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cliffy49

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Posted: 06/21/19 02:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think we all agree that the best towing experience is had by having a trailer that is level or slightly nose down. My questions is, what is considered to be "slightly nose down". I am sure everyone has there own views on this, Not trying to start an argument, just curious as I have not seen any mention of this on any of the forums that I frequent.

I tow a 30 foot toy hauler so I would think that "slightly" could be anywhere from 1/2 inch to possibly 6 inches. Over 30 feet that does not seem like all that much but would like to know what others think. As I said just trying to gain some more information regarding towing a travel trailer. Currently my toy hauler sits level but we all know that tongue weight can change drastically when loaded with a different toy. Depending on weight, length and/or location of the toy. Again, just trying to add to my knowledge base.

Thanks in advance for all your replies.


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Posted: 06/21/19 03:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't obsess! If the adjustment holes in your hitch do not set the trailer exactly level, it's best to set it slightly nose down rather than nose up.


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Posted: 06/21/19 04:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks better level.


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Posted: 06/21/19 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Doug above. it is not always possible to get the trailer exactly level because of different hitch heights, trailer coupler heights, truck hitch heights etc, etc. etc. so rather than set it up with the tongue a little bit high, it is better to have the tongue a bit low.

6 inches would be a huge extreme and would most likely have the WD bars hitting the ground often. It would also overload the front axle of the trailer a lot and possibly cause a blowout. Remember, an inch low at the front equals almost an inch high at the rear for a two inch difference. That slant would be noticeable.

I think most consider an inch or less as "slightly" if you can't get it level. If it looks level then it most likely is close. [emoticon]
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Posted: 06/21/19 07:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DougE wrote:

Don't obsess! If the adjustment holes in your hitch do not set the trailer exactly level, it's best to set it slightly nose down rather than nose up.

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Posted: 06/21/19 07:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One degree of slope maximum over the distance of the effective tongue length. ETL is the distance from the ball to the axle centerline of the trailer. One degree over a distance of 20 ft is about 4 in.


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Posted: 06/22/19 09:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a trailer that you can lift you observe that it is hard to lift the tongue off the ground, but when the tongue is way up in the air it is super easy to lift, and at some point (on single axle) you reach a teetering point (balance point) where the weight is perfectly balanced on the axle (half front, half rear).
The nose-down idea is to favor putting more weight forward vs putting it to the rear. A rear-heavy trailer will sway, but a nose heavy trailer will only put more weight on the TV.
Up or down one hole (2 inches?) is not a big deal and has minimal effect, but nose down if in doubt.
Nose down will give you more clearance for the rear bumper of the trailer as a bonus, but possibly less clearance at the hitch.

on tandem axle trailer nose down will put more weight on the front axles and will handle better then weight on the rear one.

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Posted: 06/22/19 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was told as close to level as possible, whatever leaves nose slightly down. If your options are 1/2 inch up or 1-1/2 inch down, choose the latter.





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I set ours up to slightly nose down. I had it level and went to the next possible setting to get it down at the front. Moving the hitch head down on the shank one hole was too much. I ended up getting a ball with a 1" rise off the internet (could not find elsewhere) to get it slightly nose down.

After re-adjusting our Reese DC WDH, it was a noticeable improvement having it slightly nose down.


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Posted: 06/23/19 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most WDHs have adjustable ball mounts every 2". I see no reason to be more than 2" out of level. Remember, this is measured by the frame front to rear of trailer.


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