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Old 07-14-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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New tow vehicle - WD system adjustment questions

Hi, all - we've only had our TT (2014 Coachmen Freedom Express) about a month. The hitch and WD system all came with the trailer (we bought it from a consignment dealer, previous owner was selling everything).

The hitch ball height can be adjusted (I think the brand is Reese Powertow, but not 100%). The consignment guy showed us how to hook everything up. He said he "set the height" ahead of time for us, which I kind of assume to mean he adjusted (if necessary) the hitch ball height based on our tow vehicle, which at the time was a Dodge Durango.

But, we have recently acquired a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500. We towed once already with it, just hooking up the same way as before. But, I'm now wondering whether any adjustments are in order?

I measured the resting height from the ground to the middle of the hitch receiver of both vehicles (we still have the Durango), and it was identical - I want to say 20", but I can't exactly remember right now. I don't know how much, if any, difference this makes considering that the RAM would have beefier rear suspension, etc. than the Durango, so the starting spot is not necessarily going to be the ending spot.

How do I know if I should adjust the ball height?

Also, when we hooked up with the Durango, we latched the sway bars using the 2nd link from the top. When we used the RAM, I kind of felt like there wasn't the same resistance there on the same link when I put it in place - should I be moving to the 3rd link down?

We are complete newbies at this, so any assistance is appreciated.
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:27 PM   #2
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I'm not really sure which hitch your using but the wd hitch is supposed to distribute the weight as evenly as possible to the tow vehicle. On most hitches you would want your trailer frame level to ground and measure the hight of the coupler. And then you want to adjust the ball to that height. As far as the weight distribution part that depends on the style you have but usually when the trailer is mounted you want the rear of vehicle to drop no more than a inch ant the front to raise no more than a inch. I'm sure others will have more
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:43 PM   #3
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The ball height adjustment is used to get your trailer level.

The bar adjustment (in your case the chains) is used to get your tow vehicle back to level.

Initial ball height can be determined by measuring the trailer coupler height when the trailer is level. Set the ball height about 1" above that (to account for rear end drop after hitching up).

After adjusting your bars to get the tow vehicle level, you can reassess the trailer levelness and adjust the ball height accordingly.


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Old 07-14-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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Okay, so theoretically, if the ball height was set correctly originally, and I am now using the same hitch system, and the receiver height on the RAM is exactly the same as it is/was on the Durango, then the ball height should still be the same.

Obviously, the question would be was it ever set correctly.

The amount of chain to hitch up on the bars would vary due to the amount the tow vehicle drops, which I am assuming would be somewhat less on the RAM than the Durango.
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Okay, so theoretically, if the ball height was set correctly originally, and I am now using the same hitch system, and the receiver height on the RAM is exactly the same as it is/was on the Durango, then the ball height should still be the same.


Not necessarily. If it was all setup correctly on the Durango, it could be too high on the RAM... assuming the RAM suspension is stiffer. The RAM won't settle as much.

You'll have to check yourself though.


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Old 07-15-2016, 11:00 AM   #6
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When everything is set up, if the trailer is level, then the ball height is correct. The question then is whether you are transferring enough weight, which is what might change from truck to truck (assuming the ball height is set the same, like yours).






With the trailer disconnected, measure from ground to the front wheel well opening. After attaching trailer and engaging WDH, you want to transfer enough weight such that this front wheel well is back to the same height. If it's still higher, then you need to remove the trailer, and tilt the WDH downward. The process to do this is different from hitch to hitch. By tilting downward at rest, when you lift the bars back up to the same position, you'll get more weight transfer.


If you have a simple chain system (snap up brackets), then you may be able to simply grab 1 less chain link to get more transfer.
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How do I know if I should adjust the ball height?

Also, when we hooked up with the Durango, we latched the sway bars using the 2nd link from the to . When we used the RAM, I kind of felt like there wasn't the same resistance there on the same link when I put it in place - should I be moving to the 3rd link down?

We are complete newbies at this, so any assistance is appreciated.[/QUOTE]

So sounds like you have the generic "rfound bar chain type" orfinally patented as EZ Lift Elite. Go to E Trailer . Com find one similar to your .....there might be several by different brands,. You can scroll down to the installation instructions for a couple and read. Then verify from scratch that yours is correct.
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Best advise I can suggest is that you get to a computer, open up "you tube" and search for "How to setup a weight distribution hitch". You will see several very good videos explaining exactly what you need to do.
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:12 PM   #9
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Level your trailer and measure the height of the top of the hitch from the ground. Then adjust your trailer ball height to the same measurement. Then set up the WDH as described avove by thebrakeman.
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Level your trailer and measure the height of the top of the hitch from the ground. Then adjust your trailer ball height to the same measurement. Then set up the WDH as described avove by thebrakeman.
From the top of the coupler, not the hitch. The hitch is on the truck, the coupler is on the camper tongue.
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