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Old 08-31-2015, 02:08 PM   #11
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I am thinking about getting an Octane Toy Hauler, I need information on sway control bars and also wondering if anyone uses airbags on their back suspension? I am new to hauling. I have a 2012 F350 long bed that shouldn't have any problem towing a Toy Hauler, but after watching the video that someone posted about sway, it kind of has me a little frightened. Any information on sway control and trailering would be greatly appreciated.

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Why not look at a Fifth-Wheel and skip all WDH and anti-sway stuff? They are far more stable when you are looking at lots of weight. Just a thought
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Why not look at a Fifth-Wheel and skip all WDH and anti-sway stuff? They are far more stable when you are looking at lots of weight. Just a thought
One reason I don't have a 5th wheel is because the beds have been covered on my last 4 trucks, either with a hard tonneau or a camper shell. I have to keep my stuff dry when I'm not pulling a trailer and also when I am.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:32 PM   #13
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I would rather get the 5th wheel, however, my Polaris Ranger is 12'3" long and the new Seismic Wave 355W has a garage that measures 12'6", but is scares me to purchase without verifying that the Polaris will in fact fit??? Also, the Octane is about 20K cheaper...

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I would rather get the 5th wheel, however, my Polaris Ranger is 12'3" long and the new Seismic Wave 355W has a garage that measures 12'6", but is scares me to purchase without verifying that the Polaris will in fact fit??? Also, the Octane is about 20K cheaper...

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Ask the dealer if you can trial run with the Polaris. When we were buying, there was a couple putting their Harley in the back of one. I heard the guy say, "Perfect! Guess this will do! Let's talk price." So from that, I gather they were trial fitting.
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One reason I don't have a 5th wheel is because the beds have been covered on my last 4 trucks, either with a hard tonneau or a camper shell. I have to keep my stuff dry when I'm not pulling a trailer and also when I am.
Understand- It is nice to keep your stuff dry on a rainy day. Regardless, go with a good WDH and anti-sway control. SO many options out there- I figure over-kill is best. Like a woman, I tend to take a lot with me and want to know the thing is going to hold.
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I think your 2012 Ford should have integrated anti sway built in from the factory. I know my f250 does. Lots of cool things happen you push that "tow/haul" mode button.
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I think your 2012 Ford should have integrated anti sway built in from the factory. I know my f250 does. Lots of cool things happen you push that "tow/haul" mode button.

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Skimmed through the thread, but there are lots of experienced people here. Please clarify. Towing at 300BH (older 30 ft. TT) with my newly acquired 97 F350 dually. The rear GAWR is more than entire weight of the TT, much less the tongue weight. But I should still use my equal-i-zer? If so, I'm assuming I should tone it down. I have been towing with a 2004 F150 SuperCrew with 5.5 bed. The new truck not only has a much higher GVWR/GAWR, but it's also about 2.5 feet longer. Thanks
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snip... Towing at 300BH (older 30 ft. TT) with my newly acquired 97 F350 dually. The rear GAWR is more than entire weight of the TT, much less the tongue weight. But I should still use my equal-i-zer? If so, I'm assuming I should tone it down. ...snip
Should you use the equal-i-zer hitch? IMO, yes.
Should you tone it down? If by that you mean reduce the tension on the weight bars, IMO . You'll have to go through the hitch setup and find out.

The weight bars do two things: #1) Transfer weight to the front end and
#2) reduce sway.

In short, for #1) follow the Equal-i-zer instructions and measure the changes in height of your truck to know when the tension on the weight bars has transferred enough weight to bring the front end down.

The tension on the weight bars produces friction to achieve #2).

I hope that helps a bit.
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The WDH effectively eliminates the need for air bags, as it naturally distributes the tongue weight. If you have too much load for your WDH, then you need to re-evaluate how you are loading your trailer. A 10,000 lb trailer should have no more than 1000 lbs of tongue weight. F350 suspension should easily handle that without air bags. WDH is essential, however.
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