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CampinHappy

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Just bought a Keystone Premier 29RK. Currently drive a 2017 F-150 4wd with 5.0 engine and 3.73 rear end. The trailer weights are (as of today fully loaded, fresh water 40 gals, grey/black empty, zero propane (oops), dual batteries, generic wdh and sway bar, basic food and groceries, clothes for a few days, and the front storage with the usual assortment of power cables, stinky slinky, chocks, water hoses, and a midsize tool box.

I know a 250 would be better, but not yet, I need to wait a year.

Truck - 5900
Trailer - 7440 , rear axles - 6240, tongue 1200.

Obviously looking at Hensley and the other +$2500 hitches. Wondering if some other could meet my needs.

Today we drove home 250 miles with a steady 20 mph crosswind most of the way (Central Texas to West Texas) and had some sway but no serious white knuckle events.

Thoughts?

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Move some weight forward in the trailer and add a second sway bar to the hitch.


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Posted: 03/09/21 08:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

corvettekent wrote:

Move some weight forward in the trailer and add a second sway bar to the hitch.


OP is already at 16% tongue weight, a few more lbs isn't going to do much.

We towed with a Hensley Arrow for 20+ years, set and forget, never worry about the roads or the weather. If you stay with a traditional WD hitch like you have, the secret is to dial in the adjustment down to a gnat's behind. Measure front and rear of truck and trailer to be sure rig is level, be careful not to load too much behind the trailer axles. Rear kitchen models are tough because a lot of the weight winds up in the kitchen (pots/pans are heavier than t-shirts).

Find out where your fresh water tank is...if forward of the axles, you will do better traveling with full water, if behind the axles, tow with it empty.

If you towed all day in a 20-mph crosswind, the set up must be decent, now you just need to tweak it by trial/error to optimize. That, or fork over the cash for the Hensley or ProPride.

* This post was edited 03/09/21 08:50pm by BurbMan *


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When towing mine , that wasnt that heavy with my older 1500, i had a squishy feel in the back of the truck. It was sidewall roll and coreected with lt tires. What type of sway are you experiencing?


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Posted: 03/09/21 10:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can weld the trailer to the truck, but you will never make the wind go away. What you felt was not sway, it was simple gusts of wind. Tell us exactly how you adjusted the sway bar, few are ever done correctly.





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Posted: 03/10/21 05:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 20mph crosswind...with an occasional gust or trucks cutting off the wind as they pass...you'll feel a nudge now and then...so it sounds like it should be fine.


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How much weight did you restore to the front axle of the F-150? Ford recommends 50% or even 25%. I recommend 100% lost weight restored for TT's due to the large profile which is more impacted by wind than any other trailer of similar weight. That is the cheapest thing to try.

A ~$500 Equalizer, Reese Strait Line, or BlueOx SwayPro should do well when adjusted to restore 100% front axle weight.


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Posted: 03/10/21 05:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What hitch are you using now? (I may have missed that, still early and not enough coffee)


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Posted: 03/10/21 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, definitely NOT trailer sway. Trailer sway does not go away by itself. However, trailers will move around with undulations in the road and gusts of wind. If they snap right back in line behind the truck, then you did not experience sway and there is nothing to reduce.

On the other hand if you had to manually apply the trailer brakes to bring it back in line, that's a whole other ball of cats.


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Posted: 03/10/21 06:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mkirsch wrote:

...that's a whole other ball of cats.


Ball of cats?

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