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Old 09-17-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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Please tell me why this hitch is designed to pivot the ball on a slant? Answer is it supposed to be allowed to move up and down during use?
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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It's a weight distribution hitch. It's designed to be used with spring bars of varying stiffness (weight capacity ). The bars are anchored to the frame with either chains or a bracket of some sort. When the rear of the truck squats, the bars attempt to angle farther downward. The chains or brackets prevent this and the bars will act as a lever to push more weight onto the front of the truck, counter acting the lifting that occurs when you apply weight behind the rear axles. Some weight will be taken off the rear of the truck and some will be transferred to the front wheels and the trailer axles. The angle adjustment allows for fine tuning it to increase or decrease the amount of tension on the bars ( and therefore, the amount of leverage applied ). The more downward the angle, the more weight transfer.
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Old 09-17-2016, 11:13 AM   #5
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It looks like you are missing the nut/washer to the top adjustment bolt.

You can even see the outline on the hitch of where the washer was.

Without the nut/washer on this top bolt, then the weight of the trailer is pivoting the hitch head all the way down, which you can also see as the position of the top bolt.
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Old 09-17-2016, 11:16 AM   #6
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Please tell me why this hitch is designed to pivot the ball on a slant? Answer is it supposed to be allowed to move up and down during use?
The Angle is for Setup adjustment! After Proper setup the Hitch as Pictured "Round Bar Type/with Friction Bar Ball" is to be "Fixed in place by the 2 Bolts" as well as some have "Washers to locate a Positive STOP,and others have Serrated Washers! Youroo!!
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Bottom line, ABSOLUTELY IT IS NOT supposed to pivot during use. It should be locked in a position with a bolt and washers to provide a positive stop.
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I had meant to add that and got sidetracked. Not just any washers and bolts...don't try to just tighten a regular bolt, nut, and washers and use it. It needs to be the hardware designed for that particular hitch. Otherwise, if it were to come loose it could be...bad.
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There is supposed to be one of these (eccentric bushing) on that bolt plus a lock washer and nut.
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Bottom line, ABSOLUTELY IT IS NOT supposed to pivot during use. It should be locked in a position with a bolt and washers to provide a positive stop.
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