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post Mar 29 2006, 05:39 PM
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Almost time to get out on the road again up here in New England. I'm hoping some of the more experienced camper's can advise me the correct, safest way
to hook up my 32' travel trailer's weight distributing bars. The dealer really didn't
go over it with me and as it was a used system, there were no instructions.
I have previously hooked up the trailer to the truck. connected the power plug,
the safety chains and the ball lock pin. Then, I jack the back of the truck/trailer
up to a level position with trailer jack. Then, I take the weight bars and set them in place without a lot of tension on the chains. Then, I let the weight back onto the truck by raising the trailer jack back up. This seems to put plenty of strain on the
distribution bars and the truck is level, but now the trailer is riding high in the front!
The hitch is set as low as it can be adjusted but no matter how loose I set the Wt.
bars, the trailer still rides fairly "nose up". What is a better way or do I just have
a hitch that is too high.
The hitch is a Reese and the truck is a 96 Chevy 4X4. The trailer is a 94 Prowler
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post Mar 31 2006, 08:09 AM
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Thanks easyrider65_01

I know that my truck can handle the trailer i have but when i kept hearing "your doing it wrong" I went to the nearest dealer and they agreed with the way i was told by the guy I bought mine from, I can say that this hitch setup is the way to go. And YES you do need to watch out for the bars when unhooking them as My mom in law found that out years ago by being too close when they were un hooking lucky for her she didn't break anything................the way you explained it is how i do it. I'm just not good at explaining things sometimes...lol...Have a safe and Happy Camping season smile.gif

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