This place has been dead here recently so here i am
Just want to take a second here to update this thread. It's a rainy day and I work outside so not much production on my end today.
I got this rig back before 4th of July...the day before we left for a camping trip so it was load all personal items in and roll out at 0400. A once look over they did an ok job, not what I was expecting.
-They fixed the delam, can't tell it was there...good
-My sagging floors at wheelwell...they did something still not right though, but it did fix roof line in that area
-Fixed week spots in floor and added heavy TPO coin mat in cargo area and dovetail.
-tongue jack failed once I got to camping spot had to use bottle jack, I was told it was fine they are all noisy
called Lippert they sent me a new one
-awning motor failed while taking down at camping spot
called Lippert again new one on the way. Both these items were to be looked at while it was back in Elkhart
-they replaced my fresh water tank and supports and added 1.5in vent line and was guaranteed a fill as fast as I wanted and it would vent...and I tested it for sure. But now none of my holding tank sensors work
see a pattern
So among the other nit pick issues I guess they did the minimum they had to to stop my attorney from charging me alot of money....what ever it's done and I will fix stuff as its not worth my stress and agrevation
So, I have run it all summer hauling 3 four wheelers to the mountains etc about 3k miles at near max load. I am 10k on the axels full of water, gear and toys. It has held up but handles like crap loaded. I nevery have been in the position with the right tool to measure exact tongue weight, but while traveling I can see the hauler tongue is kinda floaty? The last trip to the mountains I came back with near full holding tanks and it handled better? Ok! The issue didn't hit me until my last trip last weekend.
I was loaded up kid,dog,toys,wife and full of water for off grid adventure. Get out on the interstate between 65 and 70mph the rig is just back there floating, zigging,zagging every passing car, then settles down (weight and speed police don't worry, I have g rated tires and I am pulling with a dually and equalizer hitch and as far as I am concerned if I can't pull stable at 65-70mph on an interstate it's not worth having). So before I left my spot I dumped the rest of fresh ate into my holding tanks and left. Now the rig handled almost like it was on rails...even up to 80mph. So I had the wife order me a tongue scale so I can figure out the deal.
Meanwhile I have seen most travel trailer toyhaulers of the like and size have between 1200 and 1500#dry tongue weight. They spec this at 850? If that holds true once I get my scale my next task is how the hell do I shift weight to the bow without adding dead weight. 1 wheeler sits on axels, 1 is 1/2 on 1/2 behind and the little dudes is behind, so there is no room to move them forward, fresh 100 gal above axels, gray65gal 10ft in front of axels and black 65gal ahead of that. Realistically I could keep 20-25 gallons in black as I would never fill a 65 gallon black tank...but that's adding extra unusable weight I am looking at moving axels back realistically, but hoping I can move spare from far rear to under tongue and add some batteries to get what I need. Wouldn't mind having the 18 gallon fuel cell for just the generator as well which is in the bow.
I also would like to add I have been told to get a Pro Pride or Hensley and it will solve all my problems. No, no it wont. They are the best hitch around hands down. But a poorly designed trailer will remain a poorly designed trailer as well as an unsafe rig to pull. Those hitches will mask the problem.
I will report back with my findings in case your sitting on the edge just waiting....