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Old 06-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #11
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That 06 Silverado should be fine pulling that 26 foot Grey Wolf. If you feel the need for more pull, just change the gear in the rear, or the whole rear end swap it out for a lower geared rear. My 06 Ram 1500 has the 5.7 Hemi engine, with 3:55 rear end, and 265 17 inch LT tires. I put Hellwig pro series helper springs on my leaf springs, which adds a few more leafs, and that helped a little. My tongue weight is probably a bit more than that 26 footer you have, as mine is 34 feet overall. I think you need to research the hitch/ weight distribution setup you have, that small ball off to the side is a friction brake for sway, not much good at all for what you have there. They work good for pop ups, though. Your Husky set up pics didn't show any weight distribution bars or chains. Do you have them? They are what you'll need for that length of camper. I have a Reese WD hitch, and when properly set up, it will lift the rear of your truck up when you lock down the chains on the snap-up brackets. Good luck, and hope this helps, Randy
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:10 PM   #12
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Yes, I have all that. It's just not installed. This was the truck just sitting in driveway. I have the torsion/spring bars, they are just in the TT storage. So is the sway bar that goes on the little ball. It just isn't all in that picture.

I did not know these hitches had so many adjustments. I think maybe you are right, that I need to somehow figure out the adjustments to it before I worry about another vehicle.

Never knew you could just change the rear end either............that's another thought!!

But again, would raising the ball height help (or hurt)??? Seems to me it would help. And I can add washers and see, but man, that seems like a lot of trouble (but necessary) to just see if it works or not, and then have to undo it all. But I get it.

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Yes, I have all that. It's just not installed. This was the truck just sitting in driveway. I have the torsion/spring bars, they are just in the TT storage. So is the sway bar that goes on the little ball. It just isn't all in that picture.

I did not know these hitches had so many adjustments. I think maybe you are right, that I need to somehow figure out the adjustments to it before I worry about another vehicle.

Never knew you could just change the rear end either............that's another thought!!

But again, would raising the ball height help (or hurt)??? Seems to me it would help. And I can add washers and see, but man, that seems like a lot of trouble (but necessary) to just see if it works or not, and then have to undo it all. But I get it.

Thanks again.
I had to take mine apart and put it back together 3 times before I got mine where I wanted it. Ya it took a while but it's worth it. If you said you have 4 washers in your hitch I would go to six and add 2 or 3 links up on your bars and I bet you will see the difference right away.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #14
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To set the position of the ball you should first level the trailer without being on the truck. Then measure to the top of where the ball would contact the coupler. Suppose that is 24" then I would subtract an inch or two for squat of the truck and set the ball on the truck at that height.

The more washers you put behind the ball will tip the head rearward applying more pressure to the bars which in return distributes more weight from the tongue to the front of the TV and the rear of the trailer. I have had 5 washers in mine with a couple different setups. Definitely sounds like you need to increase some of the torsion on the bars to help distribute the weight and level the truck.

as 08flagvlite said, your truck should be more than enough to pull and handle that load.

to review: to level the truck add more washers to the back of the receiver head. To level the camper adjust the ball height on the shank...

I'd suggest leveling the truck out first with a loaded camper and bed of the truck... then level the camper off of that!
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If some of you guys weren't Yankees, I could kiss ya! I swear.

Thanks. Is there ANYTHING ELSE about this thing that I know zero about??? Anything???

sheesh.

(Thanks again. When it is not 102 outside, I will go deal with this).

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If some of you guys weren't Yankees, I could kiss ya! I swear.

Thanks. Is there ANYTHING ELSE about this thing that I know zero about??? Anything???

sheesh.

(Thanks again. When it is not 102 outside, I will go deal with this).

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #17
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I did. And thanks for reminding me!!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #18
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Not to be argumentative, but I always leveled the camper for ball height and then tilted the head to get that height back within a fraction of an inch with the torsion bars. I guess I did it backwards, but when finished, the truck and trailer were level.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:33 PM   #19
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I imagine it can be done either way with the same end result. From my experiences I seemed to have better luck doing it by leveling the truck first... Just my thought...

Glad you found everyone's advice helpful on here! I'm fairly new here and have learned there are a few of great guys on here that you can always seem to count on! Oldcoot and turbo are couple of the better ones on here hands down! There is a ton of experience behind their words and I for one have been greatful they've been willing to share...
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