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Old 06-20-2014, 10:25 PM   #11
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I'm still fine tuning my setup. The last thing I need to attempt is adding washers to the hitch head. The dealer put 4 in but want to add 1 or 2 more to see if that will help reduce the sway even more. Can someone confirm if adding washers only puts more weight on the front wheels of the TV or does it also do something else? I can't seem to find or figure out what the washers do. In case this helps or someone has the same setup, I have a 2009 Suburban 1500 4wd and a Palomino Solaire 317BHSK. Any advice on what specifically the washers help with would be appreciated.

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Old 06-21-2014, 01:19 AM   #12
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Equalizer setup ?

I have a different style hitch, so I'm not 100% positive, but most hitches that use washers for head adjustment use them as spacers to control the amount of front to back tilt you have. The farther back (bars pointed more to the ground) the head is tilted, the more leverage is applied when placed under load assuming you don't change anything else. The more leverage, the more weight is transferred. So , to answer the question, the washers are there to fine tune tension. Before you start adding more, I'd break out the manual and take some measurements hitched and unhitched so you have something for comparison.

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Old 06-21-2014, 08:09 AM   #13
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The hitch distributes weight to the front axles of your TV. The washer affect how much is transferred. You need to take measurements to determine how many washers are needed. As I recall the directions suggest starting with 4 for SUV's and 5 for pickup trucks. The minimum is 4 washers and the maximum is 8. After this you need to adjust the L-brackets. On my Explorer I have 5 washers. This brings my front end about 1/4" above its normal loaded for a trip height and my back end is about a 1/2" lower.

For the L-bracket position my installation guide says 32" for optimum and nothing less than 29" from the center of the coupler. They might have changed it since mine was manufactured but tell me the further back the better. I ended up at 30 1/2" due to the location of LP tank plate location.
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:32 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the help. My L brackets are all the way back to 32 inches.

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