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Old 05-15-2015, 11:18 AM   #31
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I found an excellent Youtube video on setting up my hitch, which is called the Equalizer.

I'll be bringing my trailer to the house and running through everything and checking the measurements.

Exc idea. It's a good thing to learn to DIY the setup. That way you know how it all works if there's an issue with part of it. I remember when we got our last TT and the dealer setup the WD. They couldn't get the WD right because the TT's coupler was mounted on the bottom of the tongue. One of the guys doing the install mentioned to the other guy that he didn't understand why it won't work, and that we always use 5 washers in the WDH and it should work. Just shows that they set up the hitch the same way for everyone. You just can't do that. The dealer will rush thru the setup and get it done quickly because it's usually a freebie. Sorta. In other words they just want you outta there.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:24 AM   #32
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The thing I don't understand in the instructions is why they suggest the rear end be slightly lower after engaging the wdh. I have always tried and succeeded in getting both front and rear at the same height (or within 1/8"-1/4") as before hooking up. Still do it with the 5er.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:30 AM   #33
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unless you have airbags how do you level with a 5th wheel?
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:32 AM   #34
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Why would the rear need to be the same? Truck rears are higher for a reason. So when you load them up with whatever they will be level or so. If the rear was the same as the front empty and you put a yard of gravel in it then the rear would be lower than the front.


Think of this scenario. A guy gets the front back to it's original height and the rear is still 1.5" lower. You can't crank the WD any more because then the front would be lower than original and that's a big no no.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:44 AM   #35
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unless you have airbags how do you level with a 5th wheel?
I do have air bags.

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Why would the rear need to be the same? Truck rears are higher for a reason. So when you load them up with whatever they will be level or so. If the rear was the same as the front empty and you put a yard of gravel in it then the rear would be lower than the front. Think of this scenario. A guy gets the front back to it's original height and the rear is still 1.5" lower. You can't crank the WD any more because then the front would be lower than original and that's a big no no.
I put made extended shackles for the truck and it sits level whether empty or with a load from cargo, 5er or when we pulled the tt. I just don't like the looks of a truck with the rear end high. So far, have never loaded it heavy enough to come into contact with the overloads springs either by using the air bags.
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So the comment does not apply to setting up a weight distribution hitch on a standard truck, IE no modifications.
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So the comment does not apply to setting up a weight distribution hitch on a standard truck, IE no modifications.
To whom is your question directed? I was just commenting to my own preferences.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:53 AM   #38
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old coot: You were commenting on the video or the instructions that come with the WDH, and on the video they are setting up a truck that does not have airbags. Some one new may get the impression that both ends should be level without airbags.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:59 AM   #39
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The thing I don't understand in the instructions is why they suggest the rear end be slightly lower after engaging the wdh...
That is still my question. I don't understand if a slight adjustment will get it back to the normal height. I have only had air bags the last 20 yrs and before that I always got them back to original height by only using the wdh adjustments.
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Coot, your truck isn't like the other 99% out there. Most are rear high from the factory. So you setup procedure doesn't really pertain to 99% of the trucks out there.
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