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Old 03-23-2016, 04:27 PM   #15
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Another thought

I would buy two sway bars, the friction style, and put them on each side. Sometimes I pull a racecar trailer in the windy west, with a pickup box camper. The two make a very long sail. For $140.00 they will make a world of difference.
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:42 PM   #16
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I recently came back from a 4000 mile trip from Denver to San Diego and back, we were gone a month. I have a set up similar to yours as far as towing capacity and trailer weight except I drive a GMC 1500. The trailer will always give you issues no matter what your pulling with as it has a lot of surface to catch the wind with. I have also had a 2500 and had the same issues maybe not as much but tires helped for me and a good equalizer/anti sway system really helped. But in my eyes being able to put my 1/2 ton in the garage is worth the trade. I did decide to shut it down in Carlsbad New Mexico for an extra day as the winds were so high semi trailers were getting turned over between there and El Paso. Some times wisdom comes with age, in my younger days I probably would have tried to push through and would have white knuckled it. Other than those 100 miles of wind I did not have an issue and just watched the weather closely. There was wind throughout the South West but we managed very well. On the way out I had my tire pressure like I drive with around town for comfort but on the way back I maxed them out with air and it seemed to help. Can't wait to take the next long trip. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:36 PM   #17
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I have a 2013 F250 diesel and tow a 34' travel trailer, which weighs around 9K pounds loaded up. My prior truck was a 2012 F150 Ecoboost. The F250 tows better in all respects, no surprise. But to your specific question about side winds: I still feel side winds in the F250 and get moved around a little. It's definitely better than in my F150 though. So the F250 won't make the side wind effect go away, but it's a marked improvement.

Is it worth upgrading? I think it really depends on how often / long you intend to tow the TT. I average 10K towing miles a year between the TT and other toys I haul, so the F250 made sense for me.

One idea for your F150 is to add a Roadmaster Active Suspension. I had one on my F150 and it stiffens up the rear nicely when towing. Easy to install yourself.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:56 PM   #18
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A 250 will handle the trailer better than the 150 for a number of reasons. The truck is heavier and has a heavier suspension/w stiffer tires. It will likely have a longer wheel base.

The sheer weight plus stiffer suspension will help mitigate the side winds. Longer wheel base will lessen the torque effects on the hitch.

Note that at some point even the semi trucks will stay at the truck stop until the winds abate.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:02 AM   #19
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Everyone has given you good advice, but you stated that you need the 6 seat capacity. If you have 6 in a 150 you were over weight with the tongue weight and passengers. The 250 will increase the payload and you can put stuff back into the bed of the truck. I went from 1500 GMC to 2500 Dodge with a 27' toy hauler, and I noticed a big difference. I was able to put a topper back on my truck and still be under my weights. I HAD to take it off the 1500 and even with LT tires I had to watch the loading and balance of the trailer.

If winds get too much, slow down or pull off the roads. Safty first with the family. That is like a big sail and with a bumper pull, the hitch is 4 -6 foot behind the axle, and that is like a giant pry bar pulling and pushing the truck side to side. The increased weight of the bigger truck will HELP to control the effects of the trailer being moved by the wind. You will notice that right away. There are limits even on bigger trucks too.
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A big dog will not get wagged by a big tail.
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Effect of Side Winds on Long Travel Trailer towed by F150 or F250

[QUOTE=Highway 4x4;2994258]A big dog will not get wagged by a big tail.

You sure about that?
http://youtu.be/kwOqARlw1EI
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A big dog will not get wagged by a big tail.

You sure about that?
http://youtu.be/kwOqARlw1EI
They had plenty of warnings and still!
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You guys put to much thought on numbers if you want to be be in the 16ft to 26 foot buy a 1500 anything bigger then 3/4 ton then 1 ton when your over 12k. These guys buy these half ton trucks and want pull 30 plus foot trailers or fifth wheels even if your at ur weights thats a lot of length on a half ton truck yes you'll have the motor but not the suspension. a 3/4 ton truck out weighs a half ton by a lot and the difference in comfort and how stable the truck is with weight is not even comparable.. In my opinion half ton trucks are SUVs with beds there useless other then for the daily driver put 500 pounds in the bed and it's sagging I will tow anything with my 2500hd that's what it's designed to do there built to tow I see so many guys towing big trailers with half ton trucks on the highway on a windy day there all over the place doing 60 and I cruise on by well he's holding the wheel for dear life because he's being over taken
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You guys put to much thought on numbers if you want to be be in the 16ft to 26 foot buy a 1500 anything bigger then 3/4 ton then 1 ton when your over 12k. These guys buy these half ton trucks and want pull 30 plus foot trailers or fifth wheels even if your at ur weights thats a lot of length on a half ton truck yes you'll have the motor but not the suspension. a 3/4 ton truck out weighs a half ton by a lot and the difference in comfort and how stable the truck is with weight is not even comparable.. In my opinion half ton trucks are SUVs with beds there useless other then for the daily driver put 500 pounds in the bed and it's sagging I will tow anything with my 2500hd that's what it's designed to do there built to tow I see so many guys towing big trailers with half ton trucks on the highway on a windy day there all over the place doing 60 and I cruise on by well he's holding the wheel for dear life because he's being over taken

Too bad I wasted 40 grand on my useless 1500. 🙄
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I wonder what the wind velocity was. They were going slow with a dually truck...wow.

I wonder if the same thing would have happened with a 5th wheel.
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A big dog will not get wagged by a big tail.

You sure about that?
http://youtu.be/kwOqARlw1EI
This appears to be a case of a side wind strong enough to blow the trailer over regardless of the size of the truck.

In this case the correct option would be to stop and wait for the wind to decrease.
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This appears to be a case of a side wind strong enough to blow the trailer over regardless of the size of the truck.


I agree, that is not a sway problem, it's a side wind problem, and there is probably no hitch or larger truck that could have prevented that from happening with that trailer.
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That trailer would have gone over behind a Freight-liner, a totally different situation. Filling all the holding tanks might have helped. Notice that the truck did not go off the road even after the TT rolled.
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