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Old 05-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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My wdh setup

With trailer my front fender height was 37 inches both sides, without trailer I was at 36 5/8????? How can I get more weight to the front end?
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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With trailer my front fender height was 37 inches both sides, without trailer I was at 36 5/8????? How can I get more weight to the front end?
tightening the wdh one chain link will "push" a little more weight forward on the truck. Try a link at atime and see where it drives best. good luck when it's right, you'll know it by how steady it feels when towing.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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Yea seemed skittle "loose" in the front end. I'm at 4 links hanging, how far can I go before some other adjustment needs to take place?
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Yea seemed skittle "loose" in the front end. I'm at 4 links hanging, how far can I go before some other adjustment needs to take place?
On my last bumper pull I used 4 links hanging, unless I had extra load in truck like ATV. Then I went 5 links to keep it level. 5 links ain't too much. Try it. Just jack trailer tongue a little higher to aid in dropping the 5th link. Not sure what else can be done. Maybe stronger wdh spring bars. Hopefully someone else will comment. Good luck.
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It'd be nice to know what setup you have. The Reese dual cam should be kept at 5 links to keep safe clearance tolerances, and the ball height or head tilt should be adjusted to get the needed weight transfer. Setup is critical for proper performance, and I'd say read your instructions and double check the installation. Bar tension is also critical for sway control on the Reese system, as the detent in the bars resting on the cam, is designed such that it wants to keep the trailer in alignment, and is always working to do that. If the tension isn't sufficient, you'll basically have no sway control.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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I do have the Reese system. I also have air bags, could this be screwing my system up? I didn't have the bags when the wdh was first installed. My thinking in adding the bags was comfort, should I add air after the hookup? I usually do it before? New to the camping world and often learn the hard way, lol. And mine is the 1200 lb system.
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I do have the Reese system. I also have air bags, could this be screwing my system up? I didn't have the bags when the wdh was first installed. My thinking in adding the bags was comfort, should I add air after the hookup? I usually do it before? New to the camping world and often learn the hard way, lol. And mine is the 1200 lb system.
I'd say the bags are probably unloading the hitch and not allowing it to distribute weight to the front. I'd probably adjust the hitch to match the bags if you're gonna use them. Try airing the bags up and then adjust ball height and head tilt, staying with 5 links in service. Take the time and follow the instructions, and you'll get better results. The Reese is an excellent system when dialed in. Is your truck a half ton?
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I do have the Reese system. I also have air bags, could this be screwing my system up? I didn't have the bags when the wdh was first installed. My thinking in adding the bags was comfort, should I add air after the hookup? I usually do it before? New to the camping world and often learn the hard way, lol. And mine is the 1200 lb system.
Recon, I'm running the Reese dual-cam and added air bags (Airlift) after initial setup. Weight distribution via the Reese system did not change with the addition of the bags. I would suggest that your WDH system is the culprit in your dimensional anomaly. Airbags may bump up the hind end of you TV a bit depending on how much air you pump in but it will not affect the weight distribution being supplied by a properly configured WDH.
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I would think the air bags could take some of the tension off the WDH. You jack up to take tension off to hookup and unhook.
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It'd be nice to know what setup you have. The Reese dual cam should be kept at 5 links to keep safe clearance tolerances, and the ball height or head tilt should be adjusted to get the needed weight transfer. Setup is critical for proper performance, and I'd say read your instructions and double check the installation. Bar tension is also critical for sway control on the Reese system, as the detent in the bars resting on the cam, is designed such that it wants to keep the trailer in alignment, and is always working to do that. If the tension isn't sufficient, you'll basically have no sway control.
If I may elaborate on LaydBack's excellent advice:

The 5 link minimum chain length is those links measured between the spring bars and the snap-up brackets.......not the extra chain lengths not used. The minimum chain length is important, especially for a non-dual cam setup, so that the chain has room to swing during turns. With the dual-cam setup, the chain doesn't swing because the spring bars ride on the cam, but the 5 link minimum between the snap-up bracket and cam is still important to allow clearance between the spring bar and cam yoke.

If you can't get enough weight distributing with the 5 chain length minimum between the snap-up bracket and spring bars, then the head assembly will need to be tilted back a notch or 2. Anytime the head assembly is adjusted or different chain lengths are used, you need to fine-tune the spring bar crook in the cam setting.
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