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Old 02-02-2015, 08:58 PM   #15
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Take it to a tire shop but, before they do anything, have them check the dates on the tires. You mentioned that the looked a little dry, you don't want to put good money into, or drive on, old tires. Getting a 2" drop on the hitch is a lot, get the right hitch drawbar. Check your tongue weight with a bathroom scale, it needs to be close to 10% of the total weight, less and you will have sway.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:54 PM   #16
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Take it to a tire shop but, before they do anything, have them check the dates on the tires. You mentioned that the looked a little dry, you don't want to put good money into, or drive on, old tires. Getting a 2" drop on the hitch is a lot, get the right hitch drawbar. Check your tongue weight with a bathroom scale, it needs to be close to 10% of the total weight, less and you will have sway.

Bob, there is quite a difference in height from a GMC truck to a Surfside. I think these trailers were designed to be pulled with cars, weren't they? 2" drop in addition to the 2" drop I already have would be 4".


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Old 02-02-2015, 11:25 PM   #17
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I have to use a 4" drop on my Sonoma and Blazer for my Hunter, I suspect you have to do the same, especially if you have a full size GMC
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:23 AM   #18
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Level the trailer, measure from the ground to the bottom of the coupler.

With an empty tow vehicle sitting level, measure from the ground to the top of the hitch opening.

The difference is the drop or rise of the drawbar. You'll notice the drawbars have different drops and rises based on ordination. If you can't find exactly the right drawbar, you want the tow vehicle to be slightly lower then the trailer. Should be able to get within an inch.

Best selection around seams to be Canadian tire.


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Old 02-03-2015, 02:09 AM   #19
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Just FYI, E trailer and others sell tow balls that have an extra inch in height over the standard neck length. Nice if you need to go up a bit and are in between the standard drop/rise sizes available.
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:10 PM   #20
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:01 PM   #21
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Update on my vibration problem.
I had Kal look at the tires and bearings. The tires were not trailer tires and mis-matched. The bearings were fine.
I bought new tires, had em balanced and the vibration is gone.
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.


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Old 03-14-2015, 08:19 PM   #22
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Next I'd look at the dates on the tires, if they are over 6 years old it's time to replace anyway. Some types of tires still get flat spots and/or out of round if not used for a very long time..
Bob gave you good advice

It's all about born on dates.

I have 20+ year old tires in my garage that would be considered new based on running on the road. Wanna buy them?
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:24 PM   #23
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Looks good! Im going to get some stickers of the bird after mines finished.
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