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Old 07-30-2015, 10:46 AM   #29
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For starters, I'm ordering new bars. I've been using 1200 lb bars, because that's what came with the trailer and like a yoyo, I ASSUMED.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:41 PM   #30
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For starters, I'm ordering new bars. I've been using 1200 lb bars, because that's what came with the trailer and like a yoyo, I ASSUMED.

Assumed what? TW?
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:19 PM   #31
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Just that everyone was correct because the trailer was level and truck was level. Reading some of Andy's points on the finer adjustments. Especially using the smaller bars. I ordered 600b bars based on recommendations in that thread to compare to. Andy's advice seems to contradict Reese, but everyone agrees it's the better ride.

I'm also wondering if the truck and Airstream will ride smoother because of this. For starters, looking over the photos, I've never had any bend in my bars. They've always been parallel.



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Old 07-30-2015, 04:17 PM   #32
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Ask Thomson for weight recommendation on bars. You have some scale numbers and I assume the loaded solo truck weight for deduced TW. 800 might be spot on for "equal squat" of TV.

And I assume you are referencing his Hitch Hints column from 11/2014.
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Ask Thomson for weight recommendation on bars. You have some scale numbers and I assume the loaded solo truck weight for deduced TW. 800 might be spot on for "equal squat" of TV.

And I assume you are referencing his Hitch Hints column from 11/2014.
Yup, I think you may be right. We got the parts yesterday and got everything setup and installed today. And drove to our new campground. I forgot to take a photo of the setup, but I even stopped for CAT scale slips, with disappointing results.

I will say, we must of finally got the cam am's adjusted properly. She felt very straight and completely more planted than before. I don't know how to describe it, other than now I think about before and just think, WTF was I doing. Total ignorance.

I'm not sure about the 600 lbs bars.

Since I didn't take a photo, I wanted to ask about bend in the bars. At 5 links under tension we have ZERO bend in the 600 lbs bars. Never had any in the 1200 lbs bars either.

I tried 4 links on the cat scales, and we somehow ended up with 60lbs on the Airstream, and then gaining more weight on the rear truck axle and loosing it on the front of the axle. Which I found very odd.

So I think I need to understand how to pivot the hitch head properly. I believe we have to much on the truck and need to pivot back to the Airstreams axles.

I will post up my slips shortly. And try to hitch up when the rain passes and get some photos.

The only photo I took today was this.



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Old 08-07-2015, 05:33 AM   #34
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It looks like you may be a tad low at the front of the Airstream. Measure to confirm that the height at the bow and stern are the same. If you are low at the front, move the ball up a hole on the shank. I think you have an air suspension on the Ram so the Ram height differential will not change regardless of the force on the bars but axel weight will change. Ensure that the ball angle is at the max downward tilt so that you can increase the force on the bars at 5 links under stress. You do not want less than 5 links under stress. Good luck. Jim


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It looks like you may be a tad low at the front of the Airstream. Measure to confirm that the height at the bow and stern are the same. If you are low at the front, move the ball up a hole on the shank. I think you have an air suspension on the Ram so the Ram height differential will not change regardless of the force on the bars but axel weight will change. Ensure that the ball angle is at the max downward tilt so that you can increase the force on the bars at 5 links under stress. You do not want less than 5 links under stress. Good luck. Jim
I don't have air suspension, it's a 2010. The hitch height, front tongue and rear are all spot. Airstream is level.

Slowmover sent me some really useful info that I think will help me square this all away.
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Bold,
It looks very level to me.
Read the summer 2010 Airstream Life article by AndrewT "Why is your Hitch Crooked?" if you haven't already.
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There are instructions with new Reese hitches how and where to set the angle of the ball, if you don't have it check their website.....
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It's me. I didn't think mine was level and tried to convince myself that my tape was wrong. Something must have happened to me on the "Magnetic Hill" when I was a kid. I am going back there next week. Perhaps it will fix it self. Jim


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