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Old 03-30-2016, 06:04 AM   #11
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You need to have more tongue weight. You are at 10%. See if you can get it to 12.5%.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:27 AM   #12
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When the wind start blowing your trailer around it is time to get of the road and wait it out.

This is what wind can do.
Yes, "High Profile Vehicles" this is what we fall under! Super High Winds is one thing/GUSTS is what "Get Ya"! Youroo!!
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:34 AM   #13
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Here is my opinion, from what you have described it sounds like it was the wind pushing you around and not actual sway.

But here are a couple other things to think about:

From your weights you only have 10% tongue weight you should move some things around to get that up another 200 lbs.
Don't trust the dealer setup on your WD hitch, mine was way off and took a few trips to get it setup to what I feel is correct and I know there are lots of others that have said the same thing about the setups that the dealers have done for them. It is well worth your time to sit down with the manual for your hitch and read it, then go out and check to see if your setup is done the way the manual suggests.
Another thing that can make towing a white knuckle ride is the tires on your truck is if you have P-metric tires, which are nothing more than car tires in larger sizes to fit trucks. P-metric tires have soft/flimsy sidewalls and if can feel like you are riding on marshmallows some times, especially with crosswinds that are making the sidewalls flex more than normal. I would recommend going to a LT truck tire if you don't already have them, they have a heavier load rating and also a much stiffer sidewall.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:50 AM   #14
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The tail was wagging the dog. A bigger dog will help. I've been where you are and have never been happier since ditching the 1/2 ton and moving to a 3/4 ton diesel. Hills and wind have become a non-issue, but I have a 5er which makes actual sway a little more manageable.
I moved from a 1/2 ton Dodge to a F-350. Hills and wind are SIGNIFICANTLY different now. I had a similar trip last fall on I-20 from Atlanta to Dallas; the wind was horrible but having a heavier truck made all the difference in the world.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:40 AM   #15
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Totally agree with the tire comment. I moved to load e tires and it helped keep things planted much better.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:09 AM   #16
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LT tires are a must. More tongue weight would help some also. But the biggest thing that would help is going to a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. I went from a 1/2 ton Dodge to 3/4 ton GMC and was really surprised. I made the change for more power but I couldn't believe how much better the truck handled when passing or being passed by semi's or when driving in strong winds. If we're not going far I don't even bother using equalizer bars.
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:37 AM   #17
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Very good suggestions re: adding tongue weight, tires and heavier TV.

As a Swaypro user, I was wondering how many links you used when you hooked up during that trip?

And you say the dealer set up your Blue Ox... when TT and TV are level and unhooked, does ball sit about 1.5" to 2" higher than coupler? After hookup, is there equal or very nearly equal "squat" on both front and rear wheels of TV?

If the you are comfortable that the hitch is indeed adjusted properly, changing the amount of tension (by adjusting links) and evaluating in those winds would have been interesting. Certainly, it would be a very good idea to CAT the rig and let the measurements speak for themselves.

If you haven't read it, here is the installation manual for the hitch:

http://blueox.com/wp-content/uploads...15002000-1.pdf

I really like mine though my rig is much smaller than yours. The BO makes the TT and TV feel like one unit moving together...even in gusty winds. I've not experienced any sway at all even bucking some 20+ head/crosswinds.


Update: Instructions say ball should be about 1" higher than coupler.
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Good points, thanks.

Next trip, I'll get the tongue weight up and do my own WDH adjustments per the WDH manual.

Not likely to switch my TV, but I'll go to LT truck tires when the time comes.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:36 AM   #19
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When the wind start blowing your trailer around it is time to get of the road and wait it out.

This is what wind can do.
And the best thing to do is get off the road. Doesn't matter what tv you have or set up, it's a dangerous situation with a tt behind. Later RJD
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:59 AM   #20
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Good points, thanks.

Next trip, I'll get the tongue weight up and do my own WDH adjustments per the WDH manual.

Not likely to switch my TV, but I'll go to LT truck tires when the time comes.
Don't wait to change your tires. I also have Road Master Active Suspension (RAS) installed on my truck. I couldn't believe the difference with the LT tires (E rated) and the RAS when pulling my TT We are now pulling a 5er. See my signature for details.
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