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Old 04-09-2016, 09:44 AM   #91
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You will find many on here who are critical of the friction type sway controls. I've used them for years and have no problem with them. Almost all hitches with sway built in provide sway control via some kind of friction connection built in to the hitch. I do use two of the friction sway controls. More is always better than less.

From the picture (and it's really hard to tell from a pic) it looks like you might need to tighten your sway device a bit. I see no wear or marking on the slide bar. That may be because it's new or it may be because you don't have it set tight enough. There are several ways to adjust and you might want to read up on setting the sway control properly. Me, I just tighten it down a lot and try it. If that 's not enough I tighten it more. Others may have a more scientific method.

I think you are at a point where you really need to hook up and drag the rig to a CAT scale for some real weights. If you are transferring most of the front axle weight back to the front axle that's about all you can expect out of a WDH. CAT scale and gas to get there is a lot cheaper than a new hitch.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:51 AM   #92
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Now I have a whole new problem, don't know what class hitch receiver was installed on my Tundra way back when. It is definitely NOT factory installed according to the vin number. If it's a class 3 isn't my TT too heavy for that hitch? Also when I got underneath there to see if I can find any info on the hitch I saw all the rust. Oh boy....a whole new can of worms now. I will attach some pics

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Old 04-09-2016, 09:54 AM   #93
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Lukenick1; Just relax and talk to your dealer if they can improve your setup. With all the many experts here it can be confusing. The Jay Feather you have is a light TT and your TV is heavy enough to handle it. Don't spend money on you really don't need. Your setup might need some adjusting to tune it up a bit. TV-TT combo's handle different than a truck by itself. Your dealer can take it for a spin to check how it handles. If your dealer did set it up with TT nose high then he should correct the problem.
On this forum we never see the real picture of the problem even if it is well explained.
A good visual by an expert in RV's or RVing is the best.
So lady don't panic it doesn't solve the problem.
He did not set it up nose up its what naturally happened by going down one more link in the chains. If I go back to the 2nd link I should be level again but spring bars will be low to the ground again.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:28 AM   #94
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On our recent trip from Nashville to San Antonio I stopped at a CG with a good level concrete pad. I'd never notice that my trailer appeared a little nose high so I measured from the frame to the ground. The front of the trailer was about 1.5" higher than the rear. I've towed like this for many miles (10K or more) and have had no problems.

However, because I've been involved in a discussion regarding nose high/low on another forum I decided to drop the hitch head by one hole (1.25") on the draw bar just to see what happened. I did no other adjustments. Only took about 30 minutes.

I towed all the way back from San Antonio to Nashville and could tell absolutely no difference with the new nose low attitude.

Now if you are many inches nose high or low it might make a difference. In my case it made no difference at all.
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On our recent trip from Nashville to San Antonio I stopped at a CG with a good level concrete pad. I'd never notice that my trailer appeared a little nose high so I measured from the frame to the ground. The front of the trailer was about 1.5" higher than the rear. I've towed like this for many miles (10K or more) and have had no problems.

However, because I've been involved in a discussion regarding nose high/low on another forum I decided to drop the hitch head by one hole (1.25") on the draw bar just to see what happened. I did no other adjustments. Only took about 30 minutes.

I towed all the way back from San Antonio to Nashville and could tell absolutely no difference with the new nose low attitude.

Now if you are many inches nose high or low it might make a difference. In my case it made no difference at all.
Good to know......I will see what its like after I load it. Thanks
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I think if you put a top coupler on that Jay Feather it would solve a lot of problems in a hurry. My self I wouldn't hesitate to replace it. Couplers are only around 60 dollar. It would be my retired pleasure to put it on for you. You can use your standard 6" drop. Seeing that much rust on your TV chassis you must live in a coastal area.
My Jay Feather runs nice and level and has the overhead coupler on the first generation light weight frame with lots of clearance under the A-Frame. Even the spare tire hangs there.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:47 PM   #97
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lucknic1, I'm not sure about that receiver hitch on your TV. I would think it's a class 3, possibly a class 4.


Do you know the manufacturer?




I would check with Toyota and see if a class 4 was available from the factory that year. If so, you could replace it for piece of mind.


Just don't like all that rust under there. Maybe replace the hardware if you don't want to change it out.


JMO, but I would go with a trunnion style with built in sway control, but it's your call.
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lucknic1, I'm not sure about that receiver hitch on your TV. I would think it's a class 3, possibly a class 4.


Do you know the manufacturer?




I would check with Toyota and see if a class 4 was available from the factory that year. If so, you could replace it for piece of mind.


Just don't like all that rust under there. Maybe replace the hardware if you don't want to change it out.


JMO, but I would go with a trunnion style with built in sway control, but it's your call.
If I knew the manufacturer I could identify which class it is. Wish I did. I did find a OEM hitch for my year on Ebay and it looks exact to the one I have so I am 95% sure its a Toyota hitch now. It would be class IV. Luckily the rust is surface rust so hubby is going to get under there with a wire brush and see what he can get off. The previous owner lived near the coast. Had it since day one so many years of salt damage under there.
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I wish you could come change the coupler for me!
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I wouldn't worry as much about nose high as not enough weight on front wheels ... you could go one more link shorter and see what that does for the drivability of your truck and I would tighten the swaybar up more... I have used swaybars like that since I began and I haven't had any problems with them controlling sway
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