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Old 03-31-2024, 01:57 PM   #1
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Smile Remove preload tension when storing Recurve R3

Hi, I am new to this forum and a first time RV owner. After driving home with our Jayco Jayflight travel trailer I unhitched and put the R3 hitch in my garage for storage but did not remove the preload tension. I've been reading so much material for the RV that I did not read the manual for the R3 until today, 5 weeks later. I now see that I should remove the preload when storing the hitch. I wonder if 5 weeks storage with the preload tension has caused any wear that I should be concerned about.

Also looking for advice as to removing the tension when backing up or when travelling on wet/slippery roads? Thanks for any info!
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Could you elaborate a little more on unhitched and put in the garage? Unless the trailler and bars are still connected to the tow vehicle, don't see how they could be under tension. If you could, a pic is worth a thousand words.
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Old 03-31-2024, 02:49 PM   #3
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Sure, here is a pic of the hitch with an arrow pointing to the tension adjusting bolt and also a pic of the section from the owner's manual. I highlighted the portion that talks about the preload.

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I forget to loosen mine all the time. It always reminds me when hitching back up because I never seem to be at the same angle twice. I think it is supposed to be loosened before backing, but I never do. That bolt is for setting sway control tension. I usually go 1/2 turn tighter (clockwise) from where I can swivel the head by hand. I doubt any damage has been done.
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Great! I really appreciate the feed-back!
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Old 04-01-2024, 04:31 AM   #6
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One more question, do you grease your hitch every time you use it? Or how often do you grease it.

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Welp. I have the same hitch and brought mine home last October. Glad I just read this post. I did not know about this requirement, either. :O
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One more question, do you grease your hitch every time you use it? Or how often do you grease it.

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My hitch is pretty loaded with grease. I'd assume you'd grease according to usage or seasonally, whichever is greater.

Some people travel a lot. Some, like me, will drag the rig out several times a season, not going more than a short distance, each way.

I just went into my Jayco bag of documentation. Not a single piece of literature or manual regarding my Recurve WDH. I guess they forgot to throw it in there. Easy enough to find an online manual, I suppose.
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Here's the manual for the up-to 1000 lb hitch. (The 1200 lb hitch is separate).

https://978dd75e-9204-4738-9543-aed2...07da01283e.pdf
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The tech who installed the hitch at the dealership told me to give it a shot of grease every time I use it. I thought that sounded a little excessive, but the manual says "Prior to each use ensure this critical area has been sufficiently lubricated with a suitable wheel bearing grease."
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Thank you so much for finding/posting this.
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I am glad this thread has been helpful : )
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There is no pre-load tension once the towing vehicle and trailer are separated. The pre-load tension is caused by the tension of the spring-bars connecting the TV to the TT.
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Yes, the spring bars provide the weight distribution. The allen head bolt with the arrow pointing in the pic is for sway control. The part of the hitch that the bars drop into can rotate a clutch /friction assembly arount the hitch ball shank. The tighter you tighten the allen headed bolt, the more resistance to that assembly rotating, giving more sway control. Loosen the bolt, less sway control.
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Yes, the spring bars provide the weight distribution. The allen head bolt with the arrow pointing in the pic is for sway control. The part of the hitch that the bars drop into can rotate a clutch /friction assembly arount the hitch ball shank. The tighter you tighten the allen headed bolt, the more resistance to that assembly rotating, giving more sway control. Loosen the bolt, less sway control.

What? I had a bit of a problem following that one.
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The allen-head screw shown in this pic applies tension to the clutch assembly and increases the anti-sway resistance. This is the tension that the user's manual says should be removed by backing-off the screw while storing the hitch. Hope this helps.
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