I'm setting up my Reese Trunion Dual Cam hitch. It was suggested that I use a 1 in. riser ball to give me some more room when hooking up. But when using the riser ball I have a hard time getting the ball height and the trunion bars at the correct level. It seems if I just went with a regular ball my tongue would drop the inch that I need and the bars would stay at their current level. Anyone else go through this?
Yes I have been through this as well with my Dual-Cam sway control set up.
First things first
Do you have a top mounted coupler on your trailer frame or a bottom mounted coupler?
If top mounted, then you are on the right track.
if bottom mounted then you do not need the 1 inch rise ball.
Lets assume that you have a top mounted coupler.
The goal of the 1 inch rise ball is to keep the Trunnion bars from hitting the frame and or the Reese Dual Cam bars.
If you add the 1 inch rise ball to a properly adjusted WD hitch, then you need to drop the hitch head down one more hole on your WD shank in order to keep everything lined up.
My problem with with my new truck is that the WD shank isn't long enough, so I have had to revert back to a standard ball and standard wd configuration with friction sway control until I get a longer shank.
I have a top mounted coupler. According to the Reese instructions I'm supposed to have 5-1/2 between the bottom of the bars and the ground. When I have the hitch on the bottom hole on my shank, the ball is the correct height, but the bars are too close to the ground. This is with the ball angled as far towards the truck as it will go. As is, I am hooking the chains on the first link on the loose end on the yoke. If I drop the ball it's almost impossible to get the first chain link on the yoke at all.
The top of my coupler, when the trailer is level, is 19.5 inches. I understand the concept and it looks pretty easy. The numbers just aren't adding up.
Also, I'm a bit confused about all the nuts and bolts that came with my hitch. As I understand it, I'm going to be drilling 2 holes for each of the DC units. The gold bolts, nuts and washers are for a c channel frame, right?
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edited 05/06/12 05:12pm by davisenvy *
I use the 1 inch riser ball with my top coupler… it helps to keep the trunion from hitting the trailer frame in tight turns… you should end up with 6 or 7 links of chain under tension and tilt the hitch head to help to do this… you also will normally need to lift the tongue and the TV hitch with the tongue jack to get the needed chain link hooked up then lift the snap bracket and lock it, before lowering the trailer weight on the hitch again…
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