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Old 06-18-2006, 08:05 PM   #21
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WD Hitch: TV Level or how much rear sag?

We ended up with a Reese trunion style hitch. Our old EA-Z-Lift hitch head wasn't adjustable for height and we needed it 4" higher per the 19-1/2" distance to top of ball spec'd for our '78 Argosy 24. The trailer came with the 800# torsion bars and the attachments on the tongue. Had an old Equalizer head which I salvaged the adjustable reciever mount from. Getting the hitch high right and the location of the chain attachments made a big difference.

Here's the deal. I set up the Reese with the recommended starting point. Seven washers I think. I measured the rig on level ground and each wheel well on the TV was down 1" from where it sits unloaded. I towed it like this and it was fine but according to the Reese instructions the rear of the TV should have an 1" more sag than the front. I tried using one less link and that set the rig up per the Reese instructions (1" more in back). Thing is it towed noticably worse; pretty damn bad actually. I took out one washer and put the links back where they were; essentially a "1/2 link" adjustment. This gave me a 1/2" difference between the front and back wheel wells on the TV. It was much better than with a full 1" difference but certainly no better than with the TV level. In fact I'd say marginally worse. Given that we were packed light and if I ever have to haul fresh water to a site I'm going to have substantially more hitch weight I think I'm going be to the level set-up.

How much, if any differential do you have between front and rear suspension loading with the WD hitch? Has anyone else experience better results with the TV level?

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Old 06-18-2006, 09:44 PM   #22
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Agree here with pretty much all ideas as posted .The durango 4x4 is fine and its not that small ,has plenty of mass to it so the trailer doesn't controll it.The proper hitch as all have stated and WD CORRECTLY setup and loaded
should eliminate any sway or somthings definatley wrong .The truck trailer thing does give a pull due to the airpressure between the passing of the semi from behind,and it may just feel like a tugging on your tv and airstream .I have a 60 tradewind ,single axle leaf springs and never any sway.The statement about the torsion axle being better due to what? I know the design and function of the torsion ,cannot see it affecting sway .The roundness of airstreams in windy conditions is a proven design in itself to controll being pushed around .This torsion business is really hyped up more than it needs to be .They are independent in wheel movement and smooth
and I agree that independent suspension on most vehicals is better than not
but they are not magic axles and have there own issues ,namely worn out ,cannot be repaired ,must be replaced .My hadco 5200# trdwnd axle
going strong and they don't break .

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Old 06-19-2006, 07:22 AM   #23
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After changing out my axles and tires, I had quite a bit of sway. BUT, I was not running a WD hitch or sway control. My quick fix on the first voyage after changing things was to fill the empty fresh water tank all the way. Wow! What a difference, but still a little sway. I bought a Reese hitch head and started using the WD bars and rusty old sway bar that came with the trailer. That made a tremendous difference. Upgrading my truck from a single cab to an extended cab was the "frosting on the cake" for me. Now it pulls like a fifth wheel!
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