ProPride 3P with 35 Cardinal and Lifted Ford Excursion
by Sean Woodruff, on Mar 29, 2011 1:34:07 PM
Submitted by Chad McCammon - Washington
I felt I would post my recent experiences with the ProPride Hitch and can try and answer any questions that come up. The ProPride Hitch is more expensive than conventional WD with sway control but does seem to work extremely well. We recently sold a 2005 Cardinal 31BH 33.5’ dry weight 7400lbs and 780lbs tongue (actual tongue scaled at 1100lbs loaded). On the Cardinal we ran the Reese dual cam hitch and it did perform well on that trailer, but the hitch was sold with the trailer. We just purchased a 2012 Sabre 32QBTS 35’ dry weight 8200lbs with 1100lbs tongue (actual very lightly loaded scale weight 8600lbs with 1300lbs tongue). We decided to opt for the ProPride Hitch for the larger trailer as we plan to keep it a long time and will be towing close to our max.
A few weeks ago I drove our 2005 Excursion from WA to IN to pick up the new Sabre trailer. I installed the ProPride 3p Hitch at the RV place in IN and hit the road to tow it the 2200miles home. It took about 2.5 hours to install and adjust. The installation went very well and I just needed to move the propane tanks forward a little bit to have clearance for the leveling jacks. I did hit a truck scale on the way home and things checked out well. I will probably hit the scale again at some point when the trailer is fully loaded to make final adjustments (crank the WD jacks up and down as needed). Prior to my trip I asked some questions to Sean with ProPride. Sean is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. I wanted to make sure the hitch would work on my lifted tow vehicle and that I would have all the tools needed to install.
Now for the 2200 mile road trip home. I took it easy the first 100 miles to get a feel for the new trailer/hitch and make it through Chicago (start of rush and rough highways) and then later picked up the pace. Immediately the trailer felt good behind. The first thing I noticed is how little I felt the trailer on the rough highways I was on. I could barely feel it was back there. It tracked very well and would just follow the direction that I pointed the TV. Chicago had a lot of road construction on the interstate in which you had to go from road to road on detours. The transitions were narrow, rough and traffic was moving fast. The trailer just tracked right through these transitions following the TV without any hesitation or negative feedback.
Once on the open interstates my average speeds were between 65 and 70 all the way home. It was a one hand on the wheel experience the whole trip. I encountered all kinds of road surfaces, semi trucks, mountain passes, strong head winds and side winds. At one point my EGT gauge was real high and climbing and at first I did not know why. Then I saw a flag standing on end and realized I was going into a 20mph head wind. The trailer was tracking so well and using speed control I did not realize it (nothing in the scenery to give me any clues). Later I encountered 25mph side wind with gusts to 40mph (gusting hard enough to blow chunks of tire blow outs off the highway). This side wind with gusts was the only time I felt like I needed to pay close attention to everything around me (definitely not white knuckle). In these winds I would just anticipate when it would hit full force and when it would drop (underpasses, hills, etc.). All it took was steering the TV and the trailer would follow. While in the 25mph side wind I was on a two lane highway in South Dakota cruising 65mph and was about to meet 3 semis all doing 70mph drafting off each other. First thought was hang on and be ready. Amazingly all I felt is a wind push from each semi and the trailer was ROCK SOLID. It may have pushed me 4-6”, I was amazed. Not one time on the trip did I experience any sway. I was very lucky in the weather and only encountered compact snow and ice for about 50 miles on a flat section of highway in Montana. It was comforting knowing that this is probably the safest type of sway control to use on icy roads as it is not friction based (friction based could cause losing control).
I am done rambling for now. I hope this may help those of you wondering about the hitch.