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Old 08-14-2015, 10:38 AM   #21
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His F150 has automatic sway control built into its trail erring package. When the truck sensed the sway, it automatically applied the trailer brakes and lights up
the dash panel with bright warnings. It sounds like the culprit here is too little weight on the tongues. I use my F150 to haul cargo trailers, even heavier than his. No WDH and no problems at highway speed (except for the time I learned about the automatic sway control when I fell asleep).
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:44 AM   #22
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His F150 has automatic sway control built into its trail erring package. When the truck sensed the sway, it automatically applied the trailer brakes and lights up
the dash panel with bright warnings. It sounds like the culprit here is too little weight on the tongues. I use my F150 to haul cargo trailers, even heavier than his. No WDH and no problems at highway speed (except for the time I learned about the automatic sway control when I fell asleep).
Thanks for the info on the sway control lights.
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His F150 has automatic sway control built into its trail erring package. When the truck sensed the sway, it automatically applied the trailer brakes and lights up
the dash panel with bright warnings. It sounds like the culprit here is too little weight on the tongues. I use my F150 to haul cargo trailers, even heavier than his. No WDH and no problems at highway speed (except for the time I learned about the automatic sway control when I fell asleep).

It also works faster than the driver ever could. I've had some serious side winds in the columbia river gorge and the truck's active sway control came on and kept everything straight.

For the OP.

I tow a much larger and heavier trailer ( FR 268rks ) and after putting on airbags, rear sway bar, and LT tires the difference in towing is night and day. I of course always use a WDH and sway control. The cost of the tires, bags, and sway bar will be FAR less than the hit on buying a new truck. I figure at right around $1500 for the whole shebang. I am also running a 2014 F150.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:18 AM   #24
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Had a 25' Land Yacht for years hooked to a Suburban ("the" tow vehicle of choice-period) and only used a weight distributing hitch(WDH) with it. No sway control needed due to the perfect combo of TV and towability of the Airstream(dual axles and slipstreaming!).
Never, ever, had any problems with sway going through the Smokies...or...the W. Va.
turnpike many a time. Would get "pushed" a little from dirty air produced by the faster
semi's but not pucker inducing. MY question to you...do you have dual axle's or the
single variety?? I started out with a small 15' single axle and vowed NEVER to do that
again...was like pulling\backing a juvenile squirrel most of the time...bad bad bad.
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:36 PM   #25
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Sway and wdh

Just completed a 5,000 mile (plus) trip towing a 26 ft Wildwood, using a 2006 Ram 2500. I use a Weight distributing hitch, with 1,000 pound trunion bars, and a antisway bar. I drive at 65 most of the time, except when I have to make time, or the fuel is less in that state, when I bump it up to 70. Passed by many trucks, and we rode solid like we were on a rail. Never a twitch or sway.
The force of air being pushed by the front of the big rigs is more noticeable when we were towing a 33 foot trailer, but even them I just tightened the sway bar some more, and rode steady.
When I was a paramedic, in the mountains of California, I saw way too many RV's on their side from sway problems after being passed by trucks. NEVEr drive without antisway and WDH. Ever.
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I pull a Salem Hemisphere 282RK with an F150. I have the Equalizer hitch and love it. Not only does it distribute weight, but contols sway. I had to make an emergency stop on I70 last week at 60mph due to an accident up ahead. Stopped with no problem and trailer stayed in line. I meet semis without issue.

I highly recommend the equalizer. Best $550 I've ever spent.

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You are right. You do need a WDH. Reese is OK. I used a Reese dual cam for several years before going to a motorhome about 10 years ago. I was also pulling with a 1998 F150. Trailer weighed about 7000 lbs. Trucks going by still bothered me. Now, I have went back to a TT a couple of months ago and pull with 2014 F150 and 5.0. I purchased a Equalizer WDH, but I have not been on an interstate and passing trucks so I cannot vouch for it yet. But I would never pull a TT without a WDH.
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Huh ??

ST tires are rated for 65 mph, regardless of ply rating.

LT tires may help the on the tow vehicle a bit, but other things seem to be at play here.
Not to hijack the thread, but these are my Carlisle ST LRD tires and the speed rating is 87mph. Not that you'd want to do that....just some info for everyone.
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Not to hijack the thread, but these are my Carlisle ST LRD tires and the speed rating is 87mph. Not that you'd want to do that....just some info for everyone.
I had heard that some ST tires were rated for more than 65 mph......good to know.
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I remember my first pull with my Mountaineer and 26' TT and it was ugly. The TT came with WDH and no instructions because it was used. In the first mile I hit a bump and SUV was all over the road. When I pulled up the equalizer bars and it put weight on the front wheels all was well.
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Not to hijack the thread, but these are my Carlisle ST LRD tires and the speed rating is 87mph. Not that you'd want to do that....just some info for everyone.

I must be blind I did not see the speed rating


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