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Old 10-28-2018, 04:58 PM   #21
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I talked to Fastway and they just asked that I send them a picture of my current setup. I sent them the attached picture. They noticed that the bar was not parallel with the trailer frame. They suggested I lower the L bracket so that the bar is parallel which ensures it lays flat on the short part of the L. I made that change today and drove 260 miles and had no issues. I'll give it a couple more trips before I declare it fixed, but I think that was the problem.

On the issue of weight:
It is interesting that so many people immediately decided it was a weight issue and Fastway was not concerned about the weight at all. Turns out weight was not a factor.

I do not understand all of the comments saying my weights are unsafe. I am pulling a 9,000-pound trailer (fully loaded) with a truck rated for up to 17,000 pounds. The truck is rated for a 1,700 tongue weight and my trailer is 200 pounds below that.

Several people have pointed out that the dry tongue weight on my trailer is around 865 pounds. Given that all of the storage for this trailer (including the fresh water tank, food, dishes, clothes, etc) is in front of the axels, it seems reasonable to me that when fully loaded it is 400 pounds higher at the tongue.

Oh well. Thanks for the helpful suggestions.
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Old 10-28-2018, 07:33 PM   #22
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So it was a setup issue?
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:54 AM   #23
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Glad you found your issue. I hope that it works out for you. Keep in mind weight is always a possible cause to many issues and it's the easy place to go. Low hanging fruit is always picked 1st .
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:36 AM   #24
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I talked to Fastway and they just asked that I send them a picture of my current setup. I sent them the attached picture. They noticed that the bar was not parallel with the trailer frame. They suggested I lower the L bracket so that the bar is parallel which ensures it lays flat on the short part of the L. I made that change today and drove 260 miles and had no issues. I'll give it a couple more trips before I declare it fixed, but I think that was the problem.
Didn't think it was weight but wondering about a clarification. They had you lower the L brackets to parallel the trailer, which is right. Did you then have to tilt your hitch head to get the vehicle leveled or get the weight back on the truck? Seems by lowering alone you would have removed some of the distribution.
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Old 10-29-2018, 05:30 PM   #25
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Didn't think it was weight but wondering about a clarification. They had you lower the L brackets to parallel the trailer, which is right. Did you then have to tilt your hitch head to get the vehicle leveled or get the weight back on the truck? Seems by lowering alone you would have removed some of the distribution.
That is correct. It's essentially the same as 'going down one chain link" on an old WD hitch. Unless the hitch head is tilted more (add more washers) the hitch is not applying as much force on the WD bars.
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