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Old 07-07-2015, 01:37 PM   #31
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BTW I use a Reese Trunnion WDH
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:43 PM   #32
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snip.......so i guess one of the reasons they suggested airbags is to lift the back of the car to level....
IMO hold off on airbags until you install/adjust the proper WDH....., once adjusted correctly a WDH will reduce some of the TV's rear squat. It's normal after proper WDH adjustment to have a 1"-2" rear TV squat because the WDH's main design function is to address the TV's front suspension weight requirements by transferring the required weight off the rear axle back to the front suspension (maintain steering/braking/handling characteristics).

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Old 07-07-2015, 01:45 PM   #33
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For your small trailer an Anderson WDH might be a good option too. The brackets are pretty adjustable on those. You can easily lengthen or shorten the chains to move the brackets back and forth if needed.

https://www.andersenhitches.com/Cata...ion-hitch.aspx
This looks like a viable option! I've been reading good things about this hitch.

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A weight distribution hitch's primary goal is not to level your tow vehicle or trailer it is to restore all or most of the weight lost back to the front axle of the tow vehicle.

Air bags or sway control do nothing for either of those safety issues.
Exactly!

Schilly, I said this before, it's a safety issue. I know you are skeptical. If you chose to go ahead and just do the air bags, then when you have to tow in a 40 mph cross wind, you'll find out exactly why I am so adamant about using a WD hitch. This is where the term "white knuckle" comes in.

I'm only saying this based on my personal experience. I have nothing to gain by encouraging you to set your truck up the right way.

BTW, to Bob's point, my Sierra drops 1.5" with my WD hitch on.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:00 PM   #34
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hey chuck. no, i get you point for sure. I just called camping world where i bought the camper. they also said that the WD all connect at the same spot and that it could only be installed on my model by moving the battery/propane around. This is a 2-3 hr job to do. Not sure if its worth it.
The reason i m thinking about the airbags is to support the rear of the tahoe so it does;t sink down to low when the camper and car are loaded up....
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I'm not convinced you need to move anything. My tongue is exactly the same layout as yours and my stirrups are right under the propane tanks. I'm just not understanding why they can't install it.
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I'm not convinced you need to move anything. My tongue is exactly the same layout as yours and my stirrups are right under the propane tanks. I'm just not understanding why they can't install it.
Me neither! Trying to pm some folks on here that might have a similar setup to see what they did.
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:02 PM   #37
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I think worst case scenario is get the bolt on brackets rather than the clamp on brackets.
Sounds like they just don't want to mess with doing things outside of their standard procedure.
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Schilly I suggest you go to You-Tube and watch as many WD installation videos as you can watch. So you can see what they actually do. I am getting the feeling you still don't understand what they can do for you. A WD hitch will raise the rear of your Tahoe. I have a 17C and tow with a Tahoe.
Air Bags and a sway hitch will NEVER replace a WD hitch
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My dealer told me the same thing because of the light weight and no space, they installed my sway and sent me on my way. I just installed the hitch and hangers myself today. You may try a similar hanger, instead of lifting the shackle into place you just lift the vehicle a little higher with the jack and pin the chain on.

I just bought this hitchRobot Check

With these hangers Robot Check
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I have a 2010 17Z with the same battery/bottle configuration. The only difference is I have 1 30lb bottle instead of 2 20lb bottles. So the bottle bracket might be a little different, but I still think a standard Equal-i-zer WDH should fit. The L brackets can be mounted in front or behind obstacles like bottle brackets.
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