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Old 04-24-2013, 12:47 PM   #11
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You will probably want to ensure that your trailer is properly loaded to give you between 10-15% tongue weight. A light tongue can cause a tremendous amount of sway. Good luck, and keep us posted on your solution.

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I do have to weigh it again by unhooking the truck because I did think I had a light tongue and was going to add weight to the storage area but after last night I don't think I have a problem with light tongue weight. I should be somewhere around 18 to 20%.The camper place called me this morning because I have it over there checking the alignment of the axles and it was off 3/16" of an inch which is well within the spec.
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I'm sure the techs that set up your hitch are good, but I would go over the set up instructions just to rule it out as the problem.

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Old 04-24-2013, 01:05 PM   #13
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I'm sure the techs that set up your hitch are good, but I would go over the set up instructions just to rule it out as the problem.

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I will be doing that when I get it back tomorrow night. I was there when they did it and was following along pretty close but will be checking it. It was a brand new hitch and came with instructions in which I have because they replaced a Reese 2 point WDH that they felt was causing the problem. By switching from that we have seen some major improvement but we have a long ways to go to get this thing to pull even close to the way my old camper pulled.
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Once you have tried all the others look for one of these, check the site out it is self explanatory.
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I sincerely appreciate the offer and I have looked at these and do believe this is the ticket but I myself would have a very hard time spending the money on that instead of going to a fifth wheel. I do thank you for your advice as I might not have known.
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Based off the weights I got last night my camper weighs 9400 pounds. I have not actually unhooked the camper to get a tongue weight but I did weigh the truck with the camper hooked up and WDH in place and came up with a weight of 1820 for hitch weight. If that sounds really high to you, me too.

8820 (truck on scale camper hooked up)-6980 (weight of the truck)=1820 with a remaining weight of 7560 with just the camper on the scale. The hitch was set up by the techs at the camper shop and I believe they know what they are doing and have it set up correct as they did play with it for awhile as I stood and watched. .
Hi Chad,
Thanks for the weight measurements. It does sound very high to me, too!

A loaded trailer weighing 9,400lbs will have a tongue weight between 940lbs (10%) and 1,400lbs (15%). Not 15-20%. That is too much.

I run at 13% typically, so that would be about 1,200lbs for you so your 1,200lb bars are fine, but 1,400lb bars might be better.

The tongue weight should not be anywhere close to 1,800, which is a 19% TW. Either its true and you have a really bad setup or something is wrong with those measurements.

Can you check it by measuring the wheel wells per the instructions? Your 1,200lb bars would not be sufficient to distribute that much weight. The manual describes how to test for distribution using measurements of the wheel wells. Basically, with tow vehicle coupled with weight distribution engaged, your front wheel well needs to be at least half-way back to its disconnected height. See page 17 and 18. Note: your Dodge manual could state their own recommendation as well.
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The tongue weight should not be anywhere close to 1,800, which is a 19% TW. Either its true and you have a really bad setup or something is wrong with those measurements.
Over on RV.net - there was a toy hauler with an advertised dry tongue weight of 19" of it's dry weight.

Not sure if it's accurate - just wondering if it's not that wildly INaccurate.
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Over on RV.net - there was a toy hauler with an advertised dry tongue weight of 19" of it's dry weight.

Not sure if it's accurate - just wondering if it's not that wildly INaccurate.
I am sure it was accurate, Doug.

But, here's the deal. The dry tongue weight is a better example of how the trailer was designed and built. A 19% dry TW in a toy hauler vs a 10% dry tongue weight in the Roo 23SS demonstrates that the TH has more of its weight in front of its axles than the Roo 23SS.

I imagine this is by design to accommodate the very heavy loads a TH will carry in its garage. I looked at Work & Play trailers a few years ago and noted that their dry TWs were 15-18% at the time.

Having said this, the recommended tongue weight is still 10-15% for a loaded trailer.
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Toyhaulers are notorious for being tongue heavy. When you put an 800 pound ATV or motorcycle in the very rear of the camper, the TW % will drop considerably. You wouldn't want a toyhauler sitting at 13% unloaded. You'd get too light when you loaded something in it. Another thing that the OP might want to consider is tires. I had a 97 F250 that I just recently sold. I bought it from my Mom, who purchased it new, after she bought and Ecoboost F150. My step-dad warned me about installing any tire that is larger than the stock 235/85/16. I thought surely that was a fluke and stepped up a size to a tire that was 2" wider. Conventional wisdom says that this larger tire should be better, but it was a nightmare. The truck was all over the road- was downright scary when towing the TT. Tried 2 different brands and types with same result. Went back to stock size and highway tread and it was back to normal. My future BIL's family has a large auto shop in a nearby town and have sold tires for years. They say that for whatever reason, you occasionally run into that. Not saying that is the issue, but if you are running aggressive tread or an oversize tire(in particular one that is at the max width for your rim width) you might consider it as a potential problem.
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Ok, ignore my comments then. Seems I have the thread with unhelpfulness.

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