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Old 05-24-2019, 09:36 PM   #1
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Truck front end “swim”

Hi everyone, not sure if I have a problem or not. We changed out our hitch to an Andersen WD hitch. We have made two short trips, one an hour away and another two hours away. With everything hitched up and ready to go the truck is level and the camper is just about level, maybe a little nose high. My problem is the truck feels different when on the road than our old WD hitch with the heavy bars. The front of the truck seems light, like it sways or swims. I don’t have control issues but it doesn’t feel right. I have the truck and trailer loaded the same way as we did with the old hitch, but do I have the trailer loaded wrong for this hitch? Do I need to move more weight to the front or back of the camper? We have a 2018 24WS Roo and towing with a 2016 Silverado 1500 tow rated at 9200 pounds. Thanks for your input and help!!
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:58 PM   #2
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There are other forum members smarter than I about your issue. But a couple things that seem obvious to me:

1) A trailer that is nose high may not have enough weight on the hitch. Personally I like a trailer that is perfectly level or a tiny bit nose low;

2) You said your truck is level, but a better solution would be to have the front of the truck at the same height with and without the trailer hooked up. That is, the WD hitch is connected properly if the front fender height is nearly the same, with or without the trailer attached.

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Old 05-25-2019, 05:53 AM   #3
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Sounds like not enough weight to the front wheels you might need to readjust to find the spot that works best for you.
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:58 AM   #4
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You've distributed any weight from the rear to the front axle.

Ya gotta measure the truck's height unloaded and then with the trailer connected. Easy at the wheel wells, just get a yard stick. Both suspensions must compress. I'm betting your front is not lower when connected which means you've taken weight off it.

"Level" is meaningless. You need to bring the truck back to what it was unloaded which is seldom "level."

You can replace the rear shocks with steel struts (OK, rubber thingies in the springs) and the rear end will stay "level" and not accomplish a thing regarding proper weight distribution.

Trailer frame should be level or slightly down at the front. Up at the front will unload the truck rear axle (and brakes) in hard stopping events.

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Old 05-25-2019, 07:37 AM   #5
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Hi everyone, not sure if I have a problem or not. We changed out our hitch to an Andersen WD hitch. We have made two short trips, one an hour away and another two hours away. With everything hitched up and ready to go the truck is level and the camper is just about level, maybe a little nose high. My problem is the truck feels different when on the road than our old WD hitch with the heavy bars. The front of the truck seems light, like it sways or swims. I don’t have control issues but it doesn’t feel right. I have the truck and trailer loaded the same way as we did with the old hitch, but do I have the trailer loaded wrong for this hitch? Do I need to move more weight to the front or back of the camper? We have a 2018 24WS Roo and towing with a 2016 Silverado 1500 tow rated at 9200 pounds. Thanks for your input and help!!
Why the switch to the Andersen ?? If I may ask.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:42 AM   #6
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Without numbers from a scale....you have no clue where or how the weight is being distributed.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:45 AM   #7
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Personally I doubt that the way the trailer loaded is the problem. I have never had to worry about a camper, my box trailer yes.

But without knowing more I think the way the WDH set up is the issue.

I would take the rig to a CAT scale weigh it with and without the WD set up and with the truck solo and see what is going on. Be sure to use all 3 scale pads.

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Old 05-25-2019, 08:12 AM   #8
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I have an Andersen. TV Ram 2500, TT 8500 LB. no problem leveling. OTHER issue is returning enough weight back to front axle. The sweet spot for Andersen is 7-8 threads showing AND 1/4” or so bulge on bushing. You MAY need to take up a link on the chain to ensure BOTH conditions are met. That should return most or all of the weight back to front axle. Another person on here runs with 9 threads when he goes heavy.
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Without numbers from a scale....you have no clue where or how the weight is being distributed.
Sure you do.

The springs will compress/decompress as weight is transferred to/from them. Again, if the front suspension does not compress no weight is being added. And, of course, of the front suspension de-loads you took weight from it. A $2 Walmart yard stick will provide the relative answers.

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Old 05-25-2019, 01:14 PM   #10
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I'm sorry I don't have a solution for you but DO continue to listen to what your truck is "telling" you and also to the seat of your pants re the ride.
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