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Posted: 05/04/21 12:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello All,

Curious on how I can avoid wind blowing the camper and my truck all over the place to the point of it being really annoying to drive and causing me to not even want to use it.

I have RAM 1500 with the 5.7 V8. It doesn't work too hard to pull my 29' toy hauler (7k lbs empty and ~8.5k with stuff loaded) at 65mph down the road. The problem comes in that even with slight side wind gusts I'm blown all over the place and I have to slow down to about 50mph to keep it drivable.

I have a BlueOx hitch with sway controls as well as the trailer friction sway control.

I have LT tires and after getting the weight distribution down pat, I have also installed airbags in the springs to keep the truck level. This helped, but I am still getting blown around the road.

I'm to the point of looking at a larger 2500 diesel RAM, or a full on drivable RV toyhauler, or just an RV that I would put a standard trail behind.

Before I go to these (expensive) extremes. Does anyone on here have any advice on something I could be missing?

Thank you,

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Posted: 05/04/21 12:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take it by a weigh station fully loaded and get the numbers:
- Hooked up with WDH in place
- Hooked up without the WDH in place
- Truck by itself.

What's the payload ratings on the truck?

My best guess is you are light on the tongue weight but the numbers will tell.

No, it shouldn't be white knuckle drive if you are within the tucks limits and things are set up correctly.


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Posted: 05/04/21 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Slow down to 60mph or less and put a Hensley hitch on the trailer.
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Hi,

I added air tabs. They helped with both noise and wind.

Oddly enough they improved gas mileage when there was a tail wind--but did nothing mileage wise for head or side winds.


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What year is the ram? And specs? The trailer is larger. What are you putting in the hauler section? As some said it might be taking weight off the toung.


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Responders can't say "slow down" too many times. Check the tongue weight.


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How heavy is the tongue? Tongue weight should be 11-15% of total trailer weight. If you don't have enough tongue weight when fully loaded, it'll be all over the road, and potentially very unsafe.

Being a toy hauler, too light of a tongue is also the most likely scenario.


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Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?


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The tongue weight will make trailer less stable. But it would be unstable in calm too. Fact is the large profile vehicle will be affected by wind. A lot of the solution must happen between the drivers ears.

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Posted: 05/04/21 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our 34' TT was 6900 lbs empty and 8500 lbs loaded, and it wasn't even a toy hauler....I suspect you are much heavier than you think you are. You may just need to move the toy(s) forward some in the garage to add some tongue weight.

Sounds like you're headed down a path that many on this forum, including myself, have been down before. The coil springs in the 1500 trucks aren't able to resist lateral forces like the leaf springs in HD trucks. The fact that you added air bags in the coils to level the truck not only aggravates the problem, but is a red flag that the WD hitch is not as "dialed in" as you think it is. LT tires help some but there's only so much you can do there.

Load the trailer and get it weighed, see if you can adjust loaded to improve performance. At the end of the day, I think a 2500 is in your future. BTW, you don't need a diesel, the 6.4 hemi will handle that weight just fine.


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