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Old 04-28-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have recently purchased a new 8315BSS and woundered if anyone has helpful hints or findings about this unit. One thing I have noticed is the sway I have while towing , but that could be my tow unit not the trailer.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:16 PM   #2
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Hello all, I have recently purchased a new 8315BSS and woundered if anyone has helpful hints or findings about this unit. One thing I have noticed is the sway I have while towing , but that could be my tow unit not the trailer.
Thanks
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Congrats on the new tt and welcome to the forum!

I have an 8315ss (no bed slide). My wife and I really like the tt. The floorplan allows for lots of room and storage.

I don't really have any helpfull hints for you, just fix her up the way you like it. I've added 2 MaxII vent covers, a Fan Mate 800 cover for the create-a-breeze in the bathroom, cyclone vent for the black tank, electric jack, screen door protector & handle and the HD antenna.

As far as your sway issues, that is a long tt, approx. 34'. You didn't mention your tow vehicle so I don't know what your wheelbase is. Also what kind of hitch? I use an Equal-i-zer with built in sway control and I have a 172" wheelbase (CC - long bed). I have no problems with sway.

Post back with some details and I'm sure you will get some answers to help with your sway problem.

Good luck and happy camping.

mtnguy has posted this wheelbase/tt length chart several times. This should help.

110" 20' ******* 150" 30'
114" 21' ******* 154" 31'
118" 22' ******* 158" 32'
122" 23' ******* 162" 33'
126" 24' ******* 166" 34'
130" 25' ******* 170" 35'
134" 26' ******* 174" 36'
138" 27' ******* 178" 37'
142" 28' ******* 182" 38'
146" 29' ******* 186" 39'
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:25 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, brennan4572. I'm new here too. My new RV is the Flagstaff version of your 8315BSS, the 831FKBSS. My unit has one more character in the name though, so it must be a bit better, ha, ha (there's really no difference except for the fabric patterns).

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One thing I have noticed is the sway I have while towing , but that could be my tow unit not the trailer.
Not knowing how experienced you are or what you're towing with, I'll limit my advice to suggesting that you set up your trailer to TV connection as well as you can and that you use sway control on your hitch.

My own limited experience pulling the Flagstaff -
I tow with a 143 inch wheelbase, GMC 1500 with a Reese Dual Cam WDH. The only towing I've done with the Flagstaff is about a 50 mile shakedown to get it weighed and check out the setup. I kept maximum speed to 60 mph give or take. There was about a 15 mph or so wind blowing and I got some movement from trucks passing from behind when I was traveling with the wind. There was a push, then my rig continued down the highway. All in all I felt that 34 feet of new trailer pulled better than my old 27 footer.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:40 AM   #4
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Rockwood 8315bss

thanks for the come back. I'm toing with a Chrysler Aspen hemi and have reese dual sway, the problem as I get more and more imput is the wheel base and frame. I'm going to look for a truck base CC type hemi.
Good Camping!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:21 AM   #5
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If I read the spec's right, 2009 model Sport Utility has a 119.2" wheel base.
GVW-6,450
Curb Weight-4,926
Gross Trailer Weight-4,400
Max Payload-1,520
If it were me I would buy something bigger with a longer wheel base to start and the camper may be a little too heavy for your tow vehicle in my opinion.
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My Flagstaff as it came from the factory weighed just under 6,700 pounds. From the numbers posted by Rockwood06, that's nearly 2,700 pounds more than your maximum trailer GVWR, before you add any of your gear to it.

You've got the right idea, in going for a bigger truck. Lots of very nice Dodge hemi's out there. If you're not going for a 2500, my last bit of advice would be to make sure you get a high ratio rear differential (4.10 or so).

Good luck to you.
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