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Old 02-24-2014, 03:29 PM   #11
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I was talking about the hitch head itself...and its orientation in the reciever....the brackets and stuff all stay the SAME..you want to set your load bars based off of the vehicle axle weights if possible...but yes...the bars themselves should be parallel to the camper frame when hitched...

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:29 PM   #12
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The l bracket i am talking about goes into the reciever part of the hitch, it is about 2 inches square steel. And the ball assembly bolts to it. The ball assembly is in the lowest holes, but i am guessing is still is too high for the trailer.

I follow! My apologies! If for some reason you still can't get enough drop out of the shank Etrailer has great selection for longer shanks, and that is what you may require.

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I purchased this for my 2006 ram So I can get my trailer to sit slightly nose down. With the shank that came with it mine would sit a little bit nose high.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:36 PM   #13
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I was referring to the position of the shank...this l shaped part..the it needs to point down.

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:39 PM   #14
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From glancing at your picture, your ball is a little to high (front end of your trailer is too high) and your ball may be slanted back toward the trailer to far (causing the tightness and hard lift on the bars when pulling up). It looks as if you will need to point the L down in order to gain the holes you need to lower the ball.


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Yay, i guess its called a hitch shank, and needs to be turned down. I should have asked for instructions from the dealer when they put the hitch on and did the setup. Now its obvious its not set up right. That video helps a lot, now i understand what to do. Ive been using a 6 inch block and the whole range of the tongue jack to hook up, and to be able to get the truck and trailer high enough to force the sway bars on. And getting them off, ive been using a pry bar a small sledge hammer, and anything i could find to get leverage for the pry bar, i even bent a large screw driver just to nudge them a little. Thanks everyone
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It is still recommended that the load bars are tight enough that you would have to use the tool to pry them into place for adequate weight distribution and sway control primarily.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:21 PM   #18
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Yeah...just start all over ...take it apart flip the shank and reset the height....it will still take some liftingnof the truck depending on how much tongue weight you got...my hitch head is on the lowest holes now and i have all 7 washers on for tilt....so it takes some lift to get enough tension off so I can put bars on.....even then it still lifts high enough to do it with my hands if I crank it way up...I still have to use the yellow tongue cone (about 7-8inches tall) to get the right lift...it was a 6" block before. ..so youll still need that.....

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Yay, i guess its called a hitch shank, and needs to be turned down. I should have asked for instructions from the dealer when they put the hitch on and did the setup. Now its obvious its not set up right. That video helps a lot, now i understand what to do. Ive been using a 6 inch block and the whole range of the tongue jack to hook up, and to be able to get the truck and trailer high enough to force the sway bars on. And getting them off, ive been using a pry bar a small sledge hammer, and anything i could find to get leverage for the pry bar, i even bent a large screw driver just to nudge them a little. Thanks everyone
You have a great weight distribution system, but as you have come to realize, it may not have been set up correctly. It sounds to the point of being danger-es. You or someone else could have been hurt very badly trying to leverage the bars in place. The stress is also hard on your equipment and would be a hazard to drive with the weight thrown so hard to your front wheels and the back of the camper and the camper sitting to high. You have good sway control with your system, but it would seem as if it would want to sway like crazy. Glad your now on the right track to get it straightened out.

Let us know how it works out.
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