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Posted: 07/03/13 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's not set up right and he's bouncing all day (weighted-unweighted-weighted) etc I could see that causing the engine to work harder. Long shot, but possible!


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Thanks for the replies... I fixed the picture access as well. Sorry I don't post pictures much, and the only way I could think to do it was from my Google Drive... maybe there is an easier way. It sounds like it can take the additional load in the chain, but I wanted to check before I embark on a long road trip, etc. Does anyone replace their chains after a certain number of years or uses due to chains are capable of stretching, becoming worn, fatigued, etc.?

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NanciL wrote:

On mine I put them on the fifth link.
I have to jack up the trailer and use the cheater pipe to put them on.
The trailer is perfectly level with the truck, and it rides like a charm (no sway at all)

Jack L


Interesting. On my Eaz-lift I have mine on the last link and everything is nice and level.


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You are asking the wrong questions. If anything it appears your hitch head angle is wrong.

Read this thread;
Weight Distribution (WD) Hitch --- How it Works

and then read this one, start from scratch and set up your hitch correctly;
Travel Trailer Hitch Set-up Procedure


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beemerphile1 wrote:

You are asking the wrong questions. If anything it appears your hitch head angle is wrong.

Read this thread;
Weight Distribution (WD) Hitch --- How it Works

and then read this one, start from scratch and set up your hitch correctly;
Travel Trailer Hitch Set-up Procedure


One thing I did notice - he has a bottom mount coupler and round bar setup. 7 or 8 links will be all he can get unless he decreases his head tilt any more.

Friend of mine has the same type of setup. He runs with 7 or 8 links under tension like the OP. I personally helped him verify his setup and he is right on the money with his weights.

Unfortunately, most of the time a round bar setup gives the best clearance for the spring bars and such. In this particular case (and my friend's) a trunion style setup would be optimal. Those bottom mount couplers can be a bit of a pain on setup.


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as far as wear on the chains... there is were on the entire WDH... my e2 (which doesn't have chains) says that the product is only designed to be used for 10 years and that's not anything to do with warranty. on the other had, those chains are way stronger than you think... my father has a car hauling company and the chains they use to hold the cars down are similarly sized to the ones on a WDH. they crank them down to take out almost all of the suspension travel and then drive 65-70 mph down the highway and they drive 100k's miles per year like that... even in an extreme wreak where the trailer flipped the chains rarely break and the cars are still on the decks... even upside down sometimes.

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Thanks for the help... I will read those two threads entirely and try to adjust my setup. The way you see the setup in the picture is how it was setup by the RV sales company where I bought my travel trailer... my setup is almost 10 years old now... bought my trailer in early 2004, should I look at replacing anything due to age?

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I wouldn't be concerned with age. Also, in case you didn't see my post above, your bottom mount coupler complicates things...

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ScottG wrote:

The number of links you use will have no bearing on gas mileage.


Maybe not the the degree the OP stated but if you are riding nose high in the truck that can impact MPG. That is the reason Ford went with the taller air dam after the job 1 2008 trucks. It improved MPG by cleaning up the air getting under the truck.

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GateMaster97 wrote:

...Does anyone replace their chains after a certain number of years or uses due to chains are capable of stretching, becoming worn, fatigued, etc.?


I'm currently using the hitch, bars, and chains that my dad used back in the 70's to haul us around camping. They still look and work like new and I'd be willing to bet one of my kids will be using them 40 years from now.


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