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Old 01-03-2015, 11:20 AM   #1
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We are towing a jayco 26bhs with a 2013 Expedition.
I am new to towing. On the freeway this thing is scary! I am using a Husky wdh. On Monday I will be putting on Michelin at/2 e rated and have bought a d/s second sway control brake as husky recommends a second sway brake on anything over 24'. I hope this helps as I don't like driving this on the freeway.

Anyone else towing a 26bhs and if so how does it tow?
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:25 PM   #2
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We have a 28bhs with a 1999 Expedition Reese dual cam P size tires on tv with no issues.
Will probably updating to Lt tires in spring
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:24 PM   #3
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I am not sure on the WDH that you have but I can tell you I firmly believe in the Equalizer system. I would talk to your dealer and see what they say but this should take care of the sway that you are experiencing.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:42 PM   #4
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We have a 264BHS towed with a 2500 Sierra Crew Cab diesel and I have not experienced any issues with sway (or any towing issue at that). We have a Blue Ox WDH. I have towed quite a few miles this past season on major roads. I have been passed and have also passed semis and other large trucks with no issue. The 264BHS in my experience tows very well. I don't think the camper is your problem. Maybe loading and/or hitch setup? I'm not an expert. Let us know if the tires and second sway brake help.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:48 PM   #5
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Okay Bret if you are having sway problems you need to know that once it starts it's hard to stop. The key is to prevent it from starting. The second sway control will help but set-up on your hitch is very important too. Make sure your not nose up on your trailer. You have to have some tongue weight to keep control of the trailer with the tow vehicle. But not so much that the TV squats. 12 to 15% of trailer weight should be on the hitch ball. Watch how you load the trailer ie. keep most weight over the axles. 12,000 or 10,000 pound Equal-I-zer is the best way to go. I have been towing with this hitch for a long time and never had a sway problem. Tractor Trailers don't bother it at all. I know there are other threads here that may help with the wdh setup. Just make sure you get it right, sway is dangerous.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:55 PM   #6
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We are towing a jayco 26bhs with a 2013 Expedition.
I am new to towing. On the freeway this thing is scary! I am using a Husky wdh. On Monday I will be putting on Michelin at/2 e rated and have bought a d/s second sway control brake as husky recommends a second sway brake on anything over 24'. I hope this helps as I don't like driving this on the freeway.

Anyone else towing a 26bhs and if so how does it tow?
Do you KNOW that your 2013 Expedition is within its limits for your trailer tongue weight and total weight? Not what someone said or a salesman told you.

Going with stiffer sidewall tires (load range E) and additional sway control are both good steps. Be sure ALL tires tow vehicle and trailer are inflated to their maximum to reduce sidewall flexing.

You also need to KNOW what percentage of weight is on your trailer tongue (should be 10-15percent of the trailer weight) and that your tow vehicle and trailer are nearly level when hitched and both are loaded with your normal people and gear. If not level, the trailer nose can be slightly down. Having it higher than level virtually ALWAYS leads to poor handling.

That's a start. Soon you'll have lots of input from others.
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We are towing a jayco 26bhs with a 2013 Expedition.
I am new to towing. On the freeway this thing is scary! I am using a Husky wdh. On Monday I will be putting on Michelin at/2 e rated and have bought a d/s second sway control brake as husky recommends a second sway brake on anything over 24'. I hope this helps as I don't like driving this on the freeway.

Anyone else towing a 26bhs and if so how does it tow?
What year is your 26BHS? mine is a 2008 and has towed just fine with my Reese dual cam behind both a 3/4ton suburban and a 3/4ton cummins powered dodge ram.

Check your WDH set up - with your expedition and trailer loaded for travel - against the Husky installation instructions. Ball height correct. Bar spring tension correct vs. truck squat pre-hook up levels. Ball tilt to ensure spring bars are parallel to tongue. Sufficient chain links to prevent binding during turns.

All these values will change from when your dealer initially set up your hitch on a unloaded truck/trailer - especially with a 1/2ton tow vehicle.

Also, try shifting 100# or so from the back of the trailer to the front (sleeping bags, cooler, camping gear, etc). I noticed a big difference on my old trailer. We headed out with a full water tank at the front of the trailer and empty waste tanks at the back of the trailer. If I didn't drain the waste tanks at the end of the trip, the TT was quite squirrelly. Draining the waste tanks and a 100# shift usually fixed the problem.

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Old 01-03-2015, 02:45 PM   #8
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snip.......On the freeway this thing is scary! I am using a Husky wdh.......snip
There are numerous possibilities that can influence poor TV handling of a TT.

IMO a visit to a CAT scale will confirm all your weights, confirm if your WDH is sized/adjusted correctly, that your tongue weight is 13% to 15% of TT weight, TV front suspension weight is correct (relates to proper WDH adjustment), is TT towing level, etc..

The CAT scale visit will narrow down the "possibility list" real fast. IMO every TV/TT under "loaded" conditions should make at least one visit to a CAT scale.

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

Reviewing the CAT scale "how to" may provide some insight on what needs to be considered with a TV/TT combination.

I agree with adding the 2nd sway control arm on the 26BHS when using a standard WDH.

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Rustic Eagle is our weight distribution/CAT Scale guru, so you'd be smart doing what he suggests. I, also, have the Husky hitch/WD bars, and my trailer would get a little squirrelly when a semi would pass me in strong winds. He suggested I add a second sway-control break to my set up. I did, and haven't had a bit of sway since. I found that no one carries the left side break in stock. My dealer spec. ordered it for me, and it arrived in 4 days. Hope you have success in solving your sway problems.
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I agree with everything Rustic Eagle has posted, and after following- he definitely provides very sage advice.
One item I would add though- if a second sway control device is needed- then to me you need to address the issue as to why the sway is starting to begin with. I learned this the hard way- ended up being my tires which could be totally different for yours.
The 26BHS comes in at 29' and change, correct? And, correct me if I am wrong- the 2013 Expeditions have a 119" wheel base. So, as mentioned- the first place I would start is a trip to the scales and check your percentage of tongue weight that you are placing on the TV, then check your tires- inflation, condition. The weights will automatically check your WDH setup as a product. You can verify the proper setup once you have those weights.
Do you have a coil sprung rear? A LOT of the members on various Ram forums state that after they supplement that rear coil setup, the sway almost disappears completely. I opted to put in HD coils since I am distrustful of air bags- but may be another area to look.
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