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Old 10-03-2014, 07:35 PM   #169
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The bolts are long enough that I could straighten it and reinforce it with steel plate on both sides.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:15 PM   #170
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The bend to the right is not going to make a difference, so long as it isn't loose.

I would like to know if it was always that way or if it wes bent in use.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:28 PM   #171
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I don't have the foggiest. I just noticed it yesterday. Someone suggested that it could have possibly been born that way.
How hard would a car have to hit it to bend it? Our daughter had a dent in her front grill that corresponded closely to the height of the trailer hitch. I couldn't imagine how she could hit it in the driveway- or I can- I know her bad driving- on the phone, going too fast, not paying attention, ignoring the parking sensors when they beep-
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:29 PM   #172
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As much time as you've spent tweaking your hitch try one more time with the extra washer and call it a day until you can replace it with a ProPride.

Now come up to my place and help me with my Eaualizer

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Old 10-03-2014, 08:32 PM   #173
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I don't know how much of an impact it would take to bend that, but not a super hard hit IMO, but regardless, the bend itself isn't going to make any practical difference whatsoever, unless the joint is lose.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:35 PM   #174
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Sagging Truck?

Here is my opinion in a nutshell, if your trailer pulls well slightly nose down.... Then go with it.

Watch it for a while look for lose stuff, and if all stays cool ignore the slight tilt and enjoy your trailer.

Chasing stuff like that will steal your joy man!!

Besides, it might have been that way the whole time.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:43 PM   #175
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I won't chase it much longer- try another washer in the hitch head- if that don't work, I'm done. I think I should try. In the end I may accept a nose down trailer. Airstream says it's OK. Equal-i-zer says it's OK. I'm just OCD.
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I have looked at your pics.

Is the hitch off level? I cant say by looking at the pictures, but you can see the truck in person, i defer to your observation.

The welds don't look like they are failing in the pics, and there is nothing to indicate catastrophic failure. Use the truck and trailer, watch carefully for changes for a time and like I say, if it stays cool and tows good ignore the imperfections.

Towing safely is a science, but the standards are a bit wider than some might think. Short of catastrophic failure, by employing a consistent common sense you are going to be ok.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:45 PM   #177
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I have OCD tendencies, but I have overcome some of it. Life is too short to humor OCD.

Enjoy!!!!
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I do enjoy my trailer every week/weekend. Most of this experimenting/adjusting happens on the road- rest areas and campgrounds- I just want to enjoy my trailer level, but if it isn't, we gonna live through it.
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Now I am OCD about steering, brakes, tires, and a SOUND CONNECTION between truck and trailer, the rest is pretty much detail that we can adapt to or fix on the fly!
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:49 PM   #180
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My bed is in the front of my trailer so a slight nose down attitude is good for my brain blood flow when sleeping in route....
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You asked if someone had used something similar. We had two different 1/2 ton trucks an Equal-I-Zer hitch and our 25' Airstream with nearly same factory hitch weight as yours.

With the weight distribution set right with camp-ready loading in truck and trailer, then I would tweak the level of the trailer with raising or lowering the hitch head on the drop bar. If I recall that's about 1 1/2" per hole, so should raise or lower the front of the trailer about an inch without disturbing the weight distribution settings.

Going down the road with all its bumps and dips may settle things a bit so you might be seeing a slight change there, and most likely there is a little vertical twisting of the half-ton truck receiver which I'm guessing is fairly normal when weight distribution is applied, returning to original when w.d. is released.
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:15 PM   #182
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You asked if someone had used something similar. We had two different 1/2 ton trucks an Equal-I-Zer hitch and our 25' Airstream with nearly same factory hitch weight as yours.

With the weight distribution set right with camp-ready loading in truck and trailer, then I would tweak the level of the trailer with raising or lowering the hitch head on the drop bar. If I recall that's about 1 1/2" per hole, so should raise or lower the front of the trailer about an inch without disturbing the weight distribution settings.

Going down the road with all its bumps and dips may settle things a bit so you might be seeing a slight change there, and most likely there is a little vertical twisting of the half-ton truck receiver which I'm guessing is fairly normal when weight distribution is applied, returning to original when w.d. is released.
My suggestion as well ... raise the hitch head on the drop bar / stinger one hole. That should raise the front of your trailer. However, it will affect your weight distribution. To get that distribution back, you will need to either raise the L-brackets or add one washer to the downward tilt. As I said before, adding a washer to the downward tilt has an effect similar to raising the L-brackets. However, the distance from the ball to the L-brackets varies by the installer; so, it is not always a tit-for tat exact amount.

The reason that you try to get the load bars parallel to the ground or to the trailer frame is because they ride on the L-brackets. If the bottom of the bar is parallel with the bottom of the L-bracket, it minimizes the wear and maximizes the contact surface area. We have used the same hitch on three different AS trailers and two different TVs. I have helped many get their set ups right; if you are in the area, feel free to send me a PM for a meet up...or call if you want to talk it through. I can feel your frustration in your posts.
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