Originally Posted by HemiCab
OK got the hitch ball attached and started the setup. Like I think I read on the forum before, if you get it setup correctly the first try you would be lucky!
Well did I get lucky or is the front being pressed down too much? Measurements are below:
Rear wheel well
Uncoupled TV 40.875"
Coupled no WD 38.875"
Coupled with WD 40"
Front wheel well
Uncoupled TV 39.375"
Coupled no WD 39.75"
Coupled with WD 39.125". Is this too much pressure on front end, 1/4" lower than uncoupled?
Uncoupled front and back 19.5"
Coupled with WD front 19.375 & back 19.5"
Lets take a stab at this (IMO):
The goal is to have the truck AND camper "ride level."
The reason you measure the truck before you hook up is to have an idea of where "truck level" is to compare it to "truck level" after.
Truck "level" without camper is 40 7/8 inches in back and 39 3/8 in front a difference of 1/2 inch lower in the front when level.
Truck connected but no WD; Back is 38 7/8 inches and the front is 39 3/4 inches which is what you expect to happen before wt distribution. Rear down 2 inches - front up 1/2 inch.
So we connect the WD bars and with the washers as you describe the rear rises to 40 inches and the front becomes 39 1/8 inches.
The difference between the wheel wells "truck level before" and "truck level after" was 1/2 inch and the difference after WD is 7/8 inch.
This is ALMOST perfect.
I would lower the brackets ONE hole and repeat the measurements. If the difference spread gets wider "to the nose UP" side, go back to what you have and it IS perfect.
If the spread is less, use the one hole lower setting as the correct one.
Remember ONE hole equals one washer. If it turns out you need the brackets in the lowered position to be "right" AND you decide that the one hole lower setting is "too low" for the bar tips (the bars are not riding level to the camper's frame and could drag the ground), you can adjust the washers by one if need be.
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