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Old 08-30-2018, 01:08 PM   #1
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Equalizer Hitch Adjustment (4 pt) Question

I'm getting ready to attach and setup / adjust an Equalizer WD Hitch for my 19' Flying Cloud (GVWR 4500). Should I fill the water tanks and load the trailer before making the adjustments or, with such a light trailer, does it not make that much difference? If we are at full hookup sites we don't fill the water tanks, but if we boondock, then we will. Thus the weight of the trailer changes depending on the type of camping we do. How then should we set the WD/Sway adjustment? With chain style systems you lengthen or shorten the chain lengths, but with the Equalizer bar system, it's not the simple.
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:30 PM   #2
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I would say if you are planning to travel with full tanks then certainly fill them up before setting the hitch. It is a very significant amount of weight.
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The proper answer will always be to check things both ways. You likely will have various loads in your TV depending on what you are headed out to do. Assuming you don't have infinite time to play with this stuff .... load it to the max and see how the numbers come out.

Also consider - will you ever be running with full fresh water *and* full waste water tanks? For some the answer is yes. For many the "max" answer is the weight of the fresh water being about all you will ever have.

Finally accept that even the setup with a CAT scale is only a starting point. There is no single "best" answer just from weighing things. Your ride and handling may be better with a tweak one way or a tweak the other way. Only time on the road will give you that information ....

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Equalizer Hitch Adjustment (4 pt) Question

Equalizer is easy to install if you know the basics of weight distribution and how to calibrate your hitch to achieve your desired outcome. You want the trailer loaded and ready for travel / camping when you install - whatever that means in your particular case.

There are only 3 adjustments you can make when installing the equalizer:

Ball height (adjustment needed for a LEVEL trailer when WD is fully applied)

L bracket location and height (this is your main factor in how much rotational torque is applied to the receiver on your TV - aka weight distribution - adjusting the height of these is like adjusting how many chain links to use)

Head angle (secondary fine tuning of how much torque is applied to the receiver on your TV)

Good video here and the instructions that come with the equalizer are pretty good as well.



If you donít know how to measure the effectiveness of the WD hitch or how to determine how much weight distribution / torque is needed thatís another topic of its own. You must first understand that prior to installing and calibrating your hitch.
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This is a bit towards overthinking this, but weighing and setting the hitch up with a full fresh water tank and empty black and gray tanks will be a good approximation of the common situation. Day to da,that amount of water will either be in one tank, or divided among the three. And wonít make a significant difference in the loading of the trailer.
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This is a bit towards overthinking this, but weighing and setting the hitch up with a full fresh water tank and empty black and gray tanks will be a good approximation of the common situation. Day to da,that amount of water will either be in one tank, or divided among the three. And wonít make a significant difference in the loading of the trailer.
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Well, for most cases, yes that's how it works. If you will be camping somewhere that fresh water comes from "this place" and the dump station (with no fresh water) is "tomorrow afternoon" .... you might have a different loading. We have run into this a couple of times already.

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But really - even a couple hundred lbs of water in a 2, 3, or 4 ton trailer is not going to make a whole lot of difference.
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Yes, fill your water tank and load your trailer just like you plan to travel. I stayed at an RV park this week for 3 nites and first morning got a call that water was turned off due to “issues”. Outage lasted 24 hours. I was so glad I’d filled my tank. Any way you can consult with a hitch expert to get it right? You’ll learn a lot and have peace of mind on the road.
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But really - even a couple hundred lbs of water in a 2, 3, or 4 ton trailer is not going to make a whole lot of difference.
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Considering that you are playing with maybe 50 gallons at 8 pounds per gallon and the tongue weight is < 1,200 pounds on just about all the trailers ..... You can have an effect. Sure they try to put the tanks all at the axle. There's only just so much room dead on that centerline.

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