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Old 03-30-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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Hitch height question

While we're waiting to take delivery of our new 24FBS, I decided to assemble the new WDH hitch. According to Jayco Customer Service, the coupler height of the trailer is 31.25". With this in mind, I assembled the WDH on its highest setting, and...



...No where near close. I understand that the trailer should be as level as possible, and the ball height should be a little higher than the coupler before it's hooked up. But it looks like the ball is going to be quite a bit shorter than the coupler height, which will result in the trailer being nose-down once it's all hooked up with the weight distribution bars.

I've never had to deal with this situation before; all of the other trailer's I've towed had couplers low enough to the ground where this wasn't an issue. Would towing the trailer with the nose this low be okay, or should I look for another solution? Any suggestions?
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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What brand/model hitch do you have? Can the shank be flipped over for more height?
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It's a Curt 800/8000 lb round bar WHD, model #17001, and the shank is already pointing up on its highest setting.
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I would say"I do not believe the Jayco #" I have a 26RKS on order, called and got a 27" number. Went to my dealer, measured a 26RKS on the lot, came up with 24.5" When we ordered, we were debating the 26RKS vs the 24FBS. I do not belive the 24 is 4" taller than the 26, and like I said, their 26 Measurement, does not match up to the model on the lot. My .02 worth. Doesn't answer your question, but it's all I've got!
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I agree it sounds awfully high to me ... I know the hitch is mounted high on mine but that seems really high
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:08 PM   #6
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No, it doesn't answer my question, but does give me some hope! I'm just doing this right now to make sure I have everything I need when we pick up the trailer, but I'll also be bringing all of the necessary tools with me when we do because I'll be doing the final adjustments at the dealer -- it's a 3.5 hour drive each way, so I want the setup done acceptably well for the drive home.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:11 PM   #7
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Yeah, it does seem quite high to me; it kind of makes me wonder if they're using the same reference points as everyone else. My truck isn't exactly a tail-dragger either; it's a 2004 Chev Silverado Z71 with stock suspension and tires. So I was quite surprised when even at the highest setting, the hitch still didn't come near the 31" Jayco had quoted me.
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You will ultimately need to level your trailer on a level surface and measure the top of the coupler to be sure. The back of your tow vehicle will sag some when you hook up the trailer, even with a WDH. The trailer should wind up level, or a little bit nose down. You absolutely do not want the trailer to be tongue high when hitched up, in order for the WDH system to work properly - and to allow gravity to keep the coupler down on the ball.

And you will get a lot of trailer wiggle if the tongue is higher than the rear of the trailer and won't like how your rig handles.
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Interesting...as my height is about 15 inches
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31.25" don't sound right. call Jayco they can tell you what it is for sure.
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