Originally Posted by thetanu539
Would this be considered "slightly" or should I be trying to make some more adjustments?
You're looking for the easy way to determine if your WD hitch is properly adjusted. But there is no easy way until after you get the hitch properly adjusted the first time. After the first time, then you will know how much the front and rear heights of the tow vehicle (TV) body changes when the trailer is attached and the spring bars tightened the correct amount.
But the first time you need to weigh the wet and loaded rig three times on a CAT scale that gives you the weight on the front and rear TV axles as well as the trailer axles.
1] The first time, you want to weigh the wet and loaded TV without the trailer. Wet and loaded means with a full tank of fuel, plus you include all the people, pets, tools, WD hitch head and any other payload that will be in or on the TV when towing. Campfire wood? Floor jack? Toys such as bikes and dirt biles and ATVs? Get the weight on both front and rear axles and the gross vehicle weight (GVW).
2] The second trip across the scale, add the wet and loaded trailer, but without
the spring bars tightened. Wet and loaded trailer means with everything that will be in the trailer when towing - at least enough fresh water to flush the pottie while on the road, food, dishes, pots and pans, linens, TV set(s), stocked refrigerator, cooler(s), clothes, coats, etc. Plus your normal tools and camping gear that's hauled in the "basement" storage area of the trailer - water hose, extension cords, chocks, wrenches for adjusting the stabilizer jacks, other tools, etc. Note the weights on all three sets of axles, then measure and record the distance from the level ground to the top of the fender well on both front and rear axles. Add the weights on the front and rear axles of the tow vehicle to get GVW.
2a] Subtract the GVW without the trailer from the GVW with the trailer to get tongue weight.
3] The third trip across the scales is with the trailer and the spring bars tightened to what you think is right based on your first post above. Before you begin this step, be certain that wet and loaded trailer is level front to rear. If not level, then adjust the ball mount until the trailer is level front to rear. Note the weights on all three sets of axles.
4] Next you want to compute the percent of tongue weight that was distributed when you tightened the spring bars. The goal is 20% to 25% of the tongue weight should be distributed to the trailer axles, 20% to 25% of the tongue weight to the front axle of the TV and 50% to 60% of the tongue weight remaining on the rear axle of the TV.
To do that, divide the change in weight on each axle (caused by tightening the spring bars) by the tongue weight determined in 2a] above. Double-check your math by adding the three percentages together and you should get about 100%. But since CAT scales are not accurate to within more than about 20 or 25 pounds, you may not get exactly 100%.
5] If you don't have between 20/60/20 and 25/50/25 percent distribution of tongue weight, then you should fiddle with your WD hitch adjustments (including how much you tighten the spring bars), then repeat steps 3] and 4] above.
First be sure your spring bars are tightened to the correct tension so that 50% to 60% of tongue weight is left on the rear axle of the TV. Note that the tighter the spring bars, the more weight is removed from the rear axle and distributed to the other axles.
After you have the correct tension on the spring bars, if you need more or less weight added to the TV front or trailer axles, then that is usually fixed by changing the angle of the ball mount to the trailer hitch coupler. Read and comply with your hitch adjustment instructions to get the hitch set up properly.
6] After you have between 20/60/20 and 25/50/25 percent distribution of tongue weight, then the last step is to measure the distance from the wheel wells to the ground. Record those measurements, and use them every time you hook up the trailer that weighs about the same. Your real world measurements may or may not be the same as the theoretical guidelines published by your WD hitch manufacturer.
7] After you complete this process, come back here and report what you learned.