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handye9

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Posted: 04/19/14 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

garyrita wrote:

My wife and I currently own a Ford Lariat F150 Ecoboost 3:31 gears, 4X4. My travel trailer is a 2014 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS dry weight approx. 6500lbs. I inherited a Reese Pro Series hitch with anti sway bar from a previous trailer we owned. Unfortunately I pulled the trailer back from Memphis,TN.with 30-40mph wind gusts. It was a battle all the way back to Mid Missouri.

Thanks so much, Gary


That's a lot of wind, with a very big sail. There's probably more issues than what a new hich can control. Issues like soft suspension, sidewall flex (this can help cause sway) in the truck tires, 8000 lb trailer pushing around a 6000 lb truck. That kind of wind would be unpleasant, even with a bigger truck.

Some hitches provide better sway control than others, but, they can't control the weather, overloading, or make up for your tires and suspension.

Some hitches provide better weight transfer than others. If your WD hitch is not restoring enough weight to the front axle, you could be to lite on your steering axle. Subconcious movement of the steering wheel can cause sway.

If trailer is to lite on the tongue, that can cause sway.

If truck and trailer are not level (trailer sits nose up), that can cause sway.

Improper tire inflation can cause sway.

Passenger (P) rated tires are designed for passenger comfort. They have more side wall flex, than light truck (LT) tires. Most 1/2 ton truck, come from the factory with (P) rated tires.

Wind will magnify any of the above issues.

Some days, it is just to windy to be on the road with such a big sail.

You should find out what your actual numbers are. IE:

Payload varies from one truck to another, depending on installed options and accessories. What is your payload? (not an advertised number)

GVWR minus actual weight = payload available for passengers, cargo, weight distribution hitch (about 100 lbs), and tongue weight.

Advertised dry weight is an unrealistic number. Weight will go up before the trailer leaves the dealer lot. What is your actual weight?

What is your actual tongue weight and do you have the payload available to handle it?

Loading sticker should be on your driver side door post. It will show your GVWR and a cargo carrying (payload) capacity (as it was from the factory). Anything added to the truck, by dealer or consumers, deducts from that CCC number, pound for pound. IE: a 200 lb bed cap, reduces cargo capacity by 200 lbs, 15 lb floor mats, reduce cargo capacity by 15 lbs.

You could spend some big bucks on a Hensley, Propride, or whatever, and find you still have the same issues.


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Posted: 04/19/14 03:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You won't like to hear it, but it's your truck that is swaying, not the trailer. If you correct the rear suspension the sway will be eliminated. I found this out when I moved from a 2013 Ram 2500 diesel with leaf spring to a 2014 Ram 2500 with coil springs. The 2014 has a rear pan-hard bar with a sway bar. The 2014 pulls much, much better. I would look for a pan-hard bar or a watts link for your truck. I don’t think that you will find one because of the major frame modifications necessary.
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