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Old 05-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by platokidd View Post
Having the front end back to unhitched height is good. I would never go lower in the front then that.
The 2 biggest thing I see others do wrong is have the spring bars angled up towards the camper and / or the camper itself is not level.
Spring bars should be parallel to the tongue frame or sloped down towards the camper. The camper itself should be level or within a 1 1/2" of level.
This will give you the best results.
Some things I know are a trade off. Its getting the best of all the dimensions right or close to it.
Happy camping
This is especially good advise if you use the Equal-i-zer brand WDH, or anything that has the bars sliding on another flat surface to provide sway control. The 2 surfaces slideing parallel (maximum surface area contact) is what you want. I had mine angle slightly upward the first season. This caused increased wear on the front edge of the L-bracket and well as the sliding surface of the bars. Over that first season, I notice the noise (creaks, groans) increasing, before I noticed the wear. I had to file and repaint the brackets and buy new L-pins. Adjusted for the 2nd season (and bought the bracket-jackets) and things were much better.

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:14 PM   #12
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I get to do the set up over for my new lacrosse this week. Drove it home with the set up for my tracer. Its close but need to check the numbers be sure.
I thought about the bracket jackets but they claim not to use them with the "new snap style L pins". I paint my spring bar ends and L brackets with mower guard.
It is a graphite base paint like film that is clean and leaves no mess.

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