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Old 08-25-2013, 07:20 PM   #21
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How much backing up (if any) are you able to do with the WD hitch and sway control hooked up?
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:01 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the info all! Got her home safe and sound!


Lots of great suggestions already offered. Get out and practice towing especially in an area that you are familiar with. Go at a speed that you are comfortable at. In case of an emergency it can be helpful if your spouse has a little experience towing the trailer even if its around the neighborhood to start with.
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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.
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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
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How much backing up (if any) are you able to do with the WD hitch and sway control hooked up?

take off the sway bar before you back up......
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How much backing up (if any) are you able to do with the WD hitch and sway control hooked up?
You should be able to back up fine with both in place, however it's recommended to take the sway bar off for a lot of very tight turning and/or backing up. They can get bent from it. I've heard of some people taking the sway bar off when they get off the highway and will not be doing high speeds on local roads just to eliminate the potential for damage to it tight cornering.
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Might want to geta 2nd sway control, dealer included right with hitch and we ran that way for a year and then came across some info on line that said if the trailer is over 30 ft to have a left sway control also. So did some more research and went ahead a did that this year, I would never go back.
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I have the Reese dual cam sway control and love it. Tractor trailers fly by me and the trailer never moves.
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How much backing up (if any) are you able to do with the WD hitch and sway control hooked up?
it depends on what you have. if it is a friction sway control bar then you are not supposed to back up with it on (always leave wdh hooked up). if it is integrated sway control (ie Reese dual cam, equal-i-zer) then you can leave it on for backing up.
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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.
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no this is not normal. this is what I experienced with my old armada. none of that with my F250. I would start with going to the scales (CAT Scale). weigh the truck with full tank of fuel, all gear and passengers that will be in it when towing. weigh with and without the TT attached. Weigh with truck front axle on first pad, rear axle on second pad and all of trailer on third pad. this will tell you where you are starting out. you can use both weights and measurements to dial in your wdh. it will also help put your mind at ease for being within weight on the TV.

here is an excellent source for adjusting wdh. Also look at your loading. you may have too much weight in the rear and not enough weight on the tongue. I have literally seen a 10 lb tent make a large difference when moved from rear to front.
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How much backing up (if any) are you able to do with the WD hitch and sway control hooked up?
If you have a friction sway bar, know that it is a brake...... You do not want this brake on when backing up. Either take it off or loosen it up to where is slides freely.
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