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Old 10-23-2013, 10:22 AM   #15
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I tow a 21 foot travel trailer with a 2010 Toyota Tundra with no problems. However, I do follow a different procedure where I measure the distance between the ground and the fender well of my rear tire. I then connect my travel trailer and sway control system. After which, I re-measure the distance between the ground and the fender of the rear tire.

I know the sway control is connected correctly if the difference in measurement is one inch or less. However, if the distance is more than an inch I will add another chain link to sway control until I fall within the one inch difference on the fender well.

I believe the dealership taught me this message.
That is not quite correct. Using that method depends on the strength of the rear and front suspension springs, length of tow vehicle, and hitch weight. For an accurate method see this article I have saved for years because it is the best tutorial on the internet I've ever read: How to properly set-up a weight-distributing hitch.
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Interesting read. As it turns out, I am partially correct in that the one-inch-or-less drop happens to properly level my tow vehicle and trailer (as per EZ loader instructions). As such, I've never had a single issue with control, stability, or sway.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #17
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On the ram , do you have the air bags installed in he coil springs ? I have a 09 and installed the in coil bags , tow 6400 TT , I st the WD hitch and then if need put a little air in them
This helps a lot with side to side sway
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:39 AM   #18
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Interesting read. As it turns out, I am partially correct in that the one-inch-or-less drop happens to properly level my tow vehicle and trailer (as per EZ loader instructions). As such, I've never had a single issue with control, stability, or sway.
My guess is that with that small of a TT you would never have any sway issues pulling it with the Tundra. I towed a similar sized TT (22'-4050lbs loaded with an 08 F150 and never had sway issues and didn't have any sway control.

As too your hitching procedure you got it backwards. You don't need to check the rear. The front is the critical measurement. It shows how much weight is being transferred from the TT to the front axle. The front should be measured prior to hitching then after hitched. It should be close to what the unhitched number was. Sounds like you got it setup with blind luck
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Sounds like it's not set correctly, tongue weight and overall distribution is very important. A trip to the scales will assist. In the overall effort.
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'Never had much use for Friction anti-sway devices! Dealer put on one my 2004 18' 9" Fun Finder with a single axle and it swayed like crazy unless it was a calm day! Didn't matter if it was pulled by Ridgeline or Ram 1500. Lost the friction device and got a Reese Cam-lock set up and sway was a thing of the past! Got one on my new 22' Radiance and same thing - no sway - nada!
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I find and have done so myself is that most people will try to get the torsion bars too tight when they first start using them.
I've backed off the torsion bars and appear to have better stability.
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Used to have a 19' TT that I towed with my Avalanche. With only the wd bars I could go 70 mph and literally forget I was towing anything. We moved up to a 29' TT and first trip with it got swaying so bad it darn near jackknifed us. After addition of sway control to the hitch and air bags on the truck, along with experimentation with the settings I finally got to where it was no longer a white knuckle tow, but never got to the point of actually saying i could relax at the wheel. When wife decided it was time for bigger TT, we weighed the options and moved to class A motorhome. That presented a few new challenges, but overall, the best decision we ever made.
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