I installed the hitch and made a Shake Down Cruise to Lafayette, Louisiana and back. A grandnephew of mine got married.
I traveled the Interstates on the way there and took the cross-country route coming back. Most roads on the way back were two lanes, winding and somewhat in need of repair in some places.
The hitch did exactly what I was told it would do. The large vehicles were no problem. Some of them I didn’t even feel. Of course as I mentioned before, those were never a big problem for me. My problem of “Bouncing” on the freeways has not been eliminated but is now tolerable. The hitch did smooth out the smaller ones and softened the sharp and hard bucking motions. I no longer feel as though I’m riding a bucking horse.
I am still playing with the tension on the spring bars and have not yet decided which position is the correct one.
On August 15th I will depart for Charleston, SC to attend a reunion of an old Army-organization to which I belong. I will continue, from Charleston, to Melbourne. FL. Then will head home through Orlando into the Florida panhandle and westward on I-10 (ugh). I will find out if the hitch will continue doing what it has so far done.
I am well pleased with the way my van handles and have had no problem hitching up. I had at first feared about the hitching part. But, no sweat- it’s a piece of cake. I do love leaving the hitch on the trailer. No more manhandling of greasy- hitch assemblies -at every lay over for more than one night, I always removed and secured my hitch and bars.
I have one question. The U-bolts- there are two different locations shown in drawings and photographs where they are installed. Exactly where do they go?
I will send you another report when I return from my trip sometime at the end of this month.