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Old 06-08-2014, 12:41 PM   #29
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I have a 30 ft flying cloud and use the 1000 lb bars. I tow with an f150. I feel light steering and a push/pull movement when big rigs pass from behind. I now have the chains torqued to the 9 link, having increased the torque from the 7 and 8 link. Does anyone have further suggestions? Should I go to a heavier bar? Any help is appreciated.
As a follow up when hitched my tt measures 22 3/4 inches at the front and 22 inches at the rear. When unhitched my tv wheel height at the fender is 37 1/2 inches at the front and 39 3/4 inches at the rear. When hitched the front wheel stays at 37 1/2 but the rear drops to 37 1/4. When unhitched my ball height is 21 on the tv. When hitched the ball height drops to 18 1/2 inches. I torque my chains to the eight notch. Questions--- do my numbers look right? Should the front wheel height drop when hitched? Has the rear wheel height dropped to much? Should I torque less or more? Should I go to a heavier bar? I still feel push/ pull when large trucks pass me from the rear on the interstate. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:55 PM   #30
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As a follow up when hitched my tt measures 22 3/4 inches at the front and 22 inches at the rear. When unhitched my tv wheel height at the fender is 37 1/2 inches at the front and 39 3/4 inches at the rear. When hitched the front wheel stays at 37 1/2 but the rear drops to 37 1/4. When unhitched my ball height is 21 on the tv. When hitched the ball height drops to 18 1/2 inches. I torque my chains to the eight notch. Questions--- do my numbers look right? Should the front wheel height drop when hitched? Has the rear wheel height dropped to much? Should I torque less or more? Should I go to a heavier bar? I still feel push/ pull when large trucks pass me from the rear on the interstate. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

My understanding of a wd hitch is that it's purpose is to re-distribute weight. Based on your measurements, yours does not appear to be doing this, however you should confirm this by actually taking some weight measurements at a scale. However, since your tongue weight is most likely exceeding the capacity of your bars, I would be inclined to get 1200 to 1400 pound bars, and tighten them to ensure the same measurement delta loaded as unloaded. In your case approx 2.25 inches. So, to answer your questions, your numbers do not look right, the front wheel height should drop, the rear wheel height has dropped too much, try more torque, and most likely, get a heavier bar.
I did all of these things when using a Reese Dual Cam and the setup turned out perfectly. Jim
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:08 PM   #31
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Hi guys;
Just picked up our 2014, 25' Flying Cloud, (3rd 25' in 8 years)....we also picked up a new BlueOx with 1000# bar hitch....with our Echoboost , 2012, F150 SuperCrew. We pulled from Reno to MT in 2 days, and she pulled like a dream...wife drove 3 hours and also commented how no notice of towing....up/down mountains....2nd Blue Ox; important to get the right bars and chain torque/chain number(8-9??)
You have talked about a 30' with F150; not sure of tongue weight, "your" F150 limit's, etc... but seems like 30' may be pushing limits of a F150?? F250 or something like that may be better match, but I am no expert...Love the BlueOx however after 2 models and 2 different AS's...Good luck!
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old style BOSP hitch - warning

Notice - there is a Texas dealer that had three old style BOSP hitches in stock. Do not purchase these. One was recently sold to a customer who thought they were getting the new hitch. The old design has an adjustable head, a solid shank, and side tilt chain tighteners. Get latest version of hitch. You will be much happier. Pat
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