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Posted: 07/07/21 04:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My son will be renting a small travel trailer (2011 Jayco Skylark) Trailer to camp next to us at a state park. He does not have means to it tow at this time and has asked me to tow it for him. We get to the park a day before and leave a day after, so this will not be a problem for me. I contacted the person who rents it and they do not supply the hitch. Thus, no anti-sway/weight distribution. My camper is much larger and I use a heavy-duty Equalizer Hitch, which will not work on this small camper. It uses a 2” ball, which I have available. The camper is located 20 miles away from the park. Am I being overly paranoid about sway, hauling this camper on the highway?


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Posted: 07/07/21 05:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since the trailer has a 2" coupler, I doubt that it is heavy enough to matter. If the tongue weight is correct, sway will be no issue.





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Posted: 07/07/21 05:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lynnmor wrote:

Since the trailer has a 2" coupler, I doubt that it is heavy enough to matter. If the tongue weight is correct, sway will be no issue.


2X on this, most utility trailers and the small trailers you rent from U-Haul have 2" balls, so no WD should be required, especially with an HD truck.


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Lynnmor wrote:

Since the trailer has a 2" coupler, I doubt that it is heavy enough to matter. If the tongue weight is correct, sway will be no issue.


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Posted: 07/07/21 06:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Omrod
GMs last 1500HD was in '06. It came with a 6.0 engine 8600 gvwr 6000 rawr and basically the old 3/4 ton chassis.
For later 1500 GMs like your 2015 1500 GM has the NHT package which upgrades gvwr to around 7xxx lbs.... 4300 rawr.

Anywayz you won't have any issues pulling a small lite weight bumper pull TT without a WD hitch. Pump the trucks P tires to max sidewall pressures. Your stressing needlessly.

I use the wifes 2016 1500 chevy 5.3 engine 6 speed tranny pulling a 10k car hauler with a 6820 lb tractor/cab 11' 8" on the deck and had no sway issues.
I did add a WD hitch for sag issues with 1280 lbs on the bumper which caused a 220 lb front axle loss (steering).


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Looks like they're all about 21ft, so your HD truck will be fine without the W/D and sway.


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“ The camper is located 20 miles away from the park.”

Whatever the answer is it doesn’t matter whether it’s 20 miles or 200…or Thursday vs. Friday, hot vs. cold. It’s safe or it isn’t.


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I don't think you will have an issue if you load the trailer so as to maintain sufficient tongue weight. We tow a 23' Starcraft with a Subaru Ascent that specifically indicates not to use a weight distributing hitch. You may want to ask the rental company to measure the ball height on the trailer, so you can make sure you have the appropriate drop to keep the trailer level. I suspect the hitch is considerably lower on the Jayco than on your Grand Design.


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Posted: 07/07/21 08:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should have no issues.

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Posted: 07/07/21 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes. 20 miles is nothing. Sway comes from speed and wind usually, from poorly loaded trailer, or other alignment issues. If sway starts then just slow down, that might be all that is needed. Slowing down a little for 20 miles is easy.
For 20 miles I would not even bother with the effort to hook up the WDH and sway control if it were already set up for it, not for this smaller trailer

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