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Old 04-09-2016, 04:19 PM   #51
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It was noisy even driving straight, grinding the entire ride. Once I removed it, nothing. And WDH I upped it one more link, it was bobbing like crazy. Pulled over and put back to 3rd link and came home
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Old 04-09-2016, 04:48 PM   #52
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It was noisy even driving straight, grinding the entire ride. Once I removed it, nothing. And WDH I upped it one more link, it was bobbing like crazy. Pulled over and put back to 3rd link and came home
It looks like it's set up pretty close
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Old 04-09-2016, 05:08 PM   #53
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A 1/4" difference means you're right there as far as having it adjusted correctly. Sounds like the problem is your tow vehicle. Your Durango is built to be driven like a car, not a truck. Trust me, I've been in your exact same shoes. Your salesperson told you want you wanted to hear to get you off his lot. Shame on him.
In my opinion, you have three options... 1. Drive slow and take short trips, 2. Try an Equalizer weight distribution with built in sway. Or 3. Purchase a new TV.
I've been in this exact same situation... I'm now towing with a Tundra. Good luck.


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You might have to change the tilt on the ball. To get the correct tension. The anti say bar is doing it's job don't worry about the noise some is normal keep it on the tight side.


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Old 04-09-2016, 05:14 PM   #55
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First camper I ever looked at was a truck camper. Dealer loaded it onto my 1500 and it about mashed it to the ground. Salesman said"Oh that looks good". I said,"looks a little heavy to me". Salesman said"I think it will be fine once you get it on the road". I said,"Take it off now". Then my first TT scared the hell out of me at first. I had also purchased a after market brake control from camper dealer. They installed it. Mechanic said "I set it a little touchy until you get use to it". I was coming from Ashville NC and had to go down Black Mountain. "Touchy", it about through me through the windshield. I had never pulled anything before. After four hours I made it home. Next day I read the instructions for the brake control and took it out on a back road and set it right. Oh to get to my original thought our WDH also made lots of popping and crunching sounds.
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If you're 1/4" higher on the front wheel well and the bars are level you've adjusted it the best you probably can. I highly recommend that you take the Durango and trailer, fully loaded and a full tank of gas, and go to the CAT scales at the Pilot on I-84 near Sturbridge, MA and get it weighed. Use these websites as a guide on how to weigh your combo and how to interpret the numbers.

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First camper I ever looked at was a truck camper. Dealer loaded it onto my 1500 and it about mashed it to the ground. Salesman said"Oh that looks good". I said,"looks a little heavy to me". Salesman said"I think it will be fine once you get it on the road". I said,"Take it off now". Then my first TT scared the hell out of me at first. I had also purchased a after market brake control from camper dealer. They installed it. Mechanic said "I set it a little touchy until you get use to it". I was coming from Ashville NC and had to go down Black Mountain. "Touchy", it about through me through the windshield. I had never pulled anything before. After four hours I made it home. Next day I read the instructions for the brake control and took it out on a back road and set it right. Oh to get to my original thought our WDH also made lots of popping and crunching sounds.

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If you're 1/4" higher on the front wheel well and the bars are level you've adjusted it the best you probably can. I highly recommend that you take the Durango and trailer, fully loaded and a full tank of gas, and go to the CAT scales at the Pilot on I-84 near Sturbridge, MA and get it weighed. Use these websites as a guide on how to weigh your combo and how to interpret the numbers.

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Thats exactly where we were headed today until I heard non stop grinding, crunchy noises and then alot of rocking. I got scared, thinking my hitch was going to pop since I tightened the chain on the WDH. There was noise coming from sway bar as well. So we turned around and came home. So are the grinding and crunch noise normal?? and rocking feeling normal?
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popping, grinding and rocking are all pretty normal when towing once you get used to them. When on the highway you hear nothing. A small amount of lube on the trailer ball and on the arms where they insert into the hitch will help diminish those sounds. I use a silicon spray which is not as messy as grease, but you can use any grease or even vaseline... just a very lite coat... do not grease the sway bar... it will make noise but using grease will diminish it's usefulness

This looks exactly like my hitch I bought at Harbor Freight two years ago. I love it and it works great for me, but I need no sway bar in my install.

You may need to move ball up one notch on hitch and make sure the ball is very slightly tilted to the back of the hitch (away from the TV) rather than straight up and down and still use the 3rd or 4th link to reduce the rocking motion. Trial and error...
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You've heard all the advice here, and all of it is good, but here's my 2 cents worth. I know it's easy to say, and for most people not doable if you've just bought a new RV, but if you can swing it, BUY A TRUCK TO PULL YOUR TRAILER! A Durango is an SUV, right?
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