Originally Posted by wacnstac
Don't remember the brand of WD hitch I am getting with the trailer and the electric brake controller is new,... the brand escapes me at the moment but I'll post it later.
Good deal that the WD hitch is thrown in the deal - hopefully everything will be attached to the trailer - not a big deal if it isn't - just takes a couple of hours to do - but it's a beatch if you have to work in the rain.
There are several threads here in the Archives that go into depth about how to properly set up the WD bars for your particular vehicle - a lot of argumentative threads will come up also - but almost everyone agrees that a WD hitch is essential in most instances. Remember, that in adjusting the bars, you want to bring the front and rear static height measurements down the SAME amount - measure the front and rear static points (bumper or other easily accessible measuring point) just before putting the weight of the trailer on the hitch.
When I picked up the '78 Sovereign
in Ohio the PO left me with some "issues" as far as the electric umbilical cord went - there are several threads that give jpg's of the wiring color, plug position use, and fuse location - I downloaded these prior to picking up the trailer and was REALLY glad I had them with me....back in the day AS used their own protocol for umbilicals, and I am almost certain you will have to do a bit of "exploratory surgery" with a VOM to get the cord to mate up with the modern day convention for plug connectors. You might check with the PO (if you can) before you leave as to what type of plug now exists on the umbilical line.
Also, do a search on "tools for picking up trailer" or something similar - several threads are archived that deal with tools that people that have "been there and done that" suggest for a new purchase pick up.
Make sure you leave plenty of time for contingencies - remember, it's best not to drive at night or in bad weather with an unfamiliar tow - I have found that I am much better off to grab a motel and "just do it" the next day instead of pushing on into the night.
Please post a follow up of your retrieval experience.