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Old 04-15-2008, 09:55 AM   #15
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Once the rig is sucessfully coupled the first time yoju could mark the jack post to return to the correct height after parking and leveling. That would get you to the correct height. It does appear that more caution is needed to engage this type of hitch, but popping off the ball would be less likely. Win some, lose some. I see it as more + than - . Interesting thread, thanks for posting!
What you do is when you see the drawbar lift up in the receiver( I'm not that smart on terms. I read this in the instructions) You stop jacking, which by the way saves me about 20-30 cranks on the old jack because now I don't have to crank it up above the ball anymore. I am planning on getting an electric one soon, but that will still save some wear and tear on the motor. It seems to me the higher you have to raise it the harder it is. That way no matter were you park, you always have it right. If you switch TV's you will need to get out and check the height one time to be sure. Trust me. It is easier to check the height than to line those things up from inside the cab. I guess I need a camara too.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:11 AM   #16
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What you do is when you see the drawbar lift up in the receiver( I'm not that smart on terms. I read this in the instructions) You stop jacking, which by the way saves me about 20-30 cranks on the old jack because now I don't have to crank it up above the ball anymore. I am planning on getting an electric one soon, but that will still save some wear and tear on the motor. It seems to me the higher you have to raise it the harder it is. That way no matter were you park, you always have it right. If you switch TV's you will need to get out and check the height one time to be sure. Trust me. It is easier to check the height than to line those things up from inside the cab. I guess I need a camara too.
From your comments about not having to jack the TV/Trailer combination above the hitching hight you are not useing a weight distributing hitch. Please give us a discription of your TV and hitch you are using. You may be in need of hitching and towing advise.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:25 AM   #17
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I would appreciate seeing a picture of your completed installation.

After viewing the video you linked to, I am having a hard time seeing how the product attaches to a Class III coupler.

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I will try to get my neighbor to take a picture. I am not that advanced, but the guy that put it on said that he just cut off the old coupler and welded the new one in it's place. I got the 2 5/16" what they call an A-body.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:32 AM   #18
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From your comments about not having to jack the TV/Trailer combination above the hitching hight you are not useing a weight distributing hitch. Please give us a discription of your TV and hitch you are using. You may be in need of hitching and towing advise.
TV is a 2003 Chevrolet 2500 w/duramax. I do use a weight dist. hitch. Not sure who made it. I bought this camper used a few years back and the guy included it. What I said was I don't have to jack it above the ball anymore. You just jack it up high enough to remove the load from the TV. You know this when you see the drawbar lift in the receiver. Don't know how that would work if your ball was mounted on the bumper., but who is going to pull one of these babies with a bumper mount?
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:56 AM   #19
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According to your user profile, you only live 50 miles from the factory. Why would you order something from a company that is halfway across the country from you, and pay shipping both ways, to get something that's in your back yard?
As for why I bought it online. You can only buy them from a dealer, not direct. I could have bought it from adealer in N.C. cheaper online but I have done business with JC Whitney before and if I didn't like it, I knew that I would not have a problem returning it to them.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:57 AM   #20
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TV is a 2003 Chevrolet 2500 w/duramax. I do use a weight dist. hitch. Not sure who made it. I bought this camper used a few years back and the guy included it. What I said was I don't have to jack it above the ball anymore. You just jack it up high enough to remove the load from the TV. You know this when you see the drawbar lift in the receiver. Don't know how that would work if your ball was mounted on the bumper., but who is going to pull one of these babies with a bumper mount?
If you are using a weight distributing hitch and not lifting the TV/Trailer combination when loading the WD system you need to read up on how to set up a WD system. Unless you are very strong you can not pull the bars up without raising the system higher than you discribe.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:56 PM   #21
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If you are using a weight distributing hitch and not lifting the TV/Trailer combination when loading the WD system you need to read up on how to set up a WD system. Unless you are very strong you can not pull the bars up without raising the system higher than you discribe.
The way that I do it is after I back into the coupler and it latches, before I raise the Jack, my WD has a hook on each side of the camper that you place the chain that is on the end of the bars unto the hooks and then you use a pipe that fits over another part of it (about 2' long) and leverage the hook upward where it cams over and stays and then put in a retaining pin that holds it. You do that on each side. It seems to raise the front of the camper a little when you do this

When you raise the jack, everything stays level and tows sweet. I do not have a sway bar system.
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:12 PM   #22
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... I do not have a sway bar system.
I think you should.

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Good one Tom -- karma your way. Even old-old-old friction antisway is better than this.

It's amazing how suddenly the driver can give up their role and let the trailer do the steering.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:39 PM   #24
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When you raise the jack, everything stays level and tows sweet. I do not have a sway bar system.
After you install your anti sway. With the TV and trailer just ready to hitch up and on level surface. measure the height of the front and rear fenders of the truck. Now hitch up and remeasure the fenders. If the front fender doesn't drop about 1/3 of the drop of the rear fender you have some additional adjusting on the WD system to do. The purpose of the WD system is to put some additional weight on the front of the truck and on the trailer axles. This additional weight helps to reduce sway. The most important factor is not to have the front fender of the truck rise after hitching up.

Yes you have a relatively heavy TV but I assume you say the video, the mower weighted a lot less than your trailer. You don't often get a second chance.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:47 AM   #25
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After you install your anti sway. With the TV and trailer just ready to hitch up and on level surface. measure the height of the front and rear fenders of the truck. Now hitch up and remeasure the fenders. If the front fender doesn't drop about 1/3 of the drop of the rear fender you have some additional adjusting on the WD system to do. The purpose of the WD system is to put some additional weight on the front of the truck and on the trailer axles. This additional weight helps to reduce sway. The most important factor is not to have the front fender of the truck rise after hitching up.

Yes you have a relatively heavy TV but I assume you say the video, the mower weighted a lot less than your trailer. You don't often get a second chance.
Not exactly sure what video you are talking about. Look all I did was come in here to find a way to polish my camper from a search engine. After I found it, I decided to share about the coupler I bought. Not a towing lesson. I own 7 trailers from a 5x10 utility to a 7x24 Brame equipment trailer. I have utility trailers, boat trailers ,horses trailers ( 16' Featherlite tag along and a 24' Gore gooseneck and a camper. I have been towing for over 30 years, over 3000 miles a year, sometimes more without a accident. I did have a trailer come loose before because the coupler was worn out. In case you don't know, the only way to tell if a regular coupler is worn out is when it comes off. Mine had a stretched nose I knew nothing about. You could be next. I tow for mission work on weekends. I even towed a recuse vehicle through a hurricane because they felt I was the man for the job. I love the outdoors. If you really want to be stable, buy a fith wheel camper. I bought this Airstream because it was a great deal and a great camper. I plan to put one of these couplers on every tag-along that I own. Not just because it's easy, but to be safe. Did you see the accidents involving miscouples on Quickbite's website. I do not want to be one.

I do not have a sway bar because when I bought the camper, it didn't have one. I thought of adding one but never felt unsafe. I have the air ride system on my truck so it is very stable. If you are not using this sytem, you need to surely consider it. I mention that not to defend the air ride system. Just saying that I have one. So if you want to attack it,attack it from experience. Never owned one,then you shouldn't give advise.

I mentioned this coupler to help someone out, just like this site helped me to polish my camper. I own one and love it. If you don't own one, then you know nothing about it. Quit giving your opinion on a movie that you never saw. I do appreciate the one feedback from the gentleman that had one similar for pulling his tractor. Seems he liked his too. If you had one , I bet you would love it too.
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I think you should.

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Thanks Tom. I'm sure you are right. You can never be to safe. Especially if you are caught in a bad situation and have to respond quickly. A swaying trailer could get very scary.

Just like in my situation. I believe that everybody should use one of these safer couplers.
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I checked out your kayak, Looks really nice. Looks like you put a lot of hard work into it. You have some serious talents there.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:25 AM   #28
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Good one Tom -- karma your way. Even old-old-old friction antisway is better than this.

It's amazing how suddenly the driver can give up their role and let the trailer do the steering.
In watching this video, note that after the truck sways to avoid the other vehicles, the mower moves to the rear of the trailer. No tounge weight what so ever. Anyone knows that with no tounge weight even with an antisway you don't have a chance. Don't believe me try it. It is why Uhaul has so many problems with accidents. Customers load the trailers wrong. Next time before they steal a truck, they should make sure that it is loaded properly. That is why goosenecks and 5th wheels are so stable. Not much of a way to load them wrong and even if you do, your connection is centered over the wheels.
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