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Old 06-08-2010, 02:07 PM   #11
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I think the risk is in the exceptional conditions. Let's say you are descending a mountain pass; the trailer is pushing you; you round the bend; and there, for your driving pleasure, is a pile of fallen rock, a large animal, etc. You need to stop quickly, perhaps in the middle of the curve. This scenario is not so far-fetched and one could conjure up numerous similar situations. IMO you need substantial reserve capability to cope with those scenarios safely. Undoubtedly, one could tow for years without incident; and then . . . .

We saw skid marks, a torn out guardrail, and a huge drop-off (on the other side of the guardrail) in the mountains last year. It gave me the creeps. Please don't push your limits.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:58 AM   #12
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Hi everybody - I just recently decided to join the forum club. I must say many thanks to all of you that had provided plenty of wisdom to my current TT knowledge. Keep it up!

We just got our 2011 FR Wildwood 27BHSS two weeks ago and went for our 1st trip last weekend. I do agree with you folks, safety for your family and piece of mind is first when it comes to traveling.

Having said that, what do you guys think of my setup? (after reading this thread) TV is a 2007 Sub 5.3L 3:73, i only have the WD kit but no sway package (yet). TT is 6100 (dry) with a 760 TW. We always travel light since we only camp locally (no more than 2-3 hrs). I noticed a bit a of sway on TT (first trip) than my previous so I 'm not sure if I need to adjust the WD or just get a combo WD. TV feels good pulling it and it doesn't feel to forced towing.

any comments good, bad or indifferent are welcome.

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Old 06-09-2010, 03:28 PM   #13
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The cheapest upgrade for you is just an anti-sway friction bar. Try that as a first step. If you need more than that, you can always go the next step of a Reese Dual Cam or an Equalizer etc.
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Thanks Bob, I was thinking about that but wasn't sure if I should just bite the bullet and start looking for the RDC or Equalzr. I know they are not cheap. anything you recommend on the Anti-sway bar?
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:21 PM   #15
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Just to give you some insight from my recent experience. I currently have a 28 foot Terry 28J that weighs around 6500 pounds dry so it will go around 7000 pounds loaded. I have been pulling it with a 93 F150 rated at 7000 pounds, that has a 5.0 engine and a 3.83 rear end. It was adequate but not the easiest tow, any grade and it was into 2nd gear and down to 45 mph.

In anticapation of a TT upgrade I just upgraded the tow vehicle to an 04 GM 2500 HD diesel that is rated to tow about 10000 pounds.

There is a world of difference between these tow vehicles, the F150 is struggling while the 2500 diesel loafs along. Best of all with the 2500 you feel like you are in full control of the situation; while towing with the F150 you feel like the trailer is in control.

Tomorrow I am picking up a 2008 Forest River Flagstaff 831RLSS. It is actually lighter than my Terry 28J but is about 5 feet longer. I expect that it will be a breeze to tow.

I have also picked up a Hensley Arrow hitch that I will be installing on the Flagstaff.
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Thanks Doc, I hear ya....I just don't want to entertaint the thought of updgrading TV ..if it can tow the WW 27. it seems that it does decent job but you are right....I can imagine the 2500 would be a breeze to do it with. I got to buy me sometime to save and bite the bullet to upgrade TV. have been looking at Chevy Suburban 2500 6.0L 4:10

Congrats on the TT upgrade, 31 is quite of bit of space and I'm jealous.
27 is all we could afford for now.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:21 PM   #17
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you might be able to add dual cam to your current WD setup depending on what it is. The dual cam requires a curved bar end (by the chains). you would have to compare the price of replacing pieces to the price of just getting a whole new system. check etrailer.com they have great pictures of numerous setups. i bought my system from them and they were great.
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Thanks again Bob, I will be checking etrailer.com.
See, i know all of you experts have the right answers.......
you're all Great people!
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