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Old 04-07-2016, 07:44 PM   #1
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Brought home my new travel trailer and I never felt so scared!

Hi all,
Today I picked up my newly purchased 2013 PrimeTime Avenger 26ft travel trailer . It felt great on the main roads, but once I got on the highway, it was terrifying for me. I felt at times the the steering was loose, drifting of the tow vehicle... hard to explain, but I felt at times it was hard to control, and my speed limit was only 50mph. It has a WDH and a say bar. Trailer is 4800lbs and tongue 500. My sister told me that maybe I needed to adjust the chain on the WDH, she suggested I take if up one more link to make tighter, which would put more weight on my front vehicle axle. I'm new at this. I have watched a lot of videos and did a lot of research...but I'm lost here. Thank you for any suggestions.

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:53 PM   #2
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Tell us what your tow vehicle is and what brand of WDH. I'm sure we can help.

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:54 PM   #3
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What type of tow vehicle do you have DebMar?
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:55 PM   #4
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The WDH is a Pro Series, and I am towing with a 2015 Dodge Durango with tow package. Thanks
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:15 PM   #5
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While you get help with the WD hitch also be aware tire pressure and tire type is important. Are your tire pressures at the proper level?
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:18 PM   #6
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It's not a quick fix. The proper way is to measure the wheel well openings from the ground to the bottom of the tire opening, front and back, then hook up the trailer, you want enough tension on the bars to bring the measurements back to where they are empty. It won't be exact but the closer the better, also, when adjusted correctly the torsion bars should be parrallel with the frame of the RV. It sounds like you don't have enough tension on the bars to transfer weight back to the front end of the truck. It will usually take a few times to get it correct. Also be sure that the trailer is as close to level when done. Just measure the front and rear of the frame to the ground. I hope this makes sense, once adjusted correctly you will have no problems. Good luck
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:28 PM   #7
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I picked up from dealer and they were suppose to check over everything, but I will check that myself tomorrow. My husband should have a tire pressure gauge. Thank you
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:30 PM   #8
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Crusadernoob, I just read about that. I will measure the wheel well opening like you said. Thank you so much, I hope this will do it. I just read this manual for my sway bar and WDH
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:32 PM   #9
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you should completely load the camper first, otherwise you will have to start over when you change the tongue weight.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:33 PM   #10
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Dodge Durango is built to provide a nice cushy ride rather than as a hauling vehicle. So you are working at a handicap there.

First and easiest thing to do is put your tire pressures up to the max they are rated for.

Next is to double check your weight distribution and make sure you are not putting all the weight on the back end. As already mentioned: measure the wheel well heights front and rear with and without the trailer fully hooked up.

Next would be to check your sway bar to make sure it is clamped down and not loose. Many can be adjusted to be tigher. It may also be that a second sway bar may help so you have one on each side.

After that things start to get much more expensive with tow vehicle tires being the next stop. Followed by shocks, perhaps springs, etc.

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