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Old 02-02-2017, 04:17 PM   #1
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Pro-Pride Questions

I have a couple of questions regarding the Pro-Pride hitch.
I wil be towing a 2017 Classic with a Chevy 2500 diesel.

Has anyone had any experience with the 3P Lot Bar with link lock plate. Not sure exactly what the link lock does, but the lot bar would allow my storage yard to move my trailer with a ball.

Does the 3P change the way you backup the trailer?

I think I read that it you are not backing straight into the hitch with the stinger you can mount the stinger in the hitch and back the truck so that you are attaching the receiver (hope that makes sense)?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 02-02-2017, 04:26 PM   #2
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I'm also considering the PPP hitches. It is my understanding (accuracy TBD) that it is less critical to back the stinger into the trailer than to back the TV onto the stinger.

My storage facility's tractor has a receiver on it. He routinely moves Hensleys and Proprides. My problem is he has a 2" receiver and I'll have a 2.5" stinger. I'm looking into the possibility of buying a coupler and modifying it (if required) to attach it to the front of the stinger with a pin. Then he can pick it up like he does any trailer with an open coupler. HF has couplers that have a 2.5" spread and a 3" spread. I'm not sure if the 2.5" will fit due to tolerances.


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Old 02-02-2017, 07:14 PM   #3
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Bumping it up.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:00 PM   #4
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I own the Hensley, but very similar to PP but, I have not noticed any difference in backing up.

As far as hooking up I would think what you described would be far more difficult. It is simply much easier to put a 2" square in a 3" square hole vs. 2" square in a 2" hole. We have parked in some precarious places, hooked and unhooked easier than level ground in the yard, go figure. The big thing with hooking up is that you must have good alignments (does not have to straight) when you get about 2 feet from hitch as you can only fine tune your alignment inside of 2 feet. You must be aligned on both X and Y axis. Practice makes perfect I can hooked by myself in just a couple of minutes.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:29 PM   #5
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We have a ProPride and O'rloaded describes it pretty well. Easy to back the stinger into the hitch head at any angle, and the head head can be tilted as well by simple turning the w.d. jack on one side. The hitch stays on the trailer, only the stinger separates from the assembly. And that can be stored in the hitch head by pulling ahead about a foot and sliding it off the truck receiver and into the hitch head. The Hensley/ProPride is longer than a conventional hitch, that allows the truck's tail gate to lower when hitched up.

It's really nice to use once accustomed to it, the stability when towing is it's greatest benefit.
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:22 PM   #6
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My experience is that if the height of the hitch matches that of the stinger, they usually slide in easily. I put a thin coat of grease on the stinger where it slides into the hitch which helps. If the weight distribution bars are loose, the hitch can twist a bit to match the stinger. Just turn the hitch head so the stinger goes in straight.

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