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Old 12-16-2017, 08:02 PM   #1
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Swaying at 60

Need some help please I'm in new member. I bought a Forest River Salem trailer I have a 2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer El was told by the dealer that the truck would be able to pull the trailer with no problem and it does just at 60 miles an hour whenever a truck goes past me the whole unit sways I was told I needed tires 10 ply I went out and bought four brand new tires Bridgestone and the truck still sways I have load levelers and sway bar as well and can't adjust it someone says the truck is not set up to tow. They installed the brake at the dealer. The trailer was pulled with another truck too see if it was the moible,it went straight as an arrow no sway.. I am new to this,learning and spending money like I am printing it. Please I need some advice, some people say get another truck that's not gonna happen now, so if anyone has some ideas, that can help
I will try them. Thank you..

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Old 12-16-2017, 08:24 PM   #2
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To get much help, we'd need the payload capacity of your tow vehicle and the model of trailer.

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Old 12-16-2017, 08:27 PM   #3
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Posting the model and specs (weight/length) of your trailer and hitch information (brand, specs) will help people start to provide input. Was your hitch set up by the dealer? If so you may want to get the manual and verify the setup. Dealers very often install them incorrectly. How is the trailer loaded? Too little tongue weight is a common cause of sway. You said the truck has new tires but being a 2007 have the suspension components been maintained?
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Old 12-16-2017, 08:32 PM   #4
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You can tow around 9000 lbs with that truck...

Do you have a weight distribution hitch?

Is it set up properly?

What tires did you get? If they are LT tires what air pressure are you putting in them? I filled to max psi when I had LT's on my s10 chevy... 50 psi was max... Otherwise the tires were so tall I would get pushed by trucks too unless I maxed the PSI..

Even with the P rated tires on my silvy I keep at 40 psi..

If WD hitch aint set up right you may be light on the front end of the truck.

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Old 12-16-2017, 08:45 PM   #5
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You definitely need to provide WAY more information.
Need year/model of Salem, make/model of WDH and more info on your Expy.
Also were the tires Passenger tires or LT tires?
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Old 12-17-2017, 08:15 AM   #6
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Ps never rely on dealers for good information on what you can tow. I have a 2000 F350 SRW 7.3 and they have always told me I can tow anything on their lot, including the triple axel trailers. Find out for yourself. Rv sales are for selling, not to tell you your vehicle cannot tow it.
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Old 12-17-2017, 08:55 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Lawrosa View Post
You can tow around 9000 lbs with that truck... [...]
I'm not sure that's a true statement. The OP needs to start here: 2007 Ford Towing Guide.

Page 20 states that the standard Expedition EL tows 6,000 lbs. With the heavy duty tow package, it will tow 9,000/8,750 lbs (lower for the 4WD).

So, again, we're at the point where we need to know what the OP actually has.

If his rig has the tow package, then he should be fine. If he doesn't, then probably isn't. Easiest way to tell would be to check the factory trailer wire harness. If it's the 4-pin only, then no tow package. If it's the 7-pin/4-pin combo, then tow package.
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Old 12-17-2017, 11:01 AM   #8
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First thank you for the response all they told us was what we really needed where tires. So I got Bridgestone tires and I have to say it did slow a lot of the sway down. which brings me up to the point of where I am now. anything over 50 miles an hour I have to be very careful if somebody is going past me in a truck. I will get all the information you have asked for and hope that something can be worked out. I am new to this approximately 2 months and learning as I'm going. So give me a little bit of time so I can gather all this up and pass it on again thank you all very much
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Old 12-17-2017, 11:14 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of RV recreation. I would highly recommend that you spend some time learning about your trailer and towing. There are many good articles on line along with videos. You might want to start with a video article put out by Hensley. I am not saying you need to invest the money for one of their hitches but this will educate you on what sway is and how to eliminate it. I know people who tow heavy vintage trailers with vintage station wagons and sedans with no sway. Your truck is more than adequate even if it did not come with the tow package.
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Old 12-17-2017, 11:43 AM   #10
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this would eliminate any issues you have, just comes with a price.

PullRite - Worry-free Travel Trailer Towing | Fifth Wheel Hitches by PullRite

but with the pullrite you would need a custom install as they don't make a specific install kit any more for your application

*I have used a pullrite on a 97 Explorer 2dr, and it towed as good as a 5th wheel! No sway ever

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