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Old 09-02-2014, 10:54 AM   #15
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Thanks for this folks - I don't have a lot of miles on my PP hitch (its still new) and only drove it home from the dealer a couple thousand Km. That said, I do hear a cracking sounds sometimes when I turn sharp. Because the dealer installed my hitch I will drop the hitch off the ball today and make sure everything is greased up properly.

Thanks for thee instructions on how to do this....

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:09 AM   #16
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Thanks for this folks - I don't have a lot of miles on my PP hitch (its still new) and only drove it home from the dealer a couple thousand Km. That said, I do hear a cracking sounds sometimes when I turn sharp. Because the dealer installed my hitch I will drop the hitch off the ball today and make sure everything is greased up properly.

Thanks for thee instructions on how to do this....

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Are you greasing the zerks where the bars meet the head? That's more likely a cause of creaking - unless the dealer didn't grease the ball at all...
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:21 PM   #17
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Cool propride hitch

[QUOTE=cwf;1504680]As mentioned above, lower tongue onto a support like wood block. Release the hitch. Raise the tongue of trailer. The PP should detach from the tongue hitch. Raise until clear of "ball" mounted to PP.

Carefully ensure trailer and pp are stable. Now , clean off ball old grease (I use a rag saturated in WD40. Clean inside hitch carefully. Regrease.

Carefully lower trailer tongue onto the PP ball. Relatch hitch. Raise trailer.

I used a low clearance floor jack to lower and raise the PP from the hitch.

My son was there to help stabilize the pp Why have a hitch that requires a floor jack to put on hitch, as I state before lots of heavy steel to lift also maintenance issues but each to there own as I will never own one. An old adage build a better mouse trap but old design still works new stuff long gone but some one will always tout new is better or not. My thoughts I will take a lot of flack over this post.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:50 PM   #18
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About the cracking sound when you turn sharply. Be sure the tongue jack is fully retracted or the bottom of it can contact the ProPride weight distribution bars in those sharp turns. There should be no noise in turns.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:18 PM   #19
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Also many municipalitys require that hitch be removed and Il vehicle codes state can not be more than 4 in. from bumper if can not be removed will be covered with RED cover, other states might have laws about hitch not removed. People care about weight but hang lots of steel on rear of tow Veh. Food for thought. Use what ever you like but be aware of possibly breaking laws plus liability with Ins. Companys
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:22 PM   #20
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About the cracking sound when you turn sharply. Be sure the tongue jack is fully retracted or the bottom of it can contact the ProPride weight distribution bars in those sharp turns. There should be no noise in turns.
Thanks guy's:

I just greased the main ball and it took about 5 minutes. Very easy to do - followed the instructions above. It looked like they had greased during the main install but there was not a ton on it. Wiped it all clean and then put a fresh supply on the ball - all should be good now.

Also greased the zerks and they did not seem to have a lot of grease either. Now everything has "lots" - as grease is cheap!

Thanks again for the input. I will watch the tongue jack the next time I hook up to make sure it's all the way up. That might have been it its hard to tell.
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Doug, if you were striking the tongue jack with the w.d. bars, you should see some marks on the w.d. where it scraped, at least mine had marks from this.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #22
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Thanks Doug - I will check for marks when I go back out to the shop later today. To be honest, I don't remember seeing any marks when I was there earlier. As a result, I'm wondering if that was the issue or was it something else that caused the cracking sound in a tight turn.

As a side-note: Steve, are you still looking for a video on how to do this? I have already done mine but could do it again if you still feel you need the video articulation.
Just let me know

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featherbedder, the ProPride hitch head and w.d. bars remain on the trailer when disconnected, you don't mess with it. The stinger is the only thing to remove from the truck receiver for whatever law compliance you refer to, just like any hitch.

It's a 20 year old invention, nothing new. It is extremely easy to use, maintain and adjust to load. The roughly 100 lb weight over a conventional hitch when distributed across various 10k to 15k truck/Airstream combos is insignificant.

It's not easy to find something wrong with one of these once you own it and learn the simple alignment procedure to hook it up.
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As a side-note: Steve, are you still looking for a video on how to do this? I have already done mine but could do it again if you still feel you need the video articulation.
Just let me know

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That would have been fun! Maybe we could all try to video install or maintenance we do on our Proprides and load to YouTube?

I should have recorded the replacement of the barrel pin a fellow NEU member did on mine as I broke it by using my 18v impact wrench in the WD jacks! It was much easier than I would have guessed (or, perhaps Bruce - a mechanical genius just made it LOOK easy).

I'd still love to see a video of one being installed from scratch.....any new PP owners want to volunteer?
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I can relate to this totally! I also broke a pin using an impact driver.... Learned that lesson and now carry a spare pin in the top of my tool box. Easy enough to change, just not easy if you can't find a place that sells pins!

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I should have recorded the replacement of the barrel pin a fellow NEU member did on mine as I broke it by using my 18v impact wrench in the WD jacks! It was much easier than I would have guessed (or, perhaps Bruce - a mechanical genius just made it LOOK easy).

I'd still love to see a video of one being installed from scratch.....any new PP owners want to volunteer?
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