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Old 06-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Towing an Eagle 328 RLTS/Another hitch question

Towing with an 02 F-250 crew cab 4x4 short bed. Reese equalizer hitch with #1200 bars. Have 5 lengths of chain and trucks sits 1/2" higher in front and 1" lower in rear. Trunion bars slant very slightly down and the hitch head is slanted back maybe two notches. I am pretty happy with the set up as far as what I have read (Crabman). However, there is no real sway, but a lot of reaction when pushed from behind by approaching trucks and cars and of course cross winds. I do not have a tongue weight yet, but based on this info, does anybody else tow with this combo? I am thinking I need the #1500 bars even though the weight seems to be distributed OK. I am not sure if heavier bars will help control things better, or if the #1200 bars are OK. I think the hitch is close to #1200 but I do get the truck pretty level with them. I am thinking I can get 6 chain lengths and the same lift with the #1500 bars and also gain more pressure on my sway cams.

I am not sure if it tows great and I am not used to it yet, or if it tows terrible and I am just learning to deal with it and compensate. I have only pulled it maybe 400 miles and I really seem to have to "drive" it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:23 AM   #2
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You can add a sway control bar that is adjustable. This is a separate part that is mounted on the hitch and trailer frame.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #3
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That's a looooooong trailer, and it's going to catch a lot of wind - especially from passing trucks. You may even want to use 2 sway bars!
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No matter what you do, you're always going to catch that wind and will feel it somehow or another. It doesn't matter what kind of hitch you have (or if you have a 5th wheel), when that wind hits you, you'll feel it, and you'll still get sucked into the vortex of a passing truck. The important thing is to keep your truck and trailer in a straight line (no sway) If you're not swaying now, I wouldn't worry about it.

That said, it should be easy to move up to 1,500lb bars. With a trailer that size, 1,500 won't be too big and will give you a little more adjustability than just maxing out your 1,200lb bars.
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Or you could get a Hensley Arrow. I had a standard setup and then got an Arrow. Night and day difference! The Hensley simply cannot sway it is mechanically impossible.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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snip..... I am thinking I need the #1500 bars....snip
Possibly, but I would hold off on spending any more "hitch" money until you visit a CAT scale...., this visit will tell you everything you need to know about dialing in your TV/TT combination based on your personal loading habits.

CAT scale TV/TT how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

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No matter what you do, you're always going to catch that wind and will feel it somehow or another. It doesn't matter what kind of hitch you have (or if you have a 5th wheel), when that wind hits you, you'll feel it, and you'll still get sucked into the vortex of a passing truck. The important thing is to keep your truck and trailer in a straight line (no sway) If you're not swaying now, I wouldn't worry about it.

That said, it should be easy to move up to 1,500lb bars. With a trailer that size, 1,500 won't be too big and will give you a little more adjustability than just maxing out your 1,200lb bars.
Thank you for the insight. Yes I do get sucked in, but no real noticeable sway and the truck does stay in line for the most part. Other than the wind effects, that is all I seem to be experiencing now. This is the first travel trailer I have pulled so it is all new to me. I have pulled flat beds and put myself thought college driving a tractor trailer, but those are different animals. I will get a hitch weight and then see where I am then maybe up the size of tha bars.
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Possibly, but I would hold off on spending any more "hitch" money until you visit a CAT scale...., this visit will tell you everything you need to know about dialing in your TV/TT combination based on your personal loading habits.

CAT scale TV/TT how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3871

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Great advice. From others I have talked to I am also being told to get weights first before spending money for no reason. I really think I need to make a few hitch adjustments as well. I will get some weights this weekend.
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Or you could get a Hensley Arrow. I had a standard setup and then got an Arrow. Night and day difference! The Hensley simply cannot sway it is mechanically impossible.
I agree. I have studied them closely. However, due to the PRICE, I want to make absolutely sure what I have now absolutely will not make me happy before I make that jump. I really plan to move into a fifth wheel, but wanted to start with a trailer because it is less expensive, and it will give exoperience into what we really want and need before jumping up to a fifth wheel.
However, if i planned to trailer indefinitely, the Hensley would be the way to go.
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I tow with F250 4x4 and Equalizer hitch with 12K bars and it's the best pulling setup I have ever pulled. I added timbren springs to the truck. Passing trucks do not move me at all.
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