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Old 10-13-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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We picked the trailer up yesterday. Watched the tech hook it up. I should of said hey now let me do it. I know that is how I learn hands on. The 2012 Silverado is 36.5 inches in the front 39.25 in the rear. This is with no passengers and a full tank of fuel and a few camping supplies. After the hitch was installed truck was 36.5 in front and 37.75 in rear. Trailer was empty of supplies and our stuff, all tanks were full. I watched the tech lower the hitch close the coupler and raise the trailer a bit. Used the supplied bar to raise the bars and clip them in. 175 miles later at 20th street campground hometown Kansas I had a hard time getting those bars off. I raised the trailer a little while hitched it did raise the truck a little, but I had a hard time lifting and swinging them. So thought maybe there was pressure on them. I am asking for help with a take off procedure for lack of a better word. I have an equalizer 4 point system. Tech told me he thought it was one of the best. Thanks
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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Place wood block under the foot on the trailer jack, and crank the trailer all the way up. You need to take weight off of the bars before you can remove them. There is probably a Youtube video out there with the coupling/uncoupling sequence.
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I have the same WDH, and I struggled with those bars for quite some time before I found the right amount of rise to take the tongue weight off the bars so I could just pull them off. So, my initial advice would be to raise the tongue a little more to get even more pressure off. I've been in unhitch scenarios where things weren't level which created a challenge for removing the bars. My remedy for that: a mallet.

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Old 10-13-2013, 11:49 PM   #4
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As mentioned, raise your truck and trailer until it is loose enough to do by hand. Using a piece of pipe on the spring bars can and will hurt you.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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You should always use the bar after lifting the hitch. You don't want to
Get your fingers pinched.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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When unhitching our WhiteHawk from our TV, I raise the trailer tongue completely off the ball with about a half inch clearance between the coupler and the ball. The left side trunnion bar comes off easily, the right side bar require a tap with a mallet to come off the cam. I had mentioned this before, and Rustic Eagle suggested the hitch may not be properly adjusted. However, I believe the right side spring pack on the truck is "different" or weaker than the left side because the bed always appears slightly "lower" even when the truck is parked on level ground, with no load. I do use the air springs I installed when we had our fifth wheel; it seems to smooth the ride when the trailer is hitched. They are inflated to 30 psi when towing, and were at that pressure when the dealer installed the hitch and adjusted it for the trailer.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:10 AM   #7
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I have a Fastsway E2 and just got our first TT last weekend. Seemed easy at the dealership yet when I got home had a heck of a time getting bars off. My wife was scared raising it so high yet I had to. One side came of yet had to go a couple inches higher for the other side to come loose. I was told at dealer ya need that A-frame look or teepee to get bars off just seems a bit much on the hitch. Now the post above me from thomasmnile he states he takes it off completely off the ball...The dealer had mine still locked on the ball as I did when I got home..It sure seems like it is really is putting a bind on the ball but that's the way it comes off..at least that is what I thought.. I would feel you would have to keep it attached or your just raising the trailer which wouldn't loosen the sway bars..Am I wrong ??? HELP !!!!!!!
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leave it locked on the ball and lift the truck and camper is the way I have always used a WDH.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:32 AM   #9
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That hitch looks very much like an Equalizer, same design. That's a good design IMO.
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We also have the Equalizer and have always raised the tongue and TV rear end up with the tongue jack to get the bars on/off. That's the main prompt that got me to get the electric tongue jack! This hitch has an "L" shaped perch (my description) on each side that the bar rests on and I use my foot to see when I've raised the tongue enough to get the bar in place. To remove I nudge the bar as I'm extending the jack to see when it's loose. With me on one side of the hitch and the bride on the other it's even easier. The hitch came with a pry-bar to help engage the bars but I've never used it.
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