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Old 05-28-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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F-150 Setup

We are new AS owners (27'FB) with Equil-i-zer WD hitch. Just got my 2007 F-150 Super Crew short bed shipped from our old home in Virginia. The hitch was not set up for the truck by the dealer. In trying to get the trailer set-up to just tow the trailer to the local hitch dealer I am having one terrible time. When I drop the yoke to the ball the truck lowers in the rear about 6 inches! The front wheels have almost no weight on them!
I only have a couple of miles to get the combo to the shop but what is the issue here? Are my shocks and springs shot? The TV only has 70K miles. Do I need to install something like Quickstrut or is there something better?
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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It sounds like you don't have the weight-distribution part of the hitch installed (or perhaps just not properly set up.) Here's a link to Equal-i-zer setup instructions, if you don't have them. With a weight-distribution setup properly installed and configured, the front and rear bumper of the truck should drop by approximately the same amount when the trailer is on the ball and the weight distribution hardware is set.

Your shocks have nothing to do with how far the truck drops when you apply weight to the suspension, they control how fast it drops (and/or rebounds). Your springs have little to do with it unweighting the front while compressing the back, they'll respond correctly when the weight distribution is set correctly.

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Old 05-28-2013, 08:41 AM   #3
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If you are using the WD I think you have the hitch ball to high. If you start out with the ball to high there is no way to adjust the hitch correctly. The top of the hitch ball should be about 1" higher than the measured distance of the trailer coupler above ground when the trailer is level, measured on flat ground. Any higher and it starts lifting the front wheels of the TV.
My hitch ball is 19 3/4" above ground. 19 1/2" to 20 1/2" should be close enough to get you home.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:58 AM   #4
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When you put the bars on the truck should higher. I have the same hitch and have the bed of the truck full of firewood. The whole rig rides level. Lower the coupler onto the ball and latch it. Jack up the truck and trailer both. Put the bars on. Let it all down.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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What is the trim level of the Supercrew? Take a pictue of the load information tag on the door post and post the information. Take a picture of you hitch and setup, all will help everyone to get a handle on the issue. Looks like you should have a tongue weithgt of 770 lbs.

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