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Old 03-27-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Alignment issue with WD Hitch

We just traded our Work and Play toy hauler for a brand new XLR Hyper Lite 27' toy hauler. We found immediately that we could not use our weight distribution hitch because the alignment of the brackets and chains would interfere with the LP tanks. Our dealer told us about the equalizer WD hitch so we traded ours for this. We love the new set up (no chains and built in sway) but we still have alignment issues. According to the installation of the brackets, they can only be 24"-27" from the ball. Well, the LP tanks are right there too. We thought with the bottom bar mounts, it would work but it won't. We could not find any WD hitch that would work so now we need to know if it is safe to move the LP tanks forward to be able to use the new hitch. It appears that we would only have to move them 3" forward - is it safe to do that? Do you have any other thoughts or suggestions? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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Per Equalizer instructons
32" optimum. Forward to 27" acceptable in some cases

not 24 to 27"

Check out page 12
http://www.equalizerhitch.com/pdf/eq...anual_0111.pdf
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:24 PM   #3
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This is what the manual states:

Sway Bracket Location
Measure from the center of the coupler along the outside of the trailer frame, and place a mark at 32" on both sides. This is the center mark for the sway bracket assembly.
Check around the trailer frame and make sure that there are no gas lines, brake lines, or electrical wiring that could be affected by the installation of the link plates. If so, make sure these are re-routed or avoided and will not be disrupted or damaged by the link plate installation.
Placing the brackets at 32" back puts the least amount of stress on the trailer and hitch components, and provides the most comfortable ride. Brackets should be placed at 32" whenever possible. In some cases where there is an obstruction at 32" that cannot be easily moved, like a battery rail or propane tank support, the link plates may be moved forward toward the coupler to a minimum distance no closer than 27" on center.
See figure 6
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:31 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, we don't have the 4 point sway control hitch set up. Ours is the 2 point sway and our manual definitely calls for 24-27". What you've shared may mean that we have to switch to a different hitch to give us more clearance. We'll have to go remeasure to see if 32" will solve our problem. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:38 PM   #5
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sorry - you didnt specify which one you had so figured it was the 4 point since your dealer was trying to upgrade you.
If the 4 point will work then my suggestion is to have the dealer give you the right one - do some price matching so you have some ammunition on proces so you dont pay too much
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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It does sound like the 4 point hitch gives us more clearance. The left side will be clear of any alignment issues but the right side has the electric box. As soon as it is light enough outside, I will measure to talk to my dealer about getting the right one. I will definitely price shop but so far my dealer has been good with pricing, giving us a 20% discount and giving us cash trade for our Curt WD hitch. I appreciate the information - we will certainly look into a new setup before we move the LP tanks.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:56 PM   #7
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good luck and let me know how much they are trying to sell the 4 Point setup for with shank - Look at RVWholesaler's website or I can tell you what I paid for mine for comparison so you get a good deal
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:13 AM   #8
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I would also tell your dealer to bring this up with XLR or get the reps # and do it yourself...the 27HFS is a brand new design and shouldnt have this sort of issue...the 23 and 25 foot units look to be the same on the nose.

Hope you enjoy the trailer...i spent many a weary night looking into the new Hyper's and in the end wound up ordering a 23FVB Viper based on length
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:01 AM   #9
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We did check to see if the 4 point set up would work and it gives us clearance on the left side but now interferes with the electric brakes on the right side. We have talked to our dealer and they talked to the rep for the XLR. The dealer is getting another new one in so they are going to have their service shop determine the best approach that we should take. We have been told that each and every trailer has it's own set up on the tongue and there is no way to predict how each hitch set up will work. In any case, a modification of some sort is in our future. We definitely will not haul this, or any other camping trailer without the weight distribution hitch.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:35 PM   #10
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I have different trailer, but I had a similar issue with the brake switch on the left side. My dealer moved it so the brackets would fit correctly. It shouldn't take much to move it. They implied they did this type of thing all the time.
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