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Old 05-26-2006, 12:30 PM   #1
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Hello,

Do you guys use sway bars on these little guys? Mine was bouncing and swaying all over the place on the way back to Portland. Was it because it was empty? Also, any recommendations on where to get the electric and gas lines checked out in the Beaverton area?

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ps--I'm getting the tires checked tomorrow.
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:36 PM   #2
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Woo Hoo!! You got it! I told you it was just sitting there, waiting for YOU! You are going to have Soooo much fun.

The trailer will ride better when it has some weight in it. Check that it rides level. I have an anti-friction bar (actual 'sway bars' don't fit the smaller hitches), which I like for the added safety factor. Some say they only give a 'sense of security'...but I feel that it does work well. Others will chime in with more info...
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:40 PM   #3
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When i owned a Compact J it towed better with weight in the front end.Once i did that i had no other problems.Yes and make sure trailer is level when towing.
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:26 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

Towing performance depends on:

- a healthy suspension on both tug and toad

- properly inflated tires

- correct tongue weight

- a level hitch.

If those are all as they should be, special towing accessories shouldn't be necessary.
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:31 PM   #5
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Congratulations!

Towing performance depends on:

- a healthy suspension on both tug and toad

- properly inflated tires

- correct tongue weight

- a level hitch.

If those are all as they should be, special towing accessories shouldn't be necessary.

OK,..so I hitch up and check the angle? And the removeable wheel is a pain in the hindy..can I change it to a fixed wheel or will that hit the ground on bumps?

Sharyl
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:54 PM   #6
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Sharyl,

Glad to have another Compact owner on board.

I own a 1973 Compact Jr. I've towed it behind a Nissan Maxima, Jeep Cherokee, and Toyota Sienna. I use no WDH or sway bar. The only sway problem I've ever had was caused by worn-out shocks on the rear of the Jeep. My tongue jack has a flat plate bolted on the bottom, works well, and never drags.
Tom Trostel

here is a link to photo of the tongue
http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/ViewPhoto?...0373&p=73194432
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:27 PM   #7
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Hi Sharyl,

Was it you that got that showroom squeaky clean CJ from Tacoma?

Congrats, whatever it was..

we want pics!

Oh, and yes, weight in the trailer keeps it more stable. I had to take everything out of mine once (Cushions, all gear EVERYTHING) and tow it to a welder for a mod. It was virtually empty of anything but the inner shell and appliances. I saw and felt that guy dancing and bobbing all the way!

Put the stuff back in, all gooder!
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Old 05-26-2006, 07:16 PM   #8
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Congratulations!

Towing performance depends on:

- a healthy suspension on both tug and toad

- properly inflated tires

- correct tongue weight

- a level hitch.

If those are all as they should be, special towing accessories shouldn't be necessary.
Jack covered all the bases. 15% of the total weight on the tongue, trailer and tow vehicle tires inflated to max or near max (depending on rating, etc. etc.), all of the parts properly designed, adjusted, and working... and with the rig level, you shouldn't have any issues.

After that, if you use sway control, it's for peace of mind, not to mask an otherwise correctable problem that will resurface to bite you at the worst possible moment.

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Old 05-27-2006, 12:54 AM   #9
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I'll add to what Jack and Roger said by stating that there is just no way to get the proper tongue weight without actually weighing the trailer, all loaded up and ready to travel and then using that number to calculate the TW.

Good towing starts with good weight distribution, regardless of the hitch hardware (anti-sway bar, WDH, etc) one might add as a safety factor.
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:12 AM   #10
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Congrats Sharyl! I travel the I-5 corridor northbound from Portland quite a bit. I offer the suggestion to travel with the trucks...in other words, not the 75+mph most of the vehicles travel. 60-65mph is a good speed towing a trailer. Should help with the boinging a bit too.

Curtis trailer is in Beaverton..I think Give them a call and find out the charges for checking out the gas lines and appliances. Otherwise an independent RV dealer (I use American Dreamer in the Gresham area).

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Old 05-27-2006, 08:25 AM   #11
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Thanks, Tom. The Photo helps a lot. How is the spare tire secured? Mine is just inside, which will not work sine I have a rubber allergy!
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:41 AM   #12
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Congrats Sharyl! I travel the I-5 corridor northbound from Portland quite a bit. I offer the suggestion to travel with the trucks...in other words, not the 75+mph most of the vehicles travel. 60-65mph is a good speed towing a trailer. Should help with the boinging a bit too.
Well, it was rather odd going 50-60 in the slow lane! Every once and a while it would feel like a little kid tugging on the back of my shirt, I'd glance in the mirror ..oh, #@*#! I forgot again.

Do you just take it thru one of the truck scales for the weight? I'm off to get tires and practice backing up in empty parking lots today. A friend's husband got it into the driveway for me (in a rain shower) so practicing is a must.

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Old 05-27-2006, 09:55 AM   #13
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Do you just take it thru one of the truck scales for the weight?

[b]L [b]K in your Yellow Pages Phone Book under: [b]Scales, Public Weighers. That should point you in the right direction. Here in California, businesses like Moving Van & Storage Companies, and "California Redemption Value," CRV recycling companies have truck scales open to the public for weighing vehicles in order to process some Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) paperwork. These places usually charge a small ($5.00 - $10.00) fee.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:46 AM   #14
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For checking the Gas lines a small paint brush and soapy water will work. check all the fittings and make sure appiances are off , charge the system and soap up the joints. Just like blowing bubbles when you were a kid. For Sway I am amazed at how many people tow trailers at excessive speeds. Keep it under 60-65 helps a lot. Much easier on tires and fuel consumption. I wonder how many people with blow outs were traveling at excessive speeds.
Besides all that enjoy, a perfect time of year to buy a new to you Egg.
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