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Old 11-29-2014, 09:24 PM   #21
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That's not actually sway then. An impropperly set up WDH might cause some handling issues, but there's not much to be done about cross winds pushing you around. Stiffer tires might help but, other than a heavier truck, that just goes with the territory. I'd still recommend breaking out the manual for the hitch and get it dialed in. That's probably your best bet to get the best ride out of it. I've got the other floor plan of your trailer and I don't think it's possible to load it tail heavy unless you're really high on the front end, so I don't think it's a load problem.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:29 PM   #22
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I don't think crosswinds pushing me halfway into the next lane is normal... this setup has been unstable from the very beginning winds or not.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:38 PM   #23
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No, it shouldn't feel unstable. A 20 mph gust will shove me over a few feet, but I'm pulling the same trailer with less truck than you...so you, theoretically, should have an easier time with it. I think the majority of your problem is going to be in the hitch setup. If it's too tight, you could very well be making the rear of the trailer too heavy and pulling up on the rear of your truck too much. Give it a good read, take some wheel well measurements, and make some adjustments and see what happens.
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Tires, tires, tires. Factory P series truck tires are generally the cheapest thing that they can find that will get the truck out the door and can be a nightmare towing. Get a set of good LT series E rated tires and you will think that you have a different truck. Michelin LT2s are great and will give you 60,000 miles. The ride will be a little harsher, but your trailer will be under the control of the truck and not the other way around.

After you put real tires on your truck, I would back off a lot on the WD hitch transfer bars. Your truck is already fairly light in the back, so adding a little more weight over the back wheels will add to the stability. As a last ditch cheap fix, max out your weight by adding sandbags at the front of the bed, they will help keep you planted, but on the downside will hurt your braking distances and fuel economy.
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I looked up the weight of you truck and it is around 4500 pounds dry, not that far off of your trailer weight. 10 ply load range E LT tires really will help with the squirm and pushing, and maxing out the truck weight with sandbags (or just get a toolbox and 500 pounds of assorted crap will magically appear in it).
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:04 AM   #26
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I've become a proponent of LT tires on the tow vehicle. But, this doesn't sound like a tire problem to me.

Read your Dodge manual and see what they recommend in the towing section. Each manufacturer can be a little different.

Also, go to etrailer.com as they have some great information on how to set up your towing combination.

Is it possible that you have too much sag in the rear end of your truck? And therefore the nose of the truck is too high? That is a recipe for instability. Since you mention it is the whole rig, it makes me think that the truck is unstable and possibly the source of your issue.
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Do you have the 20" wheels? I have basically the same setup, 2109s towed by a crew cab 1500 Ram with 20" P rated Good Year RSA tires. As of now we have towed it probably 5000 miles with zero sway issues. I do run an Equalizer 600/6000 hitch though.
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we have a 2014 1500 silverado with the 2109s. we only run a sway control no wdh. never had a problem. we also have lt tires on the truck. The tongue weight of this trailer is lighter than most trailers. you should check your axle weights on a scale.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:42 AM   #29
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Bob, since my ball is at 19 and the trailer rides level at 21, I'm betting I don't have enough weight on rear axle. I bet I've got WD too tight.
Gear, I have 17" wheels.
Before I hitch up in a bit I'm gonna pull somewhere level and get my measurements on the fenders.
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I think a whole re setup of the WD will be in order.
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