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Old 08-08-2011, 03:26 PM   #29
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ok, this is the whole thing -
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:33 PM   #30
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Actually, you're less than 10% on the tongue weight. You should get 200# more on the tongue weight. Remember, moving 100# from the rear bumper area and adding it to the front of the trailer is approx. 200# added tongue weight. You'll have to play around with the "what goes where" storage thing.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:35 PM   #31
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The bar with the holes in it that is dropping from where it goes into the receiver hitch is 10" top to bottom and the ball is mounted as low as it will go.
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ok, this is the whole thing -
Nothing new here.
1) lose the friction control device
2) get a longer shank
3)move the chain lift up brackets forward so chains are as near vertical as possible
4)get new safety chain links (larger diameter)
5) get about 200# more tongue weight

Then we can talk about getting the hitch setup adjusted properly.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #33
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Will lowering the tongue make a difference in tongue weight?

Just before I went to the weigh station, I unscrewed the gaucho couch and swung it around to the street side. My plan is to build a bench for sitting over the batteries and other solar panel and inverter equipment in the front under the windows and making a small dinette on the curb side with that bench being one of the seats. My plan was to use light-weight materials but perhaps I should use something heavier?
I really don't have much stored in the back part - only bedroom stuff.
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I'm going to do all those things and then I'll be back (said in my best Arnold voice).
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The bar with the holes in it that is dropping from where it goes into the receiver hitch is 10" top to bottom and the ball is mounted as low as it will go.
Yeah, I think that is a 6" drop shank. Measure from the top surface of the shank down to the level of the ball base to hitch head interface (the surface where the ball shank and head meet. Should be about 6", if my guess is correct. Measure straight down, not diagonally over to the ball base.

Is the trailer 1.5" high in front and 1.5" low in back for a total of 3"

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is the trailer 3" high in front an 3" low in back for a total of 6"?
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Truthfully, about the 1.5" vs. 3" - I did not take a measurement - that was an eyeball observation. My driveway is not level - as soon as I take the trailer to a level place, I will make an accurate measurement. I am going out and make that drop shank measurement now.
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Will lowering the tongue make a difference in tongue weight?

Just before I went to the weigh station, I unscrewed the gaucho couch and swung it around to the street side. My plan is to build a bench for sitting over the batteries and other solar panel and inverter equipment in the front under the windows and making a small dinette on the curb side with that bench being one of the seats. My plan was to use light-weight materials but perhaps I should use something heavier?
I really don't have much stored in the back part - only bedroom stuff.
A little, but not much. Your stuff doesn't all have to go from the rear to the front. A lot of little things add up. Dishes and pots and pans in the drawer forward of the axles and towels aft....etc.
Tools under the front sofa (or whatever) instead of in the trunk. You get the idea.

I wouldn't change the lightweight refurb plans.....you'll wind up with enough "stuff" to balance things out properly, it just takes some conscious thought.
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4 1/2" from the flat top to the flat where the ball sits. Not Enough! It's a little more (about 1/4" - 3/8") toward the trailer because it tips back.
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OK, it's probably a 4" drop shank then. You may be able to get by with a 6" drop. We really need that fron of trailer vs. rear of trailer to ground measurement. measure from the lower belt molding to the ground.
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I'm going to take that measurement as soon as I can get on level ground - I've ordered Centramatics and I'm taking it to the tire store to have them put on when they come (tomorrow or Wed.) I'll take the measurement then. Thank you so much for your help!

Where do I buy a new part? 6" drop? (depending on the measurement) - where do you get parts?
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Here's a link to Equal-i-zer shank selections. Again they are interchangeable. I just like their layout with measurements better than the Reese sites. Once we figger out which you need, you can get any brand you want.

Specialty Adjustable Shanks : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store
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I'm going to take that measurement as soon as I can get on level ground - I've ordered Centramatics and I'm taking it to the tire store to have them put on when they come (tomorrow or Wed.) I'll take the measurement then. Thank you so much for your help!

Where do I buy a new part? 6" drop? (depending on the measurement) - where do you get parts?
I shop price on generic stuff like shanks. If you want one quick, any trailer supply or RV store has them. Typically, if you get into needing really odd stuff (like a 9" drop) you'd have to order them.

I've used Draw tite Trailer Hitches And Hitch Accessories. Drawtite, Reese Trailer Towing Products. before. Low prices and free shipping....on heavy stuff that makes a difference!

Call them if you don't see what you need on the site....it's a little cumbersome.
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