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Old 07-02-2018, 07:59 PM   #1
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Bad sway on the highway

We have a brand new 224 Rls vibe
We had our TT on the highway for a couple of times now
And both time Iím having a very hard time keeping this thing on the road due to the severe sway
In Manitoba our main highway is east west and of course 75 % of the time the wind is from north south
So cross wind all the time
My tow vehicle is a brand new 2017 xlt with full tow package
I have to say itís a bit of a joke what ford tow package is
The first thing I replace was the tire going from a koyotires to BF Goodrich TA k02
I run them on 55 psi when towing
My TT tire are Chinese Castle Rock they appear to have very soft side walls the are inflated to 50 psi as per spec .
I have you topical equalizer system with one sway bar control
Makes no difference
The max speed on our highway is 100 k today I had to slow down to 85 to 90 to keep it on the road
You canít keep your hand off the wheel, have to conter steer all the time or it will put you in the ditch
I see other units passing me with the same truck and bigger rigs then mine
The hitch was install at the dealer
Iím thinking of putting air suspension on my truck next year
I have included some pictures
Anyone else with the same problems
Or ideas
This is not my first TT
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:05 PM   #2
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First thing to check is tongue weight. Light tongue weight will make for a miserable tow. Second you will need to double check loading. Too much or too little transfer could be causing you troubles.
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:25 PM   #3
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You will want to be a little tongue low, off level to increase weight. Do you have a pic of your rig hitched up showing the trailer and truck?
On a side note, get rid of the china bombs ASAP. A new set of quality tires is going to be a fraction of the cost to repair your trailer in the event of a blow out.
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:25 PM   #4
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Explain transfer ?????
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:26 PM   #5
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And I do not have a light tongue weight
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:40 PM   #6
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And I do not have a light tongue weight
You may not be transferring enough weight to your front wheels of your truck. (WDH not set up properly)
You might have a level trailer but the trailer may be rear heavy. (causes sway)
You need to be tongue low by about an inch to shift more weight forward.
A picture tells a thousand words. Post a picture of your rig hitched up so we can see the entire truck and trailer.
Also, not the best WDH the dealer sold you. I suggest an Equalizer 4 point. It will take you from white knuckles to 2 finger driving.
https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...ll-description
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:43 PM   #7
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Will try to find a picture
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:10 PM   #8
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Your set up looks good there alain h. You would need to go to the scales to see where you are at with weight transfer. You can try to bring the chains up a link but the scales would be the best.
I had a chain hitch with my old trailer and nearly rolled it from sway. I always had double fist'ed white knuckles. Horrible experience until I switched to the Equalizer 4 point. 2 finger ride until I sold it and went to a park model.
So, try the scales and post the results. You can search "cat scale" for proper procedure. If the results are ok, I would try the Equalizer. (4 point sway control)
You say this is not your first trailer? What prevented the situation you have now? Different truck? Hitch?
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:27 PM   #9
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Yes
I had a ram before and a smaller rv single axle
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:36 PM   #10
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Well, the Ford should have zero problems pulling 5K worth of trailer. I would go to the scales or buy a new, better WDH like the Equalizer 4 point.
Good luck!
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:55 PM   #11
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And I do not have a light tongue weight
With the "Spread Axles" you have on your unit the Only way to know TW is Scales! If you don't have 10-15% Tongue Weight you will induce Sway! Youroo!!
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:07 PM   #12
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So how do you weight it properly
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:15 PM   #13
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So how do you weight it properly
Truck Stop "CAT Scale or Feed Mill! Have Everything the Same as if you were going Camping,Food /Water and all! Youroo!!
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:29 PM   #14
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So how do you weight it properly
Here's more info for you:

How to Weigh a Travel Trailer | Learn To RV
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:31 PM   #15
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All great points above. I wanted to just ask if the OP is using the trucks built in sway control or has it turned off? On our F-250, I have to remember to turn the sway control off each time I start the truck when towing or the truck really acts " squirrelly". It seems to act against our Husky Centerline hitch. Just my observation and wondering if it could be a factor.

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Old 07-02-2018, 10:48 PM   #16
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Although less likely than other points already mentioned, might not hurt to give suspension, brakes, bearings, and lug nuts a look over.
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All great points above. I wanted to just ask if the OP is using the trucks built in sway control or has it turned off? On our F-250, I have to remember to turn the sway control off each time I start the truck when towing or the truck really acts " squirrelly". It seems to act against our Husky Centerline hitch. Just my observation and wondering if it could be a factor.

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This could be possible
I didnít turn it off
Will look in to that
It may act against the sway system
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Your setup looks identical to mine just branded differently. I would also agree it is your weight distribution, I do not have sway problems with my 2016 F150 XLT and I do not turn the sway control off.
If you do turn it off, be careful, if the truck was dampening sway it could be a lot worse with the system off.
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I would try to tighten up chains on the arms and do a trial run. I remember with my first RV I had to tighten it up to put more weight on the front wheels. It went from wiggle/wiggle to two finger driving.
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