Originally Posted by Gsmblue
I didn't want to clog up the 3p users thread so going back to my thread
I installed the hitch with the plates down with 2 holes above the hitch receiver shank and no washers on the pin. When I had the jacks wound up to ~7.5inches I did not have WD and the nose of the trailer was high about 1.5inches higher than the tail..
I dropped the shank down so only 1 hole was visible, wound the jacks to about 7.5 inches, have MUCH better WD but now the nose is lower than the tail by 1inch!
I think I need to play a little with the washers on the pin/rivet bit, but not sure what direction I should go in and whether I should have the hitch shank set with 1 hole visible or 2... any advise would be appreciated.
This is all made tricky by the fact I never, NEVER seem to have a level place to do this..
The attached pic is how it is set up now, nose a little low.
I would add 3 or 4 washers. This will cause a pronounce droop in the end of the stinger as it comes out of the rear of your TV receiver. This downward droop simulates the rear rake many would apply to the ball on a conventional hitch. With this setup you will need much less lift on the jacks and in my experience get much better WD. There is absolutely no issue with hitching and un hitching despite this droop on the end of the stinger. Just position your jacks so the PP head has a slight upward angle before hitching. For me this is with the base of the jack tube at about 1" from the mounting foot at the bottom (almost all of the way down but not quite). Once you have added the washers, apply say 5.5" on the jacks and see if you are level.
Leveling does take some trial and error. I had mine up and down a hole many times. Remember as you apply WD you will lift up the rear of your TV (reduces weight on the TV rear axle, adds to the TV front axle and transfers load to the AS axle) so the AS nose will come up. If the tongue on the AS is too low you have 2 options.
- Raise the PP stinger up a hole
- Put more WD on (more jack lift) - this can be done by simply adding more lift on the jacks or by adding washers and applying the same lift
Of course you should be careful not to over apply WD and have too little weight on your TV rear axle / too much on the front. Equal squat of all 4 wheels on your TV is a good start. A trip to the scales is also recommended.
Also note that a slightly nose up AS is probably OK since the TV will sink a bit when you, your spouse and other loads are added to the TV.
A few pictures of my stinger below. I have my plates up. I have not looked into it but you may get a slightly different height flipping the plates the other way - don't know. I have the max number of washers I could squeeze in and use 6 to 6.25" on the jacks. 6" is great with just me and the wife, a bit more when our daughter is in the back. This is by FAR the best setup I have had for my combo. The Cayenne drives like there is no additional load on the rear axle at all - completely planted.