Originally Posted by Spike45
I Still wondering if I need a sway control as my truck weighs around 5000. I have been thinking that I could fill the grey tank with water for towing and dump it at the campground when I arrive.
Hi Spike: I have a 6504 (with slide), and completed the 6K Dexter Axle & 15 inch wheel upgrade last summer shortly after purchasing my unit. I would suggest "sway control" is a must as this particular type of trailer is very tricky to balance cargo vs tongue weight. The equalizer product works quite well on these units (especially for the VIBE units that are pre-equipped with the factory mount brackets on the trailer frame).
I have logged a few trips with the new axle and found that it does not take much to mess up the tongue weight - having the main hidden cargo area in the rear of the trailer. (any weight added to rear cargo significantly counterbalances on the axle fulcrum reducing tongue weight).
Depending on the needs of my family of 4, I shuffle load. (ie: put lighter weight cargo in the hold -lawn chairs, beach toys, briquette bbq). If I need to place heavier cargo in then I need to ensure I equalize that with heavier cargo up front or a change in distribution ie: Storing our "add a room" gazebo and tools, jacks, in a crate toward the front of the trailer for travelling.
I any event I do not regret going with the 6K axle as I now have piece of mind and the bonus of a lot more clearance under the trailer for working.