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Old 04-04-2016, 08:51 AM   #1331
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I'm doing my routine maintenance in my hitch. This time, however, I removed the weight distribution bars. It's amazing how much force this little retainer disks have to withstand. They take some beating...

How often and what type grease do you use? Do you pump until grease cleans up or just a squirt or two?
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:46 AM   #1332
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I'm doing my routine maintenance in my hitch. This time, however, I removed the weight distribution bars. It's amazing how much force this little retainer disks have to withstand. They take some beating...

Odd! When I replaced my 1000# bars with the 1400# bars, I had the discs out and mine, after some years of use, looked like new.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:04 AM   #1333
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Might have a careful look for burrs or something in the bar slots before putting everything back together. Looks unusual.


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Old 04-04-2016, 11:23 AM   #1334
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It's probably worth sending your photos to Sean for comment. For greasing I wipe the bottom clean and pump until grease is coming out. Usually about 15 squeezes of the handle on my grease gun. Wipe off the excess and it always looks pretty clean.
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Old 04-04-2016, 01:16 PM   #1335
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No, everything was fine in the slots, no dirt or anything.

I pump it until it comes out from the bottom. I used to do at every 500 miles for years until last year when I read I should do it every 1000 miles or so.

My bars are always really tight since I have an SUV so maybe it's just too much force on them.
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Sean said it's good, they're only there for the bars to hang on when you're unhitched. Nothing to see here!

This is great, I was not looking forward to re-install them. I get grease everywhere when I touch those things, not matter how much protection I use.
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:39 PM   #1337
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Thanks for finding out and sharing that. It makes a great deal more sense now. I wondered why the retainers seemed so small.


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Old 04-05-2016, 09:16 PM   #1338
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How about this P3 setup?
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:22 PM   #1339
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Question Ford Pro Backup Assist

This seems to be the correct thread for this question, which if it was answered, I missed it working thru all the posts.
Is anyone using Ford's Pro Backup Assist with a PP hitch? Reading Ford's instructions for setting up the feature, you are supposed to enter the distance from the license plate to the "center of the ball". This is supposed to be between 9 and 16 inches. It seems likely that this measurement on a PP will be more than that. Will the PP hitch work with Ford's feature?
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:02 PM   #1340
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Ford's Pro Backup Assist is a very new option on new trucks (I'm not sure when it came out maybe on the 2016s, so out for less then a year?). Not many people actually have a vehicle with it, let alone have it, an Airstream and a ProPride or Hensley hitch.

You might want to call Sean at ProPride to see if he knows about it.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:01 PM   #1341
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Ford's Pro Backup Assist is a very new option on new trucks (I'm not sure when it came out maybe on the 2016s, so out for less then a year?). Not many people actually have a vehicle with it, let alone have it, an Airstream and a ProPride or Hensley hitch.

You might want to call Sean at ProPride to see if he knows about it.
My hitch is on-order. Because I happen to live fairly close to the "ProPride factory", I elected to pick it up instead of having it shipped. Save a few $$$. I plan to ask Sean about this when I do. Just hoping someone has already done this....

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Old 06-26-2016, 09:54 AM   #1342
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This seems to be the correct thread for this question, which if it was answered, I missed it working thru all the posts.
Is anyone using Ford's Pro Backup Assist with a PP hitch? Reading Ford's instructions for setting up the feature, you are supposed to enter the distance from the license plate to the "center of the ball". This is supposed to be between 9 and 16 inches. It seems likely that this measurement on a PP will be more than that. Will the PP hitch work with Ford's feature?
I have a 2016 f150 with the pro trailer back up assist. Before I bought my propride I emailed Sean who confirmed that one of is customer was using this feature whitout problem. I had Can Am Rv do the installation of the hitch on my new Airstream and they also installed the sticker that is used in conjonction with the pro trailer back up assist so I do not know exactly what distance they entered. It is a tight fit on my 27fb international , in fact a part of the sticker is under the propane cover but it works great. Before we left Can Am,Andy did a test drive to make sure everything was set up perfectly and even tried this feature. I think he was surprised it worked so well even if he tought it might have some limitations. For someone like me who did not have any previous towing experience it is a great tool but I am sure many of you with years of experience do not need it.
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Backing is an acquired skill. Recommend some practice, gadget or no gadget. FWIW, big truck drivers aren't paid to cover those long miles so to speak as they are to negotiate the very last difficult few on side roads. And to back it in. That's where most "accidents" occur.

Andy has posted good things about the latest F150 (given that it's a half ton, not a car), and as an owner of this style hitch I know you'll enjoy it.

Mirror size and placement is where most tow rigs fall short. My personal rig is longer than the big rig I drive. But the mirrors of the latter are superb in comparison to the aftermarket mirrors on my Dodge (which replaced the factory toeing mirrors).

This may account for some of the reluctance to do much backing. I believe I have seen some threads where cameras used in conjunction with mirrors worked well.

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Hi, I've been lurking around this thread for quite a while and I've read almost the whole thing. Great info! I finally purchased a slightly used PP and got it installed. I've taken a couple trips so far and experienced a lot of porpoising and my truck feels very "loose". The sway portion of the hitch seems to be fine, but the weight distribution part is where I'm having problems. I cant seem to get enough weight taken off the rear axle of my truck. It's sagging about 1-1/2", and despite how much I crank the jacks, it really doesn't change. I've moved the jack links to the lowest hole (3rd from top) and have the jacks cranked to 8". The trailer is pretty level, but it's sitting about 1" low in the front. I've followed all the PP instructions very carefully and took all measurements, calculations ect. before beginning the install. The calculations told me I needed the longer drop stinger to work with my 7" lifted truck. My bars are the 1400lb bars but seem to do very little. My cheap $200 WDH that was previously on the trailer worked great for WD and I could raise the rear of the truck back to unloaded height easily, but swayed like crazy! I'm not sure if my 1400lb bars are wore out, or if I don't have something set up right. My regular RV forum wasn't much help so hopefully you guys will have some input or see something wrong with my install. Thanks!







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