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Old 06-06-2015, 04:01 PM   #1
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Sway or no Sway?

New to FR forums but not new to RV's, been an RV owner for the last 40 years. Have owned Campers, TT, everythng except a MH. My question is about "sway". My current TV is a 09 Hemi RAM RCSB with a tow rating of 9200lbs and while power is of no concern to me, having a short wheel base (120inches) might be? We are picking up our new 2015 Rockwood 2703WS next week, it is 32 feet long. I have towed up to a 27ft TT before and NEVER experienced sway of any kind. This will be longer and heavier than anything previous and I am wondering if sway may become an issue? I currently have a WDH without sway control. Just to be sure, I purchased a Equalizer WDH with 4 point sway control. It was $580 installed, I hope it was not a waste of $$. BTW, I do plan on buying a 2500 6.4L RAM in the next year. Any thoughts would be appreciated, TIA.
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Mine has the Equalizer and I've only noticed a little sway if there's a strong cross-wind...other than that, nothing.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:14 PM   #3
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Mine has the Equalizer and I've only noticed a little sway if there's a strong cross-wind...other than that, nothing.

Thanks Rick for the reply. Just moved here from Colorado Springs and I do remember the winds there. Sounds like it isn't going to hurt having the sway control
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:43 PM   #4
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You will be very pleased with the results. If unsure about which rating to get, estimate your loaded TW, add 100 lbs, then round up to next rating. For example, if you estimate TW at 925lbs, add 100 (=1025), and round up to the next rating (=1200lbs). I recommend adding the 100 lbs, because being within 100 lbs of the WDH rating tends to get reports of "porpoising", where the bars are acting too much like springs (not stiff enough).
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:01 PM   #5
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Picked up the new 2703WS from the Dealer last Thursday. I bought the EQ hitch from them and they installed while we did the PDI. Got out on the freeway for the maiden tow home and I could not be any happier. Whatever anxieties I may have had about going from a 22ft to a 32ft TT melted away as we went down I-205 at a leisurely 55MPH. Semis had no effect when they passed, no bucking no swaying, nothing. What a pleasure to tow with the EQ hitch. BTW, for those who think coils in the back of the RAM are too soft take note of the picture. I am stock except for engine tune. There is ZERO squat in the rear of my truck and that is with a trailer loaded to 7000lbs, 600 on the tongue and another 300 plus of stuff in the bed. I could never go back to horse and buggy leaf springs.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:48 PM   #6
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Did you pull any measurements front and rear before and after hooking up? My Ram sets level after hooking up but rear squats 2" after hooking up.
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:21 AM   #7
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If your sway bar system is installed correctly the truck and TT should set level. The longer the trailer you have the more tendency for the trailer to want to sway. Later RJD
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I had a similar set up of 30ft bumper to hitch, 8000pds. I knew the trailer was behind me, travel 55 no issues, 60 no issues and no winds. With wind 60 was still okay but I found it a bit uncompfortable, after about 3 to 4 hrs of driving I was done for the day. I was using a Reese dual cam system and found that my friends husky straight line, which I think is similar to the equalizer did a much better job.

I added airlift 1000s airbags in the back, not for the sag but found it made the softer suspension less bouncy and put on a set of ERated tires. The tires did not do much for the ride other then make me feel better.

I used this setup for close to three years and other then the windy days, gust of 60 so to speak I would drive it no issues. I ultimately upgrade and bought a new trailer which was more the nature of the beast in this hobbie wanting more.

I guy who travels with me has a 35ft number to hitch and around 9000pds. It is a chev 5.3' one of the tows 12000pd version farmer trucks with more cargo capsity. He had a lot of sway and added a friction sway bar and it made a world of difference in his drive.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:52 PM   #9
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Did you pull any measurements front and rear before and after hooking up? My Ram sets level after hooking up but rear squats 2" after hooking up.
You make a good point, I should clarify my description of “squat”. Of course the bed of my Ram does sit about 2-3” higher without the TT hooked up. It does in fact have a slightly positive rake, it sits a little higher in the back when unloaded - as all of my trucks have. When I say I have zero squat, what I mean is the rear of my truck is level when loaded, it does not sag or sit lower than the front. Now I am not sure if that’s the proper definition of squat, but that is what I mean. As an aside, I had an 04 Ram (factory tow package) 1500 with the leaf springs and a 2006 22’ TT that weighed in around 5500lbs or so when loaded up. I installed the WDH for the 04 truck and set it so everything was level when connected up, as it should be. I then traded that 04 in on my 09 Ram 1500 Ram (factory tow package) with coils and when I connected up the same 5500lb TT the rear end sat about 1” lower than it did with the 04. I moved up the hitch ball one notch on the stinger, put a bit more preload on the bars and all was perfectly level. My point is that the TT sat virtually the same with the 04 and leaf springs as it did with my 09 and the coil springs. I pass this on for those with the Ram 1500 and rear coils that might be wondering if the rear end is too soft for towing - in my case, it is not. If you get your WDH set up properly, you should be sitting level no problem. If you cannot then I suspect your TT is too heavy for a 1500 and/or your WDH is not set up correctly.
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You will be very pleased with the results. If unsure about which rating to get, estimate your loaded TW, add 100 lbs, then round up to next rating. For example, if you estimate TW at 925lbs, add 100 (=1025), and round up to the next rating (=1200lbs). I recommend adding the 100 lbs, because being within 100 lbs of the WDH rating tends to get reports of "porpoising", where the bars are acting too much like springs (not stiff enough).
Thank you and you are correct - I am very happy with the results, money well spent. Dealer installed the Equalizer hitch with 8000lb setup. There is no sway when a semi approaches and passes us, I am surprised because I thought there would still be a little. Have yet to tow in heavy crosswinds, maybe then I will get a small thrill
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