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Old 04-20-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Leveling trailer front to back for towing

I'm towing a 31' Jayco Whitehawk TT with a 2014 Ford F150 w/MaxTow and Heavy Duty package. I've just upgraded tires and wheels from LRC 14" to LRD 15". The new tires are taller by a half inch in radius. Prior to changing over, the trailer pulled fine and was slightly down on the front end; I don't remember how much down. After changing tires and wheels, the front end is down 4". Is this amount OK? I towed the trailer down the interstate and it towed similar to before, but a little bumpier ride probably due to increased tire stiffness. I have an Equalizer brand hitch. I'm wondering if I should raise the hitch head one notch (about 1.25")?
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:37 PM   #2
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Definitely raise the hitch head up and readjust your hitch. 4" nose down is too much.
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:49 PM   #3
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Sounds like you need to reset or at least check your heights on the WDH. I would level the trailer unhooked and measure to the top of the hitch ball socket, then check the top of the ball height to see if they are close. A bit nose high is better on the trailer than 4" low.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:04 AM   #4
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How in the world did it change that much with just a wheel change??? 4 inches is definitely too much. 1-2 is good. With that much of a nose down attitude your Equalizer will not be working as effectively preventing sway because the bars will not be making full contact with the friction spots.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:30 AM   #5
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How in the world did it change that much with just a wheel change??? 4 inches is definitely too much. 1-2 is good. With that much of a nose down attitude your Equalizer will not be working as effectively preventing sway because the bars will not be making full contact with the friction spots.
I believe if you reread my post you will find that the nose was already down BEFORE changing tires and wheels. But I will raise the hitch a notch or two to bring the nose up.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:39 AM   #6
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I agree with sundancer. When hooked up before the actual tongue weight is applied to the hitch it ought to be level front to rear as the tongue touches down on the ball. Then I latch mine to ball and raise some to connect my wdh bars. when I let it down after that it shouldn't drop truck rear more than an inch from where it sat before
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:00 AM   #7
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The amount of a trailer being nose down (or up) will also affect the weight-balance between front and back trailer tires. The further down the nose is, the more weight on the front trailer tires. I'm not sure how much of a weight difference it is, but that's another consideration for tire wear and handling.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:49 PM   #8
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I just installed a new Equaul-i-zer hitch and the directions say the front of trailer should be within 1 1/4 inch of the rear of trailer.
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