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Old 08-13-2015, 02:16 PM   #1
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First interstate tow nightmare

Took off down I-77 from Mooresville NC to Hunting Island Sc. 2014 Ford F-150. Reg cab 5.0 with a 6.5 bed. 2015 21FBRS. No wdh. Thought I was going to wreck the first time a semi went by. Go the death wobble and the dash was lite up like a Christmas tree. Go it slowed down. Got off interstate and took US 21 all the way 7 hrs. Any how. Have a good friend down here gonna hook me up with a Reese WDH. Please don't ever to without one!!!! Or at least test run the interstates before hand.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:27 PM   #2
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Did you have any kind of sway control?
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A number of things could possibly have prevented this besides WDH, including truck tires. Once the tail starts wagging the dog, it gets harder to bring it back with squishy P-rated tires (if this is what you have on your truck). Give them a check and make sure you have LT tires, it's a much better feel.
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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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can't believe the dealer let you leave without one!
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:00 PM   #6
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can't believe the dealer let you leave without one!
they put the 2-5/16 ball on my hitch and said I would have no problem pulling a 4,000 lb trailer. I didn't as long as I didn't go over 55. Lol
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it gets harder to bring it back with squishy P-rated tires (if this is what you have on your truck). Give them a check and make sure you have LT tires, it's a much better feel.
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A little less car like ride but better turning control also with LT tires
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Being able to carry the tongue weight without a WDH, assuming its in the proper percentage of total trailer weight, is a different animal than sway control. Unless the WDH has integral sway control, you'll probably have sway with P tires. LT tires will help the truck keep its rear in line but if the trailer wants to shove the hitch sideways, you'll still feel it. That's what a sway control is for - to limit the sideways shove at the hitch.

I used to tow a 4,000 lb TT with a WDH and no sway control (had it - never needed to hook it up). Of course, the TV was a GMC 2500HD diesel with LRE LT tires (planned for a future 5er, which we now have).
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Next time you get that sway activate the manual trailer brakes slowly to pull the TV tight with the trailer. Just using the TV brakes as the main still makes the trailer move faster than your TV.
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they put the 2-5/16 ball on my hitch and said I would have no problem pulling a 4,000 lb trailer. I didn't as long as I didn't go over 55. Lol
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Unless you have "D" rated trailer tires (or higher) 55 is your maximum speed anyway.
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