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Old 09-19-2021, 04:46 PM   #1
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sway issues with 2020 Salem 28FKV

we recently purchased a 2020 Salem 28FKV (front kitchen vnose) and was wondering if anyone who has one experienced alot of sway issues when towing? we do have a standard stabilizer hitch setup but still seems to sway quite a bit when traveling over 50 mphs. currently towing with a 2000 dodge ram 2500 V10.

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Old 09-19-2021, 05:10 PM   #2
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we recently purchased a 2020 Salem 28FKV (front kitchen vnose) and was wondering if anyone who has one experienced alot of sway issues when towing? we do have a standard stabilizer hitch setup but still seems to sway quite a bit when traveling over 50 mphs. currently towing with a 2000 dodge ram 2500 V10.



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It would help if you posted make and model of WDH, since there differences between brands and models.
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If you are using the standard friction type of sway control make sure you tighten it down really tight. I do mine until I barely turn it anymore (I also remove mine prior to maneuvering at a campsite)
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Start with properly weighing the setup and start comparing our against your truck’s ratings.

You specifically want to look at:
  • the tongue weight percentage being between 11-14%
  • the rear tires of the truck not being overloaded
  • the front axle of the truck not being significantly unloaded with the WDH engaged

And take your WDH owner’s manual with you. Adjust it at the scale, most dealers get it wrong.

But it all starts with weights:

How to Weigh Your RV at a Truck Stop

Once you have the 3 travel trailer weights, run them through the TowingPlanner’s Actual Weights calculator.
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Old 09-20-2021, 10:04 PM   #5
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Smile V-nose sway

When we bought our first V-nose, 35' Windjammer, I couldn't believe how much more sway at speed there was compared to our 28' Laredo. Same truck same truck tires just loose at speed. After reading a bit I learned that conventional trailers break the wind over the top and create down force on the tail... A v-nose deflects the wind to the sides which constantly buffets the sides at speed. I have finally, this year, found a combination without going to a Hensley or Pro-pride hitch. With the bars adjusted, I put on two fiction stabilizers, one on each side of my WD hitch and always travel with the Water tank (which is in the front) at least 3/4 full. Ours has a front bath and bedroom so the tanks are the only place I can add tongue weight.
I love our floor plan even more now that I can control it
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