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Old 07-12-2016, 12:59 PM   #11
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I agree, nose to high. Not enough tongue weight. You have P tires or LT tires on that Ford?
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:04 PM   #12
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The first advice is SLOW DOWN! You are right up at the limit of your combination and it will make a big difference if you just drive 60 MPH or less. It makes a big difference on my setup if I am doing 60 versus 65. Enjoy the journey.

Next is I am really very skeptical that anybody can tell you anything real from a picture. Physics don't really care about the nose up/down angle of either the truck or the trailer.

I will second the comment that air bags on the truck are a waste here and only make things look right without making things right. If you were towing a fifth wheel it would be different, but for a bumper tow it is all about the WDH.

Yes all things being equal the weight distribution of the trailer can be critical. And violently agreed that weighing everything will tell you absolutely what is going on. But you can get some idea without making a detour to the scales. Just hook up without the WDH bars (and without any air bag pressure) and see how much the back of the truck settles. That will tell you if you have much weight on the hitch and a trailer weight distribution issue or not. That truck should probably settle 4-6" I would guess based on my impression of towing mine locally/short distance without hooking up the bars.

Yes hanging big weight off the back bumper of the trailer will make things worse as you already understand. That bumper is a long way in back of the wheels and adds lots of leverage for any weight back there.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:13 PM   #13
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Next is I am really very skeptical that anybody can tell you anything real from a picture. Physics don't really care about the nose up/down angle of either the truck or the trailer.
I'd have to disagree on this one. While, true, it's hard to tell to what degree the trailer is or isn't level, it seems fairly apparent that the front of the frame is higher off the ground than the rear. As far as physics, being nose high will transfer weight backwards. Even if it's loaded perfectly flat, that results in more weight behind the axles and less on the tongue, both of which contribute to sway. Add to that the effect of WDH moving some of the weight off the tongue and onto the trailer axles and it compounds the problem.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:18 PM   #14
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I agree, nose to high. Not enough tongue weight. You have P tires or LT tires on that Ford?
I love how you say "That Ford" - Michelin LTX and the max psi for them is 44 - i load them with 44. Just another question while we are discussing max PSI in tires, when towing do i make the front tires max PSI too which is 44?
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:28 PM   #15
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Recommended pressure on the front. If your WDH is set up correctly, you should have roughly the same weight on the front as it is unloaded.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:32 PM   #16
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Nope I did not say that,Your trailer is UP in the front,your hitch needs Lowered,Ball Down! The # 1 thing is your T/W loaded ready to Roll Down the Road! Bikes at rear come into play on the BAD side! Weight with or without the bikes on the rear,but you STILL Need 12-15 % T/W going down the road!! How much does your trailer weigh with EVERYTHING in/on it ready to Go? Please dont give me the MFG Sticker Info! We/You need Real Weight#! Youroo!!
So thats something ive not yet done, and thats weight the TT - im guilty. Im not sure where i can get it done right now while travelling so assume my next step would be to get the ball lowered.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:38 PM   #17
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I'd have to disagree on this one. While, true, it's hard to tell to what degree the trailer is or isn't level, it seems fairly apparent that the front of the frame is higher off the ground than the rear. As far as physics, being nose high will transfer weight backwards. Even if it's loaded perfectly flat, that results in more weight behind the axles and less on the tongue, both of which contribute to sway. Add to that the effect of WDH moving some of the weight off the tongue and onto the trailer axles and it compounds the problem.
You also don't want Nose High in a heavy braking situation. Physics would tell us that if you have nose high and heavy braking, the nose of the the trailer will drive the rear end of the truck into the air, thereby losing stopping power.
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OK, just went outside and checked - the WDH is already set on its lowest so the ball cannot be lowered or can it? From this picture is doesn't seem that way? I could drop the PSI in the airbags even more to make it level but, am i not then risking too little air being in it and risk "popping" them?
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:40 PM   #19
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OK, just went outside and checked - the WDH is already set on its lowest so the ball cannot be lowered or can it? From this picture is doesn't seem that way? I could drop the PSI in the airbags even more to make it level but, am i not then risking too little air being in it and risk "popping" them?
You need to turn your whole hitch setup around so you can adjust your ball lower.

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Old 07-12-2016, 01:42 PM   #20
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Take the hitch head from the shank and turn the shank over.
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