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Old 05-31-2015, 08:06 AM   #11
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I tow a 30' Surveyor 303 with a Dodge 1500 Laramie and an Equalizer sway system that came with the trailer I purchased used tree years ago. I have been happy with the lack of swayuntil this year when I had Firestone air springs installed on the Rams rear coil spring suspension. The Equalizer was adjusted when purchased to my Ram and I was told by RV Service center, who installed the air springs, that the Equalizer was fine and did not require re-adjusting. The issue is it seems a little more squirrely now with the air springs, that were supposed to make it more stable andtake the sag out of the Ram. The slight squat is now gone and they put 40 ilbs of air in the air springs. After 500 miles, I dropped the air pressure to 20 lbs. and there is still no squat and marginal improvement. I am not saying there is a lot of sway, but it isn't quite as good as before and improves when I reduce my speed to 60MPH, which is the speed I intend to use. I also applied some lubricant to the underside of the Equalizer sockets, I don't know what else to call them, that is the front receivers for the bars under the hitch and a slight amount to the hitch ball. none to the rear of the Equalizer. Could that be the culprit? I was told lubing those points would not effect performance, but the rear section of the bar would. Is there any set pressure for the air springs? I also modified the trailer this year by removing a couch & bunk from the rear 6ft, slide and installing a wardrobe cabinet for my wifes clothing and two stacked cabinets for supplies. on the opposite side of the trailer I opened up a cabinet area and had a Spledide washer dryer combo installed. I have tried to balance the minor, I believe, increase in weight just behind the double axle by loading heavier stores in the forward bed storage area. I believe I am lighter over all from my first two years of use, both in the Ram bed and the trailer by eliminating items we didn't really need, you have to know my wife, and also moving items from my father-in-laws home in western NY to Florida. In year one with 5 year old Marathons, I found out the hard way about replacing tires at 65 on I80. Even then, I didn't initially know I had blown a tire and there was virtually no sway.
I know that is a lot of information, but also know there could be many contributing factors. Any thoughts would be appreciated, but the ride is generally good, but somewhat disappointing with what I thought would be a better improvement.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:23 AM   #12
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Hi WSY- The air springs are effectively removing down force on your Equalizer which would affect handling. I would call Equalizer and get their opinion about using the air lift. I would think the hitch will have to be readjusted with the amount of air in the springs, which probably will be minimal, you will be towing with. Unfortunately I bought an Air Lift system for my Silverado thinking that was what I needed to tow. It turned out I didn't need it at all, although they are nice to have. The Equalizer I bought was set up with the minimum of 10 lbs of air in the bags, I followed the instructions which are pretty good.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:51 PM   #13
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Thank you Brewhedd. The air springs were necessary, according to reliable sources, because the rear of my 1500 was squatting somewhat from the bed load and trailer.
I will take your advice and also lower the PSI to 10lbs tomorrow for a test run. My next site is only an hour north on US 15, which is a good four lane interstate from PA to NY.
PS Tompkins Army Corp Cowanesque Lake is right on the NY border north of Williamsport and just south of Corning, NY and is a great site for only $10.00 a night if you have a senior pass.
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:08 PM   #14
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Nice... got mine too a month ago and had it out last week for the "proving run" where I took my time & operated/tested all the systems (except the heater). Everything worked great except the water heater on electric mode... couldn't find the d*": switch (left the paperwork & manuals sitting on the counter at home). I'm sure it's there! Rain checked OK too down here in Texas! Going again as soon as it dries out!

Get that hitch on... mine pulls like a dream!

Have you decided on what kind of backup camera system/installation yet? That's one of my goals too after the tire/temp monitor system!

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The switch for the hot water heater is waaaay down low on the back, near the bottom of the hot water heater, BEHIND a sticker under the pipe. The best I can tell you. Let me know if you dont find it and I will send you a pic.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:50 AM   #15
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The switch for the hot water heater is waaaay down low on the back, near the bottom of the hot water heater, BEHIND a sticker under the pipe. The best I can tell you. Let me know if you dont find it and I will send you a pic.
Yep... Found it hidden under the tape! Thanks!
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Great, but I cant take the credit.... the sales guy at the dealership found it for me 'cause I couldnt find it either...
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:11 AM   #17
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Indeed, like night to day. In fact, I'm surprised the seller let you take it like that. Well... not really surprised but certainly disappointed.

looking back, yes, I agree... Will never pull a big trailer without the WDH on it again! I have the Equalizer 4 point on there now and its awesome!!!
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