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Old 08-15-2015, 05:30 PM   #743
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Was that bent pin caused by a specific maneuver; tight turn, a steep dip, backing up?

Or did it occur over time?

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Old 08-15-2015, 10:01 PM   #744
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Just did a quick 624 mile trip-
Equal-i-zer performed beautifully- as did the entire rig-


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Old 08-16-2015, 10:23 AM   #745
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I don't know when or how it happened. I am the new owner as of last May. I noticed that they seemed bent after reading this thread. I just purchased two new ones. I'll see if I can feel a difference.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:14 PM   #746
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Hi, we made it to Montreal, Canada and I believe this is the third time that I re-greased my hitch head on this trip.
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:18 PM   #747
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So you made it through Canadian customs intact this time. Have a great time.

I recently disassembled my Equalizer head, cleaned it off of grease and rust spots and painted it and the bars. Got new L pins and sockets pins. Hitched up the AS to test the brake controller adjustments on my new Ram 2500 CTD CC. Just drove around the storage yard and set up the controller gain. Making twisty turns around the storage buildings to the open areas I heard no popping, creaking.

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Old 08-16-2015, 04:24 PM   #748
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Towing with Airstream Slightly High

With my new Ram my Equalizer head doesn't have enough drop so the top of the ball is level with the coupler of the trailer so when on WD the trailer rides a couple of inches too high. I have a new 2 1/2" shank (12"/6" drop) on order but I'm not sure it will arrive by Friday to install prior to a weekend camping trip.

Is it safe to tow the Airstream if its slightly high on the tongue? The campground is less than an hour a way. Will there be too much weight on the rear axle of the trailer towing like this. I'm tempted to abort the weekend trip.

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Old 08-16-2015, 06:32 PM   #749
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I would think a slight difference would be fine. However, my definition of slight difference could be very different than yours. Perhaps if you post a photo others with more experience could give you some good feedback.
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Is it safe to tow the Airstream if its slightly high on the tongue? The campground is less than an hour a way. Will there be too much weight on the rear axle of the trailer towing like this. I'm tempted to abort the weekend trip.

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Keep an eye on your rear tires. I think I messed up my Marathon's treadwise by towing too high for too long.
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I don't know when or how it happened. I am the new owner as of last May. I noticed that they seemed bent after reading this thread. I just purchased two new ones. I'll see if I can feel a difference.

Chucke,

Any chance you could measure where your brackets on the on the tounge vs manual recommendations?

I curious if they are too close to the hitch head and are getting bent.

My L keepers have not bent.

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Old 08-16-2015, 09:05 PM   #752
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With my new Ram my Equalizer head doesn't have enough drop so the top of the ball is level with the coupler of the trailer so when on WD the trailer rides a couple of inches too high. I have a new 2 1/2" shank (12"/6" drop) on order but I'm not sure it will arrive by Friday to install prior to a weekend camping trip.



Is it safe to tow the Airstream if its slightly high on the tongue? The campground is less than an hour a way. Will there be too much weight on the rear axle of the trailer towing like this. I'm tempted to abort the weekend trip.



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Nose high is bad, umkay-
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I should've taken a photo but the angle of the Airstream relative to the truck is noticeable. The tires on my Airstream are Michelin 235/70x15 which have a max inllation of 50lbs which is where I keep them. The rear tires seem to have a bit more squat on them.

I think I will cancel my reservation unless I can get a confirmation it will arrive by Thursday.

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Old 08-20-2015, 10:32 PM   #754
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Got my 12"/6" drop 2 1/2" shank. Attached the head on the lowest holes. Top of ball is now even with the top of the AS coupler.
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Woohoo!
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:22 AM   #756
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Decided to cancel this weekend's trip. I need to hitch up the trailer at storage then tow it to a level surface and verify the WD. I'd like to take it on a test drive to get used to towing with my new Ram. Weather forecast is spotty too. I've got a reservation for next month.

It would've been nice if this shank had one more hole. I guess conventional trailer tongues are higher than Airstreams when they are level. Not sure why these 2500 4x4 trucks have to be so much higher off the ground vs 1/2T 4x4 trucks.

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