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RE: First Long Road Trip

Well the results are in on the weigh in at the CAT Scales I would say I'm a little shocked it didn't move very much so thinking Link #4 is the best? Bare SUV Front Axle 3340lbs with 36" Wheel Well Rear Axle 3480 with 36" Wheel Well Trailer is 7680lbs empty Link #3 Front Axle 3220lbs with 38" WW Rear Axle 4540lbs with 32" WW Trailer 7680lbs Link #4 Front Axle 3320lbs with 36" WW Rear Axle 4400lbs with 35" WW Trailer 7700lbs Link #5 Front Axle 3360lbs with 36" WW Rear Axle 4300lbs with 35" WW Trailer 7740lbs
Lusson 06/02/21 07:31am Towing
RE: First Long Road Trip

Thanks for all the advise my next experiment is to go to 5 links and see what she weighs at the scale. Plus got the LOAD Range E tires and see how that runs as well. I also know that I'm most likely not tightening down the sway bars enough. I know not to crank them down but a buddy suggested when getting on the interstate give them a little extra turn. Then just simply ease off when you get off the interstate. But took it off on a drive and around 60mph it seemed fine and will see what going up to 5 links does on the front and rear axle weights and go from there. We have our first trip set for next week and its only an hour drive but again good first test on the interstate with all the adjustments. Will give feedback on the weights when I get it done.
Lusson 05/25/21 12:28pm Towing
RE: First Long Road Trip

Ok I will try to make it more clear here. Nothing on the Expedition Front Axle 3340lbs with 36" Wheel Well Spacing Rear Axle 3480 with 36" Wheel Well Spacing With WDH on Link #3 Front Axle 3220lbs with 36" Wheel Well Spacing Rear Axle 4540lbs with 33" Wheel Well Spacing Trailer Weight on Both Axles 7520lbs With WDH on Link #4 Front Axle 3340lbs with 36" Wheel Well Spacing Rear Axle 4380lbs with 34 3/4" Wheel Well Spacing Trailer Weight on Both Axles 7740lbs So thinking I have my front axle back to normal and not light which I thought I could feel when hit a bump with steering getting light. Also again putting on Load Range E tires to help with SUV sway and adding a extra sway bar with having such a long and heavy trailer. Hope that clears items up and these were with everything loaded as going camping and people. GCVW for mine is 15,460 and figure my hitch weight is around 1000lbs. so that puts it right at 15%. Again most camping is going to be 50 miles at most with one trip a year being about 1000 miles round trip. Handles good now until I get up around 65-70mph this was on WDH Link #3 and again its been 20mph winds each time so figure just keep her in the 60-65mph range when driving and sway should be gone with all other changes should see how things go for this weekend's short camping drive of 25 miles. First time driving on Link #4 with Tires and Extra Sway Bar.
Lusson 05/12/21 09:23am Towing
RE: First Long Road Trip

Per the sway bar manufacturer of multiple companies if you have a camper heavier than 6000lbs or longer than 26' they recommend a second one. Granted every time I've taken out my camper on the road its been 20mph or greater. figure with having a 36' camper a second one to help out is cheap $49 insurance. Yes one more thing to hook up and what not but yes sway is an issue but hoping with the change in my WDH and Tires and the second sway will just make it that much better to tow. But every time right now if I go above 60mph it does get a little crazy but also my front end was light. Going on a short camping trip this weekend only 25 miles away. So see how she handles this next trip and will report the results on everything I changed from last time out.
Lusson 05/12/21 07:20am Towing
RE: First Long Road Trip

Trailer Axle weight is yes 7700lbs from the scale. According to my car it can tow 9400lbs but has a GCVW of 15,900 rating as well. As far as trips we only go camping about an hour away normally and plan to take one long trip a year. This year going from Iowa to Mount Rushmore. The scale fully loaded with gear and people said I was at 14,500.
Lusson 05/11/21 06:53am Towing
RE: First Long Road Trip

The weights that I posted are the Axle weights from a scale weigh. Yes pulling it with a 3/4 ton EL Expedition with Transmission Cooler and Heavy Duty towing package. My Towing capacity is 9400lbs and the scale said with everything I have loaded it weighs 7700lbs on the travel trailer. Updated the post showing the Axle weights yes from the scale empty and with the different link hook-ups.
Lusson 05/10/21 03:07pm Towing
First Long Road Trip

Well I'm a first time camper owner and seeing if there is anything I'm missing to be ready for our long trips this summer. I have a 36' long Travel Trailer finally I believe got my Hitch setup right after taking it to the scale last week. I may do some more checks after the items below. Installing a second Curt Sway Bar Getting Load Range E Tires put on my SUV Got things weighed and got my hitch weight at 950lbs on a 7700lb trailer. With everything loaded in my SUV. Front and Rear Tires are same spacing as unloaded with Dist. Hitch System. Only thing curious is the tires and second sway bar will increase travel comfort. On my Dist. hitch I had it on the 3rd link and here is the info I had from the scale. No Trailer Axle Weights Front 3340lbs with 36" Spacing Rear 3480lbs with 36" spacing Axle Weights On Link 3 Front 3220lbs with 36" spacing Rear 4540lbs with 33" Spacing 20% Tounge weight Axle Weights On Link 4 Front 3340lbs with 36" spacing Rear 4360lbs with 34 3/4" spacing 15% Tounge weight I'm going to see if I go up to link 5 if that does anything and weight it again but thinking link 4 is the one to go with. But noticed if I got above 65mph on link 3 it got a little light so see how it goes on link 4 and even link 5 for driving comfort.
Lusson 05/10/21 09:12am Towing
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