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Rhino1 04-07-2013 11:40 AM

Weight distrubution hitch that doesnt require a pry bar?
 
I have a hitch that requires use of a pry bar to install. I was sitting outside in the campground this morning watch a guy load up and he didn't use a bar to install his wdh. Does such a hitch exist ? Because I hate using the pry bar. Thanks

crunchman12001 04-07-2013 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Rhino1 (Post 343403)
I have a hitch that requires use of a pry bar to install. I was sitting outside in the campground this morning watch a guy load up and he didn't use a bar to install his wdh. Does such a hitch exist ? Because I hate using the pry bar. Thanks

Hi,
It depends on the type of WDH you have and how large your TT is but, I raise the tongue on mine with the TV attached and it takes the weight off of the bars so you can hook up and take the bars off much easier. Not sure if you can do it with out the bar but much easier.
crunchman

ChooChooMan74 04-07-2013 11:52 AM

I don't use a pry bar, but a pipe...that is if I don't crank up my jack, first. If I crank up, I can do it by hand.

bikendan 04-07-2013 12:19 PM

i never have to use the supplied lever bar with my Equal-i-zer.
just use the electric tongue jack to go up to relieve the weight and the bars come off easily.

if you use the tongue jack correctly, you should need a "pry" bar unless you're on some really uneven ground.
sounds like you not using the tongue jack properly.

ironj 04-07-2013 12:28 PM

i CAN and HAVE lifted the entire rear end of my truck nearly off the ground with the tongue jack.....not on purpose tho was lifting and talking to my wife...and in that case yeah...you dont need anything to put the chains on....lol...

i cannot for the life of me see how that could be healthy for the jack in anyway....in my case the trailer tongue alone is almost 1200lbs and then the weight of the truck to boot.......jack is "rated" for 3000lb.....but as anyone with a trailer knows, a lot of the tongue jacks out there are pretty cheaply made...

i lift it to where i can get the links i want to just slip on the snap up bracket and then use the "pipe" to flip it up.....


but yes....you CAN put the chains on without a bar....i can imagine it is considerably easier with a lighter trailer/smaller TV to accomplish this....

also, there are no "pry bars" with anderson, propride, and hensley hitches......as the tension is set with a wrench/drill?

Rhino1 04-07-2013 01:06 PM

Thanks for info , I only asked because I nearly took my leg off with my pipe from some much tension still on the bars even with the jack ran all the way up , it slipped out of my grip.

ironj 04-07-2013 01:13 PM

which hitch and how many free links on the setup are you using? mine was like that from the dealer, but once i had it set CORRECTLY it was much easier....i had to add 3-4 MORE washers to increase headtilt though... now my bars are maxed out (parallel to frame) with only three links hanging....(i have 1200lb bars but my tongue weight is usually 1100-1200 lbs)....

either that or stick more blocks/bricks/whatever UNDER the jack before you lower it.....so you can get more lift.....

i use lynx levelers under the little yellow cone type support......nice and light and easy to get the lift i need......

Rhino1 04-07-2013 01:20 PM

I leave 4 links hanging. It's not been so bad here at the campground but at home my drive way slopes forward towards the TV direction and to the left slightly. I'm not sure the brand of hitch as it was gave to me and the stickers were worn off .

SaskCampers 04-07-2013 01:24 PM

It could have been an Anderson No Sway hitch as they don't have snap up bars. My Blue Ox uses rotary latches which are much nicer than my old style snap up brackets but nothing like the Anderson.

http://www.andersenhitches.com/Produ...-brackets.aspx

bikendan 04-07-2013 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Rhino1 (Post 343457)
I leave 4 links hanging. It's not been so bad here at the campground but at home my drive way slopes forward towards the TV direction and to the left slightly. I'm not sure the brand of hitch as it was gave to me and the stickers were worn off .

this may be why you are having issues. but without knowing what brand/model of WDH you have, kind of hard to provide solutions.
i would put a block under your tongue jack to be able to lift it higher to get the weight off the bars.


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