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Old 08-14-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Sway Control Help

I am towing a Rockwood 8311ss that weighs about 700lbs dry with hitch weight of around 700lbs. I am towing with a Chevy half ton Z71 with tow pkg. which is capable of towing 12000lbs so GM says. I have a Reese Distribution hitch with Dual Cam High Performance Sway Control. With all that being said I still am getting pushed around by the camper. Is there anything else I can add or do to control the swaying.

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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Get an equalizer hitch set up.

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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You may want to check out the set up video at the following:
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You will also want to ensure you have a tongue weight of 10+ % of the trailer per Tongue Weight and Its Role in Safe Trailering and Towing | GMC
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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IMO....before you spend any money I would first work with what you have. Get out the manual that came with your hitch and read it....and then read it again. Double check the setup and chain adjustments. Also ensure you are properly loaded with 10-15% of the total loaded weight on the tongue. To know this figure you must know what it weighs......that will cost you a few dollars so my advise is not 100% free I guess.

After my first few trips with my hitch I was certain that I needed a new one cause it just didn't work, but after trial and error I now tow worry free and steer with one hand!

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Old 08-14-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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You only have 10% on the tongue while I use a Hensley I still think you need more tongue weight and like others have said double check the set-up of your which.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #7
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I use an equalizer with a 6500k dry Salem 29bhss and I still had some sway, I replaced the bias ply tires with radial trailer tires with a higher load rating Balanced when mounted. The old tires had no weights on them. That helped a lot with the sway problem, made a huge diff in my case.

Is your hitch setup so your TT is level while towing? TT tire pressures correct?
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:29 PM   #8
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Do you have LT or Passenger tires on your TV. If the tires are "P" then you could get a lot of sway from the weaker sidewalls of the tires. This might by the problem and not the hitch.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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Good advice here!

You must make certain the hitch is correctly set (via the manual and help here). Assuming you have the correct setup with your vehicle with your tailer, you should have a decent set up.

Can you give us weight numbers from a CAT scale or pictures of the combo with hitch attached?
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That seems like a whole lot of trailer for your truck. I have a Ram 2500 with WD and sway control and I still feel the trailer a good bit.

The dealer configured my setup and I don't have any sway issues until I hit 65. Higher than that feels really unsafe.

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