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Old 03-10-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Flagstaff 30wfkss v-lite most unstable towing

We bought a 2014 V-lite. We pulled it home and couldn't get it over 60 mph without it swaying all over the highway. It was very scary! I bought a Anderson sway control hitch. Pulled it to the Lake and it swayed the same way. It would actually push us off the highway. I pulled it with a duramax 2500 Diesel truck. Very disappointed in it. Does anyone have a clue to what is wrong.
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What are the two of you towing with and what type of hitch are you using?
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do you have sway bars attached?
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:27 PM   #4
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From reading here on FRF - sway is induced by 2 things.

1) but enough tongue weight. You need 10-15% of the trailer's total weight as tongue weight. The only way to know is to weight your setup.

2) If your truck tires are "P"assenger tires, you will do well to upgrade to LT tires for stiffer sidewalls.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:32 PM   #6
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We also have a 30wfkss, we use a 1000lb round bar weight distribution hitch with left and right sway control bars. I tow with a 06 Chevy Silverado 1500 short box and since we added the left sway control it has been smooth sailing. Normally run about 60 to 65 mph.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:36 PM   #7
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Hensley Mfg., Inc. - Trailer Sway Eliminated - Guaranteed

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Check out these, no need to control sway when there is none. I've used the Hensley for years on different trailers there not cheap but safety never is.
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Check the alignment of the trailer axle as well. Had a small utility trailer that had a slight cant in the axle. With higher speeds, it was all over the road. There would be evidence of this with weird tire wear patterns.
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Hensley Mfg., Inc. - Trailer Sway Eliminated - Guaranteed

Trailer Sway Elimination | Sway Control | Truck RV Trailer Hitch Accessories | ProPride, Inc.

Check out these, no need to control sway when there is none. I've used the Hensley for years on different trailers there not cheap but safety never is.
No sure if these will work on a V nose. Looks like the 30 WFKSS is a V nose.

What WDH are you using? Sounds like most people with A V nose is using a Equal-i-zer 4 point with good success.

Knowing what you're towing with would be helpful.

Looks like the fictitious dry weights are...

7038lbs, 882 on the tongue. Sounds well more than 10%
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I tow a 3001w with Husky round bar and 2 friction sway bars. I found that the TT would sway when only using 1. Also the type of tires you have on the TV will make a difference. If you have "P" tires they will flex and cause sway.
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Is it sway or wiggle? Sway is defined as the rear end of the trailer oscillating side to side with increasing speed and distance of oscillation. Is the rear end doing it or the whole unit moving as one? Or are you having more of a porpoising movement front to back?

More info is needed... what is tv (yr, make, model engine, rear end and 4wd/2wd), what hitch do you have (what is wdh rated for, any sway bars or is it an integrated hitch like Reese dual cam, equal-i-zer etc)? Have you been to the scales to weigh anything? This is very telling. What tires on TV (P rated, E rated) and what pressure are tv and tt tires running at?

Sway can be from too light of a tongue weight and too heavy on the rear end (I have moved a tent that weighs less than 20lbs from the back to the front and made a big difference in handling before). Too soft a tire on the tv (ie p rated tire or under inflated E rated tire) can have a negative impact on towing. WDH not adjusted properly can negatively impact as well... not enough weight transfer or too much transfer are both bad (you can tell by measuring height but also a more accurate method involves weighing at a cat scale). Not enough tow vehicle (especially with a short wheel base) can be bad too.... how do I know that? Been there done that with my old armada my friend.
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would be nice if the the op would come back and comment.........
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yep, the OP may not even be using a WDH with sway control.
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Under inflated tires on both tv and tt can also play into sway. Trailer and truck need to be one continuous level surface. Put a level on the truck and then on the tongue and compare the bubble should be the same. If they are not weight distribution and or the ball of your hitch are out of whack. Once you have adjusted and cked these try it again. If you haven't already look into sway control you probably should have some.
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Looks like the problem is not serious enough for the OP to follow up.
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would be nice if the the op would come back and comment.........
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Looks like the problem is not serious enough for the OP to follow up.
Ha! Relax fellas- lots of people can only check the forum once per day or so. Give 'em time.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:44 PM   #17
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I just drove our new V-Lite 30WFKSS (same as OPs) from Fairmont, WV to Pittsburgh going 60-70 mph on the interstate. We have the Equal-i-zer WDH and tow with a Sierra 2500HD LB Crewcab. No noticeable sway and towed terrific.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-20-2014, 10:57 PM   #18
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I just bought a flagstaff 30 WFKSS and I picked it up and on my way home I could not get over 60 miles per hour with out it swaying to the extent that it was dangerous going on a curved overpass. I have a friend that just bought the same one and it does the same thing. we both are afraid to take them on a trip. what could be the problem?? I'm ready to take it back.
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Looks like the problem is not serious enough for the OP to follow up.
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Ha! Relax fellas- lots of people can only check the forum once per day or so. Give 'em time.
He did post this a day later:

New tow vehicle

Strange...
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his last online date was the 17th of this month so I am pretty sure he has read all these posts. Another option for the OP to consider is the Blue Ox hitch. We use one on our V-Lite and when you get the rotary snap up brackets it is a breeze on a V nose trailer to hookup, almost like Blue Ox was thinking of the V nose crowd when they designed them.
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What are your weights (truck, trailer and tongue weight)?
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