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Old 06-28-2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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Sway issue

Hello all,

This is my 1st post to this site. However, I have read a lot as a guest.

I am new to pulling a travel trailer, we just purchased a 2012 2702ss.
Our current TV is a 2010 Tahoe with the K5L tow package and 20" wheels, autoride suspension. Trailer max weight on TV is 8200lbs or 14000lbs(GCWR)

The 27022ss is listed as 5512(dry) on the door sticker. I may have 600lbs of cargo(we pack light.)

We ordered the trailer new and I also purchased the Reese Strait Line hitch. We have taken the trailer out 4 times since we picked it up 3 wks ago(not farther than 25 km's to a local Provincial Park) Each time we have taken it I have felt terrible sway, after 80km/h and it will get worse as speed increases. Hitch adjustment seems right etc, vehicle sits level when connected and tire pressures are good. I will wait to hook up the bars after the autoride has levelled out.

I am taking TV and trailer to dealer today and hopefully they can figure something out with it.

Prior to purchasing the trailer, I did lot's research in regards to the capabilities of the Tahoe as a TV. On other forums members were telling people they were crazy in regards to wheelbase to trailer length. Other forums people had no issue with the Tahoe and were not going to break any "speed records"

The 2702ss is basically 32 feet in overall length. Has anyone else pulled a 32 foot trailer with a newer Tahoe with 20" wheels? I'm not sure if the P rated 275/55/20 tires are the problem. I am unable to find a 20" LT tire in my specific size.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I'll see what the dealer does today. I have contemplated purchasing the Propride P3 or the Hensley Arrow if the dealer cannot resolve the issue. However I have also been told by people that the Reese Strait Line is very good as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read this....

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Old 06-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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to the forum, I am not a Reese owner, I use a Equalizer wd hitch with 4 sway control. Hopefully someone with the Reese setup will chime in and help you with your problem.

Hang in there and someone will come along with the help/answer's you need.

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Old 06-28-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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The P rated tires could be a large part of your problem. The side walls of P tires will flex causing sway.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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I was in a similar situation as you with my Rockwood 2901SS (same weight but 2 ft longer than you 2702SS) being towed behind my Avalanche. Main issue with both our tow vehicles is the relatively short wheelbase. I used to tow with decent success with a Blue Ox then I picked up a used Hensley Arrow on hitchtrader. My sway is now completely gone. We recent traveled out west to Yellowstone and even in high winds across Nebraska and Wyoming we had zero sway.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:42 PM   #5
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I am pulling a 33" TT with a 2008 Toyota Sequoia with 18 " p rated tires. I use a Equalizer sway control 10000lbs and I have minimal sway. The biggest issue is to have the weight distribution correct. Don't put too much weight in the back of the TT. It's better to err on having too much weight in the front and let the sway system work harder. Just do an experiment by shifting some weight from the back to the front e.g. bicycles or cooler box etc while en route I.e. Stop after a few miles and shift the weight. That's how I learned to load my TT for the best ride.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #6
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Some things that come to mind:

Who setup the WDH ?? Many dealers do not take the time and take the proper before and after measurements to get the WDH setup properly. Just standing back and saying "that looks OK" doesn't cut it.

Can you override the autoride ?? I am not exactly sure how that works. If the autoride can not be cancelled, the fender measurements as listed in the Reese manual are probably thrown out the window. You will need to do some weigh-ins at your local quarry or Cat scale to the axle weights. You need to weight each axle with just the Tahoe without the trailer. Next, you will need to weigh each axle of the Tahoe with the trailer hooked up, as well as the total weights, and while you are doing that you can also weigh just the trailer axles for informational purposes. Since you can't put just the rear axle of the Tahoe on a single platform scale, the rear axle can be calculated. Weigh the front axle of the Tahoe, both axles, and then the trailer axles on the scale. Using these figures against the Tahoe alone weights, you can figure if you have enough weight distributed back on the Tahoe front axle.

While you are doing the weights, you can also take a trip across the scales weighing each axle without the WDH spring bars hooked can calculate a true tongue weight doing that along with the Tahoe solo weights.

It is best to be camping ready when doing the weights if possible.

If you don't have enough weight put back on the front Tahoe axles, then that can contribute to sway. Also contributing to the sway will the relatively short wheelbase of the Tahoe pulling a 33' camper, as well as the 20" P rated tires.

Another thing with the Dual Cam setup is to make sure the cams are centered exactly in the spring bar notches when the Tahoe and trailer are in a straight line......if not, then the Dual Cam will not function properly. You even need to go as far as marking the spring bars to keep them on the same side every time you install them.......I have mine marked port and starboard. If you don't use them on the same side after getting everything centered up, any difference in length between the 2 bars will negate the setup.

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Old 06-28-2011, 03:09 PM   #7
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This has all been very helpful. I have an "unnamed" seriously doesn't even have a brand on it friction swat WD hitch set up and it does not make for happy trips to and from the cg. I called the local listed Blue Ox dealer to inquire about one of their sway pro hitches and their response was "well I don't know anything about them. I suppose if you really want it i can do it but I'd rather you buy this Reese dual cam." All fine and dandy as i'm sure they are very similar but come on. I suppose I was going to spend money at your shop but am going somewhere else now. He quoted me $850 just for parts. Sound a little high?
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:14 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by True Believer View Post
He quoted me $850 just for parts. Sound a little high?
A little high. Here is a setup for an 800 lb. tongue weight from Etrailer: Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 10,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66083

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Old 06-28-2011, 09:38 PM   #9
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We are towing a Flagstaff 831FKBSS and have a Reese Dual cam set up. We have never had any problem with sway and would reccomend this set up to all which is how I came upon it (a friend had it and swore by it). The price may seem a little high but what is the cost of your family? This is one area NOT to skimp on.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:12 PM   #10
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Solve the problem once and for all. Get a Hensley Arrow or a Pro-pride, doesnt matter what one you get ! They ARE worth every cent you pay for them! I had a Equalizer 4PT hitch (still do,installed it on my cargo trailer)and I was very happy with it. The wife wanted to help drive while we were on our trips but was nervous about I said I'll purchase a NO-Sway Hitch. I like the color orange so we purchased a Hensley Arrow. It was very easy to install and the difference is like night and day! You will feel so much safer pulling with one of these hitches! 2-weeks ago on my first trip down to SC from NY after installing the Arrow. I had to suddenly swerve to miss an accident in the making, at the time it was just a spit-second thought to swerve, completely forgetting the camper was behind me. All that was on my mind was get out of the way! I was traveling 60-62mph (Speed Limit was 70mph) pulling a 34' Rockwood camper and that camper just followed as if it was part of my truck! I truly believe if I had any other hitch, I would have dumped the camper and it would have most like turned my truck on its side also. After that and another 1200 miles pulling the TT think the hitch is worth every dime there asking for it.....because it works !! As someone said you can't put a price on your family! and I'll add, the responsibility you have keeping other people you share the highway with safe.


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