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Old 01-04-2009, 11:01 AM   #11
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Yep, sorry to say your truck has to short a wheelbase for that TT. not sure, but it looks as if it`s about 30' juding by where the TT`s axles are placed! also are you positive you had enough tongue weight? you need about 12% of the loaded weight on the tongue! probably around 8-900lbs for that particular TT. if you keep your Titan, which is probably OK, I recomend the Reese Dual Cam and be certain the hitch is setup properly. don`t trust the dealer! most of the time they don`t get them right or have no idea how to properly set them up.

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:18 PM   #12
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I agree that RV's of that size should at least have the Equal-I-zer or Reese Dual Cam hitch. I think it should be a requirement that every dealer should be required to make buyers aware of proper setup and towing. Even if by requiring the buyer to watch a video on the subject. I think the use and importance of the manual brake engage function on each controller be stressed.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:40 PM   #13
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Is it possible that the chains on your WD hitch were too tight? You may have had inadequate weight on the tongue? Or you may have pulled the front of the trailer higher than the rear? Possibly transferring to much weight off the rear of your truck towards the front of the truck and the back of the trailer? Every now and then I see someone's signature picture hooked to the tow vehicle and see that situation. Part of it can be getting the ball height right in the first place while the truck is unloaded.

By the way, I'm sure you don't need people second guessing you or lecturing you. I'm asking this question as a possible learning situation for all of us.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:03 PM   #14
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Glad you are safe. Sorry you had such a wreck and damage. We have had a lot of push from the busy tractor trailer traffic on I81. I typically drive at or below 55 and monitor what is going on around. keep a safe distance from other vehicles if possible, when trucks are passing be ready for some push, speed up some can help if it is safe to do so, and watch the method of using the brake and manual brake adjustment. I also find prayer to be helpful. I am so thankful you and your family are well and hope you have many safe trips in the future. thank you for sharing your experience with us. Have a safe and Happy New Year.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:10 PM   #15
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Boxers

By the way, did you get a new pair of boxers for Christmas like you wished for? You might want to stock your TV with some music roll. I keep a roll on hand when I tow if anything I fell more confident.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:06 PM   #16
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Looking at the picture of your broken off shank, this thing may have broke and caused the swaying issue. If you look along the top left and right it appears there is rust in the corners, rust in the middle. I would think the shank would have bent before breaking off like this. I don't see any signs of it bending prior to breaking off.
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If you take a good look at it, that's a cast shank. While they are strong (hence the 14000 lb rating) they are brittle. Cast pieces break before they bend. I really don't see any evidence of prior cracking from the pictures.

Like AcadianBob, I hope you don't take this as seconding guessing you (I'm sure you've done enough of that yourself already) But hopefully this thread may help someone reading this in the future.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:38 AM   #18
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GaFishman,

Thank goodness you and your passengers are OK, and apparently no other vehicles added to the fray by crashing into the trailer.

It is amazing to me that there isn’t a lot more damage to the trailer than it is. I have seen several travel trailer wrecks on the road, and most looked like they just disintegrated. Yours looks like it just laid over on the guard rail without a lot of damage elsewhere. Hopefully this is a testament to the build of Forest River products.

I wonder if this would be a good time to learn more on the contributing factors to your accident, so that maybe we can all assess our own towing setups, so something like this won’t happen to another forum member. So, I have some questions that maybe can start some dialogue of some sorts.

What is the model is the Wildwood and what is the wheelbase of the Titan?? The Nissan website lists 139 and 159” (short and long bed) wheelbases for the Titan, which doesn’t seem too shabby. I am towing a 28.5” Surveyor weighing 5200 lbs with a Ford 150 with a 145” wheelbase, so I have some concern here, even the towing charts show this is within suggested limits. Just wondering about your trailer size vs. the Titan specs, so I can assess my own setup.

That broken hitch shank is scary. I ran that part number on the web, and found it is probably a Reese hitch. I am using a similar hitch shank (a 54970 vs. your 63970), and am curious about the model # difference, as they are both listed as 14000 lb. hitch shanks. I am also using the Reese Dual Cam sway control, which seemed to work well even before I started tweaking it from the dealer setup…..they still had my front axle 240 lbs. lite. So, were you using the Reese Dual Cam, and had you ever done weigh-ins with your setup, or at least down fender measurements to see the effectiveness of your WDH ??

The speed doesn’t seem to far off course. I would love to be able to tow at 55 mph, but on the interstate I try to at least keep up with traffic in the slow lane around 65 mph…..which incidentally is the max. speed rating of the trailer tires. I have towed a popup and a Trailmanor before buying our full sized Surveyor, but now question whether I should slow this beast down some to lessen the potential for problems.

Any help on these questions, and afterthoughts on your incident would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Chap
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Got to say that that sheared shank bothers me a lot too! It may have saved rolling the tow vehicle but I'm not sure about what it says for counting on the safety of that shank. Is it possible that the casting process was defective?
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OK, I'm going to play devils advocate here...

What was the length of the trailer? You may have been well within the weight ratings of your Titan, but the short wheelbase and overall light weight of it didn't help your situation.

Also, anything over 24 foot is too long for a friction sway bar. That is where a Reese Dual cam or Equal-izer, or even a Hensley Arrow comes in. When properly set up, those sway controls will take all the push/pull out of passing trucks, busses, etc.

As mentioned, towing above 60-65 MPh is not very smart. ST rated Trailer tires are only rated to a speed of 65 for one thing....

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Anyway, glad no one was hurt, and hopefully a few things can be learned from such an accident
Ditto.
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