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Old 02-14-2007, 09:59 AM   #1
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So, the simplicity of the 13 foot Burro has blown away in the wind. Now I must do extra stuff when hitchng up, no more backing, dropping, chaining and going.

Now, as with the rest of my middle aged life, I have to do stuff to keep my backside from sagging. The 17 footer makes the Jeeps rear end sink a little too far.

It tows OK, but I want to add the safety of a WDH. Now, Having watched full growed men folks struggle with these things has made me think there is no way I can snap one of these things in place on my own.

I found THIS. It looks like it would be easier for a mini person to use, if doing the old lift the bumper with the jack thing. At the 400/4000 lb limit, it should be more than adequate for our smaller, or I should say, less weighty eggs.

With the single bar, I have an idea. Could one fashion a socket to slip the tip of the bar into thats mounted on a bottle jack? If so, could one actually PUSH the bar up with the jack instead of pull it with the lever?

I will have to wait until it gets here to see if that is necessary, but I am thinking of asking the welder/trailer guy that will install this to make me up something.

Has anyone used one of these? Are they easy?
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:42 AM   #2
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So, the simplicity of the 13 foot Burro has blown away in the wind. Now I must do extra stuff when hitchng up, no more backing, dropping, chaining and going.

Now, as with the rest of my middle aged life, I have to do stuff to keep my backside from sagging. The 17 footer makes the Jeeps rear end sink a little too far.

It tows OK, but I want to add the safety of a WDH. Now, Having watched full growed men folks struggle with these things has made me think there is no way I can snap one of these things in place on my own.

I found THIS. It looks like it would be easier for a mini person to use, if doing the old lift the bumper with the jack thing. At the 400/4000 lb limit, it should be more than adequate for our smaller, or I should say, less weighty eggs.

With the single bar, I have an idea. Could one fashion a socket to slip the tip of the bar into thats mounted on a bottle jack? If so, could one actually PUSH the bar up with the jack instead of pull it with the lever?

I will have to wait until it gets here to see if that is necessary, but I am thinking of asking the welder/trailer guy that will install this to make me up something.

Has anyone used one of these? Are they easy?

Gina,
most of my experience has been with a standard WDH but the principal is the same. if you level the TV and the rig with the jack before locking the bar, it should be an easy do.
use the jack when un hitching as well, it takes the pressure off the bar and should reduce any surprises.
Have fun and congrats on your new egg
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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Gina, Gerald has it right, let the tongue jack do the work for you!! It has all the leverage you need to easily hook up or unhook the WDH arms.

Here is a real basic description posted on the Casita Forum last week...WDH Hookup

Any of the WDH systems (I use Equal-i-zer) are well worth the extra 1 to 2 minutes required to hook them up. They smooth out the ride significantly, and of course level the vehicle.
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:41 AM   #4
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Gina, if the folks you've seen are struggling with a WDH, then they don't have a clue what they're doing. It's a quick and easy job that shouldn't require any "back" at all to make work. If you REALLY want to be spoiled by the height of luxury, buy yourself a power tongue jack. It's worth EVERY penny you spend and in fact makes hooking up absolutely a no-labor, no pain proposition.

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Old 02-14-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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I agree with Roger, having had a WDH on both of the 17' Bigfoot's we have owned, we found it very easy to use. It did not require any stress or strain and set up was simple. Once the chain link position was established a simple bar was used to pop the distribution bars up in place and then then jack brought everything in line. I think that the two bar system would be easy for you, and provide the type of distribution you will need for your 17'

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Old 02-14-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the Link Charlie! Thats exactly the system I have ordered.

I intend to try the system as is to find out how hard it is first, yes.
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These work well.

http://www.supersprings.com/productguide.asp



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Thanks for the Link Charlie! Thats exactly the system I have ordered.

I intend to try the system as is to find out how hard it is first, yes.
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A friend has told me that a double bar wdh set up used on a smaller egg (a13fter) could do some damage to the frame of the trailer.

HE strongly recommended the single bar set up and I think I'll be shopping for one soon. I will need to rebuild another ball mount however as the one I have for our ol' Plymouth is custom made to begin with
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One can do damage to the tow vehicle and/or the trailer with just about any WDH if it is set up too tightly (too much arch) -- Given the same hitch specs (say 4,000), a two-bar system merely has two lighter bars in place of one bigger (or longer) one.

Read the instructions several times and set it up properly, then mark the correct chain link so it gets reset properly every time (presuming you don't redistribute the load).

Gina, if you jack it up enuf first, you can lift the bar with your toe...

Be sure to lock up the WDH hitch head, because that's the most expensive part to replace!
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I am not installing it or setting it up. I know better than to experiment or try a learning curve on something that can be potentially dangerous to property and.. me!

I am having a pro do it.
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If I can work one and I can, it shouldn't be a problem for you Gina.

The Boler is the only travel trailer we've had that didn't have one.
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I wonder how long before you're eyeballing electric jacks?
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I am not installing it or setting it up. I know better than to experiment or try a learning curve on something that can be potentially dangerous to property and.. me!

I am having a pro do it.
Just like tongue weight, if you do it with the trailer empty, you may have to re-do it when the trailer is loaded -- I suggest you read the WDH instructions a couple of times and then have the pro show you how to do it, after the pro installs it.

BTW, there are ways to set up a tongue jack so that you can use a cordless drill or impact driver with a socket attached to do the work; likewise, for automotive-style scissors jacks used as stabilising jacks.
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