Good evening all,
I recently purchased a used 2006 Flagstaff 831RLSS. It came with a Reese SC hitch with the friction pads and the two trunnion bars. I am pulling it with a Nissan Titan with the tow package rated to 9400lbs per Nissan.
The link to the exact hitch is here:
Reese SC Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66157
I have setup the adjustable head so the ball is just under 1.5 inches above the coupler on the trailer which is what the instructions recommend. I set the friction pad holders in the highest hole I could on the bracket on the trailer.
My stock measurements on the truck sitting unhooked is 36 1/2" at the front axle of the TV and 38 3/8" at the rear axle. The best I could get with my adjustments was to get the front axle to remain at 36 1/2" but, the rear sags to 36 1/2". I tried adjusting the pivoting head and can't get it any lower than 36.5" in the front and the rear just pretty much continues to be about the same. Any tighter and it is a huge struggle to get the bars into the friction pads.
Does anyone have any ideas? I set it up quickly per the manual on my trip home with the trailer which was about 110 miles and it pulled great. There wasn't any sway at all even while passing or being passed by larger vehicles. The only issue I had was on slow sharp turns I got the creaking and banging that alot of people have reported with the similar hitch. I thought if I tried dialing it in closer I could eliminate most of it but, I can't seem to get it anymore dialed in.
I tried lowering the friction pads on the trailer and also adjusting the pivoting head but, it doesn't seem to change enough.
Basically, my final numbers with the trailer connected leave the front axle just as it is when unhooked with a rear drop of 1 7/8". Since this is my first travel trailer does this sound normal or should I be able to get the front down lower than normal and therefore still get more weight on the bars without making the truck sag as much as it is.
The truck is perfectly level at the current setup with both measurements at front and rear coming in at 36.5".
Thank in advance for the advice and sorry for the rambling post, I am just trying to get as much information in.