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Old 02-16-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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WD Hitch setup on a light trailer

I just purchased a 31ft travel trailer (today actually) and I have a few questions on the WD hitch setup.

The trailer came with a hitch, and the guy pulled the rig with his 1500 Chevy. (Its a light trailer, 5200 or so dry, 7500 GVWR) I'm towing it with a 2007 Duramax 2500HD Short Box

Now, I flipped the ball, lowered it all the way down and hooked up the trailer. The truck squats ~3/4 an inch in the rear at the wheel wells, and the trailer settles out perfectly level. (Front comes up ~1/4)

At this point, if I hook up the WD bars, I lift the nose of the trailer up about a 1/2 inch, and bring the truck original height. (Doesn't take much) But I am pretty sure this is not correct, I want a level trailer when done. The tilt in the head is JUST below level towards the back of the trailer. I think I need a shank with more drop, but before I drop the $$ I wanted to check with folks that have more experience setting these up.

I towed it home without the WD setup, trailer level, and I got bounced pretty good over a rail road crossing, so I'm pretty sure I need something to damp that out.

From searching around, I get mixed messages from people with similar setups. Just as many with them, as without them (WD Hitches)
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:33 PM   #2
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1/2" high in the front is not a big deal.
I would put just a little tension on the bars since it will help the bouncing.

Is the trailer loaded yet?
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:39 PM   #3
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Is the trailer loaded yet?
No, actually, and this is a good point. I am basically empty, other than both batteries, full propane tanks and misc wood for leveling. Incidentals are still in the house / garage (bedding, kitchenware, etc) . My Fresh water tank is also empty.

Easy to overlook this. Once I get it loaded up I'll re-check and probably be right where I need to be.

Sometimes the most obvious thing can create the most problems.
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