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Old 05-31-2012, 07:45 PM
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RRF150 View Post
How do you know your TT weighs 8000lbs if you haven't weighed the tongue? Are you assuming it's 8000lbs loaded or is it 8000lbs dry? If it's dry then you probably 9000lbs loaded, which is way too much for any F150. Lets asume its 8000lbs loaded. Optimum TW should be 13% or somwhere between 10-15% At 8000lbs a TT should have a TW of 1040lbs. Thats alot, for an F150. How is your truck configured, maxtow, reg tow and whats your cargo capacity? Also those friction bars are really not the best for controlling sway. I had an EQ with my F150 towing a 31', 7200lb loaded TT with a 900lb TW. I used 1200lb bars and didn't have any trouble. I now have a Hensley and they do what they say they will do. I can run down the freeway at 65 between two semis and not feel anything. The only problem with the Hensley or even the ProPride is the weight it adds to your tongue. About 150lbs more. I am using 1400lb spring bars and it works pretty good. If I was in your shoes, I would ditch the hitch set up you have now and look for a hitch that offers built in sway controll. But before that you really need to weigh your TT's tongue to see if your balanced right and to figure out what size spring bars you need. Heres a link to a slick idea to get your TT's tongue weight using a bathroom scale. I've done it and it real close to the trucker scales I've used.
http://http://www.etrailer.com/faq-trailertowtips.aspx
His Max tow EB with 3.73's will handle 11,500lbs. Hes fine....
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:52 PM
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Not much to do with the trailer but those new toyo's you have can make the truck feel like its swaying until you get some miles on them. Just a thought.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:19 AM
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Here's another thought. Sometimes its just too windy to tow safely. That is a huge sail you are towing. Crosswinds that may not affect truckers too much can render our trucks hazardous to drive in the same conditions. Another thing that will help is to slow down.
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Yup-- slow it down. Ken is good, Ken is wise.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenferg1
Here's another thought. Sometimes its just too windy to tow safely. That is a huge sail you are towing. Crosswinds that may not affect truckers too much can render our trucks hazardous to drive in the same conditions. Another thing that will help is to slow down.
It may have just been that windy, but I've towed this trailer alot with my last 3/4 ton and it was nothing like this wind wise.

Thanks for the replies. I may try a dual cam set up and see if it helps. I would love a propride or hensley but could not stomach putting down that kind of money right now.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:58 PM
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What tires do you have? I know that a lot of my trailer sway is due to my Goodyear Wranglers sidewalls.....they are getting down there in tread depth nearing 30K miles, and I am going to replace them with Michelin LT with 10 ply sidewalls......I am told that will make a huge difference.
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Originally Posted by sterlingone
What tires do you have? I know that a lot of my trailer sway is due to my Goodyear Wranglers sidewalls.....they are getting down there in tread depth nearing 30K miles, and I am going to replace them with Michelin LT with 10 ply sidewalls......I am told that will make a huge difference.
I've got 10 ply Toyo mts (new). But it towed about the same on the stockers a few weeks before
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Keep checking Craigslist - my used Hensley was cheaper than the new dual cam. No way could I afford a new one right now.
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Originally Posted by RideRed
Just towed my ~8k lb 27ft TT Friday up into ID, with my EB. Found power to be plenty and was very impressed. However I was towing in strong winds and was white knuckle for probably 150 of the 300 miles. I'm sure alot of it is the eps, doing its own thing to correct when I was a anticipating correcting myself.
I've got my hitch set up per manufacturer recommendations, but haven't weighed the trailer to make sure I've got proper tongue weight, just going off the trailer sticker. I did install 2 friction trailer sway units and adjusted them a few times throughout the trip. I corrected alot of the blown off the road from a passing semi feeling, but couldn't shake the wind blowing me everywhere.

Anyone else experienced some of this? Too light of truck for the load? Too short of wheelbase? I'm coming from a 9" lifted duramax and that thing handled like a dream (minus the bump steer) compared to this. Any ideas before I consider stepping back into a diesel? I bought the 150 to use daily and have the ability to tow, but by no means want to sacrifice safety for it.
I have the identical sized trailer as you and my truck has the 6.5 box as only difference. I love the towing this truck gives me and was very stable in freaky strong winds last year. The electronic steering kept it straight and true with minimal driver input.
I have a simple equalizer hitch for weight distribution and 10 ply tires on the trailer. Stock Goodyear AT/S on truck.The secret was to get a proper amount of hitch weight and then take up half the sag with the bars measured at the wheel wells.
If you measure your empty height of rear wheel well before putting trailer on the hitch, then measure after trailer on, try to have trailer hitch weight sag your original empty measurement by about 4" max for your trailer. Then crank up your equalizer bars to take out half that sag.
Drive and enjoy. Experiment with a little more or less equalizer tension for fine tuning.
I've now tested mine with the RAS suspension device and that helps all around performance too.
My trailer nose is a very flat and non-aerodynamic style. If yours has a V or shark nose shape sometimes that can try to knife around in a cross wind more than a plain style.

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