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Old 06-18-2015, 11:41 PM   #1
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Finally found a tv that will hold the whole family. Got a 2001 excursion 4x4 with a 7.3 diesel engine to tow our 2013 st26bh. Just got back from a 2500 mile white knuckle trip from Denver to Prescott, Az. Had sway all the way there and back. Almost lost it twice. A little information: Truck wt 8900, trailer wt 5720 with empty tanks, tongue is 820. Trailer tires at 50, truck tires at 60 and 65. Had 4 shocks, 4 wheel alignment, gear in steering box, ball joints replaced. I'm to the point of being afraid to take a trip. Tried differ truck tire pressures and filled the fresh water tank. Still have the feeling of not being in control. We have a equalizer 2 point wd hitch and latest advise was to raise the bar height one notch. Did this today and did a test drive with very little improvement.
Any advise from excursion people out there? Thanks
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:11 AM   #2
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I had three 'diesel' Excursions and loved em all...
2002 7.3, 2003 6.0, and 2005 6.0....and they are defintely people movers, not tow-ers (as you found out)

With the last one, I did opt for a PRICEY pro-pride hitch and that solved a lot of my towing issues...

You might do some reading on the Excursion forum on ford-trucks.com or their towing forum here.
they will be able to help you.... good luck !
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Do you have an anti-sway bar/device in addition to the WD hitch? Something that works like this: Sway Control Kit - Curt Manufacturing 17200 - Sway Controls - Camping World These things work well, but you want to disconnect them before parking into a lock-to-lock maneuver.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:56 AM   #4
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No Marty I don't. The WD I have is an equalizer E2 with built-in sway control.
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The tires on the Ford, are they LT's Or P's
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:47 AM   #6
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try the equilizer 4 pt (borrow one if you can). I have towed with yukon , avalanche and 2500 pickup and never a sway.
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You might try adding some weight to the hitch weight. Not sure where your water tank is (front or back of axles) but you should have about 15% of the loaded trailer weight on the ball. Your close but adding another 100 lbs might help. Is the 820lbs you mention actual scale weight or brochure weight?
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What speed do you tow at?
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x2 - How fast are you driving.

Also, how much tension do you have on spring bars? Maybe you have too much being pushed to the front and need to "lighten" the WD tension.
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Frank, the tires on the Ford are Michelin LT 265/75R16 M/S E rated.
Wayne, Had the same hitch set-up with a Expodition and had no sway.
Stan, the fresh water tank is in front of the axles, 40 gal. The way I figured it am between 12-15 %.
Darrell and Eddy, I try to keep the speed at about 60 because the trailer tires are only rated for 65.
Eddy, the bars are rated at 1,000 lb and the dealer suggested I raise the angle plate up one inch.
Thanks all for the help.
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