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Old 06-28-2012, 05:42 PM   #11
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We own the v-lite also and have been dealing with the comfort level of pulling such a big camper. Ours is the 30WTBS (our previous camper was a 26' wildwood). This is our second year with the camper and just upgraded this spring to the Equalizer 4 pt hitch (use to have the chain style weight distrubution with one sway bar - it worked because we only camped locally). I was excited that the new hitch would make the experience of pulling better but so far not as good as I had hoped. I think we do have a few kinks to work out and hopefully that will help. We also had the problem with the outside link plates bending (there is another forum on this). I called equalizer and they replaced them with the new redesigned ones at no cost. So we will be taking our first trip with them this weekend. I don't think it is going to solve our problem but will make me feel a little bit better. I think we just need a little more adjustment. Will keep you informed on how our trip goes. This is the longest trip we have taken with this camper. Heading from SE MN to the north shore (Lake Superior).
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #12
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I started with the friction on my V-Lite and switched to the Reese Dual Cam - huge difference, makes towing a lot nicer. I had a hitch shop set mine up.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:55 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info on the Hensley. We had done a little research on them because we'd heard they worked great. Kinda glad to know that it's not the best fit for us 'cause, dang, they're sure proud of those things!
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great info! We've been leaning toward the Dual Cam and will probably end up going that route. We're going on a short trip in a couple of weeks and are going to try filling our fresh water tank and see what happens....great suggestion! We've had sway issues from day one, when we pulled our new camper home from Charlotte, NC, about an hour and a half away and entirely via interstate. Almost all of our trips involve some interstate travel because we're within a couple of miles from two interstates so it gets a little scary at times. The worst trip was last week on a trip to James Island Campground in Charleston (incredible campground, highly recommend it!). It was all over the place and was so bad that we have been considering trading it but we know we'd lose our butts on trade in. Thanks to all of your suggestions, I think we'll eventually get it worked out and come to love our new camper as much as we did when we first looked at it. Other than the sway issue, we've been very pleased with it. Will keep you posted and let you know what happens. In the meantime, keep the suggestions coming!

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:07 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info on the Hensley. We had done a little research on them because we'd heard they worked great. Kinda glad to know that it's not the best fit for us 'cause, dang, they're sure proud of those things!
Add the cost of your TT & TV. Now divide the cost of the Hensley, I'll say $2,800 by the total investment of your rig. Is peace of mind worth the answer to the math problem? Mine was .035%, and that is well worth it.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:50 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the great info! We've been leaning toward the Dual Cam and will probably end up going that route. We're going on a short trip in a couple of weeks and are going to try filling our fresh water tank and see what happens....great suggestion! We've had sway issues from day one, when we pulled our new camper home from Charlotte, NC, about an hour and a half away and entirely via interstate. Almost all of our trips involve some interstate travel because we're within a couple of miles from two interstates so it gets a little scary at times. The worst trip was last week on a trip to James Island Campground in Charleston (incredible campground, highly recommend it!). It was all over the place and was so bad that we have been considering trading it but we know we'd lose our butts on trade in. Thanks to all of your suggestions, I think we'll eventually get it worked out and come to love our new camper as much as we did when we first looked at it. Other than the sway issue, we've been very pleased with it. Will keep you posted and let you know what happens. In the meantime, keep the suggestions coming!

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With the dual cam, you still have the option of adding dual friction sway bars also if needed.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:58 PM   #17
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Tongue weight on the V-Lites makes is a huge variable. You need to have 15% of the trailer weight on the tongue. Do the weight at the scales. You might also invest in a scale for the tongue. I bought one from this outfit: Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scales.

Also make sure your hitch ball height is correct. It also makes a big difference.

With a tank full of fresh water, the hitch height incorrect my V-Lite and truck felt like I was driving on ice the last trip I made. After adjustments everything was fine.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:40 AM   #18
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Tongue weight on the V-Lites makes is a huge variable. You need to have 15% of the trailer weight on the tongue. Do the weight at the scales. You might also invest in a scale for the tongue. I bought one from this outfit: Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scales.

Also make sure your hitch ball height is correct. It also makes a big difference.

With a tank full of fresh water, the hitch height incorrect my V-Lite and truck felt like I was driving on ice the last trip I made. After adjustments everything was fine.
All true,but our V-lite F/W tank is in the rear as is the W/H,cant travel with full F/W tank,1/4 tank limit. Front Kit. units now have F/W tank foward as well as the W/H. Some units have the axles moved to the rear also. Our V didnt tow correctly until we replaced the flimsily Fac. tires with better Maxxis tires. Youroo!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:53 PM   #19
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Smile I had a sway problem as well

We purchased a 2012 Rockwood 2703SS. The trailer was almost un-towable.
The hitch dry weight is way too low. I did weigh it out at a cat scale, trailer 6165 pounds hitch 405 pounds. What confused me was that as I increased the hitch weight the trailer swayed worse. I purchased a Hensley and that made the trailer towable.

What I did do was take the trailer to an alignment shop. The front axel was set 1/4 of an inch too far to the rear on the drivers side of the trailer. The trailer axels being that far from parallel made the trailer tow poorly.

Alignment repaired, last trip over 800 miles, towed great up and down hwy 101 northern coast of California.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:03 PM   #20
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I also have a V Lite 28. I have one friction sway bar and only have a little sway when a big rig goes by. I agree with most on here that it is a balance problem and hitch set up.
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