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Old 03-06-2013, 12:20 PM
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I have also noticed if you have the tongue of your trailer up too high it will cause some sway. I agree with the others about too little weight on the tongue will cause sway as well. I had some sway in my trailer a while back and lowered the ball a couple inches and the sway went away. Hope you get it figured out.
Wouldn't that cause the trailer to not have enough tongue weight if the tongue is too high?
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OP mentioned "Bumper Connection"? If that's the case, major problem and unsafe.
He said "bumper pull," or non fifth wheel trailer. He also says he has a weight distribution setup, so he's not pulling it from the bumper.
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Thanks for the replies. To clarify, not a bumper connection, as I have a receiver hitch and WD/sway control bars,brake controller installed by RV dealer at time of purchase (last year). It sounds to me like their initial setting of the sway control setup needs to be adjusted. As far as the trans temp, I will need to check for the existence of a cooler as part of the towing package.
To add, when the white-knuckle incident happened, big rigs were passing us and blowing the trailer/truck all over the shoulder, then the rear tire pressure sensors started triggering. Pulled over, checked tires, hitch, etc...nothing. Tires were'nt even too hot to the touch.

Again, thanks for the replies. We've even entertained trading up to a 2500, but big expense if I simply don;t have the truck set up correctly.
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First question, have you weighed your trailer? Trailer makers and boat makers often show the weight lighter than everyday towing. They often show a dry weight, by the time you get some water and other stuff on board, that weight can climb. I'd say weigh it if you haven't. Maybe its more like 9000 lbs?

It sounds like you have a good hitch setup, but maybe not adjusted correctly. I'm never had one, so I'm not a lot of help. I know, from seeing pictures, you can try and jack up the rear of your truck to much. In other words, your WD hitch is trying to lift up the rear of your truck to much. Maybe you can find some photos on line to help set it up correctly. I also know you can adjust the sway control.

Another question is what is the frontal area of your trailer? It may not be to heavy for your truck, but it may catch to much wind. Once you are moving at highway speeds, the trailer catching wind puts more of a load on your truck than the weight of the trailer.

If you truly have a 6000 lb trailer, you really should be able to tow it with your current rig.
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Thanks for the replies. To clarify, not a bumper connection, as I have a receiver hitch and WD/sway control bars,brake controller installed by RV dealer at time of purchase (last year). It sounds to me like their initial setting of the sway control setup needs to be adjusted. As far as the trans temp, I will need to check for the existence of a cooler as part of the towing package.
To add, when the white-knuckle incident happened, big rigs were passing us and blowing the trailer/truck all over the shoulder, then the rear tire pressure sensors started triggering. Pulled over, checked tires, hitch, etc...nothing. Tires were'nt even too hot to the touch.

Again, thanks for the replies. We've even entertained trading up to a 2500, but big expense if I simply don;t have the truck set up correctly.
I think you found the issue. When my parent's bought their old 33' trailer, the dealer set up the hitch. It was horribly out of whack and not even level. You need to fix your hitch set up and that should fix your problem.
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Your tires may be flexing too much under the load as well. Are they the factory "P" rated tires?
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I think you found the issue. When my parent's bought their old 33' trailer, the dealer set up the hitch. It was horribly out of whack and not even level. You need to fix your hitch set up and that should fix your problem.

I'd bet your paycheck that hitch isn't set up right! Watch a few Youtube video's how to set it up properly, and make sure your chains didn't strech on your WD if they are that kind. I had to move mine up 2 links once I learned how to properly set it.

Good Luck, keep your Ram. 6000lbs is childs play to this truck.

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