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RE: travel trailer towing difficulty

Only reason I use WD is to satisfy the rating of the receiver. Even at that, the bars are barely loaded. I don’t like the stress a WDH puts on the trailer.
Hannibal 08/04/20 11:56am Travel Trailers
RE: truck/trailer sway

I’d recommend increasing tire pressure to the 51psi on the sidewalls for towing. Goodyear HT should be good for highway towing. Looking forward to your CAT scale results.
Hannibal 07/27/20 03:52am Towing
RE: truck/trailer sway

You need some friction to resist minor sway from gusty winds and passing trucks. An Equalizer 4 point or a Reese Straight Line will do the job but they’re a bit noisy. https://www.etrailer.com/question-116001.html
Hannibal 07/26/20 05:25am Towing
RE: Weight distribution hitch for lifted truck

Two family members tow 30’+ travel trailers with lifted 4x4 trucks. Worth the extra effort for them. Definitely not a deal breaker.
Hannibal 07/22/20 05:19am Towing
RE: Weight distribution hitch for lifted truck

Our Jayco 28RLS advertises 710 lbs tongue weight. Actual weight has ranged from 980-1,071 lbs. RVs get fat pretty quickly with one or two more things added each trip.
Hannibal 07/19/20 06:21am Towing
RE: Weight distribution hitch for lifted truck

As far as setup with our F250 and only 3/8” rise up front without the bars, I set ours up so that with the coupler on the ball and just enough lift with the tongue jack to take up the slack in the receiver, I can push the bars onto the brackets and put the clips on. Then raise the tongue jack and it tows like a champ. Initially, the ball is 1” higher than the coupler with the trailer level. Hitched up, the trailer is 1” down in the front. I like using as little WD as I can. I don’t like the stress it puts on the trailer. The bars bring the front of the truck back down about 1/2 of that 3/8”. Barely measurable. Just my opinions based on my experience. Others may disagree.
Hannibal 07/18/20 07:57pm Towing
RE: Weight distribution hitch for lifted truck

Here’s a link to Equalizer. https://www.equalizerhitch.com/how-equalizer-works I found mine on eBay barely used for $375. Picked it up locally. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a Reese Straight Line either. Maybe even better with the cam notches. If you don’t have an inverted coupler. https://www.reeseprod.com/products/weight-distribution/strait-line/xDqAUvNOHeKtsUlhKkqrPpp1KSMoYS1U
Hannibal 07/18/20 07:35pm Towing
RE: covid gettin close ! (Personal Experiences)

So sorry for the losses here. My sister and BIL caught it a week ago Friday. She had mild symptoms and he just got home from the hospital yesterday. He almost didn't make it according to his doctor. He didn't take the virus seriously and almost paid the ultimate price. It's very real.
Hannibal 07/18/20 04:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: She still has it!

Glad you're 6.0 PSD is doing so well. They definitely sound sweet when running right. As for the other two offerings, I see very, very few 2005~ Cummins Rams or 2005~ GM Dmax trucks around here in Tampa. My cousin has a 2005 with Dmax and while it's a nice truck, it chews on his wallet quite often. After five HD Rams, I'm happy to be back in a Superduty, even with the 5.4L.
Hannibal 07/18/20 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight distribution hitch for lifted truck

If it only gave you some sway with the strong winds, but towed fine otherwise, it's likely tongue weight and alignment are ok. The 35" tires with I assume aggressive tread probably contribute to the unstable condition in the wind. A 2003 F250 I think has a 500 lb dead weight, 1,000 lb WD rated receiver. A 7k lb trailer is going to likely have over 900 lbs of tongue weight. I would recommend a WDH to satisfy the weight rating of the receiver and sway control for the wind. My choice is the Equalizer 4-point. But they are noisy. I keep mine quiet with grease on the ball, at the sockets and a dab on the L brackets. With only a 4" lift and 35's, the standard shank "should" have enough drop. Just my humble experience.
Hannibal 07/18/20 04:22pm Towing
RE: TrailHawk Hemi towing 27 foot TT, Blue Ox users?

I would recommend a noisy Equalizer 4 point or Reese Straight line over the Blue Ox. https://www.etrailer.com/question-116001.html
Hannibal 07/17/20 01:37pm Towing
RE: Deep metal "groaning sound" from hitch. Is this normal?

NO TRUE AT ALL, if it's like the Equal-i-zer system where the friction on the WD bar to frame "L" brackets are secondary to the main sway control which is from the sockets on the hitch head assembly. Larry I agree. When I use the Equalizer for longer trips, I put a dab of grease on the L brackets as well as the head and ball. I can’t tell the difference other than it’s quiet.
Hannibal 07/17/20 01:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

Snip... A WDH is a crutch for not enough truck. Snip... A 100% incorrect statement! A WD hitch is for restoring the weight lost from the front axle when you drop a trailer tongue on the ball. This happens no matter what the tow vehicle is. If your tow vehicle is very large or the trailer very small, you might not notice the difference but it is still there. Barney I guess it depends on who you ask. Other than not having a battery for the break away switch and an incorrect statement about slightly nose down in my opinion, if I were a fan of Keystone RV, this would be a really nice rig. https://youtu.be/iQwahPcx8tk
Hannibal 07/12/20 11:35am Towing
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I don’t believe there is a better hitch available for sway control than the Equalizer 4 point. There is a better hitch, two in fact. Hensley Arrow and the ProPride Here’s another fact. Lol! Cost, weight and ease of hitching and unhitching also factor into the equation. The only reason I use WD at all is to satisfy the rating of the receiver. A WDH is a crutch for not enough truck. The last thing I want is a bigger, heavier, cost prohibitive, aggravating crutch. My goal is a simple ball mount on an adequate truck.
Hannibal 07/12/20 05:34am Towing
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I think you answered your question. I don’t believe there is a better hitch available for sway control than the Equalizer 4 point.
Hannibal 07/10/20 05:06am Towing
RE: Andersen WD hitch review

Can’t argue with success! :B
Hannibal 07/09/20 06:43pm Towing
RE: Andersen WD hitch review

With a 1-ton diesel crew cab long bed pickup, do you even need WD with an 8k lb trailer? Our F250 settles 2 1/4” in the rear and rises 3/8” up front with our 1,071 lb tongue weight on the ball with no WD. I use WD for no other reason than to satisfy the ratings of the hitch receiver. Just enough tension to put upward torque on the shank. Just curious.
Hannibal 07/09/20 06:21am Towing
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

^I bet.... You guys crack me up! Why have a diesel when you could have the torque multiplication of a screamin 5.4 Triton?? Lol I got news for anyone that believes this. I’ve had a couple F250s with 5.4s. One in AZ in a reg cab 2wheeler would at least get out of its own way( without a trailer ). One in a 4x ext cab in CO wouldn’t pull itself up a hill without screaming, with a trailer it was just as loud and twice as slow! I’ve owned six diesels. Nothing stopping me from owning another if what you said had an ounce of truth to it. :)
Hannibal 07/03/20 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: sway

Does this sway happen when no other traffic is around and no wind? Tread squirm and light suspension can cause your rig to waller around in your lane. If it only happens when other traffic is passing or mild crosswinds, but then straightens out, it’s likely normal reaction with a lightweight truck. I tow our 32.5’ TT with no sway control with our F250. Tows like a champ but we occasionally feel passing trucks. Box trucks are the worst as bow wave pushes while vacuum pulls the rear as they pass. Nothing scary but it’ll keep you awake. If you’re having sway as in oscillation above 45mph with no wind or traffic around, then I’d say tongue weight or too much hanging from the rear of the trailer. Some trailers tow better than others as well. Short wheelbase trailers are worse. Too much WD Trying to compensate for not enough truck can induce some steering disturbances as well. Been there too many years ago.
Hannibal 07/03/20 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

We’ve camped without shade mid summer a couple of times over the years. We were sweating inside the TT and 5th wheel until the sun went out of sight. I don’t know if two a/c’s would have made enough of a difference. We won’t do that again.
Hannibal 06/30/20 03:39pm Travel Trailers
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