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Old 11-04-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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New TT owner with hitch question

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?
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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I have a similar type of hitch. The effectiveness of the hitch varies (for me) depending on the pin weight and which link on the chain I hook the sway bars on.

If I use one link "more" in length I get a lot of sway.

If I reduce the number of links get less sway.

In the hitch manual there are some detailed instructions on how to adjust and verfiy your settings for your trailer and your vehicle.

I would start by carefully reading the manual and adjusting the hitch.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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Are you referring to the TT manual or hitch manual?? I don't have any info on the hitch
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Do you have the sway control with your hitch, or just the hitch?
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I have a White Hawk 30dsre and use a WDH but also use 2 friction sway control bars. I followed the advice of many posters on this forum and went with 2 since the trailer is over 28 feet in length. If yours is not over 28 then one friction sway control bar should suffice. I'm very happy with my set-up and the only thing I don't care for is the griding sound the sway control creates when taking tight turns. I will eventually upgrade to a WDH with sway control built in when I upgrade my truck next time. For now, just enjoying the ride. Good luck!
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The hitch has two bars with chains. You must jack up the truck using the TT jack to put the bars and chains on. I don't know what WDH is ???
Trailer is just about 28'. Some have told me that a short wheel base truck can cause problems.
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A short wheel base truck will be worse.
Sounds like all you have is the WDH (weight distribution hitch).
The anti-sway for your type hitch is usually a secondary bar with a flat brake pad like system that reduces sway.
Go to your local hitch dealer and discuss anti-sway bar options with them.
They will recommend something.

Here's one example of an anti-sway friction system





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Doug will these type of sway controls have to be removed before backing up ???
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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?
Thanks
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.

Good Luck.
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Doug will these type of sway controls have to be removed before backing up ???
Watch the video, they specifically discuss this.

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