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Old 04-01-2015, 06:57 PM   #31
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These units have (3) different coupler heights! They cant all be (18- 1/2)? Youroo!!
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:19 PM   #32
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These units have (3) different coupler heights! They cant all be (18- 1/2)? Youroo!!
Don't think I implied or inferred that, just said what I'd been told.
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:34 PM   #33
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I have a '13 V-Lite 34.5' 1200 4 point equalizer using a '14 Ram Outdoorsman 1500 TV. Bought the truck 1 month before we went on a trip to Michigan from Indiana. Did not try to re adjust the hitch from my 2003 Ram I500 Thinking would be alright. "Wrong!!" We ran into 45 MPH winds and the camper was all over the road. I used the brake controller many times to keep it tracking behind us. Never had When we got home I measured the hitch Vs the camper and found the same as everybody else 17.5 top of coupler and 20.5 ball height. I am planning to order a longer shank and adding a couple of washers to try to get it closer. Equalizer wants both heights the same and I figured that must have been the problem. But like some of you, I am wondering If the hitch will drag. My 2003 did fine on a trip to South Carolina with the V-Lite but I am not sure of the hights because the dealer set it up. We have had many campers and never had any problems before. Now I am a little gun shy. I love the new truck!
What does everybody think? Anybody else have this problem?
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:43 PM   #34
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:16 PM   #35
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Bolt guy, I have found the best set up for my F150 with factory installed hitch is a 4 inch drop. With the spring bars attached this makes me ride slightly tongue high but still allows adequate ground clearance. I still don't like how low the coupler is, however and Charles Firth changed his coupler out. He did a great job of documenting his process and posting it last year from June-July 2014. Just search for his last name and you will eventually find it. Multiple pages with many comments and pics.

I can get the whole coupler changed for $135 labor and parts. Something to consider if you can't get it the way you want to. This will add that extra 2-3 inches back. Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:31 PM   #36
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Zolin, Thanks for bring up this post. I been fussing about this problem since I had that Michigan trip last fall. Good to hear from all with this problem and possible fixes!
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:36 PM   #37
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Don't you hate those white knuckle experiences in a half-ton. or any for that matter? lol
The 4 point sway control actually works very well for me. I just want to get my tongue down without losing ground clearance. Its very close now. Five washers and four inches down on shank, minimal air in shocks just to assist the truck suspension.
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:49 PM   #38
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Still playing with the hitch, the bottom of the draw bar extends pretty low even in the 4 inch position. Higher than that I can go back to the 3 inch draw bar and not have to worry.
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:03 PM   #39
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I have a '13 V-Lite 34.5' 1200 4 point equalizer using a '14 Ram Outdoorsman 1500 TV. Bought the truck 1 month before we went on a trip to Michigan from Indiana. Did not try to re adjust the hitch from my 2003 Ram I500 Thinking would be alright. "Wrong!!" We ran into 45 MPH winds and the camper was all over the road. I used the brake controller many times to keep it tracking behind us. Never had When we got home I measured the hitch Vs the camper and found the same as everybody else 17.5 top of coupler and 20.5 ball height. I am planning to order a longer shank and adding a couple of washers to try to get it closer. Equalizer wants both heights the same and I figured that must have been the problem. But like some of you, I am wondering If the hitch will drag. My 2003 did fine on a trip to South Carolina with the V-Lite but I am not sure of the hights because the dealer set it up. We have had many campers and never had any problems before. Now I am a little gun shy. I love the new truck!
What does everybody think? Anybody else have this problem?
I think what happened with your new setup, is that the higher ball heigth resulted in you losing tension in your bars. when you match the heigths and get the 5 degree pitch you should be okay...
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I noted yesterday that when I am dropping my ball onto the hitch with the ball at level coupler height (17.5 inches) my truck drops 4 inches before attaching the spring bars so the spring bars have quite a bit of tension on them to get most of that back and level. I still use the slight assist of the Air Bags to level out the truck.
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