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Old 04-02-2024, 09:48 AM   #1
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We purchased a 2019 FR Grey Wolf 23mk a few weeks ago. I'm hoping someone can tell me what this tool is. We don't know if it came from the the dealer when it was new or if it is just something the previous owner added.
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Old 04-02-2024, 09:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. That tool is used with the bars on a Weight Distributing Hitch (WDH). It came with hitch kit, not the trailer.
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Welcome to the forum. That tool is used with the bars on a Weight Distributing Hitch (WDH). It came with hitch kit, not the trailer.
X2, it's a spring bar lift tool for a weight distribution hitch.

https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/blueox-bxw4043.html
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Oh yeah, I have one of those! It sits in garage, never used. The power jack provides all the lift I need to get WDH bars on and off.
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Thank you for the info and rapid responses.
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Old 04-02-2024, 11:38 AM   #6
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Oh yeah, I have one of those! It sits in garage, never used. The power jack provides all the lift I need to get WDH bars on and off.
until one day you are camped in a spot that is not so level.
then you'll have to hookup and drag the trailer to a different location to finish putting on the WDH bars

Sometimes I can get mine close and use the bottom of my foot to get them seated... only if I remember to not to wear flip flops

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On a different NOTE
don't place that bar on the truck bumper
and all those nice shiny new pins and clips too

found my bar still sitting on the bumper when I went to the store
but the pins were scattered about 100 yards from where I disconnected the trailer.

OOOPS
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until one day you are camped in a spot that is not so level.
then you'll have to hookup and drag the trailer to a different location to finish putting on the WDH bars

Sometimes I can get mine close and use the bottom of my foot to get them seated... only if I remember to not to wear flip flops

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On a different NOTE
don't place that bar on the truck bumper
and all those nice shiny new pins and clips too

found my bar still sitting on the bumper when I went to the store
but the pins were scattered about 100 yards from where I disconnected the trailer.

OOOPS
It seems to me if you can hook up then you can lift the tongue with the electric jack motor high enough to slide in the WDH bars? Maybe Iíve never camped in that unlevel of a site.

If the site was unlevel I leveled the trailer before unhooking.

Iím like NJKris.. never used mine once I learned how to lift the back of truck with electric power jack..
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It seems to me if you can hook up then you can lift the tongue with the electric jack motor high enough to slide in the WDH bars? Maybe Iíve never camped in that unlevel of a site.

If the site was unlevel I leveled the trailer before unhooking.

Iím like NJKris.. never used mine once I learned how to lift the back of truck with electric power jack..
Sometimes the site dips at an angle right where the jack is, sometimes it rains and there is settling, and sometimes you can get it off but not high enough to get it back on. I've had all 3 happen over the years.

If you use x-chocks and ever applied them while on soft ground and then it rains...those can be fun too lol.
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Sometimes the site dips at an angle right where the jack is, sometimes it rains and there is settling, and sometimes you can get it off but not high enough to get it back on. I've had all 3 happen over the years.

If you use x-chocks and ever applied them while on soft ground and then it rains...those can be fun too lol.

I can happen for sure as you have had it happen on multiple occasions. I always put a wide base under my jack foot (4x4). Never had a settling but I guess I was lucky.

Only had the tongue pull for about 3 years and pulled from Florida to PEI in Canada and in between without a need for it. I still carried it but never had to use it once I learned how to lift the back of the truck with the jack motor.
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It seems to me if you can hook up then you can lift the tongue with the electric jack motor high enough to slide in the WDH bars? Maybe Iíve never camped in that unlevel of a site.

If the site was unlevel I leveled the trailer before unhooking.

Iím like NJKris.. never used mine once I learned how to lift the back of truck with electric power jack..
Yep. My 4pt Equal-i-zer WDH came with that tool and I never had to use it since I had an electric tongue jack.
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Yep. My 4pt Equal-i-zer WDH came with that tool and I never had to use it since I had an electric tongue jack.
X4!! If I have to move the truck and trailer a bit to get the bars on with the tongue jack no big deal. Much easier than struggling with the tool.
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We purchased a 2019 FR Grey Wolf 23mk a few weeks ago. I'm hoping someone can tell me what this tool is. We don't know if it came from the the dealer when it was new or if it is just something the previous owner added.
Not sure if you have an electric jack or not but many have alluded to using it to make getting the WDH bars on easily. Just in case you do t know what we are talking about here is the procedure..

1. Connect your travel trailer to your ball on the tow vehicle and close the latch to secure it to your tow vehicle

2. Start raising the tongue of your trailer. It will start lifting the back of your tow vehicle

3. Raise the tow vehicle enough that the bars can be slid and locked into place.

4. Lower the tongue and retract the jack leg to the towing position.
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I've had some unlevel sites in past 5 years (one actually) that was interesting using the jack, can't remember if it was nearly all the way retracted, or I had to jack it up to max extension, but still no problem. I can't imagine that would be a problem anywhere in Florida! When wife retires and we venture West, that will be a new animal to me and I'll try to remember to bring the tool. Or just take the darn bars off before backing into an unlevel spot!
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I've had some unlevel sites in past 5 years (one actually) that was interesting using the jack, can't remember if it was nearly all the way retracted, or I had to jack it up to max extension, but still no problem. I can't imagine that would be a problem anywhere in Florida! When wife retires and we venture West, that will be a new animal to me and I'll try to remember to bring the tool. Or just take the darn bars off before backing into an unlevel spot!
X2!!! they are usually first off/last on anyways.
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Yep. My 4pt Equal-i-zer WDH came with that tool and I never had to use it since I had an electric tongue jack.

Same here, with the equalizer you only need to raise the jack a few inches after coupling the ball. I have the tool and never had to use it.

It would make a great weapon though.
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Oh yeah, I have one of those! It sits in garage, never used. The power jack provides all the lift I need to get WDH bars on and off.
be careful using the jack - outs lots of strain on the drop frame and the welds that attach the drop frame to the trailer frame. Mine broke twice! - the first time i had the welds redone and added about 6 more inches of weld - the 2nd time the welds held and the actual metal split and the top of the I beam broke.
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Just curious. Agree with using electric tongue instead of tool - but, in a pinch - know how to use tool to mount bars - but can it be used somehow to remove bars that still have pressure?
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Hiya, that is the jack to pry apart the equalizer hitch bars from the hitch itself. I got those myself last Nov when i went up to Shipshewana for my new Geo Pro (which I love). I have not had to use it yet, as the bars come off very easily.
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