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Old 02-09-2012, 10:37 PM   #15
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We have an old bicycle rear view mirror mounted on an angled piece of rod. It looks like an oversized dental mirror. Works well for checking the coupler clamp position on the ball. We've had a "false hookup" but caught it right away with the mirror before we moved the Casita.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:33 AM   #16
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We have an old bicycle rear view mirror mounted on an angled piece of rod. It looks like an oversized dental mirror. Works well for checking the coupler clamp position on the ball. We've had a "false hookup" but caught it right away with the mirror before we moved the Casita.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:12 AM   #17
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Norm,
I'm glad you had minimal damage but why didn't the crossed chains keep the frame off the ground? I thought that was the intent of crossing them?
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:54 AM   #18
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Chains

First, thanks for all the tips on how to check for an unseated and unlocked ball. Good suggestions and be sure we'll be using them.

Second, our chains stayed connected during the event yet the nose of the trailer hit the ground. I don't think our chains have too much slack, it seems that I can just about connect them (I do intend to check them.)

If the length of the chains is longer than the distance to the ground, the nose of the trailer will hit the ground. I will check this tomorrow after the rain passes.

I don't thing criss crossing makes a difference in my chain setup because the chains come from a single point on the nose of the trailer.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:46 AM   #19
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I installed the anti sway bar on my VT, just in case, they work vry nice and do their job
Glad everything is alright, a bit unnerving though.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:11 PM   #20
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You reminded me of a been-there-done-that moment. I had left the 2" ball for the boat trailer drawbar on the tow when we hooked up the Boler for a trip and it hadn't latched properly. Half way around the block it came off at a slight bump. At about 10 miles an hour there was no damage and the crossed chaing held the tongue off the ground. Luckily the Boler is light enough that I could lift it back on and return home to exchange drawbars for the 1 7/8" one.
Little things like that really brings one's ego quickly down to size. Doesn't it?
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:14 PM   #21
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I'm with Donna-always jack up the trailer after connection(but always lower it again before taking off!!!!!!!)
Actually left the jack down once on an Apache trailer-jack didn't like me after that!!
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:08 PM   #22
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Chains

It appears to me, at least the way we connect our chains, that the hitch will hit the ground when the ball is released because the chains are longer than the distance to the ground.

It may be that I don't know how to correctly connect the chains.

Both my chains come from a single point so crossing means little unless I do some complex wrapping of the chains.

In fact our chains seem to just about reach the tie points on the tow vehicle. Next time I hook up I'll try more creative 'chaining'.

As to testing I think Donna's and others method of slightly jacking the trailer after connecting the ball is prudent.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:26 PM   #23
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Twisting chains shorten them, but in your case they could be already short. In my trailer I twist them 3 times.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:05 AM   #24
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Hi: honda03842... Having a 5.0 5th wheel the only "Anti sway bar" we use is a "Coffee bar"!!! Good to know the only damage was a bruised ego.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:29 AM   #25
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The posts from Donna D. on down are correct when you use a wdh, my answer was for Norm's prob and I assumed that because he didn't mention a wdh he wasn't using one, many folks w/o a wdh don't check the hook using that method. I use a wdh and the process is what you folks mentioned. The main focus of my post was on the chains causing the tongue to drag on the ground. Norm, I read your post #18 and you may want to get a welder to spread out your chains on the tongue and you are right if they are connected from the same point the crossing may have minimum affect, but normally crossing keeps your tongue from dropping between the chains and tends to catch it keeping it from hitting the ground, in many states its the law
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:57 AM   #26
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Chains

I've been thinking about the chains. Definitely the single point connection point is wrong and can easily corrected.

The other issue is the length of the chains. Mine are not particularly long and seem to just connect. Crossed or not it seems that if the length of the chains is greater than the distance to the ground the tongue is going to hit the ground.

My tongue is only 16 inches off the ground when the trailer is level partially because the nose of the 1991 Scamps is significantly lower than the trailers main frame rails.

We're idled in TX right now, going to a rally, and I plan to take a look at the chain situation, definitely some thought is required here.

I certainly will correct the single point issue and may also improve the dipped nose of the Scamp. On our way home we are planning to go to the Scamp factory and maybe we'll have it done there.

Until then I intend to be very careful about connecting and am sure there will be no unintentional disconnects, I have enough gray hair already.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:15 AM   #27
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Norm,
So glad to hear the event worked out without any damage or other mishap. Like some others have mentioned, this is one of the "unintended good consequences" of using a WD hitch. The step of raising it all back up to hook up the bars is a "check" for a false hitch.
I know you have pulled that rig all over as it is configured, but I can't help but think a WD hitch would improve the towing experience considering the size, weight and suspension design of the CRV.

Again, glad to hear it all worked out for you.....I'm sure that is an attention getting moment.

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:24 AM   #28
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Honda CRV and WD

George,

I'm not a WD expert or even novice but I doubt a WD is designed for the Honda CRV or vice a versa. Our hitch weight is only 192 pounds, not excessive and the Honda CRV seems quite balanced with it.

I know we need to check for a 'false hitch' in the future and will never not do it. Hopefully that will resolve the issue. It is also clear that our chaining arrangement could be improved and we'll do that as well.

Actually, though few on the site seem to believe it, the Honda tows the Scamp in a very flat posture. Attaching the trailer to the Honda only lowers the Honda as measured at the wheel wells by a 1/2 inch.

I know that people are somewhat suspicious of our configuration but there are people who pull heavier trailers with heavier, more powerful tow vehicles than ours and do not have better horsepower to pound of trailer ratios.

The CRV has worked very well, never feels as though it's being pulled or pushed around by the trailer.

We're in the hill country of TX now and do sometimes feel uncomfortable because we don't drive at the speed limit on their back roads, often 70 mph and faster than the trailer tires allow. I guess they drive so fast because the distances are so long.

We tow and have towed as much as most anyone on this site with our Honda and we are extremely satisfied.

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