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Old 07-29-2014, 08:27 AM   #1
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Towing Noise

When towing our Apex 259BHSS (with a '14 Durango Hemi...which is doing a fine job), every turn sounds like the world is coming to an end. The sound of metal on metal is deafening. Seriously sounds like the camper is about to self-combust. Going straight...silent. Make a turn or even a tight curve and it sounds like all hell is breaking loose.

A friend said maybe we need grease where the weight distribution bars attach into the hitch. He says there are grease fittings. I'm completely un-mechanical and know nothing about this stuff...but questioning if this is the answer as nothing about this was ever mentioned when we took delivery (which was extremely thorough...we were there going over everything for nearly 3 hours).

This is our first camper and my first experience towing anything, so I have nothing to compare it to. Got the camper in March and have been out about 6 times now. The noise when turning is getting worse, which makes me think maybe we do just need grease.

One other guy I talked to said he puts Vaseline on the chain links that connect to the weight distribution bars to help reduce noise. Anyone done this?

Trying to upload a pic of the hitch and grease fittings, but the Internet connection here sucks (just arrived in Bar Harbor, ME).

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Old 07-29-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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What brand of WDH are you running. Most of them make noise.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:56 AM   #3
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Grease on the ball and Find a dry film lubricant (to hold down the mess) and keep it sprayed on the chains before install. Lots of different ones out there.. They work good and don't make a mess of things. If you have a sway bar, do not put grease or lubricant on the bar.... Nothing will totally stop the noise as the system is under great pressure and that means it is working.
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Are you using a Friction Sway Control? If so, they are notorously noisy..
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:05 AM   #5
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Are you using a Friction Sway Control? If so, they are notorously noisy..
When I used a friction sway control on my TT it would really moan and grown when ever it rained and got wet.
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When I used a friction sway control on my TT it would really moan and grown when ever it rained and got wet.
By no means am telling you how to run your rig. But when running in the rain, the sway control (which is a brake), as with the trailer and tow vehicle brakes, does not work the same as when dry. I have been told and I do, loosen the tension on my sway bars when running in the rain(I have two, one on each side). I am by no means suggesting how others apply tension to their sway bars, only how I feel and do.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:28 PM   #7
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Yep...the friction sway control bar is the culprit! Greased the fittings where the weight distribution bars attach and that helped some... Left the campground at 5am this morning WITHOUT the sway bar attached (my Cooperstown, NY KOA neighbors...you are very welcome!! Lol) and it pulled relatively silently. Got out on the main road and attached the sway bar...God awful noise again. I loosened it up some when I stopped for gas and that helped. Not exactly sure how tight it's supposed to be??


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Take it apart and clean any dust, dirt, rust, etc off of it inside and out.
I also used a wire brush to rough up the friction pads.
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