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Old 08-18-2011, 09:28 AM   #99
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Good morning Experts.

I had to move the trailer yesterday - only down to the end of the driveway - since I don't have the clamps on that hold the chains for the weight distribution part of the hitch, I just put the whole tongue weight on the ball on the truck.

I have got to tell you.....that trailer almost seemed level.......of course the front wheels of the tow vehicle were just about off the ground!

Either later today or tomorrow I will be getting new bolts - #8 hardness and 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" long. When I reassemble it, do I want the chains to hang straight down with or without the cam arm in the saddle or doesn't it matter. To get the chains to hang straight without the bars, I have to move the bracket about 2" closer to the propane tank cover.
The angle of the chains, has absolutely "nothing" to do with the effectiveness of the sway control.

However, you must make super sure that the chain is in the same exact position, on both sides of the "A" frame.

Also, always count how many chain links are under stress, and never how many links are dropped.

Keeping your eyes on the business end of the chain, will also make sure that you never put more than a one half twist in the chain, if at all, so that both chains are exactly the same length.

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Old 08-19-2011, 08:05 AM   #100
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Good morning!

Yesterday I purchased 1 1/2" (hardness #8) 1/2" bolts to replace the really long ones on the chain snap-up bracket. I installed these - moving the bracket closer to the propane bottles (about 1 1/2-2" closer).

Additionally, I replaced the coupler link for the safety chains with 3500# stainless steel ones. I used a hammer, socket and punch and widened the last link just enough to put the new coupler on (the reason the PO had smaller couplers was probably because bigger ones would not fit in the link).

The trailer is not hooked up right now, I have the chains just dangling and they appear straight.

I printed out the information that 'overlander64' suggested - that was very good info - I'm going to be able to tell you exactly what tension size the bars are as soon as I can go out and measure them - the PO gave me another set as well - might be a smaller size. I will report after I take the measurement.

As far as measuring the trailer on level ground - that's very hard to find in my driveway, so I'll be taking measurements this weekend while we are parked on a level concrete campsite. I'm thinking that I will require some sort of drop - probably at least an inch.

I will report the size of those bars shortly.
Thanks for your help everyone.
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Gongrat's.....your progress is very impressive!!!

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So, both sets of bars I have are 1 1/4" wide - 1000 lbs according to the info in a previous post link.

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