Originally Posted by Jagiven
What WDH do you have? Different brand hitches have different setup features.
If I can find a brand name I the hitch, I'll post it. Right now it is IDK brand with 700# Reese bars, chains and saddles.
I had set the ball height kinda bass-ackwards: I assembled the hitch on the leveled trailer on level ground and measured the bottom the shank (the part that goes into the truck's receiver) to the ground.
When parked on level ground, the bottom the receiver opening is 16.5" above the ground.
I set the shank for 15", expecting 1.5" drop.
Like I said. That worked well.
What I know I need to do is:
- Get the truck and trailer onto a level place
- put a piece of masking tape on each of the 4 corners of the truck
- measure and record the height before hitching up
- Ditto with the tape-and-measure on the trailer's tongue
- Hitch up and re-measure.
Correct me if I am wrong:
- The amount of tension on the spring bars is what forces the front end of the tow vehicle back down.
- But first, the ball height has to be set so that the trailer is level AFTER the tow has been fully loaded and the spring bars tensioned so that the tow is level.