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Old 11-23-2014, 04:08 PM   #15
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...what Subaru recommends...No more than 60% of the total trailer weight behind the trailers axle...
About twenty-five years ago I loaded a small trailer with firewood. Because it was easy (and I was too dumb to know better) I piled most of it near the rear of the trailer. On the way home at about 45-50 mph I hit a pretty good dip in the road and when I came out the other side the trailer began to "fish-tail". I managed to unload that wood all over two lanes of highway. It was only afterwards that I learned that 60% of your load should be placed IN FRONT of the axle.

I'm not sure where Subaru got their information, but I'd be afraid to follow it.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:32 PM   #16
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About twenty-five years ago I loaded a small trailer with firewood. Because it was easy (and I was too dumb to know better) I piled most of it near the rear of the trailer. On the way home at about 45-50 mph I hit a pretty good dip in the road and when I came out the other side the trailer began to "fish-tail". I managed to unload that wood all over two lanes of highway. It was only afterwards that I learned that 60% of your load should be placed IN FRONT of the axle.

I'm not sure where Subaru got their information, but I'd be afraid to follow it.
Well Steve in fairness to them they did state that was the max behind the axle and they give a lot more detailed as to where the weight in relation to the axle should be located than what I stated They give clear drawings in their towing section showing where the weight should be and they are very clear the weight should not be to at very rear of the trailer but up by the axle.

Yup if you load stuff up right at the rear you are going to have a problem such as as you did. Not a great tow!
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