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Old 09-04-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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Hitch Help

I have a Reese R20 5th wheel hitch. It is centered over my rear axle. When I was weighed by SmartWeigh, the results showed that when my unit was hitched, the each of the front wheels of the truck were unloaded about 150 pounds. Accordin to Reese, I can turn the pivot beam around which moves the hitch point 1" forward. Any mathmaticians around that can tell me if this would make much of a difference?

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Old 09-04-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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Would need a lot more information to calculate, easiest just to flip the pivot beam and re weigh the rig. If your trailer is unloading front by 150 lbs per wheel, that's a lot! If flipping the pivot beam doesn't do it, you might have to move the whole 5th wheel hitch forward. How much weight on the rear?


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I have 4,500# pin weight. Of that less than 200# sit on the front tires. The B&W hitch is full forward.

I would recommend moving forward. Industry standard is 2'' ahead of center of rear axle.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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I've bee talking to Reese and taking measurements on my truck. Unfortunately, these measurements are exactly what they should be.
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From my experience the math is correct and the scales is off.
At 1% error over 80000 lbs would be 800 lbs.
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