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Old 06-22-2015, 05:35 PM   #11
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Reporting back from my weekend haul with the weight distribution hitch. Much, much better and safer ride than without it. 60-65mph felt great most of the way and with the sway bar barely could feel any movement.

This afternoon I was messing around and adjusting the hitch a little more and raised the vehicle up more and instead of 6 links under pressure I moved down to 5 under pressure and my rear vehicle squat only went down a .5" inch from stock height. Do the tension bars look to much shifting upwards?
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:56 PM   #12
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Looks fine to me!
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:22 PM   #13
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Looks good to me.

On mine I had 6 chains under pressure, I went to five. The bars are under more pressure, but the back of the truck is more level, and the trailer and truck seem to ride more like one vehicle. It will stay this way going forward. Thanks for answering my questions.
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snip..... This afternoon I was messing around and adjusting the hitch a little more and raised the vehicle up more and instead of 6 links under pressure I moved down to 5 under pressure and my rear vehicle squat only went down a .5" inch from stock height.....snip
You mention the rear of the TV, what about the front suspension? If 5-links under tension dropped the front below your original 33.5" height you may experience a rough TV ride due to a compressed front suspension.

Drive the TV/TT around the block with the 5-link setting (loaded), then check the front suspension measurement.

Keep in mind the front suspension is what the WDH is adjusted for, the rear suspension height is a by-product of the front adjustment.

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Be careful overtightening the links. At 5 links, your bars don't look level to the frame and have a lot of tension in them.

1. too few links and you can't turn corners well without binding, therefore don't go below mfg min number.

2. that much tension is the bars can bend the snap up bracket. From experience, I attempted to put more tension on the bars to get that last 1/2 in of TV ride height back. What it got me was a rough ride, destroyed snap up bracket, and bent strait-line cam.

Try re-adjusting your hitch head angle if you want that much tension, while keeping 6 links.

One note in my (REESE) set up guide. Once the hitch head height and hitch head angle are set, lower the trailer onto the truck and lock the ball. Then use the trailer jack to truck and trailer ‘till the trailer is back level and none of the trailer weight is on the truck.

Lower snap up bracket yoke 90deg. Pull the WD bar chain by hand and hook closest link. Then snap up the bracket with the cheater bar. Repeat for the other side. Lower the tongue jack. Now you have just transferred all of the tongue weight and only the tongue weight to the WD bars.

The REESE instruction only talk about returning the front wheel well height to pre-load conditions, nothing about returning rear wheel well height.

On my hitch, a hitch head angle adjustment of one “saw-tooth” adjustment is equal to a half of a chain link adjustment. WDH set up is very iterative.

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