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Old 04-25-2016, 08:08 PM   #1
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WD Hitch...Combination Look ok?

You may have read my last thread about trusting your dealer. Well, they installed the hitch incorrectly so I took it apart and started over. Below is a pic of my setup. The truck has a 2" lift in front (leveling kit) so that, I believe, contributes to the squat in the rear.

Here's the height for the front fender:
Unloaded: 38 5/8"
Hitched no bars: 39 1/8"
Hitched w/bars: 38 5/8"

I would have to believe that this is a pretty good setup considering I got the front fender back to its unloaded height. I'll remeasure things when I'm fully loaded up, but for now it just has a full tank of water (42 gals) and 3/4 tank of fuel in the truck. I wish I had measured the rear too.

Anyway, I purchased a set of air bags to help out in the rear, I think I need to get it up about 2" in the rear. How will raising the rear 2" affect the weight distribution? Obviously I'll remeasure afterward, but I would like to hear from some experienced people on the subject before I decide to install. Would you even bother with the air bags? The front of the trailer is actually about 2-3" lower than the rear so it'll help out in that aspect as well...but I can also move the head up one notch on the shank too. Anything that I'm not thinking about?


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Old 04-25-2016, 08:56 PM   #2
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My Tahoe auto levels, so I know a little about adjusting for that, lol. When you pick up the back end, you'll decrease tension on the bars. It'll also slightly shift your trailer weight back a little. You MAY have to readjust. As you sit, your front end is fine. It will probably come up a little when you lift the rear, but I'd leave it alone unless it came up 1/4" or more. Now, a little squat is no big deal as long as you're not lifting off the front wheels. I personally wouldn't lift it in rear if the squat was less than...say 1 - 2 inches from unloaded. I'd start by raising your shank to get it level and remeasure.
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