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Old 04-12-2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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Trailer sway

I have a 23ikss roo I recently purchased and are experiencing sway with the trailer at hwy speeds. Towing with a 2003 chevrolet suburban and a reese trunnion style wd with cams. Trailer is very lightly loaded. Most stuff was carried in rear of town vehicle. Is it ppssoible I'm distributing too much weight to the front of the tow vehicle with the wd? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:54 PM   #2
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Things to look for. Is the trailer level or is tongue high? Do you have enough weight in the front of the trailer? You should have between 10% and 15% of total trailer weight on the tongue. Is you hitch adjusted correctly? What tires do you have on your tow vehicle? P metric tires will cause a squirmy feeling that can be confused for sway. All of these things are possible contributors. You have an excellent hitch that should control sway however all hitch's have their limitations.
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The tongue is slightly high and trailer not level. I have to buy a new shank. I have st205 75 r14 tires. It just feels like I'm floating or drifting in curves or when cars past. I appreciate your help
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What tires do you have on your Suburban? I use a Suburban also and am running LT tires and not p series tires. This will help tremendously. Also you need to get the hitch level and the trailer level.

If you can provide a picture of your set up I am sure we can help in telling you what needs to be fixed.
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What tires do you have on your Suburban? I use a Suburban also and am running LT tires and not p series tires. This will help tremendously. Also you need to get the hitch level and the trailer level.

If you can you provide a picture of your set up and I am sure we can help in telling you what needs to be fixed.
X2. That sounds like the truck tires are contributing a lot and that nose really needs to come down. I think with those 2 changes you will see a big difference.
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Regarding transferring too much weight to the front of your tow vehicle, yes you can and this will make the rear of your truck light. That is an adjustment in the number of links you are using on your spring bar chains.
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Using michelin ltx p265 70 r16 on suburban. Thanks for all the help
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Yeah. the tongue needs to come down some. It's hard to tell from the picture being that far back but I think you have a lot of adjustment left in that shank without buying a new one.
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You can also flip the shank over if you need to go lower.
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With the front of the trailer that high you are also putting a lot of weight back onto the rear axle of the trailer and that will wear the tires out real fast.

It took me 3 times before I got my unit set up so it feels great. It will take some time but you will get it so it pulls just right.
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