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Old 04-24-2005, 04:55 PM   #15
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:11 PM   #16
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Personally, I just loosen the U bolts and the top draw down bolt, pull the hitch head off the cradle, pull the release handle, and lift the bottom cradle part (with tube attached) out of the socket.

I reinstall the same way- just make sure that everything is lined up so the tube is all the way in the socket, and the release handle/crossbolt fully seats. I torque the draw down bolt to 40 pounds per the directions, though I go a little more on the U bolts.

My trailer used to seem to buck back and forth somewhat when stopping, but after I switched to Brakesmart, it stops very smoothly. I think before it was more a matter of the trailer brakes not very well proportioned to the truck brakes than flex in the hitch...

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I do the same as Jeff. Just be sure to catch the correct hole in the drop tube as it has 2 for different levels of bed to frame dimensions. Mine uses the top hole, meaning it drops down the furthest. I caught the first hole by mistake once and immediately noticed it was wrong as it never could torque down to the bed.
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Old 04-25-2005, 10:28 AM   #18
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According to Joe Work (the "W" in B&W), the lower hole in the adapter tube is for trucks with thick bed mats. One could certainly pull the companion 5th wheel hitch frame out with the adapter tube still attached, but I store my hitch flat on the garage floor, so I slide the frame off the tube before removing the tube.

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