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Old 03-27-2014, 04:04 PM   #43
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I don't think INFO Gypsy (a very appropriate name by the way) gets the message ! What he is doing is very unsafe and he may possibly get a ticket. With his back ended down even his headlight are compromised.
The cheapest thing to do is to load the trailer so his tow vehicle sets level, thats the way the car company has it set for proper handling.
The high rear of the trailer will over power the low tongue. This will also be very noticeable in stopping. It is a very unnerving experience to have the jackknife during an emergency stop and turn.
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:08 PM   #44
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Franchesca,
That was a good video you posted.
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:41 PM   #45
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Franchesca,
That was a good video you posted.
Agree frank. The vid does a excellent job of demonstrating how weight and weight placement affects sway.

Example.... One of my neighbors tow'd a 22' TT for years with a chevy Astro mini van. It worked fine.

He then mounted a rack and two pedal bikes on the back bumper of the trailer. The next time he ventured out it was fine until he accelerated to get up to speed on the QEW highway. A few 100' after reaching 60mph the rig went into a violent sway and he rolled the rig.

They were lucky and no one in the van suffered serious injury. Lesson learned.
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:52 PM   #46
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I don't think INFO Gypsy (a very appropriate name by the way) gets the message ! What he is doing is very unsafe and he may possibly get a ticket. With his back ended down even his headlight are compromised.
The cheapest thing to do is to load the trailer so his tow vehicle sets level, thats the way the car company has it set for proper handling.
The high rear of the trailer will over power the low tongue. This will also be very noticeable in stopping. It is a very unnerving experience to have the jackknife during an emergency stop and turn.
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NO...NO...NO...

Making the vehicle and trailer level could result in about 100 lbs of hitch weight with a 2000+ lb trailer. A disaster waiting to happen. The op tried that by loading the back of the trailer and got lots of sway

The basic problem here is that no one knows the hitch weight, the probable, but still unknown, weight of the trailer already suggests that correct hitch weight would be over the limit of the tow vehicle, and someone out there doesn't want to know what the real problem is being caused by.

The op's answer to not drive on windy days does nothing to identify or address the problem.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:10 PM   #47
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While the original post is light on some specs, I am interested to see that nobody has ventured into the sway-bar pros and cons. Let's assume that the TV can handle 2,000 lbs. Let's also assume that the trailer is 1,500 lb's loaded with 150 lbs of tongue weight.
If we need to make assumptions lets try to make them a bit more realistic and assume that the trailer actually weighs closer to 2500lbs possible over when lightly loaded for camping! along with the factual assumptions that the car has a tongue weight spec of only 200lbs and does not a have total tow spec rating to handle the total trailer!
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:21 PM   #48
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Here is a pic of a properly connected Subaru. It is utilizing a WDH. Compare this image with your rig's pics. You can easily see how the this Sub and trailer sits perfectly level while yours is not.
Yup its a REAL shame that Subaru clearly states in their vehicles manual that a WDH is NOT to be used!!! When I enquired of Subaru as to why - both at the dealer as well as their National office I was informed it was due to concerns they have with the WDH creating an unsafe handling situation due to the All Wheel drive system they use..... so the OP should make sure they do their homework on that topic as well....
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I agree Carol, to give the benefit of the doubt, I was just going with the minimal factory weight values for a Scamp 16'. if it's over with the lowest possible combination, reality will only exacerbate the problem.

And as far as a WD hitch, I also agree And what happens in Ontario should stay in Ontario (Clever, What?)
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:40 PM   #50
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It's so easy to weigh the tongue. Bathroom scale and a piece of 2x4 or something else to go from the ball socket down to the scale. Easy peasy. There really is no good reason not to weigh it. Then the owner knows for certain if the tongue weight is appropriate.

Someplace in a wise book it says, "My people perish for lack of knowledge."
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:19 PM   #51
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You are right Bob I neglected to say that the weight distribution needs to be such that the weight on the TW ball has to be in spec. At that there should not be any great amount of squat.
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This thread has clearly hit a patch of hyperbole and has skidded off into the ditch
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:28 PM   #53
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I guess there was too much weight on the ball floyd!!
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:32 PM   #54
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Someplace in a wise book it says, "My people perish for lack of knowledge."
This situation really saddens me. As prior to the OP purchasing both the new to them trailer and as well as the car last summer the trailer weights in the real world thread was pointed out to them as was the towing limits on the vehicles being consider so the knowledge was there. But as happens all to often here we have a few folks here who continue to encourage folks who are VERY new to towing to go for it regardless either publicly or privately. Sure hope someone here doesn't perish before they stop the practise of encouraging folks to tow over their vehicles manufactures towing specs.

This is a situation where it would be nice if we in NA were to take up the practises of hitch ratings & tug ratings that is used in Europe. The hitch is rated only to the towing specification limits as set by the vehicle manufacture and one can be seriously fined if they attach a trailer over that weight spec to the hitch & tug combo. Simple system that keeps not only the person who is towing safe but also those they are sharing the roads with.
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While the original post is light on some specs, I am interested to see that nobody has ventured into the sway-bar pros and cons. Let's assume that the TV can handle 2,000 lbs. Let's also assume that the trailer is 1,500 lb's loaded with 150 lbs of tongue weight. Would the sway-bar help? What would be the disadvantages? I ask because I am considering a sway bar with something close to the above scenario.
in your "scenario", a friction anti-sway device would fit more into the category of a luxury accessory. Yes, it will improve your towing experience eventhough it is not necessary in order to tow it safely.
I buy better than stock, when I buy brakes, shocks or tires....and I have a Friction anti-sway device and electric brakes on my 13Scamp.
I like'em!
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:29 PM   #56
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We are towing with a Hensley type hitch ( ProPride) , not using the equalizer jacks but instead using the normal chain up system. Have had great success with this system but admit I have not had any other. Sway is just has not been in evidence.
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