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Posted: 09/15/11 09:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wondering how tight most people go? thanks

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I measure the trailer ball height, before dropping the trailer tongue on it. Then, after connecting the trailer, I again measure the amount of drop, and adjust the chains accordingly. There is no set standard.


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Posted: 09/15/11 10:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too measure the "before drop" (before chains are installed) and the "after drop" (with tight chains). When "tighter" doesn't help, I back off one link. God Bless electric tongue jacks to make it possible to measure and connect the WD chains!!!


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Posted: 09/15/11 10:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Adjust your chains to give you "straight line" alignment between the trailer and the tow vehicle.

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This is close... It's on the third link. The fourth link is too high.


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the Equal-i-zer doesn't have chains.[emoticon]


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Posted: 09/16/11 04:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One way to do it is to measure the distance between the top of the tire and the wheel well on the truck. When front and back are equal, it's set right.

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bikendan wrote:

the Equal-i-zer doesn't have chains.[emoticon]


I was kind of thinking that.....


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Posted: 09/16/11 07:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is bad that most dealers do not take the time to properly set up weight distributing hitches, or educate the customer on setup.

The answer to the question- *if* the hitch is properly set up to begin with, the bars should be tight enough that the front and rear of the tow vehicle drop the same amount, because the purpose of the hitch is to take the weight of the hitch and divide it equally between the front TV axle, the rear TV axle, and the trailer axles.
You cannot go by "links", other than you should have (on hitches that use chains) a minimum of 6 links (I like to set them up for 6 or 7 links). If the tension is not right with that number of links, the hitch head should be tilted.


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Posted: 09/16/11 02:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My equalizer hitch isn't an Equal-i-zer. Perhaps the OP's isn't either.

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Posted: 09/16/11 05:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Click here for detailed instructions on how to set up your weight distributing hitch.
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