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Diamond c

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We just got a new tow rig. I’m setting the hitch highthand I’m not sure we’re it should be. Right now I have the truck level, the truck tongue is level, and the back bumper is level. Is this good or do I need to drop the tongue an inch or 2?

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Diamond c wrote:

We just got a new tow rig. I’m setting the hitch highthand I’m not sure we’re it should be. Right now I have the truck level, the truck tongue is level, and the back bumper is level. Is this good or do I need to drop the tongue an inch or 2?


Usually you want to back the truck up to the trailer, Don't hook up. But have the trailer level. Set the ball at least ONE inch higher than the trailer coupler. (Make sure the trailer is level).
Then hook up, and adjust the weight carrying bar to the point that the front of the truck comes back down to with in 1/2 inch of the height it was before you hooked up. IF you get the front right. The back usually takes care of itself. Just make sure the back of the truck is NO HIGHER than it was unhooked..

BTW. the trailer needs to be level after you hook up as well. Nose up, or nose down can cause a poor towing experience, AND cause the axles / tires to carry more weight than the other, and could cause tire failure.


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Goal...connected truck and trailer are both level.


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Truck level and the trailer down in front 2 or 3 inches. That's the way I have rolled for over 40 years.


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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

Truck level and the trailer down in front 2 or 3 inches. That's the way I have rolled for over 40 years.


With tandem torsion axles, couple inches isn't bad, but as level as possible is best. Leaf springs, it doesn't matter.
Never understood the want to set trailers tongue low. Placebo affect that you have good tongue weight?


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I suppose that makes it right? May as well take off the back tires as they aren’t carrying much anyway. LOL!

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I've always heard nose down slightly but have always strived for level.

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Diamond c wrote:

the truck tongue is level,


What is a "truck tongue"?


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Trailer frame should be parallel to slightly front down on a flat surface. Front axle of the TV should have most of the weight (or suspension height) restored.


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If everything is level you are good to go

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