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Old 08-13-2014, 08:11 AM   #1
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Does this look level?

I know this question, given the very little information I'm providing, is up for ridicule, but do you think, visually, my setup is level? My dad (based on this picture) thinks the back of my TV is sitting low. Note: my rig is parked on a slight incline.

I just swapped my 2005 F150 short bed for this 2001 F250 long bed. Prior to connecting the TT, I called the RV dealer where I purchased this TT and the technician said that as long as the height of the receiver on this F250 is within plus/minus 1" of the height of what my F150 had been, no adjustments are necessary to my Reese Strait Line weight distribution hitch. I did compare the heights before walking away from my F150 for the last time and they are identical, so I connected my TT on the same chain link that I had when connected to the F150.

Unfortunately, my TT is back in storage, so I can't made additional measurements at the moment to confirm that everything is level, but thought in the meantime that I'd get others' opinions based on this picture and based on what the technician had told me.

If there are other adjustments I should consider making, based on the TV switch I made, I'd be interested in hearing them. Ultimately, I will take the time to place the rig on a level spot and re-check everything, but I would think that everything should be fine as it is.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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IMO, it looks a little saggy in that picture. But I think it's more of an optical illusion; it's hard to tell from that pic. If you look at the distance between the top of the tire and the fender front and back, they look right. Measuring is really the only way to tell; measure your wheel well before and after hookup, and you'll know for sure.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:12 AM   #3
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From the picture, the TT looks a little nose-high. But then again...It could just be the picture angle. If it tows well, I wouldn't worry.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:45 AM   #4
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If you look closely you can see there is a panel on the camper that is not square with the camper. It's height (width) is less at both ends and greater at the wheel wells. This is adding to the illusion. Measurements is the only positive determination.
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I think the assumption given is wrong. Even if the hitch on the 150 and 250 start out at same height the 250 will sag less under load.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:09 PM   #6
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Looks to me like the truck is nose high and the trailer is nose high. The truck and trailer in the picture are not parallel with the ground. If the rig was level it would be parallel with the ground, even if it is setting on a slope.
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Conventional wisdom suggests that the back of the TV should be level. More recent things I've been reading say don't worry about rear squat on the TV, worry about how much weight is take off the front wheels. Owners manuals support this approach as well.

Measure the front wheel well height at the fender lip and the center of the wheel. Then put the trailer on w/o the WD bars setup and measure again. Your owners manual has a specification for how much distance you need to restore to the front with the WD hitch. For GM's it has to be back to stock height. For Fords I believe it's 1/2 the or more of the distance between stock and loaded with trailer.
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snip... the technician said that as long as the height of the receiver on this F250 is within plus/minus 1" of the height of what my F150 had been, no adjustments are necessary to my Reese Strait Line weight distribution hitch........snip
He's incorrect. There's more then just hitch ball height that come into play..., like suspensions differences, wheel base lengths....., and was the WDH adjusted correctly on the F150.

IMO, go to a CAT scale under loaded TV/TT conditions and take all the guess work out of the equation.

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

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snip...... For GM's it has to be back to stock height. For Fords I believe it's 1/2 the or more of the distance between stock and loaded with trailer.
True...., both Ford and GM have revised there respective front suspension "return height" guidelines in the last couple of years, and in some cases it even varies between SUV's and Trucks. Best to refer to the owners manual these days.

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That's a terrible angle on the photo to be asking for opinions!! Take the rig to a level parking lot somewhere and take your photo square on with the side. This will give viewers the best image from which to judge your setup.
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