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Old 07-20-2015, 09:26 AM   #1233
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I did use Ryobi drill a few times. I found the process to be noisy. Now use stabilizer speed wrench which is much more peaceful. I do not use the Propride wrench anymore after smashing my pinky finger, losing nail and a pretty sore week.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:06 AM   #1234
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Routine maintenance with hand grease gun on three zerks.
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Wait, three zerks?
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:13 AM   #1235
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I have an additional zerk fitting on the top of the ball for lubrication.

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Old 07-23-2015, 05:23 AM   #1236
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I have an additional zerk fitting on the top of the ball for lubrication.

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Did you add that yourself? I didn't know it could come from the factory that way...
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:00 AM   #1237
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Did you add that yourself? I didn't know it could come from the factory that way...

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Before installing the PP I drilled and tapped the very top of the hitch to receive the zerk. I'll take a picture later today and post it.

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Old 07-23-2015, 08:34 AM   #1238
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Since the ball doesn't move/rotate like a standard hitch I simply use a floor jack to drop the head once a year and put some Reese ball grease on it. Old grease usually still looks like new.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:13 AM   #1239
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Since the ball doesn't move/rotate like a standard hitch I simply use a floor jack to drop the head once a year and put some Reese ball grease on it. Old grease usually still looks like new.
X2....takes maybe 15 minutes.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:44 PM   #1240
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Ok. I'm lost because dealer installed. I need to study manual...
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:44 AM   #1241
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Couple of updates. I did speak with Sean and he will send a replacement jack at the end of the month. All his inventory is "on the way out" on hitches. He gave some advice on disassembly which I may try this week if I have time. He suggested inspecting the threaded rod that runs up the center of the jack and cleaning it up if there is some thread damage.

SteveSueMack, BAL has a tongue jack that has the same silver cover and a side manual handle. Sean probably has a version made without the foot would be my guess.

I did disassemble the jack to take a look at it and regrease. Some photos below in case anyone else needs to do this.

You will need to remove the straps that connect the jacks to the WD bars so remover the 2 lock nuts on the bottom of the U bolts, move the WD bars out of the way and lift the strap up off the jack. Note - I would recommend replacing the lock nuts, they are only a few cents and you do not want them coming loose.

Once that is done, remove the silver cap off the top of the jack. Use a flat blade screwdriver to ease the bend over tabs out a bit and it pops off.

You will now be able to see the gears.

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There is a roll pin that holds the vertical bevel gear in place. Use a suitably sized punch to drive it out. The shaft can then be removed with the gear. Backside view of gear is below showing the notch for the roll pin (with pin in place) and notch for the dowel pin used for the horizontal gear.

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The horizontal gear will just lift off using a flat blade screwdriver under the edge for leverage. It's a pretty snug fit.

Once off, the jack sleeve just lifts off vertically. Once the jack sleeve is off, you will see the threaded rod with a bearing on top sandwiched between 2 washers. The top washer will probably be stuck to the top of the jack sleeve so make sure you do not lose it.

I don't have pictures of the threaded rod (I was covered in grease by this point). My rod looked OK but did not appear to have any grease which I fixed 😀

Reassembly is the reverse. Tap the roll pin back in using a hammer to get it going and use your punch to drive it home. The whole process is fairly easy to do. If your jacks are getting a bit stiff or noisy, you may want to consider this maintenance. I found replacement roll pins at Lowes but no punches, Tractor Supply had both.

My jack is now a little better (I can almost get it up to 6" with my drill) but it is still noisy. I think the bevel gears are not properly aligned which has been an issue from day 1 it would seem. It was more noisy right out of the box than the other side. Probably just getting worn now which is making it worse. I'll be fitting a new one at the end of the month.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:06 PM   #1242
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Several people have asked for pictures of the zerk fitting I have on my ball enabling me to easily grease it during maintenance. See attached. Today was the day that i used the grease gun and made sure everything was greased.

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Old 09-29-2015, 05:14 PM   #1243
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Hello fellow ProPridians 😃

I reported a while back that Colonial replaced my 1000# bars with 1400# bars and basically disconnected and reinstalled the entire unit.

I've had a couple of "pops" since then - similar to the sound I've had before the adjustment when the main hitch unit would "pop" out of alignment from a near jackknife back-in angle. Only, no tough angles.

So after unhitching last time, I looked at the alignment and it's perfectly centered - so it's not moving as it has in the past. I moved the main hitch head/yoke and there seems to be ton of play (up down left right) and I can't recall if it was the same before the adjustment. I remember some amount of play but can't recall if it was as much as I'm seeing now.

How would you describe the amount of movement in your main hitch head unit/yoke when it's not connected to your TV?

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Old 09-29-2015, 06:31 PM   #1244
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I can check this weekend. Maybe a call in to Sean too?
I am running 1400s on mine 27FB sig. 1000 lbs on the tongue with F250. Total trailer weight just under 7000lbs.
and ..... about 6.25 inches up on the jacks
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Old 09-30-2015, 06:10 AM   #1245
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Thanks for the installation post on the PP. Mine arrived a few weeks ago and I'm learning all I can about it before my AS arrives in Dec. I will continue to watch this post with interest.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:33 PM   #1246
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KUDOS for Sean

About 2 weeks ago I did a trip back to Ohio. Family stuff and also a chance to get a few warranty items done on my 2015 Classic at JS. I also wanted to get an alignment question answered on my ProPride so I setup a meeting with Sean in Grand Blanc, MI.

Folks, if you ever want to understand outstanding customer service Sean is one of the best examples out there. My question/issue was a puzzler that we spent about 5 hours noodling/experimenting and yes, did a bit of swearing. Changed a couple of parts, actually replaced all of the bearings in the head (should say Sean's dad replaced the bearings), multiple test runs around the neighborhood with Sean in the bed of the truck watching the PP. More head scratching...

In the end we basically think it may be a misaligned receiver mount on the truck. The 'guy' answer is get a new truck .

While we didn't totally solve it the experience was invaluable. The customer service is in the WOW double WOW stratospheric range.

Sean a really big sincere thank you for your support.

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