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Old 08-04-2015, 07:09 PM   #11
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Shouldn't make a difference. 3 separate scakes
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:32 PM   #12
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Marines - I see a few problems with your setup. Your steer axle weight is 3340 when unhitched and 2980 hitched with bars. Note that steer axle is 2880 hitched w/o bars so you're only putting 100 pounds back on your front axle. You need to put more tension on your bars so that you get back a lot closer to the 3340 steer axle weight otherwise you'll have a very light feeling and you'll get pushed around a lot. Next issue is the 4460 on your drive axle - you need to look at the sticker on the door jam of your truck and tell us what the rear axle rating is because you may be over loaded. Note that transferring more weight to the steer axle will reduce the weight on your drive axle and will probably bring you back in spec. Without more truck specifics, that's about all I see.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:09 PM   #13
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OK...so you have issues.
Going with the second slip:
Truck is 3340/3250 lbs frt/rr axle and total trailer weight is 5200lbs.

All hooked up and WDH engaged

You have taken 780 lbs off trailer, so that is tongue weight. Almost 15%, seems a tad much.

You ahve LIGHTENED the front axle by 500lbs...WRONG! WDH is supposed to transfer the weight forward from rear axle to front axle. I would bet 4300 lb is overloading your rear axle and perhaps even your tires.


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1st one is hooked up WITH WDH
2nd is trailer not hooked to truck
3rd is hooked without WDH
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:20 PM   #14
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OK how do I put more tension on the bar's?
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #15
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OK how do I put more tension on the bar's?
You need to tell us your brand of WDH so someone with the same brand can give you the answer. Some use chains, some don't, etc.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:33 PM   #16
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the hitch height should be set to that the trailer sits level.
teh bars when hooked up should be level with the trailer tounge, um, parallel is a better term.

The first you adjust with hitch ball height.
You can adjust the second 2 ways - tilt of the hitch and how many links of chain you hook up with.

Setup directions tell you to get the whole rig on level ground, nothing hooked up and measure tire to wheel well lip front and rear, then hook up and adjust so that the drop is even - or within the spec your hitch says it should be as the rear will usually drop more than the front. In your case the front must be going up as you're taking weight off the front.

Lots of videos on youtube - like this one
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:42 PM   #17
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Have the Equalizer 12000 hitch
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:04 PM   #18
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5200lb trailer and 12,000lb hitch, um that might be too much spring for that little trailer.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:54 PM   #19
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What's a "tounge"?
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:08 AM   #20
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1st one is hooked up WITH WDH
2nd is trailer not hooked to truck
3rd is hooked without WDH
With the OP not being in the driver's seat every weigh-in, it is a little difficult determining what is going on, but here is my attempt:

Assuming that the OP was standing on the front scale section, and both the axles and tongue of the trailer were on the 3rd section when the trailer was unhooked, the hitch weight should be 840 lbs. (truck 2 axles total with trailer hooked up without WDH bars minus the truck 2 axles total without the trailer hooked up). If the WDH bars were in back of the truck, you can subtract about 40 lbs. or so from the 840 lbs.

Again, assuming that the OP was standing on the steer axle section during the weigh-in without the spring bars attached, the spring bars are only transferring 100 lbs. to the steer axle, and 60 lbs. back to the trailer axles, reducing the drive axle by the resulting 160 lbs.

IMHO, that spring bars need to be tightened up quite a bit to bring the steer axle back to near the unhitched weight.

Kudos for the OP weighing his combo and wanting to get things right !! Getting the WDH dialed in correctly will make a world of difference with the handling of the unit.
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