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Old 08-02-2017, 10:04 AM   #15
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Just got off the phone with Ford customer service - created a case file for the driveline "clunk" and the defective hitch. Hopefully that'll light a fire under my dealership... Expect to get a call from the service manager shortly.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:04 PM   #16
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I stopped in at my dealer Friday morning and had the body shop foreman look at my hitch. After I showed him the truck with hitch protruding at a downward angle, my pictures and finally dissuaded him from trusting his tape measure (he only measured from the tube to the bumper at one point on mine and another truck, not the angle of the tubes relative to the truck--duh), he disappeared for a bit. When he reappeared, he told me that Parts had a new hitch ordered and should be in next week. Believe it or not!!!
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:31 PM   #17
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I went to a lot of trouble to get my hitch level, only to be told by the Airstream mechanic when I took the trailer in for service that the correct orientation was slightly downward, as illustrated in your first picture. He then undid all the adjustments I had made and ended up with the hitch slanted downward again, as before. He explained that the downward orientation was necessary to put the proper force on the weight distribution hitch. So now I just leave it alone, and have gone many thousands of miles without any problems.
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Old 08-06-2017, 05:23 AM   #18
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I went to a lot of trouble to get my hitch level, only to be told by the Airstream mechanic when I took the trailer in for service that the correct orientation was slightly downward, as illustrated in your first picture. He then undid all the adjustments I had made and ended up with the hitch slanted downward again, as before. He explained that the downward orientation was necessary to put the proper force on the weight distribution hitch. So now I just leave it alone, and have gone many thousands of miles without any problems.
On an equalizer hitch there are washers you add or subtract to take care of this. Not sure about other hitches.

I think the receiver should be level.
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FWIW, and as a comparison, I checked my RAM 1500 and the receiver is horizontal with no downward angle.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:54 AM   #20
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I went to a lot of trouble to get my hitch level, only to be told by the Airstream mechanic when I took the trailer in for service that the correct orientation was slightly downward, as illustrated in your first picture. He then undid all the adjustments I had made and ended up with the hitch slanted downward again, as before. He explained that the downward orientation was necessary to put the proper force on the weight distribution hitch. So now I just leave it alone, and have gone many thousands of miles without any problems.
The receiver should be level, IMO.
Any angle for added pressure on WD bars is created in the hitch, not the receiver.
As someone noted, the receiver doesn't know if it's a trailer, a wheelchair platform, or a bike carrier.
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The receiver should be level, IMO.

Any angle for added pressure on WD bars is created in the hitch, not the receiver.

As someone noted, the receiver doesn't know if it's a trailer, a wheelchair platform, or a bike carrier.


True, I wasn't making that distinction. My receiver was and is level. The downward adjustment was made to the hitch.
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That tech just got a whole lot smarter. Thanks for clarifying. Pat
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Yep, and once the receiver issue is resolved and level, I'll probably retire the old welded Reese hitch and reconfigure an adjustable Curt hitch that we have and get it set up and adjusted for the vintage trailer. Thanks for all the input, folks!
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The proper receiver would be level to the ground, or parallel to the vehicle chassis at least. It looks like the fabricator that made the hitch had an issue with the welding fixture which nobody picked up on down the line. Maybe the fixture was adjustable for use with a different product, increasing the probability of error.
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Go back to the dealer and put it in another similarly equipped Ford and see if it is the same. Just doesn't look right.
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So, just got back from the dealership. They installed a new "factory" hitch. Looks better, anyway--more in line with the world now. On to deeper issues with vehicle...
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