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Old 08-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #31
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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.
Gary
What equalizer hitch do you have?
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:19 PM   #32
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an Equalizer 4 point sway bar and hitch. F150 Ecoboost with GCWR of 14000 from the Ford table, a GVWR of 7100, TT dry is 6925#, dry hitch is 945 listed by Forest River.
well after some homework I found my F150 will provide 8500# towing to support this Flagstaff TT. it may be the weight distribution that caused the sway. it got smaller, let me speed up to 60 mph after engaging the tow control for the truck.
now i'm off to the weight scale to be sure the TT weight is what it should be.
anyone with sway problems caused by weight distribution? and what kind of experience to share. (to help us newbies)
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:44 PM   #33
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an Equalizer 4 point sway bar and hitch. F150 Ecoboost with GCWR of 14000 from the Ford table, a GVWR of 7100, TT dry is 6925#, dry hitch is 945 listed by Forest River.
well after some homework I found my F150 will provide 8500# towing to support this Flagstaff TT. it may be the weight distribution that caused the sway. it got smaller, let me speed up to 60 mph after engaging the tow control for the truck.
now i'm off to the weight scale to be sure the TT weight is what it should be.
anyone with sway problems caused by weight distribution? and what kind of experience to share. (to help us newbies)
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What 4 point equalizer hitch do you have?? They make a few different models.
My 10k was not beefy enough for my new unit. upgraded to a 14k works great so far. With a hitch weight 945 listed by Forest River you need at least a 12k if not the 14k I would recommend.
Hope your getting 3 different weight readings. TV w/TT with bars then without bars and your f150 by itself.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:42 PM   #34
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the equalizer 4 point sway hitch is a 10,000# trailer rating--1000# hitch.
it seems your input is to go to a bigger weight item---and why is that?
( I got mine no cost when buying the trailer so this would be another expense)
i'll try to get as many weights as possible but minimum---front axle, rear axle and truck with trailer, somehow I need the trailer weight---not sure how patient the scale people are--I've never done this.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:01 PM   #35
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You said your hitch weight or tongue weight is 945 Lbs. the 10k is good to 1000 lbs tongue.
That gives you 55 lbs for stuff, like propane and gear.
I just went threw all this with my new unit a few months ago.
My lacrosse info said my hitch lbs was like 875 (guessing) After weighing it was 1200 lbs.
I didnt add hardly anything to it.
They will be fine with you there. I was concerned too.
Had to go drive on scales get 1st weight.Tell them your a privet party camper when they ask your truck number. drive off go in and pay.
Go back to the scales and ask for reweigh. TV w/TT with bars then without bars and your f150 by itself. (3)
With all that info you can get your real tongue weight , how well the load distribution working, the weight of your camper and truck.

Just what i did coz I wanted to know all the data.
nice web site...
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:48 PM   #36
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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.
X2 I also use this hitch and it is amazing! Never has my trailer even tried to sway!
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X2 I also use this hitch and it is amazing! Never has my trailer even tried to sway!
I hear that is a good hitch too! Know a few people who have them and they like em.
I feel the same way about my equalizer 14k 4 point.
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And watch out for tree limbs!
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And watch out for tree limbs!

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Lots of great input! Know the route you'll be traveling, and be certain there's no construction situations, such as lane width reduction. No use adding stress to the task.

Also, remember this. Whenever you do encounter a situation where the highway appears to be narrow, such as construction sites, just remember that 18-wheelers are going through the same areas, as well as other TT's and motor homes. If your tow vehicle is centered between the lines, your trailer will follow.

Always be aware of overhead clearance, including power lines. This is especially true in yards, and around outbuildings.

Another thing that's always helped me, though not related specifically to your bringing home your trailer, is to have a check list. My list includes 'everything' related to the truck and trailer, including duties inside and out. It's easy, even for those of us with years of experience, to overlook something. TV antenna up. Something not stowed properly. Wheel chock still in place. Shower door not latched. You get the idea! This is especially true in the heat of the moment, such as a family emergency or other situation requiring a quick break-down of camp.

As everyone else noted, pay special attention to your turns. If someone is sitting at an intersection where you need to turn on to, and you're concerned about the room needed to turn, just wait until they pull away, or backup. Generally, most drivers understand your need for cornering space when they see the rig your handling. No different than the challenges drivers of semi's face.

While you are gaining experience with your trailer, make certain your tow vehicle is fueled ahead of time. One less hassle to handle while you are in the learning curve. A trailer your size can seem pretty big when faced with a four-pump fueling situation.

And, relax! You'll do just fine and it will be a wonderful experience. Congratulations on your new trailer!

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