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Old 01-07-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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30 FLA handling

I am looking at a Work and Play 30FLA. It has a very heavy tongue weight that with the gen will be about 2000 lbs. The tow vehicle is a 2500 HD Diesel. I dont want to buy the RV just to end up a nervous wreck everytime I pull it any distance. Is there anyone out there with a similar combination that can give me some feedback on the handling?
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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The heavy tongue weight would be without any thing in the garage. Looks like the garage is about 14 - 15 feet and with it loaded, you should be able to get the tongue weight into a more reasonable area...1200 - 1300 lb.

I'd hate to pull it empty though.

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I bought a 2012 30WRS last February, At first it swayed very bad and was a real white knuckle pull, could only run at 60-62mph. I installed a 15,000 lb. Reese hitch with load leveling friction anti sway bars that solved the swaying problem. After a couple thousand miles I realized that the sway bars are a real pain to install every time I hook up, so I installed Firestone air bags with a wireless controller, so now, I just hook up (without the sway bars) level the truck with a touch of a bottom (unloaded I run 10psi, leveled up and the bed loaded with generator etc. I air up to 30 or 40psi). I found that I can now tow up to 75mph (passing, usually cruise at 65-68mph) without the load leveling anti sway bars.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:47 PM   #4
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What are you using as a tow vehicle?
The bags sure sound like the way to go. I'm with you on the hitch install/uninstall too.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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A 2011 F250 6.7 diesel crew cab, with 3.31:1 electro locking rear axle.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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I found that I can now tow up to 75mph (passing, usually cruise at 65-68mph) without the load leveling anti sway bars.
You are recommending towing a 36 ft camper without anit-sway? Really?

The advantage of a W/D hitch set-up is that it transfers tongue weight to the front axle of the TV and the axles of the camper. Air bags on the TV does neither.

Hopefully, others will chime in. I don't care that it's a F250 or even a F350, towing that camper without W/D hitch and anti-sway is not a good plan

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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Or at those speeds. Unless you changed to LT tires, your ST tires are only good to 65 mph.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #8
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I would be using anti sway bars even if you are not using a WD hitch. With your set up and speed it is an accident waiting to happen.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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Thanks to everyone for the input. I am terrified that I am putting my family at risk and all advice is welcomed. I am in the market for tires if there are any suggestions.
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I'm just saying that with the Firestone airbags installed now on the F250 I can lift the tongue up to the same level or higher as the load leveling anti sway bars do without all the hassle of jacking up the tongue and loading the sway bars every time I tow. The 30WRS tows very steady how that it's leveled up with just the airbags on the Reese hitch without the sway bars.
I still do always carry and use the sway bars if we get in windy conditions. The point is that you can adjust your trailers attitude (tongue height) with airbags on the truck and that I found that it really effects how they tow.
As far as my trucks tire weight capacities, lifting the trailer tongue takes weight off the rear wheels of the truck and shifts it onto the trailers wheels.
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