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Old 04-25-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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F150 feels loose in the rear when pulling Vcross

I have a 2012 F150 EB and a 2009 28VFBS Vcross TT with a e2 WDH. for some reason when I am going down the road we are getting the feeling of the rear of the truck "washing out". It has not broken loose but it does feel like it could. We had the WDH hitch installed at the dealer but I am wondering if anyone else has had this issue. We have minimal items in the trailer, some cloths, board games, and a blocks of wood for leveling and set up.

We are new to the camping scene and are looking for some advice. I did take a little tension off of the bars to see if that would help by putting more weight on the back of the truck. The only thing is, when I "fully load" the camper for our first real trip, am I going to want that tension back? I have not adjusted any tire pressure on the truck either.....

Any help or if anyone has a similar set up I would appreciate your knowledge.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:54 AM   #2
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If you have "P" tires on your truck, that would be one contributing factor.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:57 AM   #3
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I have the factory tires that came on the truck yet. Wrangler SR/A
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:02 AM   #4
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Air them up to the max stamped on the sidewall.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:03 AM   #5
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I've always found Fords to be a bit whimpy in the rear spring area. I've cured it with the ARS springs.
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I've had them on 4 different Fords counting the one I own now. I used to drive the longer E250 Cargo vans loaded with tools, and without them, it felt more like I was herding the van down the road, then driving.

I'm not sure what effect there would be on a 1/2 ton truck without the Roadmaster ARS, using a WDH.

Just a thought.
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Scale your combo to determine where you are at weight wise.

You mentioned your dealer installed your WDH. Since most dealers know SFA and often royally screw up WDH it's best to familiarize yourself with your own setup and learn to set it up properly.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:18 AM   #7
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Scale your combo to determine where you are at weight wise.

You mentioned your dealer installed your WDH. Since most dealers know SFA and often royally screw up WDH it's best to familiarize yourself with your own setup and learn to set it up properly.
for the weight, when I get that info, what am I looking for?
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:31 AM   #8
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V-Cross trailers seem to have heavy tongue weights. Looking at similar trailers on the Forest River site, you probably have a DRY tongue weight of 700 to 800 pounds; more with LP tanks, batteries, options, and loaded. You may very well be at or over the payload capacity of your truck.

You don't mention what version of F150 you have or its payload capacity. (It's on the door/door frame) Some optioned high-level F150s have payloads as low as 1,100 pounds. Check out your payload capacity.

Also, don't forget about (in addition to your tongue weight), the weight of your family/pets, tools, hitch, coolers, generator, etc that you load in the bed of your truck.

If you add all of this up and include the tongue weight of your trailer, you may very well have an issue.

This is also quite a long trailer. That also may be contributing to the loose feeling you are getting.

Putting less pressure on the bars is probably the wrong direction to go. You need to transfer weight off of the rear of your truck and onto the front of the truck and the trailer axles. You do this by putting more pressure on the bars.
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Have you tried putting 44psi in your tires yet? I have the same Wranglers on my 2011 F150 and the extra air helped quite a bit. That's a large trailer to pull with a 1/2 ton so you'll never get it to the point where you don't know it's there.

You may want to double check the WDH set up. I measure from the ground to the front wheel well and try and get that measurement the same loaded as unloaded.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:46 AM   #10
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how does one figure out the tough weight? the Payload is 1360lbs
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