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Old 04-08-2013, 01:14 AM   #15
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oh Glenn, does your wdh have an anti sway bar liek this for example?

Pro Series Weight Distribution System w/ Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW Pro Series Weight Distribution PS49901

I can't tell if its on the passenger side of your trailer or not.

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Old 04-08-2013, 01:25 AM   #16
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Nope. Just WDH.
I'm going to be weighing with and without water prior to the next trip. The fresh water tank is at the rear, behind the axle. The propane tanks were moved 90 degrees and forward last fall ( as in the pic ). I got a tongue weight of 320# with no water.
In any event, I've been towing it for more than four years and never encountered an issue with sway.
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Thanks Glenn... Yeah Im debateing now lol... dont get paid till the 15th so its all thinking lol. Im going to have to weigh it again... wish I could lift the tongue without killing my back to put it on the scale... but Im getting real good at backing up the Rav4 to hook up!
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:55 AM   #18
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I couldn't keep my Trillium on the road when I first got it. I had no clue about tongue weights, weight distribution, etc. I found a cheap setup with a friction bar at a yard sale put it on and the trailer never wavered again.
Pro Series Friction Sway Control 83660 | eBay
They make a little tab attachment that you have welded to the base of your hitch. They are sold at all RV centers. For piece of mind the best thing I ever purchased.

PS I had all that weight distribution stuff and didn't need it, just the friction device.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:23 AM   #19
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Camping World sells an anti-sway bar for around $60. If you purchase $100 of stuff shipping is usually free.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:24 AM   #20
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Isn't your tow vehicle kind of a short wheelbase, that can be a problem. On my receiver type bike racks I welded a 5/8 nut to a flat piece of steel, insert it into the rack tube, and use a 5/8 bolt instead of a pin. This tightens the rack to the receiver. I have one bike rack that has a threaded pin to tighten it to the receiver. I made my own hitch tightner with a 3/8 u-bolt and a flat piece of steel with a piece of square stock welded on.
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What kind of tires are on the trailer? Just curious.
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Even Harbor Freight has one that gets decent reviews.

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... wish I could lift the tongue without killing my back to put it on the scale...
Just a thought; Do you have a jack stand you could put under the tongue or even one of the A-arms? Set the stand to as close to hitch height as allows you to slide in the support then just lower it onto the jack stand then continue to lower the post which serves to lift the wheel off the ground enough to slip the scale under. Then run the jack post back down for weighing.

Of course hitching up works too.

Take it easy on your back. A bad back is with you practically forever after.
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Even Harbor Freight has one that gets decent reviews.

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I bought the one from Harbor Freight and it is fine. If you google "20% off coupon" you can get them for a good price too, somewhere around $24.00. When you google it you will get a bunch of links to pop up if you go to that link and it wants to sign you up for something, exit out and try another. The real link takes you right to the coupon with no strings attached.
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The HF deal looks great. When buying you can buy for either side, they are not interchangable. I think most people mount them on the RH side since the power cord is normally on the LH drivers side of the hitch.
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The HF installation instructions mentions that if you want to install it on the left side you simply pull the slide out and put it back in upside down. That serves to orient it correctly on left side.
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...... If you google "20% off coupon" you can get them for a good price too, somewhere around $24.00.........
Bookmark this URL. There is always a 20% coupon there.

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Steve thats good to know, I'm liking the HF sway bar even better.
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Put your scales on blocks under the hitch. Then just use the jack to lower the hitch onto the scales.
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