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Old 10-02-2006, 05:40 PM   #15
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http://www.reeseprod.com/fitguides/pdf/N66072.pdf

If you tilt the head back, it'll all still be level, and the bars will be parallel to the frame like they're supposed to be.
if the trailer winds up being a little bit nose down as a result, you adjust for that by raising the hitch head up a notch on the draw bar.

ok, on edit, after seeing Ticki's post, yeah, if the hitch head is welded, then there's not much you can do. The above method only works with an adjustable setup.
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:43 PM   #16
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:48 PM   #17
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You nailed it.

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I take it that you have a welded head and cannot adjust the pitch...
That's right.

It appears that I am consigned to configure according to the directions which Chuck located for me (thanks again Chuck).

But what is wrong with my current setup since it does level my Airstream/TV combination appropriately?

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Old 10-02-2006, 05:50 PM   #18
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I used those instructions to adjust my bars. I noticed a big improvement when I was done. BTW, the instruction say that you should never have less then 5 links. If you have less then 5, tilt the head back. The goal with these adjustments is to have the TV drop at the rear wheels to be as close to the drop at the front wheels as possible.
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:09 PM   #19
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Tom , I am by no means an expert , but it seems to me that that the dual cam linkage will no longer be in the right position . Remember there are several links to the system and they are working in three dimensions. When you make a hard turn you may pull or push the spring bars completely out of the keeper notch because the is no movement in the chain link . Try hooking up and try it.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:33 PM   #20
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Also to consider is you should have the correct ball height on the t.v. which i believe for that unit will be about 22" (check the list from Airstream.com/faq).
I still maintain that the 750# bars will work better for you and you'll probably end up on about the 5th link with 3 or so to spare.
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:55 PM   #21
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I'm ready now

With Reese's "Sixties Airstream" adjustable drawbar fine-tuned to distibute weight, I think we're now ready for Disney World.

See ya in a week!

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Glad to hear you got it resolved . Have a great and safe trip.
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Old 10-21-2006, 06:43 AM   #23
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...also, I wonder how the dual-cam will work in that orientation. Its meant to work with the bars parallel to the frame. It may not function properly like that...
I have decided that Chuck wins the prize on this issue.

Enjoy the popcorn. BTW, who is Jerry? Anyone? Anyone?

Below is the same picture found earlier in this thread which was the basis of my original question:


The thumbnail below is of the same 550 pound spring bars mounted on an adjustable drawbar. Per Reese's instructions, the bars are are now basically parallel to the frame. If you look closely at the spring bar's cam follower, you will notice that it now sits in a better orientation than it did in the picture above.

The anti-sway characteristics of the setup below were the best they have ever been since I have owned the Airstream. This confused me since, although my original 1000 pound bars were too stiff for my 3/4 ton tow vehicle, they did distribute weight on the dual cams. The mystery was finally solved earlier this week when I noticed that one of my original bars is a half inch longer than the other one. Since the bars are supposed to be interchangeable, this would make a difference if the bars were mixed up. Sure enough, after examining wear patterns on the cams & followers, that is exactly what had occurred.

The lighter weight bars also made a remarkable difference in the way the Airstream towed. This last trip was the "cushiest" ride my Suburban has ever had while towing my Overlander. I'm sure the rivets on the Airstream's front plate appreciated the change too.

Any fears about the spring bars popping off the cams were laid to rest during two separate manuevers, on left handed & one right handed, when I had to come about hard (in slow speed) to change course. There's a funny story attached to my changing course, but I'll spare you, and just say thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread.

Thanks!
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