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Old 11-15-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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How hard is it to set up WD hitch & Sway Control?

We're looking at buying a TT as a replacement for our MH. We've done all the research on which TT has the room, layout, quality, and weight characteristics that are suitable for our needs.

My question is - I've seen many reputable WD and Sway Control hitches advertised on the internet and am thinking that I'll get a better deal by buying these in advance of buying the TT. My concerns are 1) could I install the WD and Sway Control (most likely friction bar) myself and let the dealer 'fine tune' it when I pick up the TT and 2) if I can't install it myself should most dealers be able to do it even though it not 'their normal brand'?

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Go to You Tube. There are clips on WD hitches that will be helpful to you. If you're unfamiliar with WD it may seem like a mystery, but there's nothing to it. Or, buy the hitch and sway bar and bring it with you when you pick up the new TT. It's the dealers responsibility to hook you up.
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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There's nothing to it. You'll be fine with the instructions. And the dealer has probably seen/installed all kinds of brands besides the ones they sell.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I've had a WD hitch many years ago and after I went to youtube and viewed a clip from etrailer, it doesn't look like it should be anything that I couldn't do or any dealer couldn't do. Thanks for the input though.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:36 PM   #5
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We're looking at buying a TT as a replacement for our MH. We've done all the research on which TT has the room, layout, quality, and weight characteristics that are suitable for our needs.

My question is - I've seen many reputable WD and Sway Control hitches advertised on the internet and am thinking that I'll get a better deal by buying these in advance of buying the TT. My concerns are 1) could I install the WD and Sway Control (most likely friction bar) myself and let the dealer 'fine tune' it when I pick up the TT and 2) if I can't install it myself should most dealers be able to do it even though it not 'their normal brand'?

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You probably don't need to be told to buy quality hitch components only. You could set the head up with the correct ball size, and have it at the correct ball height easy enough. From there any dealership should be willing to tweak your setup when you pick the coach up. You can't go much further without having the trailer installed on the ball.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:10 PM   #7
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Mike,
Just responded to your other WD hitch question. For Equal-i-zer, the reqired torque for the shank is well above what most torque wrenches will give you, so let the dealer install it. The instructions are quite clear so (other than the high capacity torque wrench) you could do it your self. When I bought my trailer, the dealer was able to beat the prices I could get the hitch for, and his price included installation.
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Thanks for the input Tom. I just didn't want to get in a situation where I was at the dealership and he 'held me up' because he knew I had no choice at that point than to buy his hitch. I'll probably being out-of-state so that's my main concern.
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