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Old 03-10-2017, 08:21 PM   #1
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Fastway e2 Hitch help needed

We've got the truck hitched to the trailer. Photos attached of that.

Yes, the 7-pin cable isn't attached as I didn't know if it would drain the truck battery by being hooked up ahead of time. Is this true or not? Clueless, so figured it was better to leave it unplugged until I get ready to leave on Sunday for my driving lessons through RV Driving School.

I know someone on this forum will supply an answer for me.

(Which reminds me that I'll probably leave the trailer hitched to the truck while I'm at the campsite since I'll be taking it out for lessons for 2 days and then leaving the next day. Should I unplug the 7-pin cable when I'm not towing? The trailer will be hooked to shore power. Thanks.)

I've also discovered that the pin for the sway bar is hooked up incorrectly, so after you're through laughing over that, no need to tell me it's wrong.

Dirk needed the sway bars taken off (long story there I won't go into right now), so I told him it was an easy 2 second job. HA! The laugh is on me!

Took forever and we could have lost some toes when that bar came off. I'm assuming there's a simple, easy way to take those bars off, but we sure couldn't figure it out. I looked through the manual from Fastway and they tell ya how to hook them in to place, but not how to remove 'em.

I used the "snap-up lever" (that's what they call it; I call it a pry bar thingie) to get the spring arms in place. But I sure couldn't figure out how to use it to get them off.

A solution is desperately needed!

Also, is the hitch ball cover thingie correctly in place? We weren't sure about that. Tomorrow I do plan to pull the truck and trailer forward a bit, but I wanted to know about the hitch ball cover thingie first before doing that.

Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:32 PM   #2
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Oh, no. The coupler is not completely engaged. Take a look at the following video and it will explain. Remove the coupler pin and try again. Please notice that in the video, there is no coupler pin in the coupler - if it is inserted, the coupler will not lock properly.

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Old 03-10-2017, 08:36 PM   #3
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Here is another one that might help.

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Old 03-10-2017, 08:41 PM   #4
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As far as leaving the trailer hooked up at the camp sight that is fine if the trailer is level. But there are too many camp sights where you have to unhook to be level and the refrigerator is one of the things in the trailer that needs to be level to work properly. I have also read that it can be permanently damaged after a while. A little work to unhook and hook up is cheap insurance for everything. Loren
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:42 PM   #5
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Your hitch is not properly installed on the ball. You need to disconnect everything and get the ball properly in the hitch.

You remove and install the WDH bars by raising the trailer jack before installing the bars while it's attached to the truck raising the back of the truck and trailer together. Be careful reconnecting or raising it now because it looks like it is not properly hitched and there is a lot of tension on the bars. You relieve the tension normally by raising the front of the trailer while hitched to the truck.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:51 PM   #6
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THANKS!

Will watch the videos and learn. I never remember to look on YouTube for stuff, so I greatly appreciate you finding them for me.

Yeah, I'm aware of the leveling situation for the frig, so I will keep that in mind when I get there. I know I might have to unhitch and re-do it each day, so am prepared for that, just in case. Fingers crossed it'll be a level site, but knowing my luck ... um, yeah.

I had wondered if I had to raise the jack. And glad to know the ball is all wrong. Will fix all that tomorrow since it's too dark now to futz with it.

Whew! Sure was easier with that motorhome rental - just got in and drove (basically).
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:59 PM   #7
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Keep in mind that you don't have to hook up the WDH bars - just leave them off and the WDH will work just like a regular hitch.

When I picked up my trailer in Chilliwack back in Jan, the WDH was not installed correctly so I drove the trailer back to Texas with the bars removed. No problem.

If it was me and I was just driving a short way and had to hitch and unhitch daily, I would leave the bars off. Less drama.

ps. I have the same truck and trailer you have.
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Our WDH is a little different and I can't see yours all that well but can tell you some things. When you go to take the bars off, you are using the lever, and stand back away when doing that. Otherwise, not knowing what you are doing in the beginning, you can hurt yourself by slamming them down (which you found out apparently). As tdf says, you need to crank your coupler shaft. You do that before trying to remove the bars. If a bar does not come off easily and safely, stop. Crank some more. Try it again. Until the bar removes easily. Both bars do not always remove easily but at least one should.

We use a lock through the coupler latch. It appears that you can do the same and some others here can say if they have latch locks and use them for that specific WDH. We do not go anywhere without a latch lock. I agree that it appears that you are not latched. You have to learn to look at that very carefully each time and check it to make sure you are completely latched. If you are not, it may be obvious just looking or you may have to try checking it another way.
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Don't back all the way under the hitch as it may cause it to bind the ball on the rear catch of the hitch which results in what's called a false hitch. That's what you have now and the trailer will come off the ball when you hit a bump. A easy way I have found to avoid this is to have only about 1/2 the ball under the hitch. Then when you lower the trailer on the ball it will drop properly onto the ball and not bind the rear latch of the hitch that locks it on the ball.

When you think you are properly hitched raise the jack while hooked up to the truck and raise both the trailer and back of the truck to make sure.

As TDF says just leave the bars off for now.
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Old 03-10-2017, 09:13 PM   #10
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Thanks again!

I thought the bars were for anti-sway, which I certainly don't want to happen. I'm driving about 2.5-3 hours away (to Sequim, for those that know the area). It's windy right now around Seattle, so wouldn't I want the anti-sway bars on?

Dang!

Oh, and thanks for the tip on positioning the ball and hitch. We were just commenting that it was far easier to hitch up our enclosed trailer than this thing. Tomorrow we'll be busy, busy, busy!
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