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Old 08-27-2013, 01:00 PM   #11
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Little easier to swallow than $3000.00 for the Hensley or Pro-pride. Don't get me wrong...the Hensley or Pro-pride are incredible hitches, just WAY out of my price range.
I looked at it this way...My Tundra with options was about $40k, Camper with all our gear is $20k+. So I already have over $60k invested. Buying the best hitch to keep it aligned and on the road and keeping nerves calm is priceless! And that isn't even thinking about our safety and the medical bills "IF" there is a reason the cheaper hitches can't control the sway. I would rather not wait for the "IF"! So in reality they are not way over priced.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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I looked at it this way...My Tundra with options was about $40k, Camper with all our gear is $20k+. So I already have over $60k invested. Buying the best hitch to keep it aligned and on the road and keeping nerves calm is priceless! And that isn't even thinking about our safety and the medical bills "IF" there is a reason the cheaper hitches can't control the sway. I would rather not wait for the "IF"! So in reality they are not way over priced.
I never said they were over priced...I said they were out of my price range. I understand all of what you said. Believe me, I am all about safety when towing. I would love to have a Pro-pride or a Hensley, I've done a bunch of research on them and the technology that went into them is nothing short of amazing. I just can't see spending $3k on a hitch when a hitch that I spent $500.00 on does a wonderful job in keeping the trailer inline.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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Ok I am know looking for a hitch with sway control, looking at a Husky centerline, Equalizer, Reese straight line or Reese with bas like the equalizer Reese cams. Looks for pros and cons for these systems.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:12 AM   #14
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I like Equal-I-Zer and have owned most others that cost less than equalizer and would never go back to any of them (personal opinion). I have never owned 3P or Hensley but I hear good things about them also.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #15
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:28 AM   #16
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We have a 25Z and sway has never been an issue even when I forgot to attach the friction bar. We have an EZ lift with round bars rated @ 1000# tongue weight which I believe is the max Jayco says to use.

For set up, make sure that the TT and TV are level or that the TT is slightly tongue down. Rear of the TT down is not good. Read the weight info as the unloaded weight considers all tanks empty and may not include optional items. All said and done it is very easy to overload. You probably won't run all tanks full. But FW would be 290# behind the axle and the galley carries a lot of heavy stuff in the back end.

Get out a scale and weigh everything as you load the TT. You may be quite surprised at how much weight you are putting aboard. I think that if you set up the hitch correctly and watch your weight and distribution, your sway problem will be resolved.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:57 AM   #17
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If you have "ABNORMAL" sway... your FIRST step to correction is to determine WHY.

BEFORE you install sway control, determine if you are "nose heavy" or "tail heavy" on the trailer.

What you describe is most likely TAIL HEAVY, or too much weight on the back end of the trailer and trailer axles.
BUT... not for sure.
I do know that my 18 wheeler "swings" and "dances" more when I have most of the weight on the trailer and very little on drives.
(say 20,000 on drives & 30,000 on trailer tandems)
Especially in crosswinds.

When you go to CAT scale, weigh WITHOUT any type load distribution on it.

Then get just the trailer (without tow vehicle).
....... you might have to wait til noone else needs the scale for a few minutes.......
Hopefully there will be a chance for you to place the tongue jack on the "steer platform" and trailer axles on the "drive platform" so you can weigh at the two points.

This will let you know if your tongue weight is too high, or not high enough.

Another "possibility" could be the tow vehicle as well.
A lot of folks don't like it, but small trucks like the 150/1500 are sometimes too light.
I can't really say, but I do know my 3500 dually has no abnormal sway or problems with ANY trailer I have towed, and all I do is plunk it on the ball and hook up the chains.
Our 74 SWB chevy does have problems with heavy trailers though.

Could also be simple as the "sway" is NORMAL and you haven't gotten used to it, crosswinds, wind from trucks, shock absorbers, alignment, speed, or a number of other things.
I'm sure it can be solved though, so don't let my words make you nervous... LOL

Hope this gives info or food for thought that helps.
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snip......Then get just the trailer (without tow vehicle)........ you might have to wait til noone else needs the scale for a few minutes....... Hopefully there will be a chance for you to place the tongue jack on the "steer platform" and trailer axles on the "drive platform" so you can weigh at the two points. This will let you know if your tongue weight is too high, or not high enough......snip
To make it a little easier, the following JOF link will explain how to weigh a TV/TT combination at a CAT scale without having to unhitch the TT on the CAT scale platforms......, and will provide all required weight data (tongue weight, proper weight distribution, etc.).

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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To make it a little easier, the following JOF link will explain how to weigh a TV/TT combination at a CAT scale without having to unhitch the TT on the CAT scale platforms......, and will provide all required weight data (tongue weight, proper weight distribution, etc.).

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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It's kinda confusing the way it's written and I was just offering a different way.

BTW - those buttons on the CAT scale don't do a thing.
The operator gets a alarm when you pull on the scale.
I know this because I use CAT scales several times every week.
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snip....... BTW - those buttons on the CAT scale don't do a thing. The operator gets a alarm when you pull on the scale......snip
Lol......, that reminded about those pedestrian street crossing buttons and the door open/close buttons on elevators

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