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Old 09-25-2013, 03:44 AM   #1
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Different Truck...same hitch

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I purchased a new different truck and my trailer is not level when I hitch it up the same way I did on the previous truck. It is lower in the back. On the previous truck I put the chain in the fourth link to raise the bars. Should I experiment with different links until the trailer is level? Does changing the link I use affect the trailering in any other way? Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:14 AM   #2
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What hitch are you using, and is the hitch adjustable? I have a Hensley Arrow and when I bought a new truck, I had to get a new hitch bar with a lower drop.
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Yes, you need a longer drop on your hitch- all brands make them. Then you need to go through the initial set up of the WD for the new vehicle.
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I wouldn't experiment with different "links" first.
As noted above you need a draw-bar with more drop.
You want the nose low with no tension on the WD bars, then return to level with WD tension. Hard to say how much drop you need without hitch height measurements and weights. Our 2500 Burb is about 4" low with no WD and level when WD set.

On a dead level parking lot....

Un-hitch, move TV forward a little, level the trailer and measure. That will get you a workable number.
I added 2" for our rig, which gives me enough WD adjustment for different loads, 4" to 6" drop.

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cok...More details. I have a Reese Hitch. My old TV was a 2004 Silverado. My current truck is a 2007 Silverado 2500 HD. You guys lost me with all of the lingo I am not familiar with. With my old truck I used to put the chain on the 4th link. What do I do now. Will I damage anything if I do the same thing on the new truck? When I bought the trailer the dealership installed the hitch, so I don't know how to make adjustments or what kind of adjustment to make. If I take it to a dealership for help, what is the best way to hook up? Same a always. Possible damage to either truck or trailer?

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Try This

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Travel Trailer Hitch Set-up Procedure

While still a bit difficult, this takes the process step by step.

You have to start right to end right...............

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cok...More details. I have a Reese Hitch. My old TV was a 2004 Silverado. My current truck is a 2007 Silverado 2500 HD. You guys lost me with all of the lingo I am not familiar with. With my old truck I used to put the chain on the 4th link. What do I do now. Will I damage anything if I do the same thing on the new truck? When I bought the trailer the dealership installed the hitch, so I don't know how to make adjustments or what kind of adjustment to make. If I take it to a dealership for help, what is the best way to hook up? Same a always. Possible damage to either truck or trailer?

Thanks.
If the rear of the trailer is low/dragging with weight distribution bars set at 4 links, use three and see how much it raises. You need a draw bar,(the thingy with the ball on it), with more drop, the ball lower, rear of the trailer up^.

Once the trailer tongue is lower you can tension the weight distribution bars to bring it back to level.

Here's a Vid...watch on utube...

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