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Old 03-05-2014, 08:08 AM   #1
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sway issues with xlr 27hfs

Has anyone had sway issues with the xlr 27hfs??? I an loading two full dressed harleys, (2006 Electraglide and 2012 Streetglide), i am using the E2 hitch and pulling with a 2012 Ford F-150 Max Tow Ecoboost. The harleys weigh in at about 800lbs. each. We have tried putting water in the front tank of the trailer, adjusting the hitch and have had no luck. If you have a problem or had a problem wtith this please let me know. My phone number is (712) 253-2378 and my E-mail is IBJON@yahoo.com thanks..
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:12 AM   #2
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Has anyone had sway issues with the xlr 27hfs??? I an loading two full dressed harleys, (2006 Electraglide and 2012 Streetglide), i am using the E2 hitch and pulling with a 2012 Ford F-150 Max Tow Ecoboost. The harleys weigh in at about 800lbs. each. We have tried putting water in the front tank of the trailer, adjusting the hitch and have had no luck. If you have a problem or had a problem wtith this please let me know. My phone number is (712) 253-2378 and my E-mail is IBJON@yahoo.com thanks..
What tires do you have on the truck? If they are P, they need to be replaced with LR E.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:19 AM   #3
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What weights have you had done? Meaning - what's your tongue weight and its percentage to the overall trailer weight?
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The ideal weight distribution would be 60 percent on the front, and 40 percent on the rear. If all this is taken care of, and you still experience trailer sway, you will have to get a more aggressive sway control system. Do you have Sway brakes on your trailer, if not they have sets at harbor freight you can install. 1st make sure trailer and truck are level when hooked. I had a trailer that I couldn't get rid of the sway,leveled it, changed tires, made sure it was level when loaded and all the other crazy stuff you could come up with when I added sway brakes it stopped and could drive 70 if I wanted.
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People have already mentioned most of this: tongue as a percentage of the total weight of trailer, use of sway control, tires on your truck passenger vs LT, use of an extended hitch/ball mount will cause sway, overall tongue exceed max of truck, trailer tire and/or suspension.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:29 AM   #6
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o.k. here's the deal, my truck is capable of towing 11,300lbs i told the rv dealership what i was putting in the garage, they picked out the hitch and installed it. I told them that each harley weighed in at 800 lbs. Why would it be my problem to adjust anything and weigh the camper the truck the toung and adjust anything... the problem is that the camper sways at 50 to 55mph. What im getting at, is it my problem the set up is wrong or should the dealer fix the problem?
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I think the majority of your problem is the heavy weight in the garage combined with the softer suspension of an F150. Yes, I know it is "rated" to handle it but there is a BIG difference with the more heavy duty suspension and E tires.

I pulled my 27 HFS with a 2006 F150 before switching and was able to set up ok with about half of that weight in the garage. Now with the 3/4 ton, the sway has gone with the same E4 hitch and more weight in the garage.

Yes, the 27 HFS is half ton towable but if you really want to pull in most types of weather conditions with 1600+ lbs in the garage and relax in the process, you really don't have enough truck!
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:04 AM   #8
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o.k. here's the deal, my truck is capable of towing 11,300lbs i told the rv dealership what i was putting in the garage, they picked out the hitch and installed it. I told them that each harley weighed in at 800 lbs. Why would it be my problem to adjust anything and weigh the camper the truck the toung and adjust anything... the problem is that the camper sways at 50 to 55mph. What im getting at, is it my problem the set up is wrong or should the dealer fix the problem?
Unfortunately the problem is now yours, the dealer sold a trailer and a hitch they thought would fit your needs. Weighing, loading, rigging and generally speaking making sure you have a safe rig setup properly is on you. Several people above have mentioned the things you need to look at like tongue weight as a percent of total weight, TV ability to handle the load, axle weights etc. are all on you. I suggest you go to a scale (CAT scales preferred) and weigh axles etc. and post them here there are a lot of forum members with lots of experience dealing with what you are faced with that are more than willing to help deal with the issue.
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Could you post a picture of your setup? Also, I would head over to the F-150 tow forums if you haven't already...Towing/ Hauling/ Plowing - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans great advice there on optimal setup...
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o.k. here's the deal, my truck is capable of towing 11,300lbs i told the rv dealership what i was putting in the garage, they picked out the hitch and installed it. I told them that each harley weighed in at 800 lbs. Why would it be my problem to adjust anything and weigh the camper the truck the toung and adjust anything... the problem is that the camper sways at 50 to 55mph. What im getting at, is it my problem the set up is wrong or should the dealer fix the problem?
I heard you and agree that the dealer should be helpful in fixing this- but, unfortunately I doubt that they're going to step up. I've read enough horror stories on here about dealers incorrectly adjusting weight-distributing hitches that I would never trust them with my rig.

IMO- the best and safest thing for you and your family is to get educated in this stuff, get weighed and dial in the hitch to the best of your ability. Next is to look at the tires on your truck and opt for a LT tire instead of P. And finally, if you're still having issues, likely consider a truck upgrade.
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