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Old 02-09-2014, 02:43 PM   #295
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Andy, I don't understand why the recommendation, which is much lower than the manufacturer. Can 600 lb bars properly weight transfer his setup? I got 1200 lb bars for my Expedition 4x4 and 900 lb tongue weight trailer. Add in say 200 lbs in back of TV for a combined lift of 1100 lbs and the manufacturer recommend the 1200 bars. I have no point of reference as this is my first big trailer but the ride doesn't seem unduly stiff to me. I do get good weight transfer though.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:09 PM   #296
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Andy, I don't understand why the recommendation, which is much lower than the manufacturer. Can 600 lb bars properly weight transfer his setup? I got 1200 lb bars for my Expedition 4x4 and 900 lb tongue weight trailer. Add in say 200 lbs in back of TV for a combined lift of 1100 lbs and the manufacturer recommend the 1200 bars. I have no point of reference as this is my first big trailer but the ride doesn't seem unduly stiff to me. I do get good weight transfer though.
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The stiffer riding tow vehicles cause trailer damage.

The stiffer the bars, also causes trailer damage.

Add those two together and most likely you will punish the trailer.

Keep in mind that an Airstream MUST have a soft ride, or else.

Airstream were designed to be towed by cars, but in time the trucks have entered the picture.

Then in time, heavier duty trucks are being used, which really make a shop more wealthy repairing the damages caused by the roughness.

Then add to that stiff ride, torsion axles that have aged out because of the bad rubber rods.

Really, I think the future tow vehicles will probably be in the category of cement trucks.

Maybe I should reopen my service department to rebuild the damages.

Nah, been there, done that, others can do the servicing and rebuilding.

We will stay with the vintage and current parts program.

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Old 04-16-2014, 12:30 PM   #297
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Question...what kind of torque wrench do you guys use that'll torque the shank bolts to more than 300 lbs as per the instructions ? I go to Sears and it looks like the torque wrenches there top out at like 80 lbs...

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Old 04-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #298
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The shank bolts were put on by the dealer with an air ratchet.
I can't get the L-brackets tight enough with my Craftsman torque wrench.
I am ready to try an air ratchet on them.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:35 PM   #299
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Harbor Freight has a click style torque wrench that goes to 250#ft. It is 3/4 drive and you would need a cheater bar to get that high. I have not looked at one yet, just saw it online. On sale for $79, I think. Probably would not stand up to serious use, but for occasionally torquing the hitch, probably OK.

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I may need a cheater on my Craftsman.
I have also thought about trying a lug wrench.
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Sounds like the average guy (me) has probably gotta take this hitch to Camping World to get any adjustments made.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:51 PM   #302
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Yep.
I asked Chris Burch at the Airstream service center if they could get mine tightened up while we are there for service work in September. He said they could git-r-dun.
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Hi, I changed my bolts to grade 8 and trimmed the ends off because they were a bit too long. As for torqueing the bolts, I turned my hitch up-side-down, in my receiver, used a deep impact six point socket on a 1/2" breaker bar and stood on it. That's 200 lbs plus the leverage of the breaker bar. I also put a bottle jack under the hitch to hold it solid while doing this. It has never come loose. [my torque wrench only goes to 250 lbs]
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It 's the L-brackets that I can't get tight enough.
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I have thought about using a cheater on my torque wrench or a lug wrench and standing on it.
I have also thought about taking it to our mechanic shop and using air.
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It 's the L-brackets that I can't get tight enough.
Hi, my "L" brackets have never come loose after my copper tubing modification. This was done many years ago. [see page 1 of this thread]
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I have thought about a similar modification with electrical conduit.
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I have thought about a similar modification with electrical conduit.


Hi, that might work too; I used copper tubing because 1/2" pipe size fits the bolts good and it allows for a little crush.
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