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  • Excessive Trailer Sway Towing 32-Foot Travel Trailer with 6-Inch-Lifted Ram 2500 with 37-Inch Tires
  • My technical contact at Reese confirmed that using a properly-rated and -installed weight distribution/sway control system such as the Reese Dual Cam should provide some reduction in trailer sway. You are correct that the sway you are experiencing when towing with your lifted Ram 2500 with 37-inch tires could be a result of the altered geometry in the tow vehicle, in particular the higher center of gravity. If your current weight distribution set-up has your trailer out of level when...
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  • Do I Need Weight Distribution and Sway Control with My 13 Foot Scamp Travel Trailer
  • Sway control is designed to be used in situations where the trailer sways under adverse conditions such as high winds or when large vehicles are passing causing the trailer to become unstable. Sway control also helps if you have to maneuver suddenly. Also if the trailer has a low tongue weight percentage the sway control can help to a point, but a weight distribution system will help more with this situation. The best solution for sway that is present without the above mentioned adverse...
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  • Vehicle Recommendations for Towing 35 Foot Campers that are Around 6,500 Pounds Dry Weight
  • As with any towing system you are limited to lowest rated component of the system. Sometimes that is the vehicle towing capacity. If you are looking for an SUV vehicle to tow a mid to large size camper, then you will want to make sure that the vehicle is rated for towing not only the dry weight but also the weight of any cargo, fluid, gear, etc. that you will have in the camper. You will need to check the gross trailer weight (GTW) that is the weight of the trailer fully loaded, not...
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  • Wiring Instructions for Pilot Trailer Brake Control, Part # 80550
  • The blue wire carries the brake controller output voltage, the white wire provides the ground connection and is usually ran to the negative battery terminal, the black wire is the 12-volt power supply, and the red wire typically connects to the brake stoplight switch located above the brake pedal. This connection activates the trailer brakes once the brake pedal is applied. I'll link you to our Brake Controller FAQ page, which contains much more information about brake controllers. If...
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  • Comparing Jaw Types on Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • In regards to fifth-wheel hitches, there are a number of jaw types. A slide bar jaw is found on the less expensive hitches, such as the Pro Series # PS30129. This type of jaw is a secure one for your trailer but you will notice some king pin noise and some chucking as the fit is looser. This design will automatically close around the king pin once it is in place where the double- and single-jaw models will not. The double jaw design is more snug and secure than a slide bar jaw and you...
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  • Instructions for a Reese Friction Anti Sway Bar # RP26660
  • I spoke to my contact at Reese and he informed me that most likely you have a Reese Friction Sway Control, part # 83660, because this product has not changed at all. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out. The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit. To set the level of friction you will actually use the bolt that is below the on/off handle as it is the gain level. To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly, a series of road tests...
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  • Placement of Fifth Wheel Hitch In Truck Bed Relative to Rear Truck Axle
  • The correct placement of the fifth wheel hitch will vary from vehicle to vehicle. It can also vary according to the type of install kit being used. Typically, the hitch will be installed so that the trailer king pin will be directly over or slightly forward of the center line of the rear truck axle. You never want the king pin rearward of the truck axle, because the pin weight of the trailer can actually make the front end of the truck too light. This can negatively affect braking and steering...
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  • Will Using Weight Distribution Increase the Tongue Weight of a Trailer when Loaded
  • A weight distribution system will not change the tongue weight of the trailer. It just maximizes the vehicle and hitches capacities if rated for weight distribution (check the sticker on the hitch and the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150). The 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight when calculating tongue weight is more of a guide to figuring things out. It is not a hard and fast rule. You will know if the tongue weight is too little or too heavy. Too little tongue weight and...
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  • What Weight Capacity of Tongue Jack is Needed for a 4,600 Pound Dry Weight Trailer
  • The rule of thumb for estimating a tongue weight is 10-15 percent of trailer weight. A 4,600 pound trailer would have a tongue weight between 460 and 690 pounds. Somewhere between a 1,000 to 2,000 pound capacity jack would be fine. Having a jack that is rated for more than the tongue weight is not a problem. The jack you were looking at Pro Series A-Frame Topwind Jack, part # PSEA20000103, would work fine. You could also use Dutton-Lainson jack, part # DL22530 or Bulldog Heavy Duty...
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  • Where to Attach the Electric Brake Emergency Break Away Cable When Towing with a Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • There are many options for attaching the breakaway cable from the Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit, item # 50-85-315, to your vehicle. You could attach to a tie down point in the bed of your truck or you could use stake pocket tie down and attach the cable to it. You could also run the cable down to the safety chain loop on the bumper hitch if your vehicle is so equipped. Finally, you could attach the cable to the rails installed in the bed of the truck. The thing to remember is...
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  • Can a Fifth Wheel Hitch Be Installed in a Flatbed Truck
  • In order to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch on a flat bed, there are some alternate installation methods that must be followed. It will be a complete custom install that will need to be done by a qualified professional with experience doing these types of installations. The rails will need to be bolted and welded to a 1/2 inch steel plate. The hardware will need to reach through the rails, the plate above the bed, through the bed, and then through a second 1/2 inch thick steel plate...
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  • What Can Cause Weak Electric Drum Trailer Brakes Using a Power Stop Brake Controller
  • The first thing you are going to want to test is the brake controller. Sever the brake output wire behind the back of the controller a few inches. Then use a circuit tester or multimeter like # BTMT15 to test the end coming out of the controller. If the controller output setting is set to the highest level, the tester should show approximately 12 volts. If it does, reconnect the wire. If it does not continue testing to see if the output fluctuates or changes at all. If it does change...
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  • Can You Back Up a Trailer when Using Weight Distribution
  • Some weight distribution system prohibit reversing because doing so could damage the system. If you are backing up in a straight line though it would be fine. But to make turns while backing up you would need to disengage the spring bars and/or the friction sway control unit, like on # PS49903, and then maneuver the trailer. Some systems do not have this restriction including the Reese Strait-Line systems and Blue Ox Sway Pro systems. If using a weight distribution system that does not...
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  • Troubleshooting a Reese Electric Trailer Brake Controller OL Error Message
  • An OL error code would indicate an overload error. The cause of this is most likely a bad ground or a short to the blue brake out put wire. The first thing I would check is the connector on the back of your vehicle. Any dirt or corrosion can be causing a bad ground or a short to the brake out put pin. The solution is to clean out the connector and get rid of any dirt or corrosion. It would also be a good idea to clean out the trailer side connector as well. There could also be a bad...
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  • Comparing Reese Dual Cam and Reese SC Weight Distribution on Ford F150 Towing 30 Foot Travel Trailer
  • When choosing a weight distribution system, it is best to begin the process knowing the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight. The procedure for determining this is shown in the FAQ article I have linked you to. Since you are not able to confirm your tongue weight, please understand that anything I recommend will merely be an educated guess. I would recommend going with a 1,200 lb max capacity system to provide some cushion, since actual ready-to-roll tongue weight is not known....
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2013 Jeep Wrangler and Parts Needed to Tow a Trailer
  • Most versions of the 2013 Jeep Wrangler are rated to tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds. But there are a few models that have a 3,500 pound towing capacity. The models listed below have a 3,500 pound capacity. If you do not see your model then it will be rated for 2,000 pounds: 3.6 liter motor, manual transmission, 3.73 axle ratio, Four-Door Sport Model (4WD) 3.6 liter motor, automatic transmission, 3.73 axle ratio, Four-Door Sport Model (4WD) 3.6 liter motor, manual transmission, 3.73...
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  • Towing Capacity of 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 5.3 liter V8
  • I was able to find the towing capacities of the 2015 Chevy Silverado with 5.3 liter V8 and 3.42 gears like you have. Looks like you'll be good. 2-Wheel Drive Models 5.3 liter, regular cab, standard box: 9,000 pounds 5.3 liter, double cab, standard box: 9,500 pounds 5.3 liter, crew cab, standard box: 9,400 pounds 5.3 liter, crew cab, short box: 12,000 pounds 5.3 liter, regular cab, long box: 9,800 pounds 4-wheel drive models: 5.3 liter, double cab, standard box: 9,200 pounds 5.3...
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  • How to Lower The Tongue Weight of Trailer
  • The vehicle manufacturers tow rating is always going to be the final word as far as towing capacity goes. In some cases using a weight distribution system can raise the towing capacity of a given receiver hitch, but it will not be able to raise the capacity of the vehicle. It might be possible to redistribute some of the cargo on the trailer further rearward so that the tongue weight is reduced below 500 lbs, in which case towing that particular trailer would be acceptable. Please keep...
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  • Adjusting Weight Distribution System to Apply More Tongue Weight to Front Tow Vehicle Axle
  • To determine if you have the correct system for your trailer tongue weight, you should determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. The weight of any gear stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle also needs to be considered as tongue weight. I have linked you to an FAQ article that shows a few ways to determine the tongue weight. You will need to ensure that the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer does not exceed the 1,000 lb maximum...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Small Travel Trailer with a 1996 Toyota Tacoma
  • The towing capacity of your 1996 Toyota Tacoma will depend on if your truck has a V6 or a 4 cylinder and if it is a 4X4 or a 4X2. I have listed the towing capacities of the different options for the Toyota Tacoma below. 4X4 V6 - 8,300 lbs 4X4 4 Cyl. - 7,400 lbs 4X2 V6 - 8,300 lbs 4X2 4 Cyl. - 3,500 lbs You can verify the towing capacity of your truck by checking your owners manual or contacting a local Toyota dealer with your vehicle identification number. Toyota also places a...
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  • When Would a Trailer Break Away Kit Be Required By Law
  • Many states in the U.S. and provinces in Canada require break away kit. In order to determine the specifics for where you live and where you plan to travel, you can check with the state and federal departments of transportation for the area. Specific weights or trailer types may change from state to state, so it is important to check for every state in which you plan to be towing. A break away kit is just a good idea in general, whether it is required or not. It is a fairly simple system....
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  • Can 2016 Toyota 4Runner w/ 4700lb Tow Rating Tow 4550lb Lance Travel Trailer
  • As long as the fully loaded and ready to tow weight of the trailer is less than the 4700 lb towing capacity of your 4Runner, you can tow the trailer as long as the factory installed hitch has sufficient capacity. The hitch should have a ratings sticker affixed to it that lists its capacity. I'd strongly recommend you install a transmission cooler like # D13503 to provide protection for the transmission. Since you're so close to the towing capacity of the vehicle itself, I'd do my best...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for a 30 ft Camper Trailer
  • The most important thing to consider when picking out a weight distribution system is the tongue weight of the setup. I attached an FAQ article on how to determine tongue weight for you, but you will also need to consider the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle as tongue weight. Typically tongue weight is between 10-15 percent of the total weight of the trailer which in your case would be between 850 lbs and 1275 lbs. If you find that you are at 850 lbs tongue weight then the Pro...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Chucking, Jerking, and Tugging on Light Utility Trailer Carrying Two ATVs
  • I believe that I can help you with the tugging you are experiencing. First, consult your vehicles owners manual for the towing capacities and recommendations, and to make sure you are not exceeding those capacities. Next, there is a formula you can use to determine the best place for your axles. If your tongue weight is less than 10 percent of the gross trailer weight you will first determine what 10 percent of the tongue weight is. 180 pounds is what you will need. Subtract the actual...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for 5000 lb Travel Trailer Towed by 2004 GMC Sierra
  • When choosing a weight distribution system, ideally the tongue weight of the trailer will fall right in the middle of the effective range of the system. Make sure that the tongue weight figure you use includes the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer. The weight of anything stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle also needs to be included in the tongue weight figure. If the 405 lb TW figure you mentioned represents the dry tongue weight that does not include...
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  • How to Unhook a 5th Wheel Trailer from the Pro Series 20K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • With the truck and trailer parked as level and straight as can be make sure that the landing gear on the trailer is down so it is supporting but not lifting up the trailer. The wheels on the trailer should be chocked as well so it cannot roll forward or backward. Then you will need to pull the handle on the 5th wheel hitch to the unlocked position to open the jaws. With the trailer supporting itself and the jaws unlocked you will pull the truck away. If the jaws will not open then there...
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  • Can 2014 Toyota Highlander Safely Tow a Fully-Loaded Lance 1985 Travel Trailer
  • According to the Lance website their model 1985 travel trailer has a dry weight of 3660-lbs and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 5700-lbs. Suitability of your 2014 Toyota Highlander for towing this trailer will depend on how it is equipped. The inline 4-cylinder version has a maximum towing capacity of only 1500-lbs, which makes it unusable for pulling this trailer. But if you have the V6-equipped Highlander it has a maximum rated towing capacity of 5000-lbs. Even if your equipment...
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  • What is the Maximum 5th Wheel Towing Capacity of a 2018 Ford F-150
  • There are two figures you will need to look at for towing a 5th wheel trailer with your 2018 Ford F-150 which are gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and gross axle weight rating (GAWR). GCWR is the most that the vehicle can weigh which includes both the trailer and cargo and GAWR is the maximum weight that can be placed over the rear axle. There are several different factors for each of these figures and the only way to know the exact capacity of your vehicle would be to look in the drivers...
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  • How to Install Pro Series Friction Sway Control on the Left Side of a Trailer
  • In order to install the Friction Sway Control, # 83660, on the left side of a trailer, you will need to remove the slide bar and then reinstall it upside down. I have included a link to the installation details for you. I have also included a video I made showing how to remove and reinstall the slide bar.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution for 2010 Nissan Pathfinder Towing 5800 lb Camper
  • According to my research, your vehicle is capable of towing 6000 lb Trailer Weight/ 600 lb Tongue weight if it is equipped with the V6 motor, or 7000 lb Trailer/ 700 lb tongue weight if equipped with the V8 motor. The use of a weight distribution system will not increase these towing capacities. For the purposes of choosing a weight distribution system, you will need to determine the fully loaded and ready to tow trailer and tongue weight. The weight of anything stored in the cargo area...
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