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Old 12-09-2012, 11:11 AM   #43
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My AS came with an Eaz-Lift WDH. In approx. 7,000 miles of towing, only once did a get a significant amount of sway (in the mountains, on a corner, and being passed by a big rig right as I completed a lane change). If caused me to be a little more careful, as up to that time I had never had any concern with stability. It wasn't an issue, just a wake-up.

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Bganso, may I make a suggestion, FWIW? I can't quite blow up your pic enough to see clearly, but I believe that if you give you hitch head about two notches more of rearward tilt, and leave your chains where they are, you will feel a big improvement.

Verify with scale readings as well. Just a suggestion.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:11 PM   #44
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Bganzo,

A question if you don't mind, when you setup your weight distribution hitch, did you adjust the bars till the front fender measured height from the ground was the same as before hooking up to the trailer?
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #45
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A newbie question? Moving the head back toward the trailer does what to the weight distribution on the tow vehicle? I assume moving it forward toward the vehicle would then do the opposite...right? Confused in GR. (smile)
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:49 PM   #46
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A newbie question? Moving the head back toward the trailer does what to the weight distribution on the tow vehicle? I assume moving it forward toward the vehicle would then do the opposite...right? Confused in GR. (smile)
TILTING the head back will increase the tention on the WD bars and transfer more weight to the front of the tow vehicle.
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Exactly, It just looks like it is sagging in the rear and a little high maybe in the front. If, after doing this, the truck looks level(ish) and the AS is nose high, you may have to lower the hitch head one bolt hole relative to the hitch shank. Again, A little hard to zoom on the hitch in the pic.

Scales are the final judge though.
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Got it. thanks.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:57 AM   #49
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Having a hard time here believing so few people are towing with the Ram 1500 when so many are towing with the same size Ford and Toyota.
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I tow our 2011 27FB with a 2010 Ram 1500 crew cab. Hensley hitch. Towed about 15k so far and love it. Mostly flat land but have travelled the Adirondacks and the Appalachians. I love the rear coil springs which offers a much smoother ride for the AS. I went with the stock diff gearing 3.7? Since it is easier on the mileage when we are not towing which is most of the time. The hemi is a great motor. The secret Ingredient is hitch and proper setup. I had my rig setup by canam in London. At first I was worried that I' did not have enough truck and now I am convinced that for me the coil springs make the 1500 a better truck for smoother towing of the AS.

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Bruce,

Your rig looks great. Do you know what rearend gear you have, and are you satisfied with the towing power of the Ram?

I have 3.92 gearing. The towing power is adequate and I frequently pull fairly steep grades in the Sierras. On I-80 I have no problem passing big rigs or diesel powered TVs with large 5th wheels. Sometimes I'm in either 2nd or 3rd gear at 4,000 rpm for a few miles to maintain constant speed (55-65 mph). I'm careful not to run the engine any faster for extended periods...there's some comfort in the 100k powertrain warranty, but I still don't want to blow it up. I think the new 8-speed tranny would really be nice.
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Bganso, may I make a suggestion, FWIW? I can't quite blow up your pic enough to see clearly, but I believe that if you give you hitch head about two notches more of rearward tilt, and leave your chains where they are, you will feel a big improvement.

Verify with scale readings as well. Just a suggestion.

Thanks for the recommendation. The dealer set it up, but I've thought about making some adjustments as you've recommended. I'll try to post some pics of the hitch head.
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On the road with Ram Express . . .

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Really a nice looking rig, Doug. Is that a handle bar I see above the cab with brake and clutch levers?
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I tow our 2011 27FB with a 2010 Ram 1500 crew cab. Hensley hitch. Towed about 15k so far and love it. Mostly flat land but have travelled the Adirondacks and the Appalachians. I love the rear coil springs which offers a much smoother ride for the AS. I went with the stock diff gearing 3.7? Since it is easier on the mileage when we are not towing which is most of the time. The hemi is a great motor. The secret Ingredient is hitch and proper setup. I had my rig setup by canam in London. At first I was worried that I' did not have enough truck and now I am convinced that for me the coil springs make the 1500 a better truck for smoother towing of the AS. A couple pics of my setup.
Very nice looking rig also, Mifair, but what's the weird white looking stuff all over the ground in the first picture?
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Really a nice looking rig, Doug. Is that a handle bar I see above the cab with brake and clutch levers?
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