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Old 05-07-2016, 06:04 PM   #29
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What I sense as I go above 75 is that the Airstream begins to float. That belly pan becomes a wing of sorts.

There are for sure some aerodynamic forces at work with these trailers also.

There is no doubt about that in my mind.

I might speculate that the air flows over and around these trailers fairly smoothly, so smooth that when the air is disturbed by a passing large vehicle, etc., that the disruption can adversely affect the trailers manners.


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Old 05-07-2016, 08:46 PM   #30
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Any idea what the folks that deliver the new trailers from factory to dealer use for WD/SC?
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This article from today might factor into your choice:

http://www.hayspost.com/2016/05/06/2...-in-kan-ditch/
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:35 PM   #32
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King cab dually...

Not sure from this exact model but let's face it. I tow construction equipment all the time with no weight distribution and so do many others. The guy sounds like he knows how to tow already. There is nothing mysterious about an Airstream other than many are towed by light duty vehicles.
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:38 AM   #33
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To 909kenu: The quotes about towing you posted sounded more like sales words than technical. I found a Ram 3500 towing specs manual online from the manufacturer. It was for the 2011 model year truck (I didn't see where you said what year you have... the following may or may not apply to you). Here is footnote 4 from that technical spec:

4. The maximum trailer weight is 5,000 pounds for a weight-carrying hitch. A weight distributing system is recommended for trailers over 5,000 pounds. A fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch is required for trailers over 12,000 pounds

Based on that, and what others have said about handling, liability, etc., given that you have the hitch, why not set it up properly and use it?

Also, in my opinion based on my truck and what others have said, the factory sway control reacts to stop sway once it starts. Most systems I am aware of do this with automatic differential rear wheel braking... The Ram may use some other technique. Sway control systems attempt to prevent sway. I'd rather not have that issue than feel my truck try and correct it by applying brakes for me.
The TV is a Ram Crew cab 4x4 DRW. I have searched but can not locate the info on at what point I need a WDH or sway control in the manual. I even looked up the 2011 ram 3500 and I see what you have stated in the footnotes for that year.

For the 2016, I see Class V hitch max 1800 lbs, Max tow on the ball 18,000 lbs. 18,000+ requires 5th or gooseneck with no footnotes related to WDH or Sway.

For those who said, you have the WD from the PO, why not use it? From what I read in the posts.....Needs to be properly set up. I have no clue what Reese 1000 lbs bars are but that's what I have. The hitch end is a mess. I would need to buy new or cut this one up to fit the height of the truck.

I have been reading, the rough ride of the truck will transfer to the trailer and may damage the structure.
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King cab dually...

Not sure from this exact model but let's face it. I tow construction equipment all the time with no weight distribution and so do many others. The guy sounds like he knows how to tow already. There is nothing mysterious about an Airstream other than many are towed by light duty vehicles.
When I got the Argosy, I towed it home with no issues. I really thought, WOW! this is an easy tow. Felt like pulling a pair SeaDoos. Just worried about the rotted tires, joking with my buddy that if they blow we are not stopping. We'll just drag it home.

But then you see on this forum....the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks with an Airstream on their side. I was thinking all of the issues were from short wheel based suvs or passenger cars.

This is what got me thinking, Mysterious? Maybe balloon like? Connected to a TV, everything is fine until wind disruption and its swaying like a balloon behind the TV. Actually I was thinking they were accidents caused by poorly loaded trailers. Argosy with the fresh water tank in the front, the black and grey at the very back. Water from front to the back, maybe reduced tongue weight.

To be honest, my wife has a chevy tahoe and from reading many posts it would seem like the short wheel base tahoe properly set up would be safer than my truck with no WD or sway control. Very hard to believe but....

I have never used WD and/or sway control but if its that good.....I got to think about getting it.
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Even with my one ton short bed SRW pickup I was able to improperly set up the WD enough to take weight off the rear wheels and create a dangerous situation. When I use WD I make sure the weight in the truck bed is what I will have towing, before I set the WD bars. On edit, I do not use WD but I do use two sway control bars at all times.
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My first trailer was a 30' Classic, I pulled it 10,000 miles with a weight distribution hitch and some problems with sway because it was not set up right.

My next trailer was as 30' Classic and I got rid of that heavy extra work hitch. I had less trouble with sway.

My new trailer is a FC 26 U and it pulls like a dream with out a hitch.
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I found the 2016 info I believe you are quoting at:
https://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/tow...ing_charts.pdf

It appears that somewhere between the 2011 model year and 2016 that Ram removed the recommendation for weight distribution for trailers over 5,000 pounds being towed by the 3500.

As I read the many good thoughts in this stream, I'd say you could lay these opinions end to end and they would not reach a clear conclusion. Some of us wouldn't tow a mile without a WDH (including me), but my TV manufacturer recommends it and my truck is way closer to its limits towing my trailer than yours would be towing yours.

Before getting our AS I towed 30,000 or more highway miles with cargo trailers up to 6,000 lbs with no knowledge there was such a thing as WDH or anti sway and no incidents. I was fat, dumb and happy (well... I actually wasn't all that happy).

I think you need to digest the info the community has provided and trust your gut on this decision then learn from your own experience.

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The TV is a Ram Crew cab 4x4 DRW. I have searched but can not locate the info on at what point I need a WDH or sway control in the manual. I even looked up the 2011 ram 3500 and I see what you have stated in the footnotes for that year.

For the 2016, I see Class V hitch max 1800 lbs, Max tow on the ball 18,000 lbs. 18,000+ requires 5th or gooseneck with no footnotes related to WDH or Sway.

For those who said, you have the WD from the PO, why not use it? From what I read in the posts.....Needs to be properly set up. I have no clue what Reese 1000 lbs bars are but that's what I have. The hitch end is a mess. I would need to buy new or cut this one up to fit the height of the truck.

I have been reading, the rough ride of the truck will transfer to the trailer and may damage the structure.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:25 AM   #38
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Here is my take based upon my experience.

If a person has a 70s style 31' Airstream and wants to comfortably and safely tow over 60 MPH, get sway control.

If a person tows 55 mph and under, none is required.

These trailers will sway over 60 mph if you towed them with a tank.


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"My new trailer is a FC 26 U and it pulls like a dream with out a hitch."



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I'm always slightly bemused when this debate crops up.

I can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to help their TV, no matter how big it is, by spreading the load a little with a weight distribution system. Why would you want to hang all that weight on a single point some distance from the rear axle when there are cheap and effective WD setups that will put some of that load on all of your available axles, including those on the trailer? It just seems like common sense to me.

If your WD system of choice doesn't already come with sway control or sway elimination then why not add a very cheap friction bar or two, just to seal the deal? Added insurance and a better towing experience. Again, it all seems to be such a simple and cheap method of reducing your towing risks.

Of course people tow without WD and anti-sway all the time, and good luck to them, but I can't understand why you'd want to cheap out on such things when you're towing a very expensive travel trailer.
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As you go about your daily travels take a look at the many trailers that you see. Utility, box, equipment, etc, etc.
You will see that few, perhaps even none of them have any kind of WD or sway control.
Then ask yourself why not.
Is it because all those other people are dumb or just don't know better? Is it because Airstreams just tow really lousy and actually need those towing aids?
Or could it be that Streamers often have plenty of dough and just love all those fancy but unnecessary doo dads and gew gaws?
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As you go about your daily travels take a look at the many trailers that you see. Utility, box, equipment, etc, etc.
You will see that few, perhaps even none of them have any kind of WD or sway control.
Then ask yourself why not.
Is it because all those other people are dumb or just don't know better? Is it because Airstreams just tow really lousy and actually need those towing aids?
Or could it be that Streamers often have plenty of dough and just love all those fancy but unnecessary doo dads and gew gaws?

It could also be that Airstreamers are well read and know more.

I was quite shocked when a friend of mine, who is a mechanic and tows all manner of goodies behind his various trucks and vans, didn't know the difference between a sway bar and a WD system. He genuinely thought that they were one and the same thing.

I think that there are many out there that really don't know what a WD, or sway, system can do.
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