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Old 03-29-2015, 09:53 PM   #1
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Vehicle stance and weight Distr.

Well today was the day for a quick shake down and system check with my almost a month old 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 TD (12 v) and my 1999 Fleetwood Prowler LS 26H which hasn't been out to play for a few to many to count But have been working feverishly to scraping and recaulking and I'll wax her up on my next outing north to O Shores at the end of this week.
Any wanted to run some number I had and to hear your thoughts.
Trailer max weight 8300 lbs. had two spare truck tires so plus 225 lbs. and 40gal. of water in
Truck at free stance with dealer installed overloads from previous owner:
F) 35.125
R) 37.62

Truck Hooked up with DB's and sway also load with fourteen gals. propane and fourty of fresh water (sanitizing with a bleach recipe today)
F)35.25
R)36.25
The differents being 1.5 and it seems to be all in the rear and everything appears level (truck and trailer). I do see a slight lift in the front but it only a .125 well anyway I'm going to leave it and put some more miles on
when heading North. Todays outing was just over 60 miles on rural roads and good stretch of up to 55 mph at 1500 rpm.
One thing I do have to say towing the Prowler with a diesel is a whole lot different then my Ford's with a V10 and a 460.
Anyway what's your thoughts about the heights. oh I using 1200 lbs. springs which I believe it pretty close the only other choice on my shelve is 550's.
This weather out here
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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A lot depends on the tongue weight of the trailer, I would guess that it will be approaching 1000#, so the 1200# WD bars are not out of line. You might try tightening the bars one notch and remeasure to see if you can put the front back down where it belongs, I agree that an 1/8" isn't bad.
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Franka548, yes I fill that the bars are pretty much on depending which percentage chart one uses. Guess like I mentioned just need to put some road miles on and see how she settles out. It tows nice both on rural twisty and high speed. I'm on the 3rd link in from end with 5 left to the bars and the bars are nice and parallel to the frame. I might try putting a bolt through one of the links (a trick I read about from one of the hitch company’s) for finetuning. Nice chatting
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Nice trick guestPacer, I hope you have many wonderful and safe miles and enjoy your tow.
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