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Old 02-16-2018, 02:29 PM   #1
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Correct drop?

Purchased our AS this fall from a local dealer who set our hitch up. It seems to us that we don’t have enough drop? Appears the rear of the unit is significantly lower. Advice welcomed. Pics attached.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:32 PM   #2
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Take measurements, but it does look like you should drop to the last hole on your drawbar.
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I definitely agree, it needs to be lowered until it sits level.
This may change the amount of spring (chain height) tension so be ready to adjust that as well.
I suggest getting the installation instructions from the manufacturer and re- set your distribution hitch.
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Old 02-16-2018, 04:36 PM   #4
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IMO, the truck looks good, and yes the trailer is nose high.
But it appears you have one more hole in the shank, so remove the two bolts, drop down one hole and reattach.
That's not always easy unless you have the tools, but any trailer or hitch place should be able to lower the head in minutes.
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Your airstream frame as measured should be within 1/2” of level on that trailer. Your ball is too high.
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:28 PM   #6
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This is unfortunate as the first setup by dealer was even more slanted. We took it back, swapped out hitch and were given this setup and were told it was correct. This is our first unit so at the mercy of their “knowledge”. If we drop it down another link, will the fixed bend in weight distribution bars then be too close to the ground, seems they are already very close.
How will we know which link to use on the weight distribution?
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Don't feel too bad as it seems like this is a common problem with many dealers. Either they don't understand or don't take the time to do it correctly.

I had the same problem with an incorrect hitch height. I took it back to the dealer and they told me all the reasons that I was wrong. I was inexperienced, the tires on my TV were not correct, etc., etc. I told them I'm the customer and I want it changed. They changed it but it still was not correct (the AS was not level). I gave up and took it home, measured it, made the adjustments and it is near perfect now.

Sometimes you have to do it yourself to get it right I guess!
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:43 PM   #8
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After lowering the ball, and WITHOUT the trailer hooked to the tow vehicle, measure the distance from the driveway to the fender over the front tire. Now, hook up the trailer to the tow vehicle. Measure that distance again. If it is more than 1/2 inch higher, add WD pressure. Keep repeating that procedure slowly increasing the WD pressure until the measurement is within 1/2 inch of your original reading. Under no circumstances get that measurement less than you started with.

Keep repeating those two procedures until both the trailer is level, and the WD is set to keep the tow vehicle within 1/2 inch of its original height at the front wheel.

(It depends on what kind of weight distribution hitch you have as to how low the bars can be. I have a Reese Strait-Line with Dual Cam and must have AT LEAST 5 chain links drop.)
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Looks to me like the rear of the TV is also high. Try giving one more chain link on the spring bars. Won't hurt anything if they touch on a high spot but I don't think they will as the rear of the truck will raise over any bumps.
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Looks to me like the rear of the TV is also high. Try giving one more chain link on the spring bars. No I don't think the spring bars will dragWon't hurt anything if they touch on a high spot but I don't think they will as the rear of the truck will raise over any bumps. I would try this before I drop the hitch a hole.
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Looks to me like the rear of the TV is also high.
Picture #1 truck looks level and picture #3 the truck looks high too. I didn't see any cargo in the bed so I'm thinking the truck isn't packed for a trip.

It's good to understand how the hitch works so you can adjust it yourself. YouTube is full of videos for your hitch.
Also the hitch web site will have helpful tips.
The nice thing about a couple of sockets and breaker bars is you'll be able to undo any change you don't think made it better. Harbor Freight is the place for stuff like this.

If you feel the back of the truck is high and the front of the trailer is also high, then add one link to the bar chains. If the truck is level but the front of the trailer is high then drop the hitch one hole.
Shanks have the hole spacing at 1 1/4" so that's the increment you move the trailer coupler up or down.

It's actually a simple system. Lastly, take it for a drive. See how it tows.
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