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Sway Control and Weight Distribution Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dragonfly66, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. dragonfly66

    dragonfly66 Friend of Leo's

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    2013 Ram 1500 with towing package, factory braking system, pulling travel trailer. We noticed that compared to the old truck (2005 Toyota Tundra) the trailer sways ALOT more, especially when windy. Any recommendations on good sway control and weight distribution systems?

    TRAILER SPECS
    Length 24'6"
    Width 7'7"
    Height 10'2"
    Hitch Weight 386 lbs
    Dry Weight 4,075 lbs
    Gross Weight 5,200 lbs
    Axle Weight 5,000 lbs (double axle)
     
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    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I used an equalizer hitch for mine for years- they work great and distribute the weight as well as keep the sway to a minimum.
     
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    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire

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    Same setup I use with a Ram 1500 pulling a 5500 pound equipment trailer.
    I found the hitch, bars, and a frame clamps at some outdoor swap-meet for $90. And after using it for the past couple of years I would pay many times that for how well they work.
     
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    I pull a 28 foot camper and just bit the bullet and bought a new equalizer...the new designs are very good. there is a sway control bar extra for 60 buks...havent bought it yet but will be doing so soon. craigs list would be your friend on finding a used one. around here people are very proud of their hitches and it wasn't much more for me to buy a new one.
     
  5. dragonfly66

    dragonfly66 Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, couple more questions.

    Local RV Dealer wants 500+ to install a equalizer and sway bar. It is an EZLift model. Aren't these things screwed to the trailer tongue, you have drill holes in the tongue to install? I am guessing, I have never installed one before. Is it better to have the RV dealer install it?
     
  6. dragonfly66

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    So the equalizer does the job well enough that you don't need a sway bar?
     
  7. cowboytwang

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    Most weight distro systems just clamp on with a set screw, no drilling. If you do the anti-sway it usually takes a couple of holes drilled out. I personally don't care for the anti-sway bar, it makes it to hard to back up and the weight distribution makes such a big difference in how a trailer pulls compared to the sway bar.
     
  8. dragonfly66

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    Thanks, I think we'll start with the weight distribution system first.
     
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    I think that's all you need to do. I didn't have one at all and it worked very well.
     
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    Now they have weight distributing hitches with anti-sway built in. All you need are the two bars. I've not used one, as they aren't real cheap (about $500-600), but they claim to work really well.

    With the added sway bar, it should be disconnected before backing up.

    I too would try just the WD hitch first, you can add a sway later if desired.

    And definitely check CL for a used bargain, sometimes you can find them.
     
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