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Old 09-12-2017, 10:38 AM   #57
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OK, you 'Hitch-perts';
Gotta question for you, 'cause I'm curious. (some would say that I look funny too.)

The Reese instruction book tells us to set the angle of the ball mount at 15 degrees to the hitch, as mine is.

IF, I were to change the angle, either greater or lessor, what would change in the dynamics of towing?
Big Difference? little Difference? No difference? in towing?

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Old 09-13-2017, 08:48 AM   #58
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Increasing, or decreasing that angle will put more or less pressure on your trunion bars. More pressure equals more weight transferred to your front wheels of the tow vehicle.....less, more weight on the rear axle of the tow vehicle..

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Yes to what Larry said. I have my hitch angled down to the maximum and still have the notches all filled. I get the front weight back to almost as much as the unhitched weight.

So if you tip the hitch down a little more and use the same number of links you I'll put a little more weight on the front axle. You can test how you might like that by hooking up 1 link tighter and test drive.

And it might be that the greater the angle down and the more weight transferred to the front axle the more resistance to sway the hitch has.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:29 PM   #60
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Increasing, or decreasing that angle will put more or less pressure on your trunion bars. More pressure equals more weight transferred to your front wheels of the tow vehicle.....less, more weight on the rear axle of the tow vehicle..

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OK;

But Wouldn't taking up the chain by one link do the same thing?

(See previous post, [July 31,] for further information.)
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Reese suggests having 5 links between the bars and the lift hooks. So yes, you can transfer more weight using fewer links but will get to the point where there are fewer links than desirable there. Also note that when you change the number of links you probably need to re-adjust the length of the arms on the trailer tongue.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:31 AM   #62
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Taking up one link will "tweak" the hookup, no doubt. It will add more pressure to the trunnion bars. It just depends on how much you need to transfer weight to the steering wheels of the TV...
There are a lot of factors to be considered and understood when you are doing the initial setup...

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And there is one more factor we have not discussed yet. Different rated trunnions bars. You can get them rated 600, 800, 1000, and 1200. So my setup with my 800 lb bars could be a bit different than yours with whatever bars you have. So the setup involves rated weight of bars, hitch head angle, hitch head height, and number of links. And I suspect there is a lot of over lap in all of these combinations that should work well. But I still like weights hitched and unhitched to test the adjustments.
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And there is one more factor we have not discussed yet. Different rated trunnions bars. You can get them rated 600, 800, 1000, and 1200. So my setup with my 800 lb bars could be a bit different than yours with whatever bars you have. So the setup involves rated weight of bars, hitch head angle, hitch head height, and number of links. And I suspect there is a lot of over lap in all of these combinations that should work well. But I still like weights hitched and unhitched to test the adjustments.
My bars are 1400 lbs. and my hitch weight averages 1050-1100 lbs. (Sherlite scale)
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My bars are 1400 lbs. and my hitch weight averages 1050-1100 lbs. (Sherlite scale)
Are using 1400lb bars on your Reese hitch? If so, they are way too stiff. You need to get the 800lb bars for your set up. Night and Day difference. I have done some testing with 800 vs 1200lb bars. Trust me, the 800lb bars are the sweet spot for a smooth soft ride with a 1/2 ton. BTW, my tongue weight is 940lbs.

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Are using 1400lb bars on your Reese hitch? If so, they are way too stiff. You need to get the 800lb bars for your set up. Night and Day difference. I have done some testing with 800 vs 1200lb bars. Trust me, the 800lb bars are the sweet spot for a smooth soft ride with a 1/2 ton. BTW, my tongue weight is 940lbs.

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I agree with that, I don't know of any Airstream that needs 1400# bars. On our 34' (and the 30" before that) the 800# bars were the "sweet spot". I tried 1000 before that, and it was just too stiff. I do use an AirSafe hitch setup in conjunction with the Reese...this also makes for a lot smooth ride for the trailer.

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OOPS!
My mistake, they're 1200 lb. bars.
Don't know where that 1400# came from.

But I believe that those bars came with the kit, when I originally had them installed on the 25' FC.
(Maybe Andy swapped them, when I traded the 25'er for the 30. I don't know!)
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