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Old 06-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Hitch question

I have a 2012 Nissan Titan and we tow a 27 foot White Hawk. When I first put the tongue on the hitch the back of the P/U will drop about three inches. I then use the jack to raise the hitch high enough to put on the WD bars and lower the hitch to the proper alignment. What I want to do to the P/U is put on better springs, shocks or whatever so the rear of the P/U when hitching up doesn’t not drop so much when I hitch up. What is the best way to fix this? or just live with it?
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Personally I would leave it. If you change the springs and shocks (shocks only dampen the bumps) you may not like the stiffer ride when the TT is not connected. If you want to improve the performance of the springs I would add air bags. This way you have a nice soft ride without the TT and a stiffer/elevated ride with the TT. Just my 2 cents.
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X2 on the air bags.
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X2 on the air bags.
X3 they are easy to use and you just release the air from the bags, minimum I believe is 10 lbs in the air bags, when not towing.
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I put a Roadmaster Active Suspension kit on my truck and love it. It improved the ride and handling loaded and unloaded, and it helps to keep the rear end from sagging when loaded.
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Go with the Roadmaster Active Suspension over the air bags.
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The whole purpose of WD hitches is to level the TT and TV connection. It seems to me that if you have excessive sagging, the WD needs to be readjusted. I personally would not spend the money on air bags to do the job of the WD hitch that you already have. When I was towing a 29 foot TT with a suburban, it would sag a lot without the WD. But the WD leveled everything out, with no air bags. In some cases, you can actually lift the TT rear wheels off the ground with a WD hitch if it is tight enough, so it should be capable of taking care of your problem, all by itself. JMHO
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The whole purpose of WD hitches is to level the TT and TV connection. JMHO
No it's not. The purpose of WD is to return weight to the front axle. In no truck manuals or hitch installation instructions will you find any reference to raising the rear of the TV or making it level. Once the appropriate amount of weight has been replaced, that's where you stop. The truck may end up being level, but it's highly unlikely that it will. If you keep tweaking until it's level, you run the risk of returning too much weigh to the front axle and that accelerates tire and suspension component wear.
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No it's not. The purpose of WD is to return weight to the front axle. In no truck manuals or hitch installation instructions will you find any reference to raising the rear of the TV or making it level. Once the appropriate amount of weight has been replaced, that's where you stop. The truck may end up being level, but it's highly unlikely that it will. If you keep tweaking until it's level, you run the risk of returning too much weigh to the front axle and that accelerates tire and suspension component wear.
Perhaps I didn't state it properly. I was always under the impression that you were indeed returning weight to the front TV axle by leveling the the TV. In other words, by leveling, you were returning the TV's configuration to approximately what it would be without anything on the hitch. I am certainly not an expert, but after 40 years of towing, it seems to me that if you have sagging at the rear, you are NOT distributing enough weight to the front axle. And I have never in all my years of towing in this manner seen the type of tire and suspension wear you refer to.

I may not be saying this just right, but the reason I posted to begin with is that proper use of the WD hitch should eliminate need for air bags or other suspension mods. Am I wrong about this, too ?
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