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Old 08-18-2016, 09:53 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by crunchman12001 View Post
I did not see what size bars you had on the E2. It definitely does not seem like you are transferring enough weight back to the front axle. Yes, your front end looks light. Is the E2 heavy enough to match your rig?

Sorry to blast you with the 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton right of the bat, we have had this conversation 100's of times and the answer is always the same. Most 1/2 ton guys read the tow ratings and believe they are under, they then try to add air bags to help the rear end sag, go with LT tires, ect... Soon the Anderson hitch guys will chime in and suggest you spend 2K on a newer hitch and the bottom line is always the same. Short wheelbase, 1/2 ton trucks are not ideal for towing trailers over 25'.

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Sorry, forgot to answer about the bars. They are 10,000#

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Old 08-18-2016, 09:54 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by fastalkintn View Post
I completely understand about the length issue, I discussed that with myself several times before pulling the trigger on this camper. I know I will always have to drive very conservatively with a trailer that long. And I also understand this will not pull like my pop up and I think once I get everything set up that I will be able to safely drive over 50 mph. I was just looking for input to make sure that it isn't set up properly so I don't waste my time tweaking something that isn't going to get better.
If you are going to stick with the 1/2 ton, best advice I can give......
Get some LT tires, add air bags to rear end and when you take it back to the dealer, upgrade to the correct weighted equalizer 4 point hitch. That should help you.
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:55 PM   #23
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I had to make adjustments to my hitch after the dealer installed it, This helped.

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Old 08-18-2016, 10:03 PM   #24
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Hitch adjustment

Just adjust your hitch to put more weight back on the front axle, get it back to at least where it was without the trailer attached. I bought a new 1 ton single rear wheel truck to replace a 1/2 ton, I got the grand idea my increasing the truck size that much I wouldn't need to worry about weight distribution. I was wrong, 50 miles in to pulling it with the new truck I pulled into a truck stop and readjusted the hitch. It didn't sway that much but it sure did like to bounce.

I would suggest you learn to adjust your own hitch and keep the tools needed with you when you travel for a while until you get the weight and feel they way you want it. Just offering my two cents.

Air bags are a great addition and will help your ride but they shouldn't be necessary if you WDH is the right size and the set up is right.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:37 PM   #25
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Regardless of WD system, yours is not setup correctly. You need to get more weight on your front end. You need to make sure your bars can handle the tongue weight, then tighten them up so they get the front end back down to the same height as before hitching up.

I see you have a sway bar. That is good. Just make sure you really crank it down tight.

Those two things make a huge difference.

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Old 08-18-2016, 11:07 PM   #26
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I have towed a heavy trailer with the big tow Titan. I will never do it again. I was good on all numbers except tongue weight. I had to get on the brakes really hard the trailer just pushed me into the other lane. I had little to no control of steering or braking input. I was very lucky no one was in that lane. You have a lot of tongue weight. Not sure of your numbers, but tongue weight rating is only 930 lbs. It your choice, but if you want to enjoy your trips look into a 3/4T truck.

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Old 08-18-2016, 11:20 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by john5646 View Post
Hope this helps. I'm towing 9,000 with 1,200 tung weight and its 2006 Titan.
I use equalizer 4 point. Self modified friction sway , and air bags ... Truck does good, wish I had more but I am content with these mods. Be glad to share more info if you want, let me know...Attachment 117748Attachment 117749Attachment 117750Attachment 117751
did you have to add the extra manual sway control system to a 4 point sway control system? The 4-point system is quite good but now you have a 6-point system if you have the added sway on the other side.

The OP is looking for suggestions to help his sway. He has a 2-point system and I think a 4-point system would be better for him but after seeing your setup I wonder?

I guess my question is this. Did you have to add the modified sway bar to the 4-point equalizer to make your trailer manageable? If yes, maybe the 4-point won't help the op...
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:34 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by fastalkintn View Post
My truck weight with me and my wife... was front axle 3320# and rear axle 2700#. Today with camper attached... front axle 3080# and rear axle 4080#. The trailer axles are 6160# and GVW was 13,320...

Towing capacity is 9300# for my truck. Combined weight rating (truck and trailer combined) is 15,200. My camper GVWR is 7700# and weighed today together my CVW was 13,320. So that puts me 1600# below tow rating and 1880# below CWR.

Due to marketing pressure, IMO, most 1/2 ton specs are right at the truck's true limits... For instance, my Ram 2500 w/5.7 Hemi has a tow rating of only 9,100 & GCVW of 15,000 yet I tow a TT the same size as yours without any issues. Key differences include my 3/4 ton having a 3,000 payload vs. the Titan's <2,000., an Equalizer 4 1200 vs. EQ2, and E rated LT tires vs. whatever your Titan has...

You should never go over your payload, tow rating, or GCVW specs, but with the upgrades others have suggested I think you can make the Titan work for this size TT. IMO an Equalizer 4 1200 would make the biggest difference when setup properly followed by LT tires (D/E) and then the air bags. Make sure your tires are at max pressure to handle max weight. You can always let some air out for a more cushy ride during non-towing season...

My 6,500 (empty) TT with empty tongue of 650 becomes 8,000 ready-to-camp with loaded tongue of 1,100+... I find that it tows best with 15%+ on the tongue or it tends to oscillate up & down more on rough patches of road. In fact, when I drove the TT home I was unhappy with the bouncy ride but the RV tech said he set it up for a loaded TT. After we added our gear to the mostly frontal storage areas, and added our family of 5 to the cab, all is good.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:47 PM   #29
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If your weights are correct, a Hensley Hitch will solve your sway problems and make you Happy, Happy, Happy. I have one and recommend it. Check their website and call them. Not cheap but worth the expense. Rebuilt units with lifetime warranty are offered also. Ask for Steve, no BS, good answers.
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Looking at the numbers you are providing, it appears your loaded tt weighs 7300 lbs. Ideal tongue weight for a tt is 13-15% of loaded tt weight, so for your tt that would be 950-1100 lbs. I would suggest adjusting the weight in your tt to make sure you are getting the correct tongue weight (weigh the truck/tt combo hooked up but no wdh bars on).

Once you have correct tongue weight, you need to adjust your hitch. The idea is to return your front end as close to unloaded weight as possible without going heavier. I would suggest moving to an equal-i-zer or reese dual cam hitch. These have integrated sway control and are excellent hitches for the money. I would get 1200 lb bars. My old tt was 30 ft and also weighed 7300 lbs loaded. My tongue weight was right at 1000 lbs and I had the reese dual cam with 1200 lb bars. This was a good combo.

I don't think your issue is needing a bigger truck but you can't have too much truck.. The only number you might be over on payload. What is your trucks gvwr? If you are over on payload and have a short wheelbase then you might need a bigger truck but for now let's try the cheaper, easier fix.

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