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Old 10-09-2016, 03:28 PM   #1
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New use for Lynx leveling blocks

In order to get better weight transfer after a visit to the CAT scales, I added 3 washers to my equalizer hitch and raised the L bracket one notch. Tampa RV only put in 3 washers when they installed the equalizer. Now, because of the slope in my driveway, I am unable to raise the hitch high enough to swing the sway/wd bars onto the L brackets. So I got the tongue jack as high as I could and placed another stack of Lynx blocks under the hitch itself and raised the tongue jack till the hitch was resting on the new set of blocks. This gave me enough room under the trailer jack to add more blocks and now I could raise the tongue/hitch high enough to swing the sway bars into place on the L brackets. I had to reverse the process to get the thing lowered enough to remove the leveling blocks from under the hitch and the other ones out from under the tongue jack.

I'm thinking of using a hydraulic jack under the hitch instead of the leveling blocks but that is just one more thing to carry and I always have a couple of sets of leveling blocks with me.

By the way, the added washers and raised L brackets brought the GAWR on the rear axle pretty much to the rating on the sticker.
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Front axle or rear? (in case that was a typo).

Was the front axle returned to same as when solo?


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Old 10-10-2016, 03:23 PM   #3
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Front axle or rear? (in case that was a typo).

Was the front axle returned to same as when solo?


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Rear axle. Before adding the washers, these were the weights:
Front (steering) axle: 3080 (GAWR 3500)
Rear (drive) axle: 4320 (GAWR 3800)

After adding washers:
Front axle: 3340
Rear axle: 3840

So now both axles are within GAWR. Also, front and rear fender heights were equal before loading the trailer and were equal after loading the trailer. (38" before, 37.5" after).

I realize I am right at the upper limit of rear axle weight and I don't see how I can get any more weight distribution. I think my payload is just a bit too much -I usually carry 2 Honda generators, 5 gallons of gas, fresh water, me, wife and two 80 pound dogs. I am towing a Flying Cloud 28 which has probably one of the highest tongue weights of all the Airstreams.

I'd sure hate to have to trade my 2015 F150 that's less than a year old for an F250.
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:48 PM   #4
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In steep parking I wait until after pulling onto a flat surface before hooking up or releasing the chains on the bars. Works for me and hurts nothing to pull a few feet with WD unconnected.
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Rear axle. Before adding the washers, these were the weights:

Front (steering) axle: 3080 (GAWR 3500)

Rear (drive) axle: 4320 (GAWR 3800)



After adding washers:

Front axle: 3340

Rear axle: 3840



So now both axles are within GAWR. Also, front and rear fender heights were equal before loading the trailer and were equal after loading the trailer. (38" before, 37.5" after).



I realize I am right at the upper limit of rear axle weight and I don't see how I can get any more weight distribution. I think my payload is just a bit too much -I usually carry 2 Honda generators, 5 gallons of gas, fresh water, me, wife and two 80 pound dogs. I am towing a Flying Cloud 28 which has probably one of the highest tongue weights of all the Airstreams.



I'd sure hate to have to trade my 2015 F150 that's less than a year old for an F250.

I wouldn't sweat it. So long as weights don't really change. This is occasional vacation travel, not constant duty.



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Agreed. My contractor son routinely overloads his trucks every day. He scoffs at my concerns.
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And, what are the limits on the tires & wheels? That's the real concern in all of this.

Sounds like you got WD as pretty as can be. But check Andrew T posts. Having hitch head tilted as far back as possible is ideal.


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