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Old 10-02-2014, 11:19 AM   #155
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I need a ball that is 1/2" taller also because with the WD right, my trailer is 1/2" low in the front, and if I raise the hitch a notch, it is 3/4" high in the front. I'd rather have it low. Been looking for a drawbar that has the holes in a different placing, but have not been able to find one.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:24 AM   #156
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Hi, m.hony: I think that your truck's receiver is bent. This is just by looking at your pictures. It looks like the ball is only slightly tilted in relation to the trailer's coupler and the ground. Most trucks don't sit level. They are a bit high in back, but the shank should be at the same angle as the body and yours looks to be bent upward. If I were you, I would take an angle gauge and put it on top of the side of the bed, read it, and put it on top off the shank. It looks like to me that the shank steeper than your truck. About five degrees could make a huge difference since the head is supposed to be angled back about 10 degrees.

This is my guess since I only have a few pictures to look at.
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I don't know why you think that.
I don't know why you think you can see something in photos that I can't see in real life.
I crawled around under the truck and took photos of every weld and mounting point to disprove your theory.
Nothing is bent. Your theory is disproved. Give it a rest. Saying it again won't make it so.
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What I can tell by those photos: robots are better welders than humans...
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]I've said it twice already, but I'll say it a third time.
The hitch appears to be going upward. This is an illusion[/COLOR]. The truck itself it parked going downhill. Where the slant ends (which the entire truck is parked on- the nose of the truck downhill at the street, the rear of the truck uphill toward the house) is about the rear of the truck- the driveway levels off, so the tail of the truck is sticking up into the air at an angle and the pavement goes from slanted/angled up to level flat at that point. Every house in this subdivision has a driveway like that. I would think that is normal in every subdivision everywhere.
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Seems to me, and I ain't the smartest man in the world, that pressure and force from a trailer bending a hitch would bend it down, not up.



Hi, if you have read what I said, and what others have said, we can only TRY TO HELP YOU with what pictures you posted and what descriptions you have given. But your responses are somewhat rude to people trying to help you. It's kind of like you need help, but don't want any advise or opinions from anyone!

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Old 10-02-2014, 11:47 AM   #157
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I looked for a ball with 1/2" rise but could not find one.
Equal-i-zer is sending me some new inside link plates. I am going to try doubling them to keep them from bowing.
Equal-i-zer also thinks the bent head is no big deal and will not affect safety.
The difference with a ProPride or Hensley is when the 18 wheeler goes by and you feel the bow wave, the ProPride or Hensley allows the trailer and truck to move independently/swivel at the hitch, but remain in a straight line, therefore eliminating sway. The trailer moves over ever so slightly, but remains straight in line with the truck.
With any other hitch, the truck and trailer swing/pivot/pendulum in the middle and the sway control brings it back to straight. The tail wags the dog until sway control corrects it. That, in my pea brain, is significant reason to want a ProPride, but I'm broke- maybe next year-
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:50 AM   #158
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I need a ball that is 1/2" taller also because with the WD right, my trailer is 1/2" low in the front, and if I raise the hitch a notch, it is 3/4" high in the front. I'd rather have it low. Been looking for a drawbar that has the holes in a different placing, but have not been able to find one.
Exactly my scenario.
I guess we could take a torch to our draw bars, cut them off, and re-weld them 1/2" higher or lower...
I am trying other means- washer under the ball, another washer in the hitch head, an "anti-rattle" device-
In the end, we may drive around with a nose down trailer, but good weight distribution and sway control, thus good drive-ability, handling, and safety, regardless if it looks goofy to me-
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:16 PM   #159
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:28 PM   #160
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The hitch does appear to go up in relation to the truck.
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The whole truck is slanted/angled- the front is lower than the back. The pin hole is elongated. I think that is due to slop/play in the shank/receiver.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:34 PM   #161
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I think all Tundras have sloppy receiver hitches including my 2010 Double Cab but adding one of those devices to prevent it does it mean you have to unbolt it every time you want to remove the hitch head from the receiver? Maybe some small spot welds on two sides of the shank are needed.

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Old 10-02-2014, 01:41 PM   #162
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Stowaway hitch tightener from Amazon-
Nip it in tha bud-
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:48 PM   #163
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Yeah, but it's not that difficult. I only switch from my Equal-i-zer hitch head to a draw bar with a 2" ball for a utility trailer occasionally. I have Rock Tamers and a locking hitch pin, anyway, so changing hitches is already a lot of trouble. The main use for the Tundra is to pull the Airstream- that is 90% of the time. The other 10% it is a very large car.
We do camp every week until the middle of winter (even Thanksgiving and Christmas and trips to the coast in November and January- I guess February is the only month we don't camp) so the hitch seldom comes out. Also, it is too heavy to remove very often.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:54 PM   #165
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Hi, if you have read what I said, and what others have said, we can only TRY TO HELP YOU with what pictures you posted and what descriptions you have given. But your responses are somewhat rude to people trying to help you. It's kind of like you need help, but don't want any advise or opinions from anyone!

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Old 10-03-2014, 01:19 PM   #166
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Not exactly like that.
You say my hitch is bent.
I say it isn't.
You say a second time my hitch is bent.
I go crawl around under the truck and inspect and take pictures.
I still say my hitch is not bent.
You won't believe me no matter what.
I will have it inspected, though, because you still think it's bent.
If it were convenient or close for me to do so I would drive to your location so you can see for yourself.
Also, i think many haven't read my posts and have missed my point.
I do have good weight distribution and sway control, but the trailer is nose down.
Helpful would be for someone with a similar truck, trailer, and hitch to tell me what they did to get the trailer level- or that they have good weight distribution and sway control.
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It took out all the wobble/slop/play which I think is responsible for the elongated pin hole.
I also think it might get me a little more lift at the hitch head.
Washers are on the way from Equal-i-zer for me to try.
On the end, my trailer may still be nose down, but I'm trying everything I can think of to level the trailer while maintaining good weight distribution/sway control.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #167
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MICHAEL; After looking at your picture of the top view of the hitch, I also believe it is bent. I went out and looked at my hitch and compared it to your picture and here is what I see on your hitch: The left side of the bracket from the hitch head to the drop appears to shift to the right. The right side of that bracket bends away from the drop. Thus the hitch head appears to shift to the right.
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The hitch head does have a bend to the right.
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I don't have a clue-
What's up with that?
Equal-i-zer says it shouldn't affect performance or safety.
I cannot imagine any scenario that would cause that.
We just drove 2 1/2 hours. It doesn't seem to bother anything.
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