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Old 06-09-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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2015 Rockwood 2618vs sway

We have a 2015 Rockwood 2618VS that we purchased in May, 2015. We have had issues with sway from the very beginning. Now our dealer tells us that the problem is probably the 14 inch tires, which are C load. However, there is not enough clearance to get 15 inch tires and wheels. They did add a sway bar to our Reece duel cam system and that has helped some.
Questions:
- Is it true that 14 inch tires are not made above the C load?
- If someone does make D or E load, who?
- Would that make a significant difference?
We are not newbie campers, having had a motorhome, 2 popups and several travel trailers. We cannot remember anything having this much sway, except maybe on those long stretches out west.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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Have you checked your tongue weight? Too light on the tongue can cause sway.

I'd think with a front kitchen your tongue weight would be OK, but you also have a slide pretty far back.

If it is light tongue weight, you could move your spare tire up under the camper forward of the axles. Here's a thread on installing mine:

Installing BAL Hide-A-Spare on a Mini Lite
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:10 AM   #3
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Sway control

Just out of curiosity what is your Tow Vehicle.

We had a Jayco that pulled just fine with 13" tires and a sway bar with no WD hitch. you could tell the difference without the sway bar on but it still wasn't bad and we towed it with the Toyota Tundra,

We now have a 2604WS with the trekker WD hitch with built in sway control and without it turned on its not much fun to pull with 15" tires. I would say trailer tire size doesn't have a lot to do with it in my experience. It goes back to weight distribution in the trailer, tongue weight, side wind, Tow Vehicle weight and wheel base, and one thing not often thought of driver tendencies. If a driver oversteers the TV is it magnified in the trailer sway. I do it sometimes when I get in real tight lanes and lots of traffic.

Just a thought.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:29 PM   #4
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We have a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Z85 crew cab. It has a V-8 with 5.3 liter engine.
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:14 PM   #5
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We have a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Z85 crew cab. It has a V-8 with 5.3 liter engine.
Sounds like you've got basically the same setup as I do, except your TT's heavier than mine. I don't have any sway issues.

If you're towing with anything in your tanks, that can also impact your weight distribution, especially if they're behind the axle.

I'd weigh the tongue, if I were you. Dry tongue weight's supposed to be around 748 lbs. Loaded I'd expect you to be around 900 lbs.
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:25 PM   #6
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We have a 2015 Rockwood 2618VS that we purchased in May, 2015. We have had issues with sway from the very beginning. Now our dealer tells us that the problem is probably the 14 inch tires, which are C load. However, there is not enough clearance to get 15 inch tires and wheels. They did add a sway bar to our Reece duel cam system and that has helped some.
Questions:
- Is it true that 14 inch tires are not made above the C load?
- If someone does make D or E load, who?
- Would that make a significant difference?
We are not newbie campers, having had a motorhome, 2 popups and several travel trailers. We cannot remember anything having this much sway, except maybe on those long stretches out west.

Thanks for your suggestions!
I would have to see a Pic. of a additional sway bar on a Reese Dual Cam! The Dual Cam IS the Sway Control! I think you better start at Square One! And Post Pic.s! Youroo!!
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:04 PM   #7
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etrailer.com carries a Kenda Karrier D rated ST tire in our size. I have not tried them yet, but intend to buy them when I replace the original tires on our 2618VS.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:07 PM   #8
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I had a 2015 2702ss. Set up a Husky centerline HD wd as per manufacture (dealer setup wasn't close) and it towed like an arrow with similar tires as yours. Had a 6x12 box trailer that you couldn't tow. My mechanic looked and suggested it wasn't the tires said it was the actual trailer. Tongue and axel were not aligned. Asked how to fix and he shrugged and said sell it. Tongue might be something to look at.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:49 AM   #9
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Buy a Hensley Arrow anti-sway hitch, problem solved! A little pricey but no sway, wife won't even mind driving after installing hitch.
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