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RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

Just to close the loop on this, I had my appointment at the hitch shop this morning and had a a Curt Trutrack Trunnion Bar System with built in sway control installed. It was only a short trip home, but there was absolutely no bounce at all. So far, so good. Thanks for all your input. The tech didn't have much more to offer as far as reasons for the bent hitch than you guys already did. Really appreciate the help. Cheers
DennyCrane 07/13/19 09:59pm Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

Yes, I'm in Cloverdale. Appointment with a hitch shop in Langley. I also have Nexus and a US mailbox in Blaine. Just got back from 11 days down the Oregon coast. My reasons for the hitch shop are: -to ensure I'm getting the properly rated hitch. I've read that it's not good to overdo it or underdo it. I assumed to be conservative I'd get a higher rated hitch than I needed, but I've read lots of conflicting info online. -to have them install the brackets on the trailer. Unless I can use my old brackets with the new hitch? I've heard they have to be adjusted exact. Am I over thinking it?
DennyCrane 07/04/19 10:14am Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

Thanks. I have an appointment at a hitch shop on July 13th. They've quoted Round Bar for $470 + tax; Trunnion for $570 + tax; and Internal Sway starting at $720 + tax (Canadian). I may just consider the built in sway for that reason. Or I may just stop using sway control.
DennyCrane 07/03/19 04:04pm Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

You had the anti sway to tight took a sharp right turn and twisted the ball on the anti swayWow, that's crazy how it could bend the metal plate like that. How tight is too tight? I usually spin it until it stops spinning easily, and then give it maybe half of another turn. I guess I'll have to remove it before any sharp turn (previously I had just read that it was important for backing up). You need to read the instructions. You tighten the handle, it only needs to be tight enough that it won't move. You adjust the amount of friction control with the bolt and then leave it alone after it is adjusted properly. There is no need to need to remove it unless backing up at a sharp angle. I do believe that the vast majority of the friction type bars are never adjusted or used properly.I read them thoroughly; several times. They were not very detailed at all. Acxording to what I read the bolt was only if you needed more friction. What you're saying makes sense though.
DennyCrane 07/03/19 08:27am Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

You had the anti sway to tight took a sharp right turn and twisted the ball on the anti swayWow, that's crazy how it could bend the metal plate like that. How tight is too tight? I usually spin it until it stops spinning easily, and then give it maybe half of another turn. I guess I'll have to remove it before any sharp turn (previously I had just read that it was important for backing up).
DennyCrane 07/02/19 08:00pm Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

When I look at the pic I see near the small ball a mark in the bent plate. Bet if you look at tongue of trailer you will have a matching mark.I didn't even notice those marks; good catch! Here is a closeup: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4XqnMhpxbXwL8w9A6 There's some rust, but some parts of it look fresh. I do store it inside when not in use. Possible I got it like that, but more than likely it was me. That said, I see no mark on my hitch. I tried to line it up to see what where it might be hit...I see a rust spot on the trailer coupler that lines up, which I guess could be it. I checked the sway bar and see no marks on there either. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iQ8BKnGwxZ3tnkJ26 At some point cutting the trailer to the right side you jackknifed to tight...Got it - thanks
DennyCrane 07/02/19 07:55pm Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

That or something really pried down on the left WD bar.Do you think that by inflating the airbags AFTER the bars are on could have caused this? I've read lots of debate online about whether you should even use airbags AND a WDH; some say either/or, some say it's fine for the right reasons (air to deal with weight in the tow vehicle, not tongue weight sag from the trailer); others say the air will help level it. Those that said both are fine suggested filling the air AFTER the bars were on, but now this has me wondering. Is it possible to put too much tension on the bars (hooking up too many links)?
DennyCrane 07/02/19 12:54pm Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

Thanks for linking them for me Possibly a sharp turn going into a parking-lot that had an incline? Assuming this is what I did, how would I avoid situations like that in future? Like I said, I know I need a new hitch, but I don't really want to spend hundreds of dollars only to have the same thing happen within a year.
DennyCrane 07/02/19 12:46pm Towing
RE: Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

Wow, thank you for all the quick responses. I tried to embed the photos, but that didn't work. These links should work: https://i.imgur.com/g6OCjv1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/qSTS31bl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/96D45osl.jpg As you can see, it's clearly bent. In answer to some of your suggestions: -The shank on the ball doesn't appear to be too long. Let me know what you think after looking at the pictures though. -I checked the tube on the receiver and it looks level to me. That's a good suggestion though, as I recently found another issue where the exhaust pipe had pushed up the passenger side rear bumper. I had my mechanic look at it, and he says the whole exhaust system up to the cat it pushed towards the front of the vehicle. No scratches on the bumper or evidence of a hit though. A friend is wondering if the mechanic put it on the hoist wrong. Anyways, whatever happened there could have caused the received to go out of whack too, but it looks fine. Let me know what you think. -It's the left side of the hitch head that is bent. And the ball is tilted as a result. -Jacknife? Possibly. I've had to turn it pretty sharp a couple times. When I've gotten out to look it's never made contact, but I suppose it's possible (I didn't think it was). Any advice for this n00b would be greatly appreciated. -Removing the bars? Never done that when backing up. As a subsequent reply noted, my understanding was that was only a concern with the sway bar. I usually take the sway bar off when backing up, but I will admit that once or twice I did not (though the turns were not sharp). -This hitch looks really old. The bars have the chains on them. -I'm not sure if I've swapped the bars or not (I don't pay attention to which side I put them on), but probably because I've been on several trips this year and I've probably hooked and unhooked my trailer about 10 times this year. Moderator edit to fix picture links.
DennyCrane 07/02/19 12:27pm Towing
Weight Distributing Hitch BENT

I started to notice when hitching my trailer that I was not able to get an even number of links on each of the spring bars on my WDH; I might get 6 links on one side, and 8 on the other. Couldn't figure out why. Eventually I realized that the hitch itself is bent (pulled down on the drivers side). I have a picture but I can't figure out how to attach it via my phone. Will try from a computer later. The hitch came with the trailer when I bought it privately last year. It's very old, but I can't imagine how this would happen. That's what I'm hoping someone here might be able to help me with. I'm happy to go buy a new hitch, but I don't want the same thing to happen again. The hitch is rated for 10,000 lbs with the bars/5,000 without. My Springdale trailer weighs 4,300 lbs dry/6,500 loaded. I'm towing with a 2011 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L with a 1" lift in the front and airbags in the rear. I recently installed a Rease anti-sway bar. Could inflating the air bags after the hitch/bars are on have caused something like this? A bad install of the sway bar? Too much tongue weight? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
DennyCrane 07/01/19 11:13pm Towing
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