Originally Posted by MilCop4523
with the ball straight up I was using the 5 or 6th link on the chain. 6 was perhaps too much to try and pick uo the back of the truck creating more sway? does that seem correct.
The ball tilt is used to increase or decrease the weight on the front TV axle. The chain links used (under tension) can also accomplish that. Reese recommends no less than 5 chain lengths under tension. 6 or 7 is better, especially when using the trunion style spring bars in a trailer with the couple mounted on top of the tongue......there can be clearance problems between the dual cam yoke and the spring bars.
With the setup used in the picture with the truck and trailer, the head assembly either needed to tilted back a notch or 2, or using less chains links between the cam and snap up brackets would work...as long as there are 5 links or more used.
With the tilt shown the 1st post, along with the the picture of the truck and trailer (if the hitch head til was the same there), then I would presume the coupler is mounted on the top of the tongue frame ?? Generally, depending on chain lengths used, the head assembly is tilted forward on trailers where the coupler is mounted to the bottom of the frame, and the head assembly is tilted back on trailers with the coupler mounted on top of the tongue frame.
The OP indicated that the truck and trailer picture was taken with the old setup. That setup probably did not distribute enough weight to the front TV axle, as apparent with the truck rear down attitude. I would 1st try the new setup as is, just to see how lowering the ball by flipping the shank is gonna work. If the same head assembly tilt was kept with the new setup, by lowering the trailer tongue that just might add enough tension on the spring bars to distribute the weight better. Do the fender measurements in the driveway before taking to the scales. For my setup, between 0 and 1/16th inches gain on the front fender measurements seem to work....I am actually adding 60 lbs. to my front axle with the spring bars in place.