Originally Posted by Mikeos
I am new to the whole TT thing so I will have lots of question .
My first question is about my hitch .
I have a 2013 Ram 1500 Hemi , standard cab and box( 6"4") with a 3.55 axel ratio and towing package, 20" tires and wheels.
I will be towing a 2013 Jayco White Hawk 24RBS. GVWR 5995# dry hitch 460#
The hitch that came with the TT is a Pro series weight distributing
I plan to tow this all over the country with a motorcycle in the truck's bed.
I would say that the hitch set up works "ok" but do get sway from passing trucks.
Can I do better with a different hitch ???
If so, which one and what can I except from the change?
You'll do better with a different truck, but that's obviously out of the question. You did not give the weight of the motorcycle, but the tongue weight of the trailer, should you fully load it will be around 775 lbs. That, the weight of the motorcycle, the hitch weight, cargo in the truck, passengers and fuel all go against the payload capacity of the truck. So, I'm betting you are going to be severely over on that. How much over you feel comfortable with is entirely up to you.
Start by properly adjusting the WD. Use the specification in your truck's manual to determine how much weight to return to the steering axle. Resist the temptation to tweak the links on the chains until the truck "feels right". That's not how you adjust WD. Resist trying to tighten down on the chain settings in an attempt to level the truck. That's not the purpose of WD, it's to return the weight to the front axle that is removed by fulcrum action of the weight of the trailer tongue, nothing else. Even with a properly adjusted hitch, because the Ram 1500 rear suspension is so soft, you are probably going to get a lot of squat in the rear. You can help that with helper springs or air bags, but that is a cosmetic fix and does not increase any of the capacities of the truck. As far as sway, that is going to be controlled by a properly loaded trailer, not the WD adjustment, so if you start tweaking the bars to try to eliminate sway, your WD is instantly messed up, so ignore the more/less syndrome on chain tension. There's only one correct tension and that's the one that returns he front end to it's original height/weight.
BTW, if you add air bags, you'll have to readjust he WD because when you change the height in the rear, that changes the tile angle on the hitch ball and thus changes the bar tension.