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Old 05-27-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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What chain link is your wd bars set at?

Ive read that your wd chain should be hooked at the 4th or 5th link.
When mine was set up by the dealer with an empty trailer (reese pro series wd and friction sway control) it ended up on the 2nd link

My jayco jayflight fully loaded sits level to my ford f150, if not a tiny bit nose down and the bars are pretty close to parallel...but still everything I read or the videos I watch have it on the 4th or 5th link...mine is on the 2nd...and there is NO slack when I put that 2nd link on the hook...takes a few seconds of finagling to get it to latch

does this sound right?
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:29 PM   #2
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The number of links has to be the same left-to right.


Whichever setting leaves the rig as close to level as possible is the right one.


If the bars are too weak and therefore being given too much of a preload, you will find out the first time you tow.


If it tracks well, rides right and can be set and unset easily, then 2 links is correct for your rig.
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4th or 5th link is a guide, not a hard and fast rule. How does it feel when you tow? Do you feel like you have all your steering control or does it fell "squirrely"?

Slightly down in front is good. Measure your front fender without the trailer, put the trailer on the hitch with dead weight, measure it again. Now put the bars on. What's the measurement? I believe Ford allows up to half the distance between the stock height and the dead weight distance.
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Just a tip After you drop the tongue on the ball and latch it Take your jack and raise it up so that it causes the rear of the TV to come up a few inches Then hook up your chains in the normal position you use. You should then be able to close the snap clamps with very little effort. Also don't forget to retract the jack.
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:16 PM   #5
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snip......When mine was set up by the dealer with an empty trailer (reese pro series wd and friction sway control) it ended up on the 2nd link........ snip ....... does this sound right?
IMO it doesn't.

I will assume that when you reference 4th or 5th link, and 2nd link....., you are referring to links "under tension" (this can be confusing because some folks state chain links "hanging"), but under tension is the best reference.

With most standard WDH's such as yours, there is a good chance that your 2- chain links under tension setting isn't allowing for proper for/aft chain movement during TV turns, thus potentially creating some hardware binding points.

Re-adjusting the tilt angle of the WDH ball mount would correct the existing 2-link setting condition thus allowing for the preferred 4-5 links under tension (assuming proper weight transfer has been accomplished via TV's front suspension). This would apply to both WDH round bar and trunnion bar style spring bars.

I would re-adjust your WDH under "loaded" TV/TT conditions, or take your TV/TT back to the dealer with a copy of the following installation/adjustment instructions.

Pro Series Installation Instructions (confirm your WDH model number with those identified on the instructions):

http://www.hitchpro.net/application/...ons/n49901.pdf

Hope this helps.

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IMO it doesn't.

I will assume that when you reference 4th or 5th link, and 2nd link....., you are referring to links "under tension" (this can be confusing because some folks state chain links "hanging"), but under tension is the best reference.

With most standard WDH's such as yours, there is a good chance that your 2- chain links under tension setting isn't allowing for proper for/aft chain movement during TV turns, thus potentially creating some hardware binding points.

Re-adjusting the tilt angle of the WDH ball mount would correct the existing 2-link setting condition thus allowing for the preferred 4-5 links under tension (assuming proper weight transfer has been accomplished via TV's front suspension). This would apply to both WDH round bar and trunnion bar style spring bars.

I would re-adjust your WDH under "loaded" TV/TT conditions, or take your TV/TT back to the dealer with a copy of the following installation/adjustment instructions.

Pro Series Installation Instructions (confirm your WDH model number with those identified on the instructions):

http://www.hitchpro.net/application/...ons/n49901.pdf

Hope this helps.

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I have one link hanging
Second link is latched
The rest of the links are "under tension"
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Ive read that your wd chain should be hooked at the 4th or 5th link.
When mine was set up by the dealer with an empty trailer (reese pro series wd and friction sway control) it ended up on the 2nd link

My jayco jayflight fully loaded sits level to my ford f150, if not a tiny bit nose down and the bars are pretty close to parallel...but still everything I read or the videos I watch have it on the 4th or 5th link...mine is on the 2nd...and there is NO slack when I put that 2nd link on the hook...takes a few seconds of finagling to get it to latch

does this sound right?
What does the Reese manual say? I have a Husky Round bar and they say you have to have atleast 5 links between the bar and frame. I have 7 under tension and 2 hanging.
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I have one link hanging, Second link is latched
The rest of the links are "under tension"
Thanks for the feedback/clarification.

Ok, 1-link hanging....., not a potential binding condition as I described in my prior post, as mentioned I was assuming 2-links under tension. Please note that when WDH instructions and/or videos refer to a 4-5 link adjustment, this is chain links "under tension", not hanging. The 4-5 links under tension (minimum) allows for proper for/aft chain movement during TV turns.

So what we don't know is how many actual chain links you have "under tension", but at this point is moot.

Please note, in some cases one may have 6 or 7 links under tension (mine has 7 links under tension), it all depends on the specific TV/TT combination, hardware clearance requirements, tongue weights, model/style WDH, etc..

Since you have yet to adjust your WDH under loaded conditions, IMO this your next step.

Refer to your TV's owners manual under the towing section, there you will find your TV's front suspension requirements when using a WDH. Use this information with your WDH installation/adjustment instructions.

If you feel up to the task (or take a friend who has adjusted WDH's before), a visit to your local CAT scale will provide the specific data to dial-in your WDH adjustment.

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

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What does the Reese manual say? I have a Husky Round bar and they say you have to have atleast 5 links between the bar and frame. I have 7 under tension and 2 hanging.
Almost the same as me...I have one hanging

I'm gonna read through the Reese instructions and trailer manual on towing as well...I don't want to blindly trust the dealership

When loaded and hooked up my wd bars are parallel to frame and the tongue is slightly down...looks like it's supposed to
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I have mine in the first link. The dealer set our hitch up for our Tahoe and now we use the truck. The truck only settled 1 inch and I didn't need much lift. I readjusted the head and the bars ended up in the first link. There is some tension on the bars but not a lot. The trailer is very slightly down in the front. It pulls good so who knows.

I asked the dealers set up guy and he mumbled and rambled about some of the heavy truck make it hard to tune. I just agreed and when I got I did it by my self.
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