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Old 03-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #11
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Actually, weight distribution hitches should transfer weight to the steer axles to equal the unhitched weight.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:34 PM   #12
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Actually, weight distribution hitches should transfer weight to the steer axles to equal the unhitched weight.
In some cases, yes. Not so with the new Fords.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:36 PM   #13
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In some cases, yes. Not so with the new Fords.
Why are Fords different?

You want the weight on the steer axles to be the same, towing or not, regardless of the make of tow vehicle.
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Because the new Ford manual says to return the front end to one half of the difference between the hitched and unhitched height.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #15
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The purpose of WD is not to keep the truck level. It's to return the weight to the front axle that is lifted from the fulcrum action of hitching to a heavy load. Two things we read on all of the forums that are incorrect. One is to adjust the WD until the truck is level, and the other is to just tweak it until it "drives right". The front end needs to be returned to a position as specified in your truck manual. Toyota says return it to the original height. Ford says to take the hitched and unhitched height and split the two. These are just examples and you need to read your truck's manual to get the right spec. If you don't transfer enough weight back to the drone, it can cause handling problems such as front end floating on snow or wet roads. If you transfer too much weight, then you increase the rate of wear on the front suspension and tires. If you attempt to level the truck or get an equal amount of squat front to rear, then you are defeating the purpose of WD. Get the front right and don't worry about the rear. If the truck still has too much squat in the rear, you can add springs or bags which will level it but will not increase any of the truck's capacities. They will also affect the WD adjustment and you'll have to redo it.

You may have an issue with the frame of the trailer and it not riding level, but that's a separate issue, so don't try to tweak that by changing the hitch settings.
While all of this is true, the original poster has neither a Ford or Toyota so those specs mean nothing. He wants the trailer level and the rear of the truck to sit higher so that is why he needs to lower the hitch head height and then adjust the WDH to where it needs to be as stated in the manual. By lowering the head height, it will raise the rear of the truck once the WDH is adjusted.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:52 AM   #16
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Will Air Bags Help Me?

My ultimate goal in all of this is to have the front of my truck back where it was pre-TT. My question was perhaps not clear: Would airbags, by helping raise the backend of the truck, and then adjusting hitch and spring bars, help with the front of truck? I currently have over half the links on my spring bars hanging loose.
Would airbags allow me more potential for adjustability?
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While all of this is true, the original poster has neither a Ford or Toyota so those specs mean nothing. .
Agreed, but that post was a response to a comment/question by another poster. Sometimes it can be beneficial to read an entire thread.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:06 AM   #18
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Because the new Ford manual says to return the front end to one half of the difference between the hitched and unhitched height.
Have you followed their directions then weighed the lash-up? You'll find the steer weights return to unhitched weight. The engineers know most folks won't visit a scale. So they use landmarks, etc.

Scale weight for WD will always be the gold standard.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:17 AM   #19
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Yes, I've got a stack of weight sheets from CAT Scales over the last week. That's how I determined that the rear TT axle had 40 lbs. more than front axle on my last weigh.
This was better than where I started after having a dealer set up the hitch. At that point the front axle was 500 lbs. heavier than rear.
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Yes, I've got a stack of weight sheets from CAT Scales over the last week. That's how I determined that the rear TT axle had 40 lbs. more than front axle on my last weigh.
This was better than where I started after having a dealer set up the hitch. At that point the front axle was 500 lbs. heavier than rear.
Anything is better than a dealer set up hitch. Most don't even use fender height as a guide for the setup. I asked the dealer to check mine when I traded trucks, because I didn't know better. The tech walked out, looked at it, said yep that looks good, it's level. That's when I went home and started reading about how to set up a WD hitch.
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