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Old 07-14-2014, 09:35 PM   #31
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I would still make the measurements and check the wheel alignment I suggested just to be sure.
My brother checked this on his own when he got home today. He was sleepless last night. I think more so from not being able to conquer something than fear for loss of life. LOL Thank you SO much for the thoughtful advice.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:40 PM   #32
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Great news Diane! Now it's time to convince you guys to forget about getting the kids prepped for school and come to Chassahowitzka with us!


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Old 07-14-2014, 09:46 PM   #33
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Ha @ Phil. Silly kids ruining my good time!!
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:10 PM   #34
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Ha @ Phil. Silly kids ruining my good time!!

Oh... I see the problem now. You were taking advice from Phil. Good thing you brought in an expert. Lol.


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Thanks for the vote of confidence Mark! I was the one that talked them into the 2306...so if it was a lemon, I would have been in the dog house!


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Old 07-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #36
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You might want to think about following OC's advice/guidance.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:28 PM   #37
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Number one cause of sway is cargo loading (light tongue to camper ratio).
Get the camper/tow vehicle weighed as mentioned previously.

Air pressure not correct for load is another. Over loaded and under pressured will sway like crazy.

Not having a WD hitch when it is required. Anytime the trailer weighs more than 150% of the TV weight, a WD hitch is needed.

Sway control will help with EXTERNAL causes of sway (like wind gusts/tractor trailer passing). It is no replacement for poor loading habits.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:39 PM   #38
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Hi Diane and Paul, I would definitely look into getting WDH. I went a similar route as you - started with a travel trailer with Chevy Avalanche and did my share of white knuckle driving, even with the WDH and sway bar in place. Too much camper for truck, so I traded in a car (DW kept the 'Lanche) for an F250, and got a MUCH better ride out of it. Had to adjust the hitch, bars, etc for the higher vehicle, but with the WDH bars properly in place I didn't get the sag and thus much less sway. When on interstate I still felt some when big trucks come by and/or crosswinds we would still get some sway, but nothing compared to how it was before. I would not have dreamed of towing that TT without a WDH.

BTW, we ended up towing our TT from Jax (well, just north of there) to Tampa (technically Seffner) and had a pretty good ride. But we took it down there to go to LazyDays to trade in the TT for a 5th wheel. Sounds like we are sorta neighbors in North Florida. If I can offer any advice, let me know. We've been towing for about a year and a half so still newbies to a degree but have learned a lot, and are willing to share. PM if you like to exchange numbers, etc.

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Old 07-16-2014, 07:18 PM   #39
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Yep! Did this and we're good to go.

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Hi Diane and Paul, I would definitely look into getting WDH. I went a similar route as you - started with a travel trailer with Chevy Avalanche and did my share of white knuckle driving, even with the WDH and sway bar in place. Too much camper for truck, so I traded in a car (DW kept the 'Lanche) for an F250, and got a MUCH better ride out of it. Had to adjust the hitch, bars, etc for the higher vehicle, but with the WDH bars properly in place I didn't get the sag and thus much less sway. When on interstate I still felt some when big trucks come by and/or crosswinds we would still get some sway, but nothing compared to how it was before. I would not have dreamed of towing that TT without a WDH.

BTW, we ended up towing our TT from Jax (well, just north of there) to Tampa (technically Seffner) and had a pretty good ride. But we took it down there to go to LazyDays to trade in the TT for a 5th wheel. Sounds like we are sorta neighbors in North Florida. If I can offer any advice, let me know. We've been towing for about a year and a half so still newbies to a degree but have learned a lot, and are willing to share. PM if you like to exchange numbers, etc.
Thanks! We are getting the WDH next week!

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Number one cause of sway is cargo loading (light tongue to camper ratio).
Get the camper/tow vehicle weighed as mentioned previously.

Air pressure not correct for load is another. Over loaded and under pressured will sway like crazy.

Not having a WD hitch when it is required. Anytime the trailer weighs more than 150% of the TV weight, a WD hitch is needed.

Sway control will help with EXTERNAL causes of sway (like wind gusts/tractor trailer passing). It is no replacement for poor loading habits.
Thanks! We're going to run the weights as well. We truly run pretty light and we load evenly in front of and behind the axles. Don't know that we have enough crap loaded in the rear to make a difference if we moved it forward. Will move stuff around when we're weighing. Tire pressure is good all around. The last test drive was a night and day difference so hopefully we're on the right track!
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Sounds like you are on the right path for correcting this issue.

I have a light weight TT which I never tow it without the anti sway and WDH attached. Once my TT was towed into the dealership and the tow truck driver didn't see the need of using the equipment so he towed it without. Towards the end of the trip I met up with the tow truck and could see the trailer wagging all over the lane as he took turns. My B-I-L also don't think I need this for towing but I know otherwise. If nothing else I have a bit of overkill on safety.

Please do keep us updated.
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