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Old 08-27-2017, 05:46 PM   #1
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Tow hitch adjustment

This may be a difficult question to answer, but I'll try anyways. In adjusting my tow hitch for sway control, what does too "loose" feel like, and what does too "stiff" feel like?

I have a Blue Ox SwayPro hitch and I'm trying to figure out which link on the chain to use.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:01 PM   #2
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I wish I could find someone that could help me adjust my load leveling hitch. It's frustrating!!!
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I wish I could find someone that could help me adjust my load leveling hitch. It's frustrating!!!
As a newbie, I'm there with you. Its not like i can go to a dealership or RV store and have them ride with me for a couple of hours to help get it right.
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:19 PM   #4
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As a newbie, I'm there with you. Its not like i can go to a dealership or RV store and have them ride with me for a couple of hours to help get it right.
Already had to change the cage nuts because I have taken them off and put them on so many times. Good thing Lowe's sells them for 84 cents each.
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I have a Sway Pro. I really can't adequately describe what too loose and too tight feel like. Experience will be your guide.
I usually have 9 loose links sitting above the saddle in the bracket when I'm hitched up. That means I see 2 1/2 links showing below the bracket. I use this setting for when I'm fully loaded. It makes for a tight connection but it does accelerate the wear on the chain U-bolts. I'm going to have to replace the U-bolts pretty soon.

When I'm traveling light I'll have 8 free links above the saddle and it still rides well.

I have noticed what I consider to be a bit of squirreliness in back at highway speeds but nothing I would consider to be sway even in strong winds. I just discovered that according to Blue Ox, I should disengage my truck's sway control feature since it tends to fight the Sway Pro's natural tendency to control the sway. I'll try that next trip to see if the squirreliness goes away.

Oh, by the way. Get a decent 18-24 inch 1/2 drive breaker bar with a 1 inch socket. You'll likely skin your knuckles using that sorry excuse of a wrench that Blue Ox provides.
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Oh, by the way. Get a decent 18-24 inch 1/2 drive breaker bar with a 1 inch socket. You'll likely skin your knuckles using that sorry excuse of a wrench that Blue Ox provides.
Thanks for the feedback. I really don't like that squirrelly feeling, but I don't know what normal is.

It's funny you mentioned the wrench, the breaker bar and socket is what my son got me for Father's Day.
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With this, it feels like marshmallows on the back side!
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With this, it feels like marshmallows on the back side!
Does your truck's rear end still tend to squat down a couple of inches with the spring bars hooked up?

If so, you may want to consider some kind of suspension enhancement such as airbags or Timbrens to get things leveled up. It may still feel like marshmallows but at least your headlights will shine at the proper angle.
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Does your truck's rear end still tend to squat down a couple of inches with the spring bars hooked up?

If so, you may want to consider some kind of suspension enhancement such as airbags or Timbrens to get things leveled up. It may still feel like marshmallows but at least your headlights will shine at the proper angle.
It pushes down about two inches. My hitch height for the RV at level is 22", the truck is set at 23" but it goes down to almost 20" when I put the trailer on it. The front end does not move off of it's height without the trailer when I hook the bars up. I am afraid you may be right and I may need to beef up the suspension on the rear end of the truck. I just wish I could find someone to assist.
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I have a Sway Pro. I really can't adequately describe what too loose and too tight feel like. Experience will be your guide.

I usually have 9 loose links sitting above the saddle in the bracket when I'm hitched up. That means I see 2 1/2 links showing below the bracket. I use this setting for when I'm fully loaded. It makes for a tight connection but it does accelerate the wear on the chain U-bolts. I'm going to have to replace the U-bolts pretty soon.



When I'm traveling light I'll have 8 free links above the saddle and it still rides well.



I have noticed what I consider to be a bit of squirreliness in back at highway speeds but nothing I would consider to be sway even in strong winds. I just discovered that according to Blue Ox, I should disengage my truck's sway control feature since it tends to fight the Sway Pro's natural tendency to control the sway. I'll try that next trip to see if the squirreliness goes away.



Oh, by the way. Get a decent 18-24 inch 1/2 drive breaker bar with a 1 inch socket. You'll likely skin your knuckles using that sorry excuse of a wrench that Blue Ox provides.

I picked one up after the plastic grip slipped off mine. Came about an inch from the wrench slicing my jaw. 18 bar with a deep 1 12 point socket. Unbelievable how much easier the process is.


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