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Old June 20th, 2007, 09:02 PM   #1
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Anyone got one? Is it specific to the vehicle or does it stay with the trailer? Can you add one to just about any trailer? Like a pop-up camper?

Are they hard to set up?

And...seems like a stupid question, but how do they work or what do they do?
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Old June 20th, 2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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Its basically a big spring, that wants to push the front of your truck down. This helps bring the front end down and the back end up a bit.

Part connects to the hitch, part to the trailer.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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To the actual hitch, or just the slide in part?
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Old June 20th, 2007, 09:42 PM   #4
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The same hitch/bars can be used with any truck and any trailer...but the setting of the links/chains will be different for any set...ie truck/trailer. Your Dodge towing at 30' TT would most likely be set up different than your old Ford van towing your YJ on a carhauler.
One setup might need 5 links of chain between the bars and mount on trailer....other might need 6. Plus the position of the hitch might need to higher or lowered. The ball can actually be lowered or raise on the hitch for different truck/trailers.
You'd have to see a setup to see what I'm talking about, if you aren't familar with the setups. I suck at describing things...lol.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 09:43 PM   #5
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To the actual hitch, or just the slide in part?
slide in part...not the frame mount reciever part
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Old June 20th, 2007, 10:12 PM   #6
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Can one of these be used on a lifted truck? I have a f150 with a 6 inch lift and 35s. Can one still be used?
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Old June 20th, 2007, 11:17 PM   #7
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We just bought a pop-up....

Seems I need to figure out how to set one of these up so I can hook a pop up to my wife's vehicle. That way she can haul the camper and I can haul the Jeep on a flat bed.

The pop-up came with a sway controller but not the weight dis rig.

So am I thinking right....that I just buy a Weight Distributing Hitch...it can go on just about anything?

I know I have to change the actual hitch on her vehicle....stupid PO installed one of those 1 and a half inch receivers or whatever they are. Gotta put a 2 inch on there.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 11:24 PM   #8
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my dad uses a weight dist on his dually .. and ever since using one i think they are the greatest things evar! ..



it replaces your normal 2" Rcvr hitch .. so that ball and hitch comes out and the new weight dist hitch goes in its place..

it has 2 torsion bars that are mounted to the bottom of the hitch (next to the ball on both sides) they bring the truck in line with what you are towing..

the chains are used to "set" the amount of torsion on the vehicle/trailer .. his hitch came with clamp on chain mounts to be able to be mounted to just about any trailer.. his new enclosed trailer has chain provisions built into it for the weight dist hitch.. so yes it can for the most part be moved to any vehicle any trailer..

some weight dist hitches are smaller some only use 1 bar.. example if i was to max out my magnum's towing capacity it would most likely be with a much smaller weight dist hitch using only 1 bar..
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Damnit...gonna cost me another 5 or 6 hundred to outfit her rig for towing properly.

Class III Hitch
Weight Distributing Setup
Trans Cooler
Brake Controller
New wire harness for her vehicle to make it the 7 wire round plug.

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Damnit...gonna cost me another 5 or 6 hundred to outfit her rig for towing properly.

Class III Hitch
Weight Distributing Setup
Trans Cooler
Brake Controller
New wire harness for her vehicle to make it the 7 wire round plug.

:stan3:

yep .. but it will tow pretty nice i bet :D
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what do you need the brake controller for...I thought almost all pop ups except the big ones didnt' have brakes

And using a weight dist. hitch on a dually seems like over kill. Duallys are really stable as is. Plus its not like the tongue weight of the trailer is going to sag the duallys springs, so you wouldn't need the torsion bars to take tongue weight off of the hitch.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 06:39 AM   #12
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Damnit...gonna cost me another 5 or 6 hundred to outfit her rig for towing properly.

Class III Hitch
Weight Distributing Setup
Trans Cooler
Brake Controller
New wire harness for her vehicle to make it the 7 wire round plug.

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how big is your popup? cant be more than 1000lbs tops......just use the class 2 you got on that van....no other changes needed and it should do just fine.

what kind of van? most vans can tow ~3500 with no mods. i.e. tranny cooler, brake controller etc...and class 2 hitches are rated up to 3500 as well...
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what do you need the brake controller for...I thought almost all pop ups except the big ones didnt' have brakes

And using a weight dist. hitch on a dually seems like over kill. Duallys are really stable as is. Plus its not like the tongue weight of the trailer is going to sag the duallys springs, so you wouldn't need the torsion bars to take tongue weight off of the hitch.
there is a night and day difference when towing a large heavy load .. the tongue weight also gets amplified when you hit bumps in the road .. what can yes even rock/bounce a dually back and forth with a weight dist no longer rocks/bounces..
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also a note on WD hitches, they come in many ratings based on tongue weight. the bars should be angled down from truck to trailer at about 10-12*
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OK, first...yes this thing has electric brakes.

Next....1000 pounds? WTF kind of pop-up is 1000 pounds? This thing is 3350 pounds.
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Looks like it might exceed the tow rating of the van anyway...:stan3:

Was only gonna tow for short, non highway runs but....oh well.
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OK, first...yes this thing has electric brakes.

Next....1000 pounds? WTF kind of pop-up is 1000 pounds? This thing is 3350 pounds.
3350lb is a heavy pop up. it must have a slide out, and king size bunks, etc..and be about 26' expanded.
. Most pop ups weight 2000-2500k. there are some smaller ones that only weight about 1300lbs tho'
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Yea, this baby is big. 12 foot box, 14 foot with the front storage box. Expands to 25 feet and has a slide slide out dinette. Has all the bells...heat, shower, toilet, hot water heater, etc.
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I got my Load Leveling hitch from Summit racing- Cheapest I could find.

I use it on my WJ when towing our 2 Horse's. Best thing in the world.
Also used it on our dually when towing the race trailer containing 2 TR-3's
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Yea, this baby is big. 12 foot box, 14 foot with the front storage box. Expands to 25 feet and has a slide slide out dinette. Has all the bells...heat, shower, toilet, hot water heater, etc.
Having the shower/toilet is nice in pop ups. Thats what I wanted to buy...but my wife decided to buy this instead:tonka:







Tim post some pics of the camper when you get a chance.

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