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Old 08-22-2014, 10:19 AM   #11
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swayed all over the roads and were confused as to how to operate them
Really? My in-laws towed with the crappy hitches for 30 years with no problems. Perhaps they were just skilled drivers.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:22 AM   #12
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Rebecca,

Does your set up look something like this?
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:28 AM   #13
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OK it says HUSKY on the hitch and then I noticed it says with spring bars. So, all this time I thought they were sway bars. Anyway, I SO appreciate all of the input! Does anyone know if the Husky hitch is ok? (I can't wait until I'm NOT a newbie!)
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:29 AM   #14
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Howie, YES almost exactly!
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:46 AM   #15
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As people said, the tension bars should not move once connected with the chain. They should actually "flex" a bit to show that they're doing what they're supposed to be doing.

Once the coupler is latched to the ball, raise the rear end of the truck up a bit with the tongue jack. This will allow you to get the third chain link on easier (if the 3rd one is the one that you're going for). Lower the rear end of the truck and you should see it tighten up.
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Howie..our spring bars look almost like yours, but we have to slam ours up into a hole underneath to lock them in. It doesn't look like yours do that. But either way your picture looks very much like what we have.
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DMWARD, that's the answer I was looking for! Thanks. Now I am learning all about spring bars, etc (and crappy hitches!) hahaha An ongoing learning process, and I love this forum!
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:10 AM   #18
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Rebecca,

Most RV dealerships don't know how to properly set-up/adjust a WDH..., so you may have a good WDH that just isn't adjusted correctly. Also, the dealer sent your TV/HTT off there lot under "unloaded" conditions, all WDH's should be adjusted under "loaded" TV/HTT conditions.

Can you confirm the Brand, Model, and Rating of the WDH you presently have? Do you have the installation/adjustment instructions on the WDH? In some cases RV dealers provide a great WDH, but not sized (rated) correctly which can create issues such as yours.

With this information we can provide better feedback and a possible course of action.

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A "crappy" hitch, properly setup will work just fine. Mine is a "Quality S", really a no-name brand, basically the same as pictured above. My dad has some no name system that's really old. Both work just fine. To Bob's point, it was probably never set up right to begin with.

The purpose of a weight distribution hitch is to lighten the load on the rear of the tow vehicle and put weight back on the front wheels, the steering so that you can safely control it. You should always have it on the same chain link.

Without the trailer hitched up, measure the distance from the ground to the wheel well lip on your front fender at the center of the wheel. Then hook up the trailer but don't put on the spring bars. Measure again. The front will rise. GM specifications are that using a WD hitch the fender measurement should be back at stock height (this is in your GMC owners manual under the Towing section). Now put the spring bars on. Adjust them so that the front is back to stock height. Don't worry about rear squat, that's normal. If you can't get the chains in the right place, crack your tongue jack up more to relieve the pressure. If you can't find the right link and there is still not enough weight back on the front end you can adjust the ball tilt. The farther back the tilt, the more weight back on the front wheels. These types of hitches usually have washers to create the ball head tilt. This is more or less of a "fine" adjustment where the links are "ball park" adjustments.

Here are some great tutorials on how to do all this:
https://www.etrailer.com/tv-weight_d...ution_faq.aspx

http://www.etrailer.com/tv-weight_di..._ford_van.aspx

This photo is of my old SUV and current trailer (I have shots of my Sierra and X20E, just haven't uploaded them yet). Note two things, the height of the front fenders is at stock level, and the spring bars (if you can see them) are parallel to the camper frame at the ends of the bars.



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swayed all over the roads and were confused as to how to operate them
No sway or confusion here. I've use this hitch with 4 different tow vehicles and two different trailers.

EDIT: BTW, I'm not saying the Equalizer is bad in anyway. That's an excellent hitch. My point being that crappy really isn't all that crappy.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:38 AM   #20
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Rebecca,

When you are putting the chains on the snap up brackets are you extending the tongue jack first, thus lifting both the trailer tongue and the tow vehicles rear? If not you should be -- the higher you extend the tongue jack that easier it is to set the chains and lock in the snap up brackets.

I am not going to debate if you have a quality hitch or not. As you can see many folks are very passionate about there style hitch being the best. There are many styles and each have pros and cons.

With your style Husky there are 2 primary components required to provide both sway controll and weight distribution...

1) The spring bars (sometimes called tension or torsion bars depending on the hitch) provide weight distribution. Its clear you have this and the tip regarding extending the jack before snapping into place should help getting correct link setting

2) A friction style sway bar. This is a seperate device that connects to a small ball on the hitch head and another mounted on the side of your TT A Frame. If you don't have this piece then you essentially only have weight distribution occuring, not sway control as well.

As Rustic mentioned, even if you dealership knows what they are doing in setting up the WD hitch, the day you picked up the trailer it was unloaded. Proper WD set up requires the trailer to be loaded as is it was going camping when making the setup. A trip over a CAT scale will provide the necessary information to determine if your WD is set up properly. Its very typical that owners will need to adjust the setup provided at the dealer once the trailer is loaded. Occasionally you will need to adjust again because trailers seems to gain weight over time. I generally weigh and adjust my trailer at the beginning of each camping season.
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