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Old 03-14-2016, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hitches, Hitches, Hitches!

I am looking at getting a new TT soon. I like the 280RKS models which are fairly heavy compared to my current Keystone 31' Springdale. Currently I am using a Reese WDH with double Curt sway bars. Seems to work fairly well. The hitch will go with the Keystone when I get rid of it.

So if money was no issue what hitch would you get? Seems like the ProPride 3P is very popular with those who have shelled out the cash.

BTW, my truck is a RAM 2500 Mega Cab short bed with the 6.4 and 4.10 gears. If things work the way I want the 2500 will go along with the Keystone as well and I'll get a new RAM in the 3500 flavor.
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Old 03-14-2016, 04:28 PM   #2
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I am looking at getting a new TT soon. I like the 280RKS models which are fairly heavy compared to my current Keystone 31' Springdale. Currently I am using a Reese WDH with double Curt sway bars. Seems to work fairly well. The hitch will go with the Keystone when I get rid of it.

So if money was no issue what hitch would you get? Seems like the ProPride 3P is very popular with those who have shelled out the cash.

BTW, my truck is a RAM 2500 Mega Cab short bed with the 6.4 and 4.10 gears. If things work the way I want the 2500 will go along with the Keystone as well and I'll get a new RAM in the 3500 flavor.
If money was no object the Propride is the hitch to get. Used one for about 7 years on 2 different trailers, the last one a Dutchmen Denali with about 1400 lbs tongue weight. If we went back to travel trailer I would get another one. I don't have personal knowledge but the Hensley works as good but harder to hook up. The only downsides to the Propride is the weight of it and if you take to a dealer you have to take it off as they have no way of moving your trailer in the yard. I had it down to about 10 minutes with battery powered impact gun. Cost as far as a downside for me wasn't an issue because if you add up the cost of the truck and trailer what is another $2400.00 U.S. You can't put a price on safety. Good luck on your search for a 280RKS, nice floorplan.
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If money was no object the Propride is the hitch to get. Used one for about 7 years on 2 different trailers, the last one a Dutchmen Denali with about 1400 lbs tongue weight. If we went back to travel trailer I would get another one. I don't have personal knowledge but the Hensley works as good but harder to hook up. The only downsides to the Propride is the weight of it and if you take to a dealer you have to take it off as they have no way of moving your trailer in the yard. I had it down to about 10 minutes with battery powered impact gun. Cost as far as a downside for me wasn't an issue because if you add up the cost of the truck and trailer what is another $2400.00 U.S. You can't put a price on safety. Good luck on your search for a 280RKS, nice floorplan.
I think they make a stinger deal with a 2 5/16" ball coupler on it for that purpose. Seems like it'd be goofy as it wouldn't be stabilized and have 2 pivot points.
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I think they make a stinger deal with a 2 5/16" ball coupler on it for that purpose. Seems like it'd be goofy as it wouldn't be stabilized and have 2 pivot points.
The last I heard Propride was working on that but hadn't perfected anything yet but that was a couple years ago. You are right it would be a double pivot point and don't know how that would solved. That is why I just pulled the hitch off for service as it was just easier.
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The last I heard Propride was working on that but hadn't perfected anything yet but that was a couple years ago. You are right it would be a double pivot point and don't know how that would solved. That is why I just pulled the hitch off for service as it was just easier.
Thanks. I'm a fair wrench and I bet i could get it off in 8 minutes and 23 seconds. I just got a Milwaukee 1/2" drive 20 volt gun. My gosh where has this been all my life. It's a beast.

And ditto with the cost. If I go the 5th wheel direction I figure I'll spend a ton on hitch equipment. If you got close to 100 grand in truck and trailer the $2500 hitch don't look so bad.

I like the TT as I am 6'6" and not a heck of a lot of 5'ers have the bedroom space/headroom a TT does. Most are between 6'2" and 6'7" high upstairs.
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just came back from a factory tour at ORV and stopped in at a couple of RV dealerships on the way there. With all the high winds in the Pendleton/LaGrande area, they swear by the equalizer hitch. Personally I like the idea of the propride hitch also. Just thought you might like to know what they are recommending in this high wind area
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If I was going with a 3500 diesel and money was no problem I would go with a 5th wheel TT.
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If I was going with a 3500 diesel and money was no problem I would go with a 5th wheel TT.
Can't take it with you!

After pulling and backing a fiver for a year now, there is no way we can ever go back to a bumper pull trailer.
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Money was no option for us but in the end I decided that for a 10,000lb TT the extra $$$ would more rewarding if spent on batteries and solar.
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You get more TT for the money. But you get more room for the same OAL in a 5th wheel. A good 5th hitch isn't $2500 that's for sure. For most it's around $800+/- unless you get into one of those air 5th hitches.
As far as the HA/PP hitch goes. They are awesome. I used on with a 2010 F150 and a 31' 7300lb TT. I previously had an EQ with 4pt sway built in. Then I got a used Hensly for $950. Wow. I will say it towed every bit as good as my current 2500 does with out 5th wheel. Absolutely no sway.
Interesting foot note, during one of our trips I was checking out the front shocks (Rancho 9000 adjustables) and noticed some oil leaking out. Eventually got around to replacing it under Ranchs warranty. When the guy doing the install removed it I grabbed it and pushed on it. It was totally shot. So I was basically towing with only one front shock as the other was not doing anything. Even with that scenario the trucks and TT remained stable, thanks in part to the HA.
Only downside was buying used I was stuck with the sellers stinger. It was not perfect but close. I could've used a different one to make things better, but didn't want to spend the money for it. That's the nice thing about the PP. It has an adjustable stinger.
Hitching and unhitching was a bear at times. We dry camp a lot and are on uneven ground. So lots of fine tuning while backing up.
If I were to get another TT and it was on the long and heavy side, I'd definitely go with one of the premium WDs.
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