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Old 03-17-2016, 10:27 AM   #71
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When I went from a tag trailer to my first gooseneck, that was a massive change with the "can't feel it back there"scenario. With all big tags, you would always get a little in and out when you past a semi or they flew by you, ect.

With my 32ft foot race trailer, once moving, you really can't tell its there because it is not 13ft high and loaded, it's only 10k. My fiver, you can tell its there but it is comfortable.

I always laugh when I hear that comment from these 1/2 ton or gasser guys. I've driven a gasser towing the same trailer as mine and you can barely speak in the cab as the motor is hunting for a gear and revving to 5k trying to get up the slightest include on the highway..... Lol
Exactly. That was my point.
"Once moving..."
Even with a great-handling rig, you know it's back there every time you have to start from a stand-still. Compared to when not towing, you will know it's back there.
Ask a semi-truck driver. When they aren't hauling a load, they're skipping gears. When they have a load, they know it's back there. That's not anything against their rig. It's just reality.
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:38 PM   #72
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If your setup is dialed in, you can easily forget it's back there until you look on the mirror and see 35 feet following you. I have a Ram 1500 with 8 SPD, 3.92 rear, and 10,050 lbs limit. Pulling a 35 foot TT about 7000 lbs. With the rear and 8 SPD, the acceleration is impressive. With my air bags and Equalizer hitch, there is no sway, lugging, or any hint of a loose front end. My wife drives it without a hint of nervousness.

I've driven trucks with a loose front end because the tow setup was wrong. It was frightening. And the sway was even worse. Tail wagging the dog feeling.

It's a whole combination of equipment to have the right setup. Some people get an expensive truck and TT, but skimp on the hitch. In that case, a HD 3/4 ton will tow worse than a 1/2 ton.
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:50 PM   #73
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If your setup is dialed in, you can easily forget it's back there until you look on the mirror and see 35 feet following you. I have a Ram 1500 with 8 SPD, 3.92 rear, and 10,050 lbs limit. Pulling a 35 foot TT about 7000 lbs. With the rear and 8 SPD, the acceleration is impressive. With my air bags and Equalizer hitch, there is no sway, lugging, or any hint of a loose front end. My wife drives it without a hint of nervousness.

I've driven trucks with a loose front end because the tow setup was wrong. It was frightening. And the sway was even worse. Tail wagging the dog feeling.

It's a whole combination of equipment to have the right setup. Some people get an expensive truck and TT, but skimp on the hitch. In that case, a HD 3/4 ton will tow worse than a 1/2 ton.

I agree the correct hitch is key I had nearly the same combo as you before upgrading my truck. I never got to the point that I felt so comfortable that I could have had the same statement as you. 3/4 truck does not need airbags and only squats about 1.5" with 900# on the ball. My 1500 ram would put the hitch in the ground without the hitch.


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Old 03-19-2016, 11:09 AM   #74
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If your setup is dialed in, you can easily forget it's back there until you look on the mirror and see 35 feet following you. I have a Ram 1500 with 8 SPD, 3.92 rear, and 10,050 lbs limit. Pulling a 35 foot TT about 7000 lbs. With the rear and 8 SPD, the acceleration is impressive. With my air bags and Equalizer hitch, there is no sway, lugging, or any hint of a loose front end. My wife drives it without a hint of nervousness.

I've driven trucks with a loose front end because the tow setup was wrong. It was frightening. And the sway was even worse. Tail wagging the dog feeling.

It's a whole combination of equipment to have the right setup. Some people get an expensive truck and TT, but skimp on the hitch. In that case, a HD 3/4 ton will tow worse than a 1/2 ton.
How right you are. Before I got a 5er my first TT scared the heck out of me! That is, till I put a weight distribution hitch and sway bar on it. What a difference that made!

I gave it to a guy that needed it when I got my first 5er. No need for it now. Will always have a 5er, unless I go to a MH. Even a cheap one like Harbor Freight sells makes a huge difference. Trust me, I know. That is what I had.

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We just drove up last night to camp. My buddy in his excursion was swaying like a bitch. This is a new TT. HE went from a 28ft to a 35ft. Wasn't ready for that... We hit the scales and weighed her and adjusted that and tightened the anti sway and reduced it a lot. He will throw on a 2nd anti sway for the highway tows. I'm just chilling towing the fiver totally relaxed. By the time he got to the destination he needed a neck massage from the stress!! Lol.
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