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Old 04-09-2016, 05:15 PM   #15
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We have the EXACT same issue to include a trip to the dealer for the measurements. I have dragged the bars on so many minor dips that I bent the U bolts holding the chains on. BO replaced the bolts, but the problem remains. I will be replacing the dealer installed hitch asap. Let us know how you fix it. I am having my replacement done by a trusted shop.

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Old 04-09-2016, 05:16 PM   #16
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This is the hitch of choice by Andy Thomson of CanAm RV, a real pro at WDH set ups. The only difference is Andy recommends 1400 lb. torsion bars if you've pulling with a truck like an F-150, because the wheelbase is so long that strength bars are needed to transfer appropriate weight to the front wheels. He also suggests combining the Eaz-Lift with Husky friction sway bars. I believe him...
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:29 AM   #17
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I contacted the dealer who sold me the Airstream and WD system. They recommended hooking the truck and trailer together. Then, raising the trailer so that there is a "slight" pitch between it and the truck. Then, install the WD bars. It worked fine when I did that. After lowering the two, they measured at level and the round part of the bars are now 9 inches off of the ground.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:08 AM   #18
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Am I understanding correctly?.....

You did NOT have your bars under tension originally?

The dealer suggestion is the best way to set the bars with very little effort.....raise the tongue, set the bars and lower.

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Steve how about posting some photos of your setup?
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:39 PM   #20
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I originally had them under tension correctly. The dealer had to remind me that they showed me the procedure I outlined above when I was there in February buying the Airstream. I traveled from Arizona back to Colorado that way. Unfortunately, I did not take the Airstream out again until last week and had forgotten raising the truck and trailer together. Once they reminded me, it worked fine. I am so thankful that's what it took to solve the problem.
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Hopefully this pic uploads....here is my set up.
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Hopefully this pic uploads....here is my set up.
Yep....looks like very little bend/flex in the WD bars. The bars need to bend to transfer weight and raise the rear of the TV.

[U]Thats where measurements[/U] and/or CAT scale numbers will help with determining how much weight needs to be moved.


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Thanks Bob!

I am really enjoying learning about this. I definitely will be doing more measuring and finding CAT scales for weighing. There was so much going on the day I bought the Airstream and I needed to get back to Colorado...I just forgot what they had shown me regarding the steps to hooking up the WD bars etc...
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It'll all come together. That's what I like about this forum: lots of people willing to help!

The only reason I knew what to do with our Avion was due to lots of experience I had growing up. We went a LOT of places with various travel trailers, including Airstream and Avion. I not only had the pleasure of watching what Dad did, but he also let me do the hitching and setup ( under his watchful, verifying eye! )


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