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Old 09-14-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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F150 & Shast TT 6900lbs Sway and Bounce issue

I have the Camco EZ sway control and weight Distribution hitch but I get a lot of sway on the highway and this Shasta trailer has a high center of gravity and bounces a lot. I have all my tanks empty and only 200lbs of gear, have a 2014 Ford F150 Crew 4X4 EcoBoost. The dealer setup the weight and away control but just not sure it is working right.

How do you know what chain link to use the mechanic at my dealer set it for second chain link but my rear sags a bit and trailers nose is pointing down a bit. I tried 2nd and 3rd chain link but I think I should be on the 4th link, anyway to tell where I should be setup? Not new to traileribg but I am new to towing an RV


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The WDH Info might be helpful to those who want to help.


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Old 09-15-2014, 02:37 AM   #3
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From my experience dealers slap things together as quickly as they can to get you out the door after you have signed on the dotted line.
You should try the 4th link and see how that works. If that doesn't work I found out that if you go to you tube and type in (weight distribution hitch set up) there is plenty of videos that shows you how to properly set it up right. It may take you a few times to get it right but you and your family's safety is worth it.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:42 AM   #4
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Is 6900 the shipped weight? Do you have max tow? My 829fkss has a 6400 sticker weight and my wife is no slouch when she loads stuff. Dishes, food, clothing, botled water, clothing, lawn chairs (4), leveling, tools, vacuum, linens, fire wood etc, probably put us at 7000 lb and we are not small people. The posted tongue weight is 910 lb and we have 2014 F150 ecoboost, 3.73 max tow. I tow at 4th or 5th link depending on the weather conditions and we get little sway, even when semi's blow by us. . Front kitchen tt's are nose heavy.
NOTE: I did get rid of the junk tires that both the truck and trailer came with and put good quality E rated 10 ply tires on both the truck and trailer. Most F150 ecoboost trailers come with std ply tires and so do most trailers. The tire upgrade made a big difference.
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The very First thing is (10-15%) TONGUE weight,fully loaded ready to go! That is by YOU weighing your unit and tongue separate. I also agree on the Tire replacement on Both units! Youroo!!
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Is 6900 the shipped weight? Do you have max tow? My 829fkss has a 6400 sticker weight and my wife is no slouch when she loads stuff. Dishes, food, clothing, botled water, clothing, lawn chairs (4), leveling, tools, vacuum, linens, fire wood etc, probably put us at 7000 lb and we are not small people. The posted tongue weight is 910 lb and we have 2014 F150 ecoboost, 3.73 max tow. I tow at 4th or 5th link depending on the weather conditions and we get little sway, even when semi's blow by us. . Front kitchen tt's are nose heavy.

NOTE: I did get rid of the junk tires that both the truck and trailer came with and put good quality E rated 10 ply tires on both the truck and trailer. Most F150 ecoboost trailers come with std ply tires and so do most trailers. The tire upgrade made a big difference.



Mine is 6590 from factory from Shasta we have 300-500 lbs of gear in Trailer but the Shasta's sit high so the axles have a lot of Bounce, the tech at the dealer seems to know his **** so I trust it is set right but have only used 2nd or 3rd link thinking I need to go to 4th link to get trailer and truck even, I keep all tanks empty so no sloshing or extra weight maybe 1-2 gal in fresh for potty breaks on road, 1 gal in black and nothing in grey. Which tires did you put on F150 and trailer, I sort of like the Pirelli's it came with 20" wheels etc


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Can I ask, did the tech measure your TV before and after to set up the hitch or did they just eye ball it and say that looks right and I have been doing this for years and don't need to measure like they told me when I got my trailer. My hitch was not setup properly and after I got home and redid it per the manufacture's instructions it mad a world of difference.
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Mine is 6590 from factory from Shasta we have 300-500 lbs of gear in Trailer but the Shasta's sit high so the axles have a lot of Bounce, the tech at the dealer seems to know his **** so I trust it is set right but have only used 2nd or 3rd link thinking I need to go to 4th link to get trailer and truck even, I keep all tanks empty so no sloshing or extra weight maybe 1-2 gal in fresh for potty breaks on road, 1 gal in black and nothing in grey. Which tires did you put on F150 and trailer, I sort of like the Pirelli's it came with 20" wheels etc


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When I bought the truck I got 18" instead of 20". For the truck, I went with the Cooper HT3's. Nice ride, decent ride, good rating. I went with Max Tow 10 ply on the trailer. Our fleet tire supplier sells a lot of them with no complaints.
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Can I ask, did the tech measure your TV before and after to set up the hitch or did they just eye ball it and say that looks right and I have been doing this for years and don't need to measure like they told me when I got my trailer. My hitch was not setup properly and after I got home and redid it per the manufacture's instructions it mad a world of difference.



No he did it and checked it several times, I was there with him and based on videos I watched he did it the right way, I think I may have not used the right Libks to set the WDH right going to try link #4 one night and hit the local highway and see how she does, if that doesn't work have to reset it but don't have tools to torque the hitch so will bring it to a dealer a friend used and have them do it


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No he did it and checked it several times, I was there with him and based on videos I watched he did it the right way, I think I may have not used the right Libks to set the WDH right going to try link #4 one night and hit the local highway and see how she does, if that doesn't work have to reset it but don't have tools to torque the hitch so will bring it to a dealer a friend used and have them do it


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On ours the dealer set it up right for the weights in the truck/trailer at the time (i.e. empty). After going a full year of having it on the 3rd link, as instructed by the dealer, I opted to try the 4th link instead and it seems to level me much better on the 4th with everything in the trailer than I ever did on the 3rd.

Though, from what I hear from some other people, if you really want to eliminate bounce, look into a 4 point sway system that doesn't use chains. (Like an equalizer). They're supposed to be able to handle both Left/Right and Up/Down sway, compared to only the Left/Right sway my anti-sway bars address in my setup.
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