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Old 07-11-2016, 06:38 PM   #1
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Major sway problems

I have a new f150 and a 2016 jay flight equalizer hitch. I have gone through the the setup twice all the numbers r correct. Not sure if I need another hitch style or where to go from here. The sway I get on the road is really bad in any kind of cross wind can't seem to control it. Defiantly a white knuckle ride.
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I can't help you with the Jay Flight, but when I was towing a TT with my Bronco keeping the tire pressure at maximum was essential. In my case with D rated tires it was 50 PSI. Made a huge difference. In your case double check that your anti-sway setup is at maximum, and that you have adaquet tongue weight. It it does begin to sway use the trailer brake controller to apply just the trailer brakes to bring the sway under control. I'm sure that somebody with more recent experience will be more helpful.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:48 PM   #3
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What trailer are you pulling?
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:51 PM   #4
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1- truck front fender height same hitched and unhitched?
2- trailer level front to back?
3- 10-12% tongue weight as mentioned?
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:52 PM   #5
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How much tongue weight do you have when loaded? Tire pressure on TV and TT where they are supposed to be? Is your TV and TT level or nearly so when towing?

Your equalizer hitch doesn't really do much for sway control. That's not its purpose.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:26 PM   #6
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Ok not sure how to check my tung weight , tire pressure is good and I'm pulling a 28dhbe jay flight Jayco. The truck and trailer r completely level when weight bars r installed front fender measurement is good. Also if this hitch won't control sway then I will be getting another brand that will
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I towed a surveyor for the last 3 years with the the conventional chain set up and friction bars and never had sway problems this set up is scary bad it's like driving on ice
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Tung weight can be checked pretty closely with one if these. Shur line scale. About $100.00 plus. Can be used for all sorts of things if you like to tinker. I suggest picking up one.
Also I feel all dealers should have them and customers use them for free.
Or of course cat scale. But I do find this scale pretty close to accurate.

Lastly. I tow heavy. TT with 1/2 ton TV And had my fair share of sway. Got it resolved at least until truck upgrade. I did this mod to equalizer hitch. Added friction. Never have enough money, horsepower, or sway control. Lol. Click image for larger version

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Thanks I will look that up sway is must for now that there making these trailers so tall it's like driving with a sail behind you. Don't think I will be modifying I will either figure out a way with this one or I will get another hitch set up that will control sway
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When your putting the spring bars on, do you feel your getting enough resistance? Do you have the right spring bars (600, 800, 1000 bars).
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The 28bhbe is almost 3/4 ton territory. It sounds like you need more tounge weight. Also try towing with the fresh water tank full to help with weight in front of the axles.
I'm also guessing the new f150's being 700 lbs lighter doesn't help much with the heavy trailer.
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Also look into air bags to help with stability. I added them to my Ram and it helps
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How much tongue weight do you have when loaded? Tire pressure on TV and TT where they are supposed to be? Is your TV and TT level or nearly so when towing?

Your equalizer hitch doesn't really do much for sway control. That's not its purpose.

The equalizer has 4 point friction sway control. It's a dual purpose WD and sway control.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:39 PM   #14
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Just went through some issues with our TT and Excursion being severely affected by the bow waves of passing vehicles. You really need to find a CAT scale and weigh your truck, the truck and trailer with NO wt. distirbution hooked up, and again with the wt. distribution bars hooked up...and you need to be LOADED as you would be when you travel. That's the only way you will know what your weights are, and what adjustments need to be made. You can calculate your tongue wt. by using the CAT scales also. You can also set your tire pressure according to load, instead of guessing. It might cost you $15. You want to shoot to get back to the original front axle weight when no TT is hooked up by using the bars. Simply measuring the wheel arch height may not be very accurate...you need a scale.

Max tire psi is NOT a neccesarily good thing if you do not have a load that requires MAX pressure. Making sure your TT is level is also critical.

Good luck! You may not have to spend lots of extra $ to get it right. Work with what you've got for now.
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