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Old 03-03-2017, 11:08 AM   #11
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Nice rig, you should have lots of good times with it. As far as towing, I measure the TV front wheel well height with the truck empty. Then tension the bars so I get the same height hitched and fully loaded. My 1/2 ton with 400#s in the bed and 4450# Z1 sits one inch lower in the rear when the front is the same as unloaded. Setup the hitch so the loaded trailer is level front to back when hitched to the loaded truck. Then make sure the hitch ball is 90 degrees to the tounge. This should get you close to the safest and easiest driving setup. Also, crank the sway bar down as hard as you can by hand, the replacement pads are cheap. Happy Trails

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Thanks! The sway bar thing threw me for a loop until recently. When I picked up the trailer the dealer had the main turn-bar barely snugged up, and said you just 'feel it out'. But everything I read online called the part with the handle an "on/off" switch, which confused the hell out of me since it's nothing like an on/off switch. It's about 15 turns from full loose to full tight. Then I read a (rather rude) article about how you just turn it all the way until the plate contacts the base and it won't turn anymore, and that's 'on', and if you need to adjust tension after that you use a wrench on the bolt below it. I felt so dumb for not understanding before, but sometimes that's what you need, right? haha

The 'baseline' factory-set tension is WAY tighter than what I've been driving around at, so hopefully the next trip we take it'll be a little calmer back there when semis pass by.
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:31 PM   #12
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Thanks! The sway bar thing threw me for a loop until recently. When I picked up the trailer the dealer had the main turn-bar barely snugged up, and said you just 'feel it out'. But everything I read online called the part with the handle an "on/off" switch, which confused the hell out of me since it's nothing like an on/off switch. It's about 15 turns from full loose to full tight. Then I read a (rather rude) article about how you just turn it all the way until the plate contacts the base and it won't turn anymore, and that's 'on', and if you need to adjust tension after that you use a wrench on the bolt below it. I felt so dumb for not understanding before, but sometimes that's what you need, right? haha

The 'baseline' factory-set tension is WAY tighter than what I've been driving around at, so hopefully the next trip we take it'll be a little calmer back there when semis pass by.
It does say "on / off " on it. You'll get used to it pretty quickly. Mine feels right when it groans loudly pulling slowly out of the driveway. Usually as tight as i can get it by hand without popping an elbow. On second thought, everything feels right when im loaded up and pulling out of the driveway.... Forgot to add that I loosen it all the way when backing up or pulling thru campgrounds. Happy Trails

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Old 03-03-2017, 02:01 PM   #13
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It does say "on / off " on it.
Haha...I know, that's why I felt dumb.
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:29 AM   #14
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When I first installed the weight distribution system it took me about 4 trips to finally dial it in right. I watched dozens of videos about adjusting it and eventually we got it pretty much perfect for us. If you feel you need to go one more link on the chains then do it. Worse that could happen is that you have to stop and drop it one. But remember you can adjust the shank as well. Do your measurements and take your time adjusting. In the end you'll be amazed at the difference. Watch the videos.
The picture is us stopping on our way home with the new TT and adjusting the weight distribution. Spent about 30 minutes adjusting. And stopped one more time and finally had it right.
As for white knuckling it, everyone does and even the veteran rvers white knuckle it now and then.

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The 'baseline' factory-set tension is WAY tighter than what I've been driving around at, so hopefully the next trip we take it'll be a little calmer back there when semis pass by.
The semi issue never gets better! LOL. My setup is good and I still have to brace for semis coming along side. It's something you get used to.

Enjoy it and plan lots of road trips.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:11 AM   #15
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When I first installed the weight distribution system it took me about 4 trips to finally dial it in right. I watched dozens of videos about adjusting it and eventually we got it pretty much perfect for us. If you feel you need to go one more link on the chains then do it. Worse that could happen is that you have to stop and drop it one. But remember you can adjust the shank as well. Do your measurements and take your time adjusting. In the end you'll be amazed at the difference. Watch the videos.
The picture is us stopping on our way home with the new TT and adjusting the weight distribution. Spent about 30 minutes adjusting. And stopped one more time and finally had it right.
As for white knuckling it, everyone does and even the veteran rvers white knuckle it now and then.



The semi issue never gets better! LOL. My setup is good and I still have to brace for semis coming along side. It's something you get used to.

Enjoy it and plan lots of road trips.
Thanks! I think the dealer set up the load leveling part of the hitch right. They took a bunch of measurements, and as-set-up, the rear squats an inch or two, and the front squats around an inch also. The trailer itself is level with the ground, and isn't nose-up or down. We'll see about the anti-sway part next weekend -- we're going a couple hours away for an overnighter.
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