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Kelpike

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I recently purchased a 2003 25' Coachman TT. I just bought a WDH for it due to quite a bit of sway. The drop I needed before the WDH was about 6 1/2". With the WDH I could probably get away with a 4. The 6 1/2" drop just doesn't look safe to me with the WDH. Any thoughts on what I have now and what you guys use would be appreciated.
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Posted: 09/14/20 05:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The rise or drop is determined by whatever it takes to make the trailer tow level. If it requires 6-1/2 inches, 4 inches is going to be WAY off and bad things will be likely. I would highly recommend you find somebody local who knows what they are doing who can both help you set it up right and explain it as they do it. It takes a lot more info than the pictures you provided to get it right.





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My first thought is to get rid of the drop adapter, turn the weight distribution shank over and then adjust the ball mount position as needed. Looks like you can get where you need to be withou a lot of trouble. Other than the torque on the bolts which is pretty high, don't remember the value though.

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I guess I wasn't clear in my post. Without the WDH I just bought I needed the 6 inches of drop. Now with the WD I don't need that much because I get some of my drop out of the WD. Thats why its reversed on the WD because otherwise its to much drop. I'm wondering if I should purchase a 4 inch drop and flip my WD back over to get the exact drop I need. I just don't think the 6 inch drop I have now looks very safe. I haven't zeroed the whole thing in yet because I have to get the truck and trailer to flatter ground than what is in my yard.

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Traver8 wrote:

My first thought is to get rid of the drop adapter, turn the weight distribution shank over and then adjust the ball mount position as needed. Looks like you can get where you need to be withou a lot of trouble. Other than the torque on the bolts which is pretty high, don't remember the value though.

I would still need about 3 inches of drop if I eliminated the adapter and flipped the WD.

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Regarding sway only, what’s the weight of your loaded and wet TT and what’s your current tongue weight?


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There's enough adjust-ability in those 2 pieces of hardware to hook it to a monster truck or a subaru.
Park the trailer level, back the truck up next to the trailer hitch and flip/adjust that combo until the ball is maybe an inch or so high of perfect, assuming you'll still get a little suspension drop even with the wdh tensioned up.
If you trailer is tandem torsion axles, get er as close to level as you reasonably can. Torsion axles don't play well with nose high or low as one axle takes more load.
If it's tandem leaf springs, not as critical. +/- a couple inches overall is close enough if you cant get er right on.


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Kelpike wrote:


I would still need about 3 inches of drop if I eliminated the adapter and flipped the WD.


On closer look, I've never seen a hitch extension with a "drop" like that and it definitely looks home made. If it is, it's up to you to determine if it's solid enough. Welds don't look super pretty but doesn't mean they're bad. And the concept looks sound (using the drop portion of the hitch extension.

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You talked about sway then about your weight distribution; two different things. Get the trailer level and you want weight distributed to the front. Use sway control bars to control sway. You should have someone knowledgeable help you because if you get sway and there’s not enough weight to the front of your truck you’ll have problems. You’ll also need to know how to control the sway from your brake controller without losing control. Get someone from your local dealer to show you how to set everything up properly.

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guidry wrote:

You talked about sway then about your weight distribution; two different things. Get the trailer level and you want weight distributed to the front. Use sway control bars to control sway. You should have someone knowledgeable help you because if you get sway and there’s not enough weight to the front of your truck you’ll have problems. You’ll also need to know how to control the sway from your brake controller without losing control. Get someone from your local dealer to show you how to set everything up properly.

I feel pretty confident in setting everything up. I bought the weight distribution hitch to help with the sway. I wasn't getting crazy amounts of sway when I towed it, just occasionally and when trailer trucks would pass me.

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