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Old 10-14-2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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ProPride 3P review

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ProPride 3P Hitch Review

Background

We purchased our Palomino SolAire 317BHSK and a Ford F-150 last year. When talking with the camper dealership they told me with complete confidence that the Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch would be the perfect solution for my combo of truck and camper. I found out very quickly in the six trips that we were able to take before putting the camper in storage for the winter that the Equal-i-zer hitch was not adequate for pulling a 35′ travel trailer in cross winds.

Justification

After sharing my experiences on a couple of the forums that I frequent of being shoved around and fish tailing on the road by random wind gusts, I was quickly directed to the ProPride 3P product. First, I was a bit hesitant to spend the money on this hitch but I could not find a single review that was negative or suggested that this product would not do what it says. There were many ProPride reviews suggesting that existing users would not pull without one. Second, the resale market on these hitches was very encouraging. I found a Ďdealí on Craigslist for one that was for sale and it was gone before I was able to reach the seller. Finally, the most convincing part of this decision was when I spoke with Sean from ProPride. Sean was very patient and answered all of my questions and was not pushy at all.

We had a trip planned for Yellowstone in July and I knew that I could not pull for that long of a trip with our existing hitch. I called Sean and placed my order and I had the hitch in about a week. It was shipped in multiple boxes and to my wifeís frustration, it was shipped while I was out of town and she had the pleasure of moving the heavy boxes into the garage

Installation

I prepared for the installation by reviewing the installation manual a few times. Once I started the install, it went very well. The longest task that I had to tackle was getting the tank tray to set on the frame. I had to cut around the U bolts to get this to work.


The total time from beginning to end was only about 3 hours with the help of a friend. I would say that we were taking our time and double checking things many times. Since installing the hitch I have called Sean a couple of times with some questions. He is always kind and quick to respond.

Towing Experience

We made many trips this summer including the Yellowstone trip which was about 2,300 miles of towing for just that trip. I now tow with complete confidence, there is no more white knuckle driving that I was experiencing with the previous hitch which made for a much more relaxing time.

I will share that when I first pulled with the hitch I made my test pull on a pretty windy day and was getting pushed by the wind. To be clear and help manage expectations, this hitch will not put you on rails on the road. It will however prevent any affects to your steering on the road. The result is that the camper and truck are pushed in parallel when wind strikes the side of your truck and camper. The point is that the ProPride hitch does not allow the tail to wag the dog.

As an added bonus, the hitching and unhitching process is much more smooth than dealing with greasy weight distribution bars that you have to wrench up. Also, the ProPride hitch reverses without issues where previously I had to drop the weight distribution bars on the Equal-i-zer hitch.

Conclusion
I could not be happier with the decision to purchase the ProPride hitch. The installation and support from Sean was great and the towing experience is so much better! My friend that helped me install my hitch also purchased bought one and has been equally as happy with is purchase.

Feel free to ask questions, I am happy to answer them.
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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Nice write up...Thanks!
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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Old 10-14-2014, 02:53 PM   #4
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16,700 miles on my E4 and no problems with my 8200lb trailer. Sounds like you didn't have it set up right and certainly was not jacking up the tongue high enough to put the bars on. Sometimes throwing more money on a perceived problem is the solution.


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Old 10-14-2014, 02:57 PM   #5
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I had it setup correctly and had it reviewed by another installer.

If I had an F-250 like yourself it may not have been an issue. There is a significant difference with the combination of truck and trailer that the ProPride offers.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:00 PM   #6
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Pretty much the same experience I had. I would only go back to the Equalizer 4 point if I had a significantly smaller camper- something in the 24' or less range. And I'll never tow with the standard friction sway bar type again.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:05 PM   #7
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16,700 miles on my E4 and no problems with my 8200lb trailer. Sounds like you didn't have it set up right and certainly was not jacking up the tongue high enough to put the bars on. Sometimes throwing more money on a perceived problem is the solution.


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You really have to pull with the ProPride to understand the difference. I had no "problems" pulling my trailer with the E4. But it was work in gusty cross winds. My E4 was setup correctly and I've pulled several different setups. At the end of the day, everything out there eliminates sway with friction except the Hensley and ProPride.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:54 PM   #8
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I'm glad the ProPride is working out.



In defense of Equal-I-zer, most sway issues are due to the hitch not being setup properly. I have owned two. The current one is used to tow a 35' trailer. Just an hour ago we encountered 35-40 mph side winds outside of Asheville NC. No sway pulling close to 8k lbs.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:22 PM   #9
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Glad to hear that it is working for you!
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I can see where the Pro Pride would help you in this case as a 35' trailer is pushing the limits on an F150.
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