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Old 05-31-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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Towing Issues

Ok....confession time. I don't know a lot about hitches and towing. The dealer sold me and hooked up my equalizer 4 point hitch on my 2016 FR Vibe 268RK. The trailer looks like it is level but my F250 looks like it is squatting a bit in the back. On a recent trip, it was bucking like the old horsey in the front of the grocery store. Much could be blamed on lousy road surfaces but I was hoping that it could be made better. Think I should take it back to the dealer and what do you think about maybe suspension air bags to keep my pickup from squatting? Would that help the ride? The stupid TT only has storage in the front right over the hitch! Bad design but I don't want to load a lot of stuff inside my TT at the rear on the floor! What is a rookie to do?
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:56 PM   #2
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My first thought was how do you have the TT and TV loaded. I have an F150 with the same hitch and only get that when the road is bad.

I am interested hearing from seasoned members about this...

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Well I do not have a way to weigh how much I have loaded in my pickup or how much weight is on the tongue of my trailer! This is probably important but, alas, don't know how to go about that.
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:08 PM   #4
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A properly set-up W/D hitch with a properly loaded trailer should have less than 1 inch of additional tail drop on the tow vehicle when the trailer is attached.

Search Youtube videos. Lots of good info on proper setup. It's not hard to do.

Your dealer should have a scale to weigh your tongue. Ask if you can watch while they do the setup.

Be sure that you are set up properly. Your life can depend on it. Seriously.

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Old 05-31-2016, 07:18 PM   #5
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Well I do not have a way to weigh how much I have loaded in my pickup or how much weight is on the tongue of my trailer! This is probably important but, alas, don't know how to go about that.
This from a Blog that a regular member here has posted. Perhaps it may lead you to a basic understanding of "This Thing of Ours"/The weight debate.

Learn To RV: How to Weigh a Travel Trailer

I am still following this conversation to learn about the horsey ride you described so I can make my adjustments.

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Time to learn about your hitch. There is no set rule on how much droop there is in the rear. The purpose of the weight distributing hitch is to restore the lost front axle weight when you drop the trailer on. Look at the hitch manual and it will tell you how to see if your hitch is set up right by just using a tape measure. There may be nothing wrong at all and it was just the road.


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Old 05-31-2016, 07:23 PM   #7
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Do you have a 2.5" receiver with the adapter down to the 2"?
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Doc73, I do not know what that means. I can get a picture of it tomorrow and post.
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Is the square hole (the receiver) on the truck a 2" or 2.5" square?

I know some of the newer trucks are coming with 2.5" receivers as did mine. Using the provided adapter allowed way to much slop in the WD setup. I did not have bucking but I had left to right movement.
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My F250 dropped about an inch and a half from factory height with our travel trailer, using an Equalizer WDH. measured out, everything was right. Just got used to the sag. But most definitely get weighed and measured to make sure your hitch is right.
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