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Old 09-07-2012, 10:17 PM   #57
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Nurse Ratched. You have to know she would give the okay.

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Old 09-08-2012, 05:55 AM   #58
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Raising the tongue changes the weight distribution. Not by a lot but... On your way back... was the propane tank almost empty? Maybe the few missing pounds on the tongue in addition to the raised front caused the fishtailing?
From the pictures, I see that the part that was sometimes dragging was the bottom of the bar's vertical tube. You could just cut off the section that sticks below the ball mount plate - structurally it doesn't do anything for you and it doesn't look like you would be adjusting the ball any lower than it is in the picture.

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:20 AM   #59
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O.K....had a good night's sleep...

But seriously, folks:

I'm quite interested in the whole tire-pressure question, and since I'm about to buy new tires I'm going to conduct some road tests.

I've towed the same combination for thousands of miles with the tires at 50 pounds, and while I've totally mastered the "sway" problem inherent to the rig (without special equipment), I'm not satisfied with the quality of the trailer ride.

I literally cannot carry graham crackers for s'mores as they're reduced to crumbs by the time I get to camp....

The problem in my case isn't the axle or its suspension components, which are in good condition. But the tires are part of the suspension system, too, and certainly major contributors to quality-of-ride.

I'm going to replace my tires with identical new ones, and will experiment with different pressures to see if there's a beneficial effect on the ride WITHOUT any detrimental effect on stability. The timing is perfect since the next several trips we're taking are over roads I'm very familiar with, and I know exactly where the highest sway-potential spots are along the way.

When I've gathered all my Very Scientific Data, I'll post a new thread on the subject.

Thanks to the O.P. for bringing it up, and to the rest of you for making me think about it!
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:15 PM   #60
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Welcome back Francesca.. good night's sleep indeed
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #61
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Francesca, I tried to send you a welcome back message but YOUR MAIL BOX IS FULL. For what it's worth when it's time to replace my tires I plan to get them balanced. Everyone for years has told me "we don't balance trailer tires". It seems to me that if they were balanced maybe the graham crackers would arrive as pieces instead of crumbs. Just a thought. Raz
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:45 PM   #62
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Hi, Raz

Over the years, I've bought so many tires for so many rigs here at the local Les Schwab that when they see me coming the guys practically holler out "I know, I know- make sure they're balanced"!
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:10 PM   #63
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Francesca, I hope your results are as positive as mine. Keep us informed!
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:47 PM   #64
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WELCOME back Francesca! That was indeed a good long sleep ;-))

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