my SUV contributes to this.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:59 PM   #634
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I continue to harvest good ideas from fellow PP owners. I find it sometimes difficult when I unhitch to insure that all the weight if off the TV before I unhitch. If I miss I get a nice "clunk" as my stinger exits the hitch. I wonder sometimes if the autolevel system in my SUV contributes to this.
BAB - that's where the "sweet spot" has helped me most! I've had a few of those "clunk" moments. For me, dialing out all of the weight distribution from the jacks is first, then I drop the tongue jack and raise it until I see the coupler lift off the ball. It's a very slight movement. Sometimes I have to drop and raise the tongue jack 2 or 3 times to be sure I got it - but without fail, getting to that spot enables a clean exit every time for me!
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:47 AM   #635
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Here's a good video on hitching the PP.

Pro Pride Hitching Up - YouTube

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After years of eyeballing the hitch height on my HAHA, I learned something new on this video...measure the height of the stinger to the height of the hitch with the wrench...gee what a concept!

Also, I don't know if anybody else noticed but he FORGOT to attach the emergency brake activator cable! That would add about 2.3 seconds of time to the total!
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:50 AM   #636
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Installed the P3 this morning. Added three links to the chains. Everything else was long enough.

My "before" front wheel well measurement is about 42 inches. After installation, I cranked the 1400 pound WD bars right at 65 turns on each side and got the front to within 1/4 inch. No time to get to the scales today, but I "guesstimate" I am within 100 lbs or so of unhitched front axle weight. My concern is that I seem to be hitch-high.

Nose of trailer and rear of truck are high, with the rear of the trailer a little low.

The hitch itself is nose-low. Stinger is at max drop.

Question(s): How do I get everything level and still distribute the tongue weight? Am I worrying about nothing?

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Old 06-29-2013, 12:12 PM   #637
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Congrats on the installation!!


Do you have washers behind the rivet? If so, I wonder if that contributes to too much lift at the hitch?

I think you're right - you can't drop it any lower from the receiver. How far off are you from level front and back (trailer belly pan to ground)?
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Congrats on the installation!!


Do you have washers behind the rivet? If so, I wonder if that contributes to too much lift at the hitch?

I think you're right - you can't drop it any lower from the receiver. How far off are you from level front and back (trailer belly pan to ground)?
Thanks!

Forgot to mention...rivet up top, no washers.

I'll have to measure the trailer later (but will do it by this evening), just using my calibrated eye right now.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:42 PM   #639
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Did you check that the stinger was level as described in the installation instructions? I agree the stinger appears to have too much up-angle. You may need to add washers to the rivet to get the stinger level (attached to the truck receiver, not attached to the trailer).
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The stinger was level as described in the instructions. But I think you're correct in that I guess I need to "overcorrect" to get level after hitch up.
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The hitch box on a 2500 Ram must be much higher than the new GM 2500 4X4 hitch box. My hitch is showing three holes above the stinger. You are showing zero
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My Chevy 2500 had 2 holes over the top of the receiver but I had to bring it down one hole as my trailer nose was 1.5" higher than the trailer rear. Dropping it that one hole got all 4 corners level at 16".

You might be able to put the WD bars in to the TOP hole (not middle as you have it now) but 1) I can't swear that would work and 2) that might require more hight on the WD jacks to distribute the weight.

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Just feel the sweet spot

To eliminate the unhitching "clunk", I find that regardless of day or night, I just put my fingertips on the hitch body with the hitch cup rim against my fingers and slowly raise the jack. I can easily feel the motion when the ball moves in the hitch cup. I came up with this modus operundi when unhitching one dark night and use it all the time now.
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