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Old 08-10-2012, 06:21 PM   #11
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Thanks guys. The issue is the battery box with 2 6 volt batteries which makes it wider. 1-12 volt battery would make the box alot shorter & accommodate the brackets being more vertical. I tried 6 links between bars & brackets, but the truck rides at the same height as without the bars, & I can effortlessly lift the brackets to tension. The brackets keep sliding back into the battery box & am worried it could damage the batteries. I get the feeling dealers either have no idea how to set these up properly, or don't care. I have to go to 5 links to keep the front of the truck close to unloaded height.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #12
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Are 2-6 volt batteries better than 1 12 volt?
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:51 PM   #13
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I contacted the dealer today with my concern, & agree that it doesn't sound right. Almost every TT I see on the road has vertical or near vertical chains. I was at a sani dump this morning parked in a right turn, & the left chain was vertical, but didn't think to look at the right chain, but could only imagine the angle of it. Thanks again for the insite. I just want this to be right.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #14
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Are 2-6 volt batteries better than 1 12 volt?
Good question. It's all in the battery specs. A single 12 volt battery, such as a typical group 24, 27 or even a group 31 cannot provide the same amp hours (Ah) as a decently sized pair of 6 volts like the Trojan 145 or even the Trojan 125. If you dry camp (without electric) than having a lot of Ah is important.

Now two 12 volt batteries in parallel can begin to match these and go beyond and that is a viable alternative to two 6 volts in series.

There are very large 12 volt batteries with very high Ah available usually for industrial use and by boaters. But, they are huge, heavy and expensive.

There is more to the discussion of 6 and 12 volt such as plate thickness and battery life but that's the basics.
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I'll see what the dealer comes up with for an answer to my WDH issue. Given the space issue I have on the reach, maybe a 12 bolt battery is the answer.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:12 PM   #16
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I tried 6 links between bars & brackets, but the truck rides at the same height as without the bars, & I can effortlessly lift the brackets to tension.
I agree with what was mentioned before, you need to tilt your hitch back. That will put more tension on your bars at the #6 link. I no expert but it looks like your bars at the trailer end are too close to the trailer.
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Thanks again for the replys guys 😃. The above picture is with my chains adjusted with 6 links between bars & hooks instead of 5 links. It almost leveled off the bars, & reduced the vertical chain angle compared to the previous pictures. The problem is that I can lift the hooks by hand to tension the bars, & the measurements are within 3/8 inch on the rear & the same on the front as without the bars tensioned. My measurements at 5 links between are within 3/8" of empty on front, & 1 5/8" on the rear.
Are these chain angles in this picture adequate, or still too far past vertical?
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Did you adjust the angle of your hitch. It would seem to me if you tilt the head/ball for the hitch back or toward the TT it will give you more tension on the bars at the #6 link. I can not tell in your pics how you hitch adjust, but it looks like it may either have washers stacked at the top or and adjustment washer on the side. If it has a stack of washers on top behind the ball between the shank and the hitch, just add a washer at a time till you get the tension right. If it has a adjustment washer on the side try one step at a time.
Someone else pipe up if I'm wrong, as I said I no expert.
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I haven't adjusted anything, there are washers that it looks like you add or remove to tilt the hitch part. I'm taking it to the dealer tomorrow so they can do it. To me, they didn't adjust it properly at setup. If this looks good, (chain angle & bar angle) at 6 links, I'm sure they can adjust things so I can obtain this with the same tension as with 5 links.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #20
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If I had this problem I would (fab a lift bracket for the batterys that would allow the snap brackets to be placed & work properly). Move the tanks back and the batterys foward,or stack the batterys. Very shoddy work on a hitch setup! Youroo!!
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