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Old 07-18-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Bracket on WD hitch bent

I currently have a Reese Trunnion style WD hitch set up for WD and sway. It came off the old camper and the dealer installed it on our new one last year. Have never had any problems with it until the last trip. When we got home last week and I went to unhook the trailer, the bracket that attaches to the trailer frame (The one that the chain attaches to when you put on the bars) was bent up and almost off the trailer frame and my sway bar was loose and had no tension. I have always set it up the same way and had no problems. I am starting to wonder now if I am doing something wrong. I always hook up to the ball and attach camper, jack up the camper and truck til the rear of the truck is up somewhat, attach the bars and then lower the camper. Thinking of scrapping the set up for something different. Also leery of towing with this set up now.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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How about a close-up photo of the bracket, and a photo of the entire setup ??
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How about a close-up photo of the bracket, and a photo of the entire setup ??
Will have to get that for you tomorrow.
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Don't know if this helps but this is the same set up I have. The bracket I am talking about is the one on the frame that the chain is attached to.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:08 AM   #5
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I was hoping for actual pictures, so we could see what is happening.
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We found out years ago that this style bracket would bend. We started welding the face of the brackets to the frame and that stopped all the problems.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:25 PM   #7
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I ran a self tapping screw into the frame to keep the bracket from moving.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
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We found out years ago that this style bracket would bend. We started welding the face of the brackets to the frame and that stopped all the problems.
We have always tack welded the brackets in addition to leaving the bolts.
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