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Old 06-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #29
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Hmmm.. sway bars... My two cents:

I've never used a sway bar, and ironically, I would only use one if I was 100% convinced that my trailer does NOT have any sway problems, ever. I would not use one to "cover up" a sway problem, even a mild one. If my trailer wants to sway for any reason during a trip, I need to know about it. These devices can hide chronic problems which will crop up at the worst time, such as during rainy weather when you're supposed to loosen them up, or if they're not adjusted properly. Don't depend on these things, and learn to balance your trailer properly. Then, when you're an expert at it and everything's perfect, maybe get a sway bar for those rare road events. Although by then, you'll probably know how to react (such as applying trailer brakes at the right moment) and still end up not getting one.

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Old 06-09-2010, 12:04 PM   #30
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I don't have a sway bar and never felt the need for one. I do have trailer brakes which are required by Subaru for towing over 1000#.

Have never had a problem of trailer sway when passing a semi on a two lane road nor with a cross wind. I have crossed the Columbia river whilst a strong wind was blowing down the river across the bridge. What I haven't experienced yet is a sudden strong cross wind, the kind that will sway the car alone, but I am confident I won't have a problem when I do.

The first feeling I get when being overtaken by a semi is like a strong headwind. Then once the truck is alongside, it feels normal again. My Trill is VERY stable and tows like it is part of the car.

All these additions, if not required, just add weight and that is our biggest enemy.

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Old 06-12-2010, 07:02 PM   #31
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I noticed the weight ratings listed here


And it shows the 72 13' Boler to be 1300 lbs. Mine lists at about 1250 GVW. Now correct me if I'm wrong, isn't GVW, gross weight which means what the trailer should weigh maximum including cargo? I thought I read somewhere that my 72 Boler is only 900 lbs dry? And therefore I could carry about 350-400 lbs of cargo?

On that note though, I tow my little Boler with a Toyota Matrix which also has a towing capacity of 1500 lbs. I think that even if the dry weight is 1300 lbs, I'd find it difficult to add 200 lbs of groceries. Maybe dare I say "beer"?

Anyway, my Matrix tows it like a dream. In fact, I don't even feel it as a burden. I live in Manitoba so I generally don't climb a lot of mountains, so...
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:24 PM   #32
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Time has shown that most of the factory published weights were either very very optimistic or just plain wrong. Some have postulated that there was some tax or financial incentive for builders to keep them under 1000#. I don't know if that is true, but I do know that that was usually stated to be without a refrigerator, battery, propane, any equipment, etc.

Most real-life Bolers, etc. weigh in at around 1300# or more (sometimes quite a bit more). The only way to know for sure is to weigh your rig.

On the axle rating: I wouldn't doubt that some original axles are over their ratings, but on the other hand, the axle only supports un-sprung weight, so you would not include the weight of the axle/wheels/tires themselves, nor the tongue weight. I would think that would save around 250# or so, and so a 1250# rated axle could support a trailer weighing around 1500# (not recommending cutting that close; just saying because of the un-sprung weight factor).

I don't have all the abbreviations to hand right now, but GVW would probably be supposed to stand for total weight. In the case of the Boler, they seem to use the axle's weight rating for that on the sticker.

No matter what the rating is though, I would weigh the unit if there is any doubt, or if you are close to your vehicle's tow rating.
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:33 PM   #33
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Agreed. I know for sure my tongue weight can't be too much, because its super easy to lift by myself, and I'm no he-man. But I also don't have a fridge, just ice box, only a 16 lb propane tank. No battery etc. It "feels" like I need more weight on the hitch when I drive it unloaded. I think when I store most of my stuff under the bench, it seems to be smoother and handles better than empty. Maybe its my imagination. But that's usually where I store the "refreshments"

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