Originally Posted by etcmss
I also made my first trip towing a Flagstaff 831FKBSS (~6800#) with an equalizer sway bar and an F-150 Ecoboost. not a good experience.
I wasn't prepared for the lurching, constant bumps and the sway at 50 mph was unexpected. on a flat road I got up to 60 but I wasn't that comfortable, like on the edge of my seat constantly ready to react.
So is this normal?
some of us are new and this experience is helpful.
If you had that much sway at a speed of 50 I suspect your WD system and sway bar are not set up correctly and that truck is more than capable of that kind of weight. Have it checked if you are not familiar with it yourself.
You will always feel the bumps and jumps of the trailer as it hits them after the truck does. It's just something you get used to I guess. The delayed reaction of the trailer will reflect back on the truck. You should not have the sway tho.
It is an experience the first time you tow for sure and especially with a big trailer. I promise you do get used to it and much more comfortable with every trip. You will learn the reactions of the trailer and be more at ease as time goes on when you consider it normal.
I felt more comfortable towing my 42ft 5th wheel for the first time than I did towing our first 18ft pop up. That was my first towing experience. You DO get used to it and to a nice comfort level where it is actually enjoyable. Only time and experience will bring that. Trust me. It's not supposed to be a white knuckle stressed out thing. Trust yourself and your vehicle. Its not working as hard as you think with that kind of weight. Just give yourself more time on the road for every move and hopefully it will become a better experience.
We have all been there. Hope this helps