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Old 09-08-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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Tow Bar chain length

When hooking up my two bars, the last link of the chains provide a good, tight fit and keep my rig nice and perfectly level.

If I use the next to last link, it provides a REALLY tight fit and actually lifts my rear end, ever so slightly...but the bubble still stays between the lines.

Is there an advantage to actually lifting the rear of the TV or should I just use the last link, which makes me perfect? Are there safety concerns or is it just a preference?

Thanks for the thoughts.

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hmmmmmmmmm. This one may require a picture to see your setup, and what kind of system it is. Rustic Eagle could then analyse it. Different systems call for different minimum/maximum links of chain under tension. Keeping the front of the TV from changing height is very important with proper WD, and with the back a small amount of rear squat is to be expected. This sticky thread about WD systems may help. http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...nd-Using-WDH-s


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Old 09-08-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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Assuming that your WDH is sized correctly (spring bar rating, etc.) for your TV/TT combination...., the amount of spring bar force (determined by the amount of ball mount tilt and/or number of chain links under tension at the snap-up bracket) should return the same amount of weight back to the TV's front suspension that was removed when the TT's tongue was first placed on the TV's hitch ball. The priority should be what's happening to the TV's front suspension, the TV's rear suspension degree of "squat" will be a by-product of WDH adjustment to meet the TV's front suspension requirements.

If the TV's front suspension isn't returned to it's original weight displacement after the WDH is engaged, the TV's steering and handling characteristics will be compromised.

It isn't a matter of WDH adjustment "preference", there is a specific adjustment process required to insure that all safety concerns are addressed. The link that "Lee" provided in his reply will provide detailed information about adjusting the WDH correctly.

Feel free to ask any additional questions, and a little more specific information about your model/type of WDH may become helpful as well (photos ?).


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