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Old 08-17-2014, 11:12 AM   #2901
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Just returned from our summer vacation in Myrtle Beach SC. Stayed at the massive Ocean Lakes beachfront campground. The place is really neat with lots of amenities such as golf-cart rentals & nightly parade, multiple pools, fishing lakes, dining onsite, arcade, and of course the beach! We also ventured into town and did a number of activities including a dinner theater, aquarium, boardwalk, misc shopping, fireworks, and dining. Towing down and back was a piece of cake and honestly couldn’t have gone any better for a lengthy trip. I did hit the cat scales on the way back and measured in at 90lbs over GVWR and 270lbs over RGAWR! I did have a 150lb generator in the bed of my truck and probably 20gal of fresh water which is above and beyond my normal load of crap. The ProPride hitch is really starting to grow on me and truly does eliminate traditional trailer sway…



The Route:
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Left late in the afternoon, this was the mid-point sleep over:
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Arrived and setup!
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Myrtle Beach from atop the 187ft SkyWheel:
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Panorama of the beach (Ocean Lakes Campground):
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Round Trip towing numbers:
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Nice trip pics! Did you happen to turn your truck sway control off? I found that helped my mpg's.
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Turning off the sway control is a terrible idea. If it is activating, then you are experiencing sway whether you feel it or not.
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Not if you already have a weight distribution system with sway control
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If you turn it off and get better mpg, you need to get your sway under control. It is keeping you from getting in a situation you might not be able to drive out of. I'll leave it at that and not clutter up the thread any more.
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Nice trip pics! Did you happen to turn your truck sway control off? I found that helped my mpg's.
I would never think to turn off the sway control for the reasons 93Cobra mentions. BUT, my travel buddy recently traded up from a 2500 SRW to 3500 DRW Silverado. Same Duramax motor, transmission, and axle ratio and pulls the same 5'er toy hauler. The 3500 has way more payload since it's a dually, but also has zero sway control (guess they don't put it on the full ton pickup). To his surprise, his MPG while towing is with the 3500 is improved and he believes because there's no sway control system involved.
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I would never think to turn off the sway control for the reasons 93Cobra mentions. BUT, my travel buddy recently traded up from a 2500 SRW to 3500 DRW Silverado. Same Duramax motor, transmission, and axle ratio and pulls the same 5'er toy hauler. The 3500 has way more payload since it's a dually, but also has zero sway control (guess they don't put it on the full ton pickup). To his surprise, his MPG while towing is with the 3500 is improved and he believes because there's no sway control system involved.
Definitely possible, or it could be a mixture of reasons. Either way, most 150/1500s need as much help as they can get to control any sizeable trailer- so for reasons mentioned, I would definitely rather eat a little fuel efficiency rather than the ditch or worse
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First of all....if you have never pulled a trailer, leave all systems in tack. The more safer it is the better. But if you have experience with towing you can at least see if their is a benefit during your pull. O and some common sense is needed as well.
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This is the only pic of my rig I have in my photobucket. 2004 Supercab, 5.4L, 3.73 limited slip rear, AT(on 2nd one), leveled on 33's and Ion 17x8's. Pulling a Jumping Jack tent trailer with my 2013 Polaris Ranger 800 midsize on top.

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last week of my 5 weeks off this year-spent 33 of 37 nights in the trailer
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