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Old 08-01-2017, 11:21 PM   #1
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We just purchased the Flagstaff 27rlws. 32 feet. Pulling with f150 ecoboost 4x4 supercab. It pulls but trouble with sway. Anyone else pulling this trailer with what tow vehicle?
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:40 PM   #2
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Mine is a touch smaller by 2 feet and 725 lbs. So not a direct comparison. Truck is Platinum level trim, 6.5 bed, fully stock. Using a ProPride hitch. No issues towing in wind, rain, or with semi's.

I expect you will get lots of ideas on what to look for here. Good luck.
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We bought the same thing. We had a GMC 1500 with a 5.3. It towed fine, but we had an issue with sway also. We bought a Ford F-250, and we do not have problems with sway no more. Same distribution hitch also. We have a Reese Steady Flex hitch system.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:22 AM   #4
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We just purchased the Flagstaff 27rlws. 32 feet. Pulling with f150 ecoboost 4x4 supercab. It pulls but trouble with sway. Anyone else pulling this trailer with what tow vehicle?
I have the Rockwood version of that trailer and a 2011 F150 EB SCAB. Here is what I am doing:
* Equalizer E4 properly set-up (it wasn't when I first got it)
* Airlift 5000 air bags and run them at about 45lbs when towing
* BFG K02 LT tires

With this set-up I have very little movement.

Have fun!

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Old 08-02-2017, 05:41 AM   #5
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When are you having sway problems? Improper air pressure in the trailer tires will also cause sway.
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:31 AM   #6
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We have the same trailer and are pulling with a 2005 F150 extra cab. We solved the sway with a set of Timbren blocks. Rides a little rougher but no more sway or squat.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:26 AM   #7
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I have a 2011 f150 screw (not 4x4) with tow pckg ( payload 1760 ), added RAS suspension , equalizer 12k (with 7 washers) and it towes our 2017 rockwood 2703ws with no sway. Always towed the trailer with max air pressure ( 65 psi) and truck p tires with max air ( 44 psi ).
Love the way it towes. Just finished a 750 miles trip and no issues.
I also set up my Equalizer my self....
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:38 AM   #8
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You don't say if you have a weight distribution hitch or any kind of sway control. We need more info. And that's a pretty big TT for a 1/2 ton.
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Old 08-05-2017, 12:28 PM   #9
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The trailer is ultra lite and says can be towed by a half ton truck. We have wd Reese hitch with built in sway. We are thinking better tires on rear and air bags.
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The truck is ecoboost and is built for towing up to 9800 lbs. trailer loaded is 7000 lbs
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The truck is ecoboost and is built for towing up to 9800 lbs. trailer loaded is 7000 lbs
You're looking at the wrong number. You'll run out of payload capacity way before coming close to towing capacity.

What's the payload capacity of your truck and the trailer's tongue weight?
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Gcwr is 15400 gvwr is 7200
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You're looking at the wrong number. You'll run out of payload capacity way before coming close to towing capacity.

What's the payload capacity of your truck and the trailer's tongue weight?
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Gcwr is 15400 gvwr is 7200
Tongue weight (estimate) is 13-15% of the GVWR that's on the sticker on the side of your trailer. Here's mine:
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We have the Rockwood twin of that trailer.

We started with a 1500 Silverado (1,500 pounds of payload) and towed with that for two years. I got tired of getting pushed around in bad weather and with semi trucks. I also got tired of counting every pound of payload and not being able to put much in my truck bed.

We upgraded to a 2500 RAM with the 6.4 HEMI and 3,000 pounds of payload, and haven't looked back. The heavier truck makes a huge difference and I feel so much more stable towing. I also don't have to worry about putting a rick of firewood in the bed while I am hitched up, and going over my payload.

Reese Dual Cam for the hitch and we have been happy with it.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:37 PM   #15
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We tow the same Flagstaff witha150 Lariat 4X4. Have Toyo LT tires. KYB shocks, Firestone Airbags, Reese hitch, and sway bar. Keep pressures at Max. Cured sway. We have been Cross country twice and run mountain roads in Idaho with no problem. We have the 5.0 and average around 12 mpg. Have the 36 gal fuel tank so we could go farther than we want most days.
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In my opinion that's a big trailer for the truck. It's doable but you'll have to stiffen the truck up. What tires do you have on the truck and is it all riding level? If not then maybe airbags will help.
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I've been towing ours with a 2003 Silverado 1500 for a couple of years now; 10 ply tires on truck and load range D on trailer, E2 hitch with the built in sway control bars. No problems but stay in the flatlands, La. and Ms. Oops forgot added Air bags to truck for the squat, always carry bbq pit and firewood in truck bed.
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I have 26rlws and an f150 screw. I have the blueox sway pro wd hitch. I had some sway issues early on. Some were weight related and I had to remove some stuff as I was over payload and some was distribution related so I moved some things around. I also installed a set of timbrens and it addressed the issues I had with bouncing, maybe they help keep the front end down to reduce sway but I didn't think so.

P rated tires suck if that's what came with your truck. Upgrading to LT tires would be better but not sure if that is your weak link or not. They use P rated tires to make a smoother ride a lot.

Check your weight sticker (payload is most important) like rockfordroo said. From there your options are to find the weak link and upgrade it or change trucks or trailers. Finding the weak link is not easy. Tires, wheels, axles, suspension, frame hitch etc. If over gross vehicle weight you are back to truck or trailer trade.

I am good with sway now that I removed some weight and WD is setup correct. I will update trucks later but until then less stuff...

Best of luck!
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I have the same trailer 2015 model. Even with a bone stock Ram 2500 it was a nightmare to tow with only a 750 lb Reese with no sway control, especially in a wind. 50mph tops. I only towed it twice like that (home from the dealership and to a trailer certification station- as I am in Canada).

A 1200 lb Equalizer 4pt. changed everything. No sway, nothing, nada. It tows like its on rails behind me. It doesn't matter what I am passing, or is passing me, you don't feel anything.

A buddy has a 27' aluminum and wood built Dutchman which I know is even heavier than mine. He added airbags to his 2011 Ram 1500, and doesn't even have a weight distribution hitch. Now I wouldn't do it, but he has been from Manitoba to Ohio numerous times.
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I have the same trailer towed with a '13 F-150 5.0 Platinum 4x4 Screw. On my Second trip I experienced sway to the point that I was concerned that something was wrong.. After stopping to verify that the hitch was set up correctly, I remembered something I read somewhere on this forum. If your truck has automatic trailer sway control, TURN IT OFF! After turning mine off on the truck, The sway issues stopped immediately. My Wife even asked what I did to change the ride! I can't say this will absolutely fix your issue, but it worked for me. It felt as if the truck sway control was fighting against the hitch sway control. If your truck has this feature and turning it off helps, check it each time you start the truck. Mine resets to on every time I turn the ignition off.

P.S. I leave the trailer sway control on when towing trailers that do not require the WD hitch.
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