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Weight Distribution Set Up On A 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


I just purchased and adjustable Reese weight stabilizer bar hitch with a 2 5/16 ball, was wondering at what height I should place the ball to get the best weight distribution


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To get the best weight distribution on your 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 you first need to get the system set up for both the truck and the trailer.

1. Start by getting your trailer level, you can use a bubble level. Once level, measure from the ground to the top of the coupler. Note that measurement.
2. Measure from the ground to the lower edge of your fender on the back wheel and front wheel of your truck, straight up the center of the wheel and note that measurement. Make sure there is no weight in the bed of the truck.
3. Follow the instruction for assembling the ball mount and attach it to your truck. Tighten but do not torque the hardware.
4. Mount the frame brackets on the frame of the trailer as specified in the instruction.
5. Set the ball height 3/4" to 1" higher than the measurement of the coupler.
6. Attach the trailer to the ball as if getting ready to leave for a trip.
7. Use the jack on the trailer to lift both the trailer and the back of the truck until you can slide the spring bars onto the control brackets on the trailer. You may have to use the included tool to get the spring bars on the brackets.
8. Once the spring bars are on, attach the pin so the bars don't come off, and lower the trailer tongue so the jack foot is completely off the ground.
9. Measure the distance from the ground to the lower edge of your fender on the back and front wheels of your truck. Compare the second measurement to the first measurement. You want to be as close to the factory ride height as possible however, 1" low in the back is ideal. Trucks have a valve in their brake systems that allow more braking to the back wheels when weight is added.
10. Set the level on your trailer frame again. Depending on where the bubble is in reference to the center, you can adjust the spring bar angle by adding or removing washers.
11. You want the trailer and truck to be riding as level as possible.
12. once desired height is determined and truck and trailer are riding as level as possible, disconnect trailer from truck and torque all hardware to specification listed in the instructions.

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Shane H

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