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Old 06-05-2012, 09:56 PM   #11
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So you have experienced both...Is there really the difference they manufacturers claim. I have been considering the ProPride(alot) but have some reservations $$$ are one, however, the main resistance comes in accepting that the current Duel cam isn't suitable for this trailer..

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I have experienced both, and both of them tow exceptionally well. I think the 3P with my current set up town a little better, but that is probably because the hitch / stringer on the 3P is a perfect fit and the HA was a couple of inches off, but was never a big enough deal to mail back and exchange due to coat.

I chose the 3P the second time around for a few reasons:

1) Cost - the 3P was several hundred bucks less

2) There was no drilling into the frame to install the 3P.

3) There are no shear bolts on the 3P. I once had a shear bolt get sheared off due to a very tight turn on a over night shop on a long trip, what a bummer

4) The stringer on the 3P is adjustable, which is very nice if you change TVs, or adjust your suspension. The downside to this is that the taller arrangement of the 3P interferes with the back up camera, making it just a little harder to line up, not hard, just a little harder than the HA

To be honest, I would be thrilled with either set up. If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask me here or shoot me a PM.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:18 AM   #12
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I'm going to guess that your bars are not stiff enough, as I just went through this same issue with mine.

I started out with 1200lb bars, only to find out my tongue weight is actually 1300lb lightly loaded. I stepped up to 1700lb bars and this thing tows great now.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:13 AM   #13
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I measured the width of the bars and they are 1.25"...I have a sneeky suspision that these bars may be only 1000 lbs. I shall call today to verify.
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It also looks like the hitch is angled towards the Ex. You may need to tilt the hitch head back towards the trailer.
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Just finished a really good..in depth discussion with one of the tech gurus at DrawTite...it does appear that my bars are way to light...they are apparently 1000# and I need to go as heavy as possible...and this..is the largest size suitable for my hitch unit.

Looks like i'm going to have to get a new 1500# hitch...
He did tell me that ideally a 1700 would be better, however, that is the 2-1/2" receiver that the excursion DOES'NT have...

better go shopping...any suggestions??
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snip.....better go shopping...any suggestions??
I would consider at least the Reese Strait-Line WDH w/HP Dual Cam Sway Control, w/Trunnion Spring Bars, rated at 1,500lb TW/15,000lb GTW...., Reese Model #66130.

http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...e/RP66130.html

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:11 PM   #17
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What Bob said.

I took my 32BHDS to a scale while it was loaded up for a three day trip, and the TW was 1,280lbs, so the 1,200lb bars would barely be adequate. A good rule of thumb is to go one step above what you think you'll need. I think the 1,500lb bars will do good.

I've though about upgrading to the 1,700lb bars as well, but I don't want to change out the hitch on my truck. I'm hoping to go with a ProPride one of these days as well, so I'm trying to save my money up for that.
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What Bob said.

I took my 32BHDS to a scale while it was loaded up for a three day trip, and the TW was 1,280lbs, so the 1,200lb bars would barely be adequate. A good rule of thumb is to go one step above what you think you'll need. I think the 1,500lb bars will do good.

I've though about upgrading to the 1,700lb bars as well, but I don't want to change out the hitch on my truck. I'm hoping to go with a ProPride one of these days as well, so I'm trying to save my money up for that.
You can change out just the bars, without upgrading the hitch head, as long as you are not at full capacity. (17000 lbs total) I have a hitch head rated to 15k, but I am using 1700lb bars. I know I am not over the 15k total, so I'm not worried about the weight limit.

This question was also asked on the etrailer website, and Reese said that it was ok to use the 1700lb bars with the 15k head.
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Good to know! I may just buy some new bars then until I get around to upgrading to the 3P.
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I would look at a few other things to make sure your setup is right. Donít forget to look at your tire ratings and pressures (both TT & TV). Look at your tongue weight. If your nose is a bit light you could be having issues. My parentís last rig was horrible to pull. All the tanks were behind the wheels, the fresh water tank, basically was on the rear bumper. That rig the nose was just to light.
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