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Old 02-04-2015, 10:32 AM   #15
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Disconnect the WDH before any angled driveways or steep up hill turns.
I'm a newbie, so I'm not sure what it means to disconnect a weight-distributing hitch. Obviously, you mean to leave the trailer connected to the TV.

How do you disconnect the WDH? Is the process the same with all brands of WDH?
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:58 AM   #17
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I'm a newbie, so I'm not sure what it means to disconnect a weight-distributing hitch. Obviously, you mean to leave the trailer connected to the TV.

How do you disconnect the WDH? Is the process the same with all brands of WDH?
You don't literally disconnect the hitch. You leave the coupler of the tongue of the trailer connected to the ball on the hitch. You remove the spring bars from the hitch. And depending on the type of sway control you have, you may need to disconnect some of the sway control parts too.

With that done you should be able to do almost a 90 angle without banging anything on trailer or SUV. But if you cannot get that much angle, then a 6" or 12" or so extender for the head of the hitch will allow more angle. Here's a 7.5" one for the normal receiver with 2"x2" opening:
http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...ophy/HE06.html

Note that extender will probably cause your tongue weight to overload your receiver, so baby the rig when it's hooked up with the extender. And remove the extender before you hook up the spring bars.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:20 PM   #18
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Very helpful, SmokeyWren!

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You don't literally disconnect the hitch. You leave the coupler of the tongue of the trailer connected to the ball on the hitch. You remove the spring bars from the hitch. And depending on the type of sway control you have, you may need to disconnect some of the sway control parts too....
Your entire post answers this question very well! I much appreciate your helpful level of detail.

I knew I could buy parts that would hold the ball extending at various distances from the towing vehicle, but didn't know there was such a thing as an extender. I am grateful for the info about the effects of an extender on the load, too!
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