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    Weight distribution hitches

    I purchased a weight distribution hitch system recently to use with my trailer which is a 6'10" x16' tandem 3500 lb axles utility type trailer. I have towed it pretty well loaded before with my 2005 F150 r/c FX4 and the rear end squatted pretty good with a standard draw bar. The other vehicle that will be towing it is a 15 Explorer that will tow 5k with the wd hitch. I have a couple Round Fenders and attachments I take to tractor shows and a 425 with loader and a lot of ballast that I move around a bit. I have a few questions having never used one before. When you unload do you need to disconnect the chains on the bars to the hitch or would it reduce the rise on the front of the trailer as the load moves behind the rear axles onto the ramps? Also does turning tightly while maneuvering effect the hitch at all? The hitch is an Ultra-Fab 750lb tongue weight.


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    I connect the springs when I hook up the trailer and then load. I do not disconnect them when unloading.

    However, I do have rear jacks on the trailer that get set prior to loading/unloading so there is no tongue rise.
    I prefer to have rear jack legs on a trailer for this very reason. I saw a tongue come loose onetime when someone was loading and it wasn't very pretty.

    I've had mine turned pretty tight (but not jack knifed) and haven't had any issue either.

    Make sure to put some grease on the ends when you put the springs in the receiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    I connect the springs when I hook up the trailer and then load. I do not disconnect them when unloading.

    However, I do have rear jacks on the trailer that get set prior to loading/unloading so there is no tongue rise.
    I prefer to have rear jack legs on a trailer for this very reason. I saw a tongue come loose onetime when someone was loading and it wasn't very pretty.

    I've had mine turned pretty tight (but not jack knifed) and haven't had any issue either.

    Make sure to put some grease on the ends when you put the springs in the receiver.
    Oooooooo, rear jacks, great idea! It's such a simple idea I never thought of it. I will definitely be using this technique from now on as the hitch lifting off the ball has always been a fear of mine.
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    I have a W/D anti-sway setup that uses spring type trunion bars. The arms act as a bridge, and the friction surfaces where they pivot damp any swaying. I have bent the pins that retain the ends of the trunion bars when trying to turn tightly while offroad with the bars heavily loaded. Since then I always disconnect the bars and swing them parallel to the rear bumper when I'm maneuvering. I lose some ground clearance, but I can turn the trailer easier and not damage anything. I use my tongue jack to unload the bars instead of using the tool.

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    I have enough travel in mine that I would bend something else before I got to bend a pin.

    Another factor is the width of the V tongue on the trailer. Shorter/wider tongues could limit the travel more that longer/narrower ones.

    You bring up a good point - Check your setup and its limits before hooking up the trailer!
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    Thanks for all the info, i have thought about the rear jacks, they would even let you load the trailer while disconnected as long as it was chocked good. Hitch should be here today probably mess with it this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbacklash View Post
    Thanks for all the info, i have thought about the rear jacks, they would even let you load the trailer while disconnected as long as it was chocked good. Hitch should be here today probably mess with it this weekend.

    I think I would prefer to have the trailer hooked to the truck.

    Good luck with the hitch. It takes some fiddling but once you have the setup figured out it will be well worth it.

    While you are playing with the spring tension, don't forget that you can shift the load on the trailer as well.

    On mine at least, there is a sweet spot that the trailer almost feels like it isn't there.
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    I also made me a tongue weight scale out of a 2 ton bottle jack so I can get an idea of how I have it balanced.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbacklash View Post
    I also made me a tongue weight scale out of a 2 ton bottle jack so I can get an idea of how I have it balanced.


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    Post that up please, maybe in a new thread.


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