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Old 07-06-2015, 11:27 AM   #1
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Pro-Pride hitch help

I installed my Pro-Pride hitch last week and got a chance to test it out this weekend. First off, I have to say WOW! I have never had a trailer stay so rock solid in my life. I was even able to take a little more weight off the tongue (probably down to only 5-7%) and she still stayed right behind me and didn't sway a bit.. even on a stretch of highway that is known to be a wind tunnel at all times. Even my mother-in-law behind me said that the trailer never once moved an inch side to side. I am extremely impressed with it.

I have no issues at all hooking up like many reviews say (maybe it's thanks to the camera). I actually think it's easier than the standard ball. The issue I have is with unhooking. With everything being a fixed mount, I cannot seem to find the 'sweet spot' where the weight is off of the TV but also not lifting up on the TV either. Can anyone give some pointers or tricks to unhooking? The site next to me gave me really funny looks when I pulled out and there was a slight bang from the hitch finally popping loose. I'm not sure if maybe it's just because the powder-coating is causing the hitch to stick, or what, but it seems to be a major PITA to unhook... Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:35 AM   #2
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I found it best to release the pressure from the bars until the swung freely. I then ran the jack up until I seen the receiver move within the hitch on the truck itself. I would then again make sure the bars were swinging freely. If they weren't it would put a bind on the stinger and hold it in.

I actually sort of timed how long i had to run the jack up and down through the many times of using the hitch. Seemed like to me it took 15 seconds to run my jack to lower the tongue till the truck accepted the load by itself and the foot of the jack kicked loose... So to unhook i always counted off 15 seconds after the jack foot hit the ground and it had me very close... I hope that made some sort of sense...
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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I put an extremely light coat of grease on the hitch bar "wedges". This seems to help in uncoupling.

Then make sure the spring bars are loose by adjusting weight distribution jacks. They should move freely.

Then as you crank your jack up/down as required to take the weight off of TV, watch where the trailer coupler connects to the propride hitch. At some point you will see movement between the coupler and hitch. This is the point were the weight should be off of the TV. It is not much movement, but enough that you can see it.


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Old 07-06-2015, 11:58 AM   #4
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Ok. That movement is what I was going by so it must just be the wedges aren't worn in yet and are sticking. I'll try a little grease and see if it helps.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:10 PM   #5
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I have a Hensley and use a yard stick with a preset mark of 14", works great.
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I tried using the coupler to judge when the weight was off with little success. Watching the stinger at the receiver is much easier to see for me. I'll also add that I had issues getting the stinger to release constantly until I finally lubed it. Now it slides out freely with no sound or binding. I use Amsoil HD metal protector which dries to a wax-like consistency and isn't messy.
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:55 AM   #7
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Yea, I may try that Amsoil. I tried watching the stinger at the receiver, but with the powder-coat, it's too tight to actually see it move. I've really been hesitant on using grease because that was a big plus I liked about the ProPride... no grease to destroy my clothes... haha. I messaged Sean and ProPride and he said that the powder-coating does tend to cause it to stick until it wears down a bit. Either way, that little bit of extra work to unhook is well worth the multiple positives on this hitch.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:47 PM   #8
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I unhook then pull up a inch or two then raise or lower the trailer a little to find the sweet spot. It seems to work. I do use the grease it's a mess though.
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I have a Hensley and use a yard stick with a preset mark of 14", works great.
I'm going to try this next time!!
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:51 PM   #10
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Measure the ground height of your truck's receiver when not hooked up. To unhitch, you will need to release the pressure of the WD jacks and then crank your jack to the height previously measured. You should come out freely.

If on uneven turf, crank to height you think is about right then move truck 1/2 inch fwd. Then go back and adjust height as you should visibly see if you are too high or too low.
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