Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-13-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 156
Equalizer setup question

Tow vehicle- 99 chevy k2500 crew cab
Trailer- '10 cherokee 28BH

I had the dealer setup my equalizer when I bought the trailer. The only driving I have done so far is bringing it home (about 90 miles).
It felt as though it did not have enough tongue weight to me but still pulled decent.
I am not used to weight distributing hitches- it has been many years ago that I used them at all and they were the old style, though I tow many different sizes of trailers regularly many weighing much more than the TT.
While hitched up, the trailer was setting down in the rear and the hitch was on its highest setting. I dropped it down 1 hole (it might need to go another 1). My weight bars were angled up toward the rear, the bars are not parallel to the trailer frame before dropping the hitch 1 hole and of course are now even worse.
My real question is should the weight bars be parallel to the ground/ trailer frame ( or at least close to it)? I think yes, but not positive.
As for making my truck squat, it seems to be the same no matter what. Keep in mind this is a very stiff suspension and it takes alot to move it at all.
We are taking it out this weekend and would like the trip to go smoothly and not have to stop a dozen times to make adjustments on the way.

edman87k5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 156
I dropped the L brackets one hole before leaving for work and it sits a lot better. I believe it will work fine like it is, I might still drop the whole assy 1 more hole though.
With the trailer atttached without the weight bars, the truck may squat 1".
Does everyone just put the weight bars in without the tongue jacked up or not?

edman87k5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Stoughton, Wisconsin
Posts: 48
I do it with the tongue up, it's easier.
2010 Rockwood 8317ss
2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2L
Prodigy Brake Controller
Wisconsin Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #4
Senior Member
EastlakeRoo's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Eastlake, Ohio
Posts: 463
I"m new to the weight bars also. My dealer had my hitch pitched at an angle where the tongue of the trailer wouldn't sit flush on the ball but after I adjusted the hitch it sat perfect. As far as the bars go, I connect the trailer to the hitch and jack it up some so it's easier to put the weight bars on. Once I got them locked in I release the jack and it's all set. My bars are pretty close to be parallel. Not for sure how everyone else's are.
2014 Wildwood 300BH
2014 Ford Explorer XLT
2011 Ford F350 FX4
Eastlake, OH
EastlakeRoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 08:38 AM   #5
Head Rambler
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southwest Alabama
Posts: 4,595
Your bars should be pretty close to parallel to the RV tongue. The RV should be fairly level to slightly nose down when everything's hooked up. There should be at very minimum, 10% of the weight on the tongue (I personally shoot for 12-15%).

You tilt the hitch head back to properly load the bars. Weighing to get the proper distribution is best but measuring is acceptable. You should measure to the top of the fender wells front and back with the TV unloaded. You then hook up the hitch and measure the same places again. What you want is the front and back to squat the same amount (or very close) once the WD hitch is hooked up. In other words, if the back squats 1" the front should also squat close to 1". Keep tilting the head till they do.
Salem 29RKSS Pushing a GMC Sierra 2500HD!
Gotta go campin!
Bama Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:37 AM.