We recently finished our ProPride hitch installation for our new Grand Design Transcend 29TBS travel trailer. The ProPride 3P hitch is a great addition for our recreational vehicle. When pulling a travel trailer I can’t imagine a scenario where we use any other brand of hitch.
You might be wondering how difficult the installation is for the ProPride? Well, if you look on YouTube it can seem pretty frustrating. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find one decent video on installation, which is why I decided to record the process in hopes of one day putting out a quality instruction video.
Until then, if you follow the instructions carefully its not too bad. I am a visual learner, and even I was able to get it installed without issue. We have several thousand miles using it, so it must be on correctly.
How Long Does Installation Take?
The instructions that come with the ProPride hitch will tell you it takes about two hours. That number is fairly accurate, assuming you have all the tools needed. I also filmed the install so it took me a little longer. Between running to Lowes for tools, and setting up the camera for all the various shots, it took me about 4.5 hours to install.
I am confident someone that isn’t filming their installation can do it in half the time. The instruction book will make you feel like installation is an all day event. Don’t let it overwhelm you because half of those pages are just pictures.
Take it step-by-step, and make sure you set aside plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed.
What Tools Are Needed to Install
The hitch comes with a 3/4″ ratchet, and a 15/16″ socket with breaker bar. You will definitely need additional tools to complete the install. Here is a quick list of everything you need:
- 15/16″ Socket/Ratchet
- 15/16″ Open Ended Wrench
- Tape Measure
- 9/16″ Socket/Ratchet
- 9/16″ Open Ended Wrench
- 3/4″ Socket/Ratchet
- 11/16″ Socket/Ratchet
- All Purpose Grease (I recommend a grease gun to fill grease zerks)
- 1 – 1/8″ Socket/Ratchet
- 1 – 1/8″ Open Ended Wrench
The installation kit comes with most of the tools you need, and I preferred to use some of my own simply due to personal preference.
ProPride 3p Hitch Problems
There were a few steps in the instructions that I head to read several times. For me, those steps were “solved” by knowing what parts I was working with, and pulling up an image of a correctly installed ProPride 3P to “figure out” what I was doing.
Its also important to utilize the customer support, if needed. While I didn’t need to call to complete my install, you should know the support is there if you need it. I am told those that have called in with questions were impressed by the excellent customer service. For me, its more efficient to do a quick search on my phone if I am running into problems.
Overall, I don’t think the installation is too difficult if you use common sense. I try to give updates occasionally on both the ProPride and Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection on our YouTube channel.