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Old 09-16-2015, 08:37 PM   #1
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Just brought her home

Hello All,

Joined the forum last week and brought home our trailer (first) an hour ago. All went well with the PDI. I used the PDI form in documents and was glad I had it. Only a few minor cosmetic things such as staples, molding problems. All taken care of.

We will be going on our maiden voyage in two weeks to Fort Bragg, Ca (about 5 hours away). Maybe a quick two day stay nearby first.

Quick question: we were told that the weight distribution brackets that attach to the trailer frame do not need to be tightened down tight. When I got it home they were very loose. Loose enough I could just pick them up. I know the tension keeps them on, but is this Normal?

Looking forward to reading and conversing with you all. Great forum!
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:44 PM   #2
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When I had a WDH the brackets that place tension on the bars were tight on the frame with a bolt. Your correct that they will tighten when hitched up but mine were solidly tight even when unhitched.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:47 PM   #3
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Mine look loose, but are snug enough to keep them from wandering. However, as you said, the TT never moves without the WD bars attached, and the downward tension keeps them in place. I think the screw is just to keep in in place so it's there when you need it. I'll appreciate the opinion of others, also.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:54 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new trailer. Have fun!!!

We just upgraded from a popup to a 5th wheel a few weeks ago. I kind of consider this our "first" as well because it's so different. I've learned a lot hanging around this forum while researching and of course now that I have some post-purchase questions.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:34 AM   #5
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I installed my Equalizer, and tightened those b''''es down about as much as I could.

Yes, the weight bars pull down on them, but you don't want those brackets "walking" when you turn or being loose.

Lookup hitch manual for torque ratings on the bracket bolts.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:51 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I will check the instructions and tork as instructed. Doing all the set up today of trailers, sure it will take all day.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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Congrats...sharp trailer the front cap gets better looking every year!!!


Good luck and stay active in the forum, we'd love to hear about your experiences
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:21 PM   #8
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:48 PM   #9
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We have a 26RB. We love it. Have taken two long trips, the last one was our post-retirement trip. We were in the camper 36 days. Very comfortable. We have a Reese round bar wd sway control hitch. We did have problems with bolts that hold the cam bracket in place. They fell out on a rough I40.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:58 PM   #10
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Thanks Richard for that info. I tightened mine today but they recommend not tightening too much. That leaves it a little loose I found out after going for a test drive. I'll keep an eye on it. I had to adjust my drum brakes also, but everything else seems to be good. Got the trailer about half set up. Looking forward to getting it out.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:11 PM   #12
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Because of all the problems they give us? Just kidding of course...must be the pleasure...
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The instructions that came with my Reese said to tighten the snap up bracket bolt until it makes contact with the frame and then tighten an additional 1/4 to 1/2 of a turn.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:01 AM   #15
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[The instructions that came with my Reese said to tighten the snap up bracket bolt until it makes contact with the frame and then tighten an additional 1/4 to 1/2 of a turn.]

Thanks Hondavalk. My WD is a "Curt" and it says he same thing. Its still a bit loose but not as much we'll see,if it stays put.
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congrats on new trailer have lots of fun enjoy
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OOOOoooo pretty! Congrats and welcome to the family.

I'm here on behalf of CrossRoads...so if you ever need anything, don't hesitate to ask. We love love love it when our owners send us camping pictures, so bear that in mind as you journey!
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:18 PM   #18
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Thank You ChristianM! I will keep that in mind regarding the photos.
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Congrats on the new purchase! I hope it brings your family as much fun and as many memories as our campers have over the years!
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:32 AM   #20
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WOW just got her home and someone turned your camper on it's side... Welcome to the forum and cograts on the new camper... If you weren't so far away on the left side of the country I would offer to help you get her back on her tires...
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