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Old 04-05-2014, 06:29 AM   #505
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Working on trailer tv setup is fun----good for the soul. I found it gave me a greater appreciation of the mechanics and theory behind rving. Hands on like you are doing will give you greater insight into why so many of us do what we do---camp! Good luck, just do not overthink! Lots of excellent advice here from others. Love your new trailer, almost bought one of their truck campers. Jim
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:19 AM   #506
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Thank you all so much!

I was raising the back of the car/front of the trailer with the tongue jack to get the chains in place.

Had been going about 30 turns of the jack. With the head tilted went 40 turns.

Helped, but seemed to reach a geometric point of diminishing returns, where cranking it even higher seemed to have little or no effect. At least I'm getting an upper body workout!

Heading to the airport for a short lunch flight in a while. Afterwards, may try towing with the two hanging links and see how it feels. Maybe get it out on more level ground and remeasure.

And again, to everyone providing advice, lunch on us a El Rio in Copperhill, TN any time you want!
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:16 PM   #507
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I screwed in two of the self tapping bolts for my sway bar, and they broke off. Nice huh? On my way to buy some higher quality bolts.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:40 PM   #508
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Hi Alan. Airstreams have thicker frames than other trailers. You need to ream the holes a little.
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I screwed in two of the self tapping bolts for my sway bar, and they broke off. Nice huh? On my way to buy some higher quality bolts.


That's why I use the Husky Centerline lol...j/k.


The Centerline is like an updated improved Equalizer with nearly no noise and with anti-sway compression cylinders that actually work (i.e., the hitch doesn't work completely on friction like an Equalizer-but it does that TOO).


No cams to adjust, no bolts to break off, no risk of damage from too-tight turns.


The only problem with the Husky Centerline is the size, heft, and sheer weight of the head; it is literally HUGE and weighs an unbelievable amount; I need help lifting it into position and I bought it when I was 37; that's the only drawback I can see to it. It is an effortless hitch which has modernized the Equalizer...including a great wrinkle finish that doesn't turn to a white chalk encrusted rusty mess.


But anyhoo...back to the regular program already in progress!


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Old 04-05-2014, 06:47 PM   #510
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Must be a 6.2 liter diesel, gm made there first diesel 5.7 liter in late 70s a converted 5.7 Olds gas engine then came the 6.2 liter in I think early 80s then the 6.5 l. Up to today
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:10 PM   #511
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It has been 6.6 liters for at least the past 10 years- Duramax 6.6 L with Allison transmission.
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Are the last two posts out of place? I don't see how they relate? Maybe I'm missing something...
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I just checked, no full moon?
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The other disadvantage with the Center Line hitch is that it forces the ball to be well behind the bumper adding a substantial amount of rear overhang. I did modify one once to change the ball position while keeping the other features of the hitch but it was even heavier when I was done. There was no substantial difference in handling compared to a dialed in Eaz-Lift.

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Hi Eddie

Keep an eye on your receiver. If you see it starting to bend up at the back end or you find you keep having to drop more links to get the same weight transfer you will likely need to get it strengthened at some point.

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Andy,

Thanks for all your help.

The Class III hitch is rated for 450 lbs. tongue weight. The Camplite specs 250 lbs. I should probably check the actual tongue weight with battery, propane and supplies in place.

But I can envision the torque/bending forces being applied by the w/d hitch snugged tight.

I will try to get some photos and measurements of the receiver now, so I will be able to check against them in the future. If there's any doubt that things are bending, I will definitely check back for advice on reinforcing.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:08 AM   #517
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We've been towing our 1959 24' Tradewind with our 2008 Toyota Highlander for years. Fully loaded the trailer weighs about 4200 and the SUV V6 engine allows me to tow it between 55-65 mph with a 18mpg fuel burn. I use the Anderson No-sway weight distribution system which many are skeptical about but I simply love it.
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That's great mileage.
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