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Trailer Ball Height to Increase Tongue Weight to Help with Sway Control on a Single Axle Fish House

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I have a 16 ice castle single axel fish house that sways quite a bit. I have an adjustable hitch on my pickup and I would like to know, do I raise or lower the height of the ball to increase tungue weight?

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You should have the hitch ball height set so that the trailer tows as level as possible behind your pickup. If there is a setting that goes between slightly higher than level and slightly lower than level, opt for the slightly lower setting, when the trailer is sitting on the trailer ball.

An increase in tongue weight will most likely help with your sway situation. Adding weight in front of the trailer axles would be the best way to increase the tongue weight, just make sure you stay within the capacities of your towing setup.

If you still have issues with sway after correctly setting the ball height and adding weight to the front of the trailer, you might want to consider adding a sway control unit and bracket. You could use the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit, # 83660, along with a Reese Sway-Control Bracket, # RP26003, if your adjustable ball mount will accommodate the sway control bracket.

We have a section in our weight distribution article that explains this type of sway control for you to review, see link.

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