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Old 10-08-2018, 09:53 PM   #1
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Am I set up correctly?

I have been towing my TT for over a year with no issues. On my last 2 trips however, only on the return trip home, I experienced what I call front end drift, where it feels like I shifted a couple inches left or right. I am including specs on the tow vehicle, TT and hitch. The hitch is a 10,000 lb Equalizer, installed by CW. Tt is 5675 dry, 7200 loaded. Tow is f150, tow rating of 8000lbs, 7100 gvwr, combined gvwr is 13,100. Thanks.
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Just a wild guess but I'm wondering about the tracking of the trailer wheels here. How does the tire wear pattern look?
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Tires only have a little under 6000 miles on them so they don't really show any wear patterns yet, but thanks for responding.
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Go by a cat scale and get yourself weighed.
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When you say front end drift to you mean the steering feels light on your truck and wanders a little?

If so, are your sure you grabbed the same number link on the WDH that you normally do? Is your truck level?

Take some wheel well measurements top of wheel well to the ground with truck empty, then with truck and trailer without WDH then again with WDH sprung. You should be able to see from your measurements if your WDH is transferring weight forward on the truck and back to the trailer.

Example:Let's say truck empty measures 30" front and 30" rear empty then 33" front 27" rear with trailer and then 29" front and 29" rear with WDH. This tells you that you are transferring weight off the rear axle to the front with WDH> If your not getting any movement of weight to the front then to get the results you want you may need to grab an extra link. To keep your tow bars level you may need to add a washer and tilt your receiver head which in turn lowers the angle of the bars.
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:04 PM   #6
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Your description of me " front end drift" is exactly correct. My WDH does not have chains; it is the Equilizer brand with the bars. CW installed it. My rig is "mostly" level, the truck dipping just slightly in the rear, TT level. After reading installation instructions on the hitch, I think I might need to add another washer to told it a little more. My measurements are 3/4" different front to back.
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Tilt, not told.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:26 PM   #8
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Tires only have a little under 6000 miles on them so they don't really show any wear patterns yet, but thanks for responding.
Oops, I misunderstood your reference to front end drift. I thought you meant that the hitch was wanting to go to one side or the other.
Does your steering feel a little light?
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Yes, on occasion.
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You're probably on the right track in thinking you need to add more washers to get more weight on the front of the truck.
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