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Old 06-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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V-Lite Sway Problem

My husband & I traded our 2003 Mountaineer 34" for a 2013 V-Lite 28WRBS a couple of months ago. Overall, we've been very happy but we have experienced alot of sway when towing, more than we're comfortable with. We never had any sway with our Mountaineer and we're using the same equipment on our V-Lite. Hitch setup was done by the dealer. Our TV is a 2010 Tundra 5.7 with a Reese round bar WD hitch and friction sway control. I'm curious to know if anyone else has had the same problem with their V-Lite and what was done to solve it. We're considering dual cam sway control but really hate to spend money one something that may not fix the problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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The hitch setup by the dealer might be a clue. Most dealers do not take the time to properly setup the hitch. My dealer had only replaced 60 lbs. of the 300 lbs lost on the front axle.

You said friction control, but how many ??? A trailer that size needs 2 friction control bars, and ideally a WDH with integrated sway control would work better.

You also need to make sure the tongue weight is over 10% of the total trailer weight, and ideally 12-15% would be better. That trailer has a ~10% tongue weight coming off the line, so you will have to load your trailer front heavy.

The best thing to do is to make at least 3 trips over some CAT scales. 1 with the Tundra only, 1 with the combo minus the spring bars, and 1 with the spring bars in place. These measurements will give you the tongue weight (truck axles with trailer attached without spring bars minus the truck axles without the trailer), plus it will show how well the WDH is doing putting weight back on the front axle.

A local quarry, landfill, grain facility will also work, but a little more trouble. You would need to weigh just the truck front axle, then both TV axles, then the total weight, and then just the trailer axles. Again, you would need to do 3 of these weigh-ins....truck alone, truck and trailer without spring bars, truck and trailer with spring bars.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for so graciously taking the time to reply in such great detail! Camping people are just the best!

I think you're probably right about the dealer setup. The only thing I know they did differently from our previous setup was to flip the head over and check the weight distribution but of course we were completely empty at that time. We are only using one sway bar which, again, seemed to do the job on our 34 footer. Something just keeps telling us that the Reese dual cam might be the way to go.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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you cant go wrong with the Dual cam, we tow a 34 ft Rockwood, for the last 5 years, and have been in high cross winds, and worked like a charm, also make sure your trailer and tow vehicle look level, happy camping!
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also remember, I believe your new trailer (congrats) has 2 slides which make it heavier, but do not know the specs of your other trailer, but little things like that will make a difference.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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Look for a Hensley and you don't need to worry about sway there is none.
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Hensley hitches are nice as are the Pro Pride but with a V type trailer the ball receiver is at the bottom of the frame, not the top and it puts the hitch much closer to the ground as well you really need to go with the chain type snapups vs the jacks as the jacks prevent the propane access doors from opening on a V nose. Then there is the 2K price tag to deal with. In most situations the Blue Ox, Reese DC or Equalizer 4P are just fine. Pick any one of those 3 and you will be quite happy with the results when they are setup correctly per Chap's most excellent instructions.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:53 PM   #9
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I own a V-Lite also only 29 ft.. It will sway on you alot if the weight is not balanced right. I solved my problem by filling my fresh water tank full, and on our last trip from Tenn. to Virginia I had a black tank that was almost full and never got any sway out of it. So after that I always try to make sure I have more weight in the rear than the front.
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We have a Lacrosse 301 RLS and use the Reese Dual Cam setup with 1200# bars. After we got it setup correctly it has prevented sway very well. I recommend it!
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