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Old 01-22-2015, 10:49 AM   #11
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Hey I'm wondering if anyone towing with a excursion could help me out. I'm not happy with my current setup. 2002 excursion v10(she loves gas stations) with a 8327ss that has 1250 approx hitch weight. Currently I have round bar WDH and bars that are rated for up to 1400 lbs. I'm going on a long trip in May and want to feel confidant that my wife could handle some of the driving.
1 excursion rear seems to be very low. 2+"
2 sway off other vehicles
3 a bit of slop in the steering

I'm thinking about the following but my budget cannot afford to do all at one time.
Helwig swaybar
Equalizer or blue ox hitch
Steer box (redhead)
Air bags

If anyone can help me understand what would be the best impact I would be very grateful.
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My 08 F250 with 170K on it had a well worn steering gear box, if I had not traded it in my next purchase for it was a redhead as this is where the majority of your front end slop comes from on our type of steering systems. (unless your ball joints and bushings are worn out then that is another story) My truck had the camper package so it had the rear sway bar from factory. A good and properly adjusted WDH will all but eliminate the sag and the pushed around feeling from passing trucks. Will also help make the front end feel more solid as it is putting more weight on front axle as well.
I can not recommend the Equalizer WDH enough, I had it, it worked like a champ. I hear that the Reese dual cam works well too.

The Hensley Arrow and Propride hitches are from what I hear, the best, they are also the most expensive. To me it seems they are made for TV/Trailer combos that are on the bad side of marginal/not properly equipped. They use physics to force the margin back around to the good side..
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:09 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone looks like I have a bit of clarity in what I need to do😄. I will be getting the scale tickets in about a month when I drag her out of storage. In the mean time I think first thing will be a sway bar. I do have E rated tires and run them at 80psi in the back. Also I need to rearrange some stuff in the camper to reduce tongue weight by a little and I will be removing my leveling boards due to a Christmas present of Anderson camper levelers from my inlaws. Thanks again I've been racking my brain for weeks and don't want to make purchases that will not help.


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Old 01-23-2015, 06:11 AM   #13
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I would get your scale weights before moving anything in your camper. Too light of a tongue weight will be worse than what you are experiencing now.


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I would get your scale weights before moving anything in your camper. Too light of a tongue weight will be worse than what you are experiencing now.


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Old 01-23-2015, 07:21 PM   #15
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Good point thanks again everyone


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I also have an '04 Ex. When I originally started towing the advice I was given was to upgrade the shocks, Helwig sway bar and bags. With the shocks and sway bar I went from a stressed white knuckle drive to a stressed semi white knuckle drive. Better tires improve the drive even more. Bags didn't do too much for the wander but did help take some of the soccer mom mobile bounce out of it.


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