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Old 01-07-2021, 09:35 PM   #21
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A&p vintage trailer works. It's about 40 minutes northwest of ft worth. We have installed and adjusted several, and pride ourselves on our service and satisfaction.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:52 PM   #22
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When your trailer was towed from the factory to your delivering dealer it was towed on a ball only.
True story.

I grew up near Jackson Center, and I visit "home" frequently. It is common to see the delivery guys towing Airstreams "on the ball" down I-75 at velocities approaching the speed of light. It's amazing what these things go through before we take delivery....
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Old 01-08-2021, 12:03 AM   #23
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As I am researching all this... can a ProPride hitch even fit a RAM 2500 and an Airstream trailer?


I measured the hitch receiver height on my truck to be 26 inches... not precise, and the ground isn't quite level, I guess I should subtract an inch for when it's loaded... call it say 24 inches.


The trailer ball height I have read is 17 & 3/4 inches?



I am studying the ProPride installation guide. The hitch box height would then be 12 & 1/4 inches, right? So the difference is 24 - 12 & 1/4 = 11 3/4 inches... considerably more than the max configuration on page 12.


Have I got something scrambled, or is the ProPride just not going to work?
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Old 01-08-2021, 05:51 AM   #24
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Same deal here. Picking up in April and scanning info now.

I called them about a similar situation (new truck that was not the TV when ordered and a lot higher).

You will PROBABLY need an extended drop. The regular one they send out is only good to 24" from top of receiver. But email or text them. They respond pretty fast usually.
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Old 01-08-2021, 05:53 AM   #25
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As I am researching all this... can a ProPride hitch even fit a RAM 2500 and an Airstream trailer?


I measured the hitch receiver height on my truck to be 26 inches... not precise, and the ground isn't quite level, I guess I should subtract an inch for when it's loaded... call it say 24 inches.


The trailer ball height I have read is 17 & 3/4 inches?



I am studying the ProPride installation guide. The hitch box height would then be 12 & 1/4 inches, right? So the difference is 24 - 12 & 1/4 = 11 3/4 inches... considerably more than the max configuration on page 12.


Have I got something scrambled, or is the ProPride just not going to work?
Yes it can. I’ve install two on that combo.
When you call ProPride to order order then will send you a longer receiver shank.
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:19 PM   #26
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a longer receiver shank.

Thanks for that! I imagine I will call them up in late February... ideally the hitch will show up on my doorstep a few days before we pick up the trailer!


Another detail... that ProPride hitch adds some distance between the truck and the trailer. Will I need to extend the safety chains or any of the other connections, or will the airstream come will long enough chains etc.?
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:25 PM   #27
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I had to lengthen mine. A tractor supply store is a good place. Be sure to read up on chain grades and connectors. I recommend double Clevis for chain connections. Rated at or above the OEM chains. I hate when I see caribeener type connections. Just not strong enough.
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:29 PM   #28
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I had to lengthen mine.

Thanks... ProPride sells a kit with a bunch of extenders... chains & electrical stuff... I expect I will just order that.
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Old 01-09-2021, 02:18 PM   #29
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Yes, and it has the exactly proper chain and double-ended links to extend it. I needed about half of the extra chain, left the extra in there to make it easy to adjust.

I did not need the electrical extender with my current tow vehicle, but carry it in case I need it. The kit includes an extension fir the breakaway cable as well.
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Old 01-10-2021, 03:57 AM   #30
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Old 01-12-2021, 08:14 PM   #31
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You can install it your self if you take your time.
Here is a link to a video I did on my install

I watched that video - very nicely done! A few interesting challenges but doesn't look utterly beyond me... thanks much for putting that video together! It'll be a real help when I have all the bits and pieces in house!
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I watched that video - very nicely done! A few interesting challenges but doesn't look utterly beyond me... thanks much for putting that video together! It'll be a real help when I have all the bits and pieces in house!
Your welcome!
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Here is a link to a video I did on my install
The saga continues . . . on the day of the supposed install, the hitch installer ‘gentleman’ was nowhere to be found.

GMFL, I too watched your video. It was very good and I actually understand now how the hitch goes together (much better than the ProPride videos). Remembering that I’m a newbie, what kind of grease did you use on the ball and what type/size washers did you use under the propane bottle tray?
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GMFL, forgot to ask if there is a second video on the weight distribution ?
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GMFL, forgot to ask if there is a second video on the weight distribution ?


I used a heavy coat of EP grease on the ball when I assembled the ProPride system. I used some galvanized washers and longer and larger self-drilling screws on the propane tank base into the same holes. Tho originals were a bit skimpy.
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Old 01-13-2021, 01:45 PM   #36
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I used a heavy coat of EP grease on the ball when I assembled the ProPride system. I used some galvanized washers and longer and larger self-drilling screws on the propane tank base into the same holes. Tho originals were a bit skimpy.


What is EP?
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Extreme Pressure. It’s thick and the lubricant film does not break down under load. Light and delicate grease won’t stay on the ball. Some use lithium grease, but I have a ProPride system. There is little movement at the ball but lots of pressure on it. I regrease mine about once a year.
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Extreme Pressure. It’s thick and the lubricant film does not break down under load. Light and delicate grease won’t stay on the ball. Some use lithium grease, but I have a ProPride system. There is little movement at the ball but lots of pressure on it. I regrease mine about once a year.


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GMFL, forgot to ask if there is a second video on the weight distribution ?
Weight distribution is pretty simple.
On level ground, measure the front wheel well height before you attach the trailer. Then attach the trailer and re-measure the height with out any weight distribution added. You will note the front of the tow vehicle will rise. (the measurement will be longer than pre hooking up the trailer)
Add tension to the weight distribution bars until the front wheel well measurement returns to the ( or very close) to the pre-attached measurement.
THIS WILL GET YOU CLOSE... NOTHING WILL SUBSTITUTE SCALE WEIGHTS.
After you do this You should take your trailer to a CAT SCALE and verify the amount of weight you are returning to the front axle of the tow vehicle.
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