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Old 03-15-2016, 02:07 PM   #11
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TXFolkie,

I had a similar situation to yours. I too was right at the max tongue weight for my 10,000 Equalizer and had trouble with getting enough weight transfer, even with 8 washers. I upgraded to a 12,000 Equalizer and I'm still just a little light with 7 washers. I'd say you need to upgrade your hitch. My other comment would be to lower the ball position until it is the same, or just slightly higher than the coupler. Lowering the ball one hole is equivalent to putting in one washer. I'd lower it till even, put in 8 washers then head to the scales. If you aren't almost back to the original front weight, then you need a heavier hitch. Moving weight rearward in the trailer will only result in poor handling and sway.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:37 PM   #12
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I did lower it to even when I set it up this weekend so a couple more washers is all I've got left to play with so you may be right.

I should add that the coupler is now about 1.5" lower than before (when it was towing level but handling terribly) so the trailer is towing nose down. According to the manual I should raise the it one hole to get the trailer back to nearly level but that's going to take even more weight off the front.

My truck has a built-in inclinometer display and it reads 1 degree down in the back when hooked up with w/d. I forgot to look at it when the w/d was disconnected to see the difference.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:44 PM   #13
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We had the dealer swap our WDH over to our new camper....1st thing I did when I got home was to fix it right. I'm getting good at it. came with our 1st hybrid, set it up for our truck, then changed to a new truck, then again for the new camper, and may need to change something as we now have a different truck.....
Same story. Hitch came with '13 expandable, '06 Tundra, then new '14 Sierra 1500, then new FR trailer, then new '16 Denali 2500HD. I guess with all the dough I've plowed into this I shouldn't be cheaping out over a $500 Hitch. :-)
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Old 03-15-2016, 03:08 PM   #14
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When the hitch is set up properly, the trailer should be level to a little nose down. Handling will be best in this configuration. Nose up equals poor handling/ sway. I'd max out the washers and head to the scales to see what you have. If you are still substantially light, I'd consider the heavier hitch.

By the way, I have a 15,000 Blue Ox for sale.
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Old 03-15-2016, 03:12 PM   #15
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By the way, from your truck weight I assume you have a 3/4 ton. Do you have a 2 1/2" hitch in which you are using a 2" adapter? If so, this could be the majority of your problem. With the adapter there is entirely too much slop which uses up much of your hitch head angle seriously reducing the weight transfer. It also will cause the hitch pin to hog out the holes in the hitch due to the constant movement. I changed to a 2 1/2" shank and resolved all of my weight transfer issues.
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Yes, I have the sleeve. That's something else to consider. I imagine shipping your Blue Ox from WI to TX would negate the savings! What size is the shank on it?
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Old 03-15-2016, 05:03 PM   #17
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I'm selling with a 2" shank. I'm keeping the 2 1/2" for my self. You can get one from blue ox though, or Equalizer. They both supply them as options. Shipping for the hitch is around $50. If we get serious I'll give you an exact figure. I still have the original box so shipping is easy. You may be able to work a trade deal with Blue Ox. They have excellent customer service. They supplied both and I was supposed to send back the one I didn't want. I decided to keep the 2" in case I wanted to sell the hitch. 2" is more common.
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Old 03-15-2016, 05:11 PM   #18
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I was shocked how much "tighter" the trailer and truck got when I changed out the sleeve for the 2.5" shank. I agree to the way to much slop with the adapter.

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Truck-only front weight is 4640lbs. That should be your target, with the trailer hitched and WDH engaged. But your hitched & engaged front weight is only 4380. You need to transfer a lot more weight. I was in the same boat with 6 washers. I'm not at 8, and all is well.

Problem is, at 1040 lbs TW, your 1000lbs WDH kit is overloaded, and may not be able to transfer much more weight. The bars are stiff enough to do anymore work for you.

You never want to even be close to the WDH TW rating, for fear of bouncy "porpoising". I always recommend adding 100 lbs to your actual or estimated TW, then rounding up to the next size kit. That puts you needing the 1200 lbs kit.

Add the 2 more washers, and see where your front weight comes in. If you can get to over 4500, and the ride doesn't make you nauseous, you might be fine. Otherwise, call Equal-I-zer, and see if you can simply order some 1200 lbs bars.
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Otherwise, call Equal-I-zer, and see if you can simply order some 1200 lbs bars.
Unfortunately the hitch head is different between the 1000 and 1200 lb. setups. The 1200 and 1400 bars use the same head.
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