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Old 06-02-2015, 03:46 PM   #15
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Gail, the leverage principal. move the ball farther out from the receiver puts more strain on the hitch. Someone on a related thread had a percentage figure for how much it decreases the hitch capacity. But it's your trailer and if it works for you, go for it. Bikes can be the biggest pain in the ### to transport and I've tried several options, including that hitch extender which I no longer use

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Old 06-02-2015, 03:47 PM   #16
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In post #3 Bob is saying that the tongue weight limit is reduced by using an extended hitch. Also if sway has been a problem, an extended hitch will only make it worse.

I drive a van with a raised roof, so my trailer is completely in the wake of the van. There are no alternating vortices to generate sway:
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Due to poor packing, I have driven at highway speeds with a tongue weight of ~30 lbs. No sway was noticed, but the trailer was pulling up as much as down. It felt really weird. I stopped at a weigh scale to check my tongue weight, then loaded up all the water containers I had and put them in the gaucho. The trailer felt much better after that.

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