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Will Suspension Enhancement Help Prevent Trailer Sway on a 1969 Ideal Travel Trailer

Question:

I have a 1969 Ideal Travel trailer with tandem axles. It tends to sway at highway speeds over 55mph. It weighs approx. 4000 lbs. Would 4-1000 lb. rated springs 1 for each wheel be adequate?

asked by: Ed S


Expert Reply:

In order to determine the best suspension enhancement solution for your trailer, you will need to know the trailer capacity and select a system based on that. If the trailer capacity is 4,000 pounds, then 2 sets of the Timbren Trailer Suspension Enhancement System, # TTRA1702, would be sufficient. I have included a link to the installation details for you.

Your first line of defense against trailer sway is proper loading of the trailer. The tongue weight should be 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. Heavier items on the bottom and the weight evenly distributed. This is a little harder to do on a travel trailer as opposed to a cargo or flat trailer.

Another approach would be to use a weight distribution system with sway control. You go by the tongue weight of the trailer, loaded and ready to tow, to find the correct system. Anything loaded behind the rear axle on the tow vehicle should also be calculated when determining tongue weight.

For example, if the trailer when loaded and ready to tow was 4,000 pounds, that would be a tongue weight of 400 to 600 pounds. You would go with a system that encompassed that range. You could use the Reese SC Weight Distribution System, # RP66153. It has a tongue weight capacity range of 400 to 800 pounds and uses friction sway control. With this system, you would just need a properly sized ball to complete the set up, # 19286 (2-5/16 inch diameter) or # A-90 (2 inch diameter).

I have included a link to our FAQ article on weight distribution and sway control for you.

expert reply by: Michael H




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Hitch Ball with 2-5/16" Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome


Hitch Ball with 2-5/16" Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

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19286

Retail: $17.13

Price:  $9.99

Product Summary:

Hitch Ball
Standard Ball
12000 lbs GTW
Class IV
Chrome

Product Specs:

2-3/4 Inch Shank Length
2-5/16 Inch Diameter Ball
1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank


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Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Medium Shank, 10,000 lbs GTW - Chrome


Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Medium Shank, 10,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

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A-90

Retail: $18.20

Price:  $11.99

Product Summary:

Hitch Ball
Standard Ball
10000 lbs GTW
Class IV
Chrome

Product Specs:

2-5/8 Inch Shank Length
2 Inch Diameter Ball
1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank


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Reese SC Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW


Reese SC Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW

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RP66153

Retail: $778.79

Price:  $519.95

Product Summary:

WD With Sway Control
Reduces Sway
500 lbs
600 lbs
700 lbs
Up to 10000 lbs GTW
Includes Shank

Product Specs:

Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible
Allows Backing Up


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Timbren Trailer Suspension Enhancement System Light-Duty Trailers 1,000 lbs


Timbren Trailer Suspension Enhancement System Light-Duty Trailers 1,000 lbs

TTRA1702

Retail: $252.55

Price:  $194.95

Product Summary:

Suspension Enhancement
For Double Eye Springs
For Slipper Springs


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