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Old 07-05-2020, 04:44 PM   #21
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Hi all,
I purchased a new tow vehicle (2019 RAM 1500) for our Keystone Passport (195RBWE) and seem to have more sway issues than the old truck (2003 Ford F-150)
The new truck has a lot more power so hills are no longer an issue. Just getting sway issues when we get into some wind. We have a BlueOx WDH with the solid spring bars, which I originally thought were sway bars.
Would it resolve the sway issue if I added friction sway bars?
Thanks for any help you can provide. Lemme know if additional info is needed.
You probably have "P" rated tires and best is to put them at the max pressure that's on the sidewall. I have "P" rated on mine and if I put them at what the sticker on the door says, I get a little sway from them because the pressure makes them softer and at sidewall pressure its a whole lot better. Then I would also invest in a Equalizer 4pt hitch, its easy to set up and is a WDH and sway control all in one.
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Old 07-06-2020, 07:56 AM   #22
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Akegb3...
Are you using the same WD hitch you were previously using on the Ford?
If so, the hitch will need to be set-up for the new tow vehicle.
I just ran into this myself when my new Chevy had a 2"lower hitch height than my old Toyota.
It pulled really crazy, and no chain link adjustment would fix it.
Since I didn't have the big wrenches and torque wrench to handle the 300 ft pounds torque recommended, I took the rig to a pro. $60 well spent.
I completely agree....if the sway wasnt there before and the only thing that has changed is the TV, then logically the hitch needs to be readjusted due to a change in ride height when loaded. do that first and see how it goes. if you still get sway invest in the 4 point Equalizer. beyond that go LT tires which you should do eventually anyways. I have the same truck/tires and will be swapping to LTs at replacement time. I never did like Goodyear tires - they are soft compound and wear fast and really have no business on a pickup (especially P rated).
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Old 07-13-2020, 09:20 PM   #23
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Look at the wear on your tires. If the trailer was ever jacked up by the axle one sid emay be slightly bent and needing alignment.
I bought the trailer new and have never jacked it up.
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Old 07-13-2020, 09:22 PM   #24
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I completely agree....if the sway wasnt there before and the only thing that has changed is the TV, then logically the hitch needs to be readjusted due to a change in ride height when loaded. do that first and see how it goes. if you still get sway invest in the 4 point Equalizer. beyond that go LT tires which you should do eventually anyways. I have the same truck/tires and will be swapping to LTs at replacement time. I never did like Goodyear tires - they are soft compound and wear fast and really have no business on a pickup (especially P rated).
I readjusted the hitch per the instruction manual for the new TV. Yea, planning on increasing the tire pressure to 50 psi since it came at 41 psi in all four from the dealer. I’m hoping that along with one sway bar will help.
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Old 07-13-2020, 09:23 PM   #25
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Is the Ram 1500 the same as the newer Ram 2500 in that it has coil springs
Vs the F150 that has normal spring rear suspension?
Yes, coil springs all around.
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Old 07-14-2020, 04:11 AM   #26
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A lot of worthwhile info here.
To add my $0.02
Because the pantry cabinet and the double door storage are both behind the axles getting enough weight on the hitch is a problem.
I've found putting 15 or so gallons of fresh water in the tank adds hitch weight and really helps control sway.
The new truck and tire and hitch issues not withstanding.
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Old 07-18-2020, 10:52 AM   #27
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Likely this is pretty normal. Tires make a very big difference. You need to have a Load Range D or possibly E to stiffen the trailer sidewall. Pressure set at max. The tires on your truck also make a big, big difference. They need to be LT strong side wall tires also. Aired to max recommended. See a tire store and get their recommendation. I use Michelin LT2 load range E on mine. They are a bit rough riding, but you can bring the pressure down when not towing or loading (55 or 65). Likely you have P series tires, and these will not work well period.
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