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Old 04-19-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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Towing question

So I have the Columbus 320RS. Weight on sticker from factory is 11,504. I ordered with the 7k axles for extra margin so my GVWR is 16,298. I have the fresh tank loaded and some gear in the front storage and basement. At most I would say 1000 to 1500 pounds but even that is well below what I will have and am rated for.

I have the Andersen Ultimate Hitch. When hooked up I set it all as level as I can get with the front ground to frame of 24" and rear ground to frame 24.5". Those numbers are with the truck level at 42" ground to under fender front and rear. I have airbags on the F-350 so I adjusted it level with trailer on and then set the hitch up. All seems to be set right and I have 30psi in the rear bags.

My issue is when driving on some of the concrete roads it seems to be pulling on the truck. Not sure of the exact term for this is but I know it is common and will happen some. On blacktop roads it is very smooth riding.

Is there something more I can do to minimize this pulling on the truck? Should I have the trailer slightly nose high or low? Maybe even more weight front or rear?

Thanks for any and all help. We travel about 6000 miles pulling each year and I would like to get this a best I can for the DW. The old TT we had would do it as well on the same roads and this is better than the TT was but still would like any other suggestions. I will be getting it all weighed on one of the first couple trips all setup for camping.
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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Should I have the trailer slightly nose high or low? Maybe even more weight front or rear?
I'm by no means a pro, but my understanding is that your trailer should be level - or if anything slightly nose low, never nose high. Also, weight should be toward the front of the TT. If anything, you want more weight to be pushing down on the TV and in turn on your drive axle, not lifting up on it, which would reduce your traction and reduce control.
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Old 04-22-2016, 06:19 PM   #3
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Might have some info in these threads.....

https://www.google.ca/search?q=fifth...HOu5jgT8oa7ABg
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Thanks. Wasn't sure of the exact term for this condition. Pretty sure from what I have been able to learn on it that it more then likely has to do with the road. Especially since it is smooth on black top roads and only happens on a couple of the concrete ones.

Also I'll make sure I keep it level to nose slightly low. Pretty easy to do with the air bags in the truck.
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