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Posted: 09/02/21 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back to Burbman’s original topic…an old style WD Hitch system now being sold for many times lower than present day designed WD Hitches.

That bent, round bar WD Hitch system was my first and at that time a rule of thumb was ‘even drop’ of the TV.

The dials & knobs and issues for them was :

#1…to have the bars parallel with the tongue after setting up and of course the bar’s rating a big component

#2…some had head tilting capabilities and same as today’s tilting heads…to point the bar ends lower before tensioning, which gave it more distance before getting to being parallel to the tongue.

#3…Bars falling off after the clip wears. I solved that with bungee cords wrapped around them during the trip and fix it when at home

#4…folks not greasing the zero on the bar end/head

They were simpler to setup


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