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RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Thank you Benk for the suggestions, will give it a try.
bobby7718 09/25/21 05:48pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Finally some updates. Today I installed the newly arrived equalizer WDH(Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch 1000LB). Driving on highway seems a bit better, but still not reach the comfortable towing experience. Can still feel a bit sway(especially when been passed, or sudden cross-wind), I had to concentrate on steering wheel when that happened. Also went to the CAT scale to get some numbers. I recall it was mentioned that the adjustments of the WDH(even equalizer one) also takes a few tries. In my first attempt, hitch head was on a higher side( coupler 23 1/8, head was 24), which caused a raise in the middle. (Also that measurement seems suggest over-adjust - front well was even lower after WD engaged). In the second attempt, I lower the head 1 bolt hole (also recalled BenK's suggestion above), removed one spacer washer, which made the head up/away from the TT a bit. Below are the results of my second attempt. Any further suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thank you https://i.imgur.com/xXlzHDtl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/lVcGbRrl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LQrLXS9l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/i50LKqol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3cNwLvYl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Iol5KPCl.jpg Calculation was following this instruction. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25928885/gotomsg/25929827.cfm#25929827 https://i.imgur.com/1bj7saBl.jpg
bobby7718 09/25/21 05:35pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

I am actually very new to towing. Had a few rental experience of class-c . That's about it prior to towing a TT. Back to the trailer, someone else mentioned it, but how much experience do you have towing? If you're new to towing, its possible that your comfort level or perception of how it "should" tow is not yet fully developed, so to speak. Finally got the all front struts(bilstein 6112) and rear shock(bilstein 5100) replaced yesterday. The garage who did the installation doesn't do alignment, have alignment scheduled next Monday. Gave a test drive, sadly, didn't change much, especially on the highway. (knowing I needed to do a bit adjustments since all measurements could change with the suspension replacement - but wanted to give it a try). Ordered Equal-i-zer 4 point with sway control, as the last resort.
bobby7718 09/17/21 10:09pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Well said. Appreciate it ! I have just placed order for Bilstein 6112 front struts and 5100 rear, shipping will be 3-5 days. Can't wait to have them installed.
bobby7718 09/03/21 10:01pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

This f150 was not bought new for me. It's a CPO(so called ford certified pre-own), there was 35K mileage on it. All I can tell is that it's bought for towing by the previous owner since there are a few optional packages added specifically for towing (backup pro assist, 36G fuel tank etc). Not sure about the history, probably got a lot of towing for that 35K miles. I used to be comfortable to buy CPO, might think differently for my next vehicle purchase. Did you try these adjustments and take measurements again? I find it hard to believe your front struts are bad after only 37000 miles in 4 years. I'm still on my original fronts after 135,000 miles and almost 11 years. I replaced my rears about 2 years ago.
bobby7718 09/03/21 08:38am Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Glad to hear that - resale the f150 within 3 months is a waste of money, and will be the last resort. Yes - will hit CAT Scale as soon as I have the front struts fixed and applied adjustment from the manufacturer. Actually I forgot to mention earlier. I have purchased a etrailer Tongue Weight Scale (2,000-lb Capacity), the reading was about ~12%. But agreed CAT scale will give the most accurate numbers. That truck is perfectly capable of hauling that trailer unless you are carrying a cord of firewood in that back while you go camping. First off you need to determine what your tongue weight % is. Start weighing things, ideally, the 3 trips across the scales method of determining weights would be best. learn about weights and ratings here Clicky
bobby7718 09/03/21 08:29am Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Haven't yet - wanted to rule out the VT first. Yes, the mechanic said the exactly same thing - he couldn't believe the struts could go bad on 37k mileage. But he found both of fronts are bad with leakage, see attached pictures. https://i.imgur.com/KsPGfbJl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/FlYAakhl.jpg
bobby7718 09/03/21 08:21am Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Appreciate your first hand experience with EZ WDH. Definitely will try a Equalizer E4 if the struts assembly fix won't help much, followed by other upgrades, i.e bilstein shock(and/or spring front and rear), Roadmaster active suspension, Mich Defender TL tires, and lastly upgrade to a f250 worst case. Yes - I believe the real payload is 18xx after listening to what you all said. As a newbie of TT towing, the biggest lesson learned so far is to buy/research the TT first, TV secondly. We did the opposite, hence get into a situation we might have to get rid of the half ton 2 months after the purchase :(. Will report back the results next week.
bobby7718 09/02/21 09:45pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

an update on this topic - turns out the truck has a bad pair of front struts assembly ! Scheduled an appointment with the dealership, will report back after the truck been fixed.
bobby7718 09/02/21 02:26pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Appreciate all the reminders of the max payload, I will use 1814 as max when loading. Has been raining all day, didn’t get chance to adjust the hitch head tilt.
bobby7718 09/01/21 07:34pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Here is the rating of the wdh bar. https://i.imgur.com/NnuSALUl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/MmZgVqPl.jpg Looks like 1000 max tongue weight , should be enough . It looks like you have the 600Lb kit. The trunnion bars may be maxed out. A trip to the CAT Scale loaded ready to camp is in order
bobby7718 09/01/21 07:28pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

called the close-by Ford dealership, she said she's going to do a bit research and get back to me tomorrow. But the appointment is now booked till Oct 4th. :( Called the dealership where I bought the truck, was told, they won't take the truck plus trailer for troubleshooting. Suggested another repair shop close by(to them). After your last post I would seek professional help adjusting the package.. it won't cost much and will be safer.
bobby7718 08/31/21 02:45pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

The trailer tire pressure is maxed out at 65 PSI. Actually came back from the test drive. Inflated the TV's tire pressure to the max(50 PSI), the ride was very unsafe. Even worse than before. A lot of side-to-side movement on the high way. Not quite sure whether it's the TV or the TT swaying. Couldn't look too much on the posture of the TT as I had to 100% focusing on holding the steering :(. Felt like losing traction, or driving on the snow . Hmmmm, it aint the truck tire pressure making it sway/squirm. Front tires don't need to be aired up at all. 40psi is fine, your front end is lighter not heavier. Stiff steer tires may make it a little more responsive but won't induce sway. Rear at 50psi will only serve to help your issue as well. Based on the appearance and the height numbers, first, that trailer isn't too heavy for the back of the truck, it basically just leveled it out, like it should. And (you know), you don't have hardly any tension on the bars, based on your dimensions. Part of it, is you have a very lightweight trailer (for the length) and it's not very tongue heavy as is. In order to keep big lightweight TTs manageable, they have a little more tail (length behind axles). This translates to wanting to wiggle more. Another thing, whats the trailers tire pressures? Get them suckers pumped up hard. If they're soft it will wiggle more. Does it have 50psi tires? Those will be about maxxed out, at full pressure. And even softer at lower than max pressure. You can test how much is the trailer tire squirm. Air them up (temporarily) to, say 65psi and take a test run. It should be better. If so, stiffer, higher load tires will help. Lastly, I'd test it with no wdh as well. Better or worse? Truck might not want any weight off the hitch. And try it with WDH cranked up harder than yo u have it. When your testing stuff, do it one thing at a time, or you won't know what fixed what. Good luck.
bobby7718 08/31/21 02:42pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

3000 lbs max-payload could well be the dealership was lying to me. An interesting story - When I visited CampingWorld, the service department couldn't find any towing capacity for my vehicle(via the towing chart). Then she called dealership(who sold me the TV), and confirmed that the max payload and towing capacity. Those numbers(agreed increditably high) are different than what the yellow stick says(which is 1814 lbs). The manager, who said she has been working in the industry for 25 years, said "The yellow stick could be off if there are some customization package installed to the TV", and for a fact, I knew from the windowsticker the previous owner had bought it with the towing package(not sure whether it's the max-tow-package though). With that being said, I still wouldn't trust those numbers, wouldn't put crazy load on it, but thinking loaded TT 7000 lbs shouldn't be too much for it. The current tire does have 50 PSI rated. See the attachment below. https://i.imgur.com/8fICLzbl.jpg
bobby7718 08/31/21 02:39pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Heard back from the manufacturer of the WDH, the impression he got is the rare axles seem squat too much(not lifted up due to insufficient weight distributed).  Here are his suggestions.  - The hitch ball needs 7 degree towards the trailer - Hanger needs to be 1 hole up - The hanger's direction needs a bit adjustment(to allow the spring bar resting on both end of the hanger) Will give it a try soon.
bobby7718 08/31/21 02:13pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Could you please share more details regarding "adjusting the package" ? Go to the dealership(I have a Ford dealership, which I didn't buy the VT from). After your last post I would seek professional help adjusting the package.. it won't cost much and will be safer.
bobby7718 08/31/21 01:04pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Sorry - what's the stringer ? The mileage is about 37K. Looks to me like you are nose down on the trailer. Try flip your stinger and adjust to level your trailer. Also looks like you are in the outer hole on the stinger, possibly because your spare is in the way? Longer the fulcrum the more bob. Also how many miles on the truck? Original shocks could be worn?
bobby7718 08/31/21 01:00pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Actually came back from the test drive. Inflated the TV's tire pressure to the max(50 PSI), the ride was very unsafe. Even worse than before. A lot of side-to-side movement on the high way. Not quite sure whether it's the TV or the TT swaying. Couldn't look too much on the posture of the TT as I had to 100% focusing on holding the steering :(. Felt like losing traction, or driving on the snow .
bobby7718 08/31/21 12:44pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

thanks you all for chiming in. Brand new user of this forum. I updated this thread a few times with the pics, hopefully this time the pics should show properly. Attach the pics here in case the original one are still not refreshed. https://i.imgur.com/YLYGE4kl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ubjloSDl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ZlH1cjvl.jpg Prior to the second visit to the dealership for the last adjustment, I have read through the sticky threads of WD hitch(which was super helpful)and was able to adjust the hitch a bit, but still bouncing on the way to the store. My next attempt will be : try to adjust the tilt-head downwards a bit to produce slight more tension on the bar, hopefully will bring down the front fender(H2) a bit towards H1. In the mean time, I also realized that the tire(or the tire pressure) might contribute to this after read ***Link Removed***. I checked my tires and the pressure, which is what I have right now. - 275/65R18 116T , Max Load 2756 lbs, Max Press 50 PSI. I also noticed that my current 4 tire pressure are all 40 PSI, yes, I didn't max out the tire pressure before the towing. I will max the rare to 50 PSI, the front 48 PSI as the next try. Will report back. Yes, will plan a visit to CAT scale get the weights.
bobby7718 08/31/21 06:23am Towing
Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Hi, I have bought a Jayco travel trailer together with a Camco Recurve R3 Weight Distribution Hitch recently. The ride has been bouncing and swaying. Second visit to the dealership this afternoon, the technician adjusted the hitch a bit, seems getting a little better, but still bouncing and swaying on the way back to home. Here is the detailed info of the TT and TV. - TT: Jayco 267BHS, 30 feet, dry weight 5975. - TV: 2017 Ford F150 with towing package (checked with dealership via VIN, was told max payload is 3000 lbs, and max towing capacity is 14,000 lbs). Please also see the attachments for the pictures I took after today's adjustments. - the altitude of TT and TV - how does the setup looks like - measurements before and after W/D https://i.imgur.com/YLYGE4kl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ubjloSDl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ZlH1cjvl.jpg I know I need to expect some swaying if there is big sized truck driving by, not sure how much to expect. The ride I feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Need some help before either upgrade the TV. Can someone please help to take a look at the pictures to see if anything significantly out-of-line could explain the bouncing/swaying. In addition to the camper dealerships, where are the places to get the WDH professionally installed ? Thank you in advance.
bobby7718 08/30/21 04:26pm Towing
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