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Old 06-03-2011, 06:50 PM   #365
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Had to take a picture. This was on our way to Alaska in 2007.
We used to have a teardrop similar to yours - but it was the *pickup* that REALLY caught my eye - do you still have it? wanna SELL it?
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:38 PM   #366
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I thought I wouldn't be taken seriously...
Are you serious?


Post away, quick question for you do you carry a lot of weight in the rear box or more importantly do you have enough tongue weight on the front when towing?
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:59 PM   #367
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Post away, quick question for you do you carry a lot of weight in the rear box or more importantly do you have enough tongue weight on the front when towing?
Hoo-o-o-e-e , John...
You asked the million dollar question!
It's a continuous balancing act.
My '97 Kia tow limits are 2,000 lbs total and 200 lbs tongue.
I shave a bit off those limits because I like the car and they don't make 'em any more...
I try to keep the tongue at around 160-175 lbs, about 8% of the total loaded trailer weight.
The rear box is for outdoor miscellaneous, and up top on its rack it can carry a bicycle or two, or a float boat, and/or whatever else I take it into my head has to go on a particular trip. Contents depend on where I'm going, who's going with, etc....
If the Grandkids you see in my avatar go, you can well imagine what that can add up to
Sometimes even the "Ranger Jeep" in the picture goes in the back of the Kia- more tongue weight adjustments... Gotta save my rear end!
(and the car's, too )
SO- whatever the load is in the rear of the trailer, compensation must be made up front
The ol' bathroom scale gets a real workout sometimes, but we've been getting there and back for five years now, so I guess we're doin' all right

And I'll bet you thought you asked a simple question!

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And I'll bet you thought you asked a simple question!
To tell the truth I was not sure but it seems like you have a more than adequate handle on it.
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I've been dragging my feet about posting a pic of my "main" trailer 'cause it's so small I thought I wouldn't be taken seriously...
But it's bigger than that last little cutie, so here goes!
1978 Trillium 4500..........Attachment 10789

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NICE!! I often wish we had started out smaller and simpler! Our Beast can get overwhelming at times...
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Francesca, MaTrillda is nice, efficient, and passed the test of time - what more would you need?
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Waltzin' MaTrillda-
For her tendency to sway just a bit to let me know I'm driving over her comfort zone speeds of 55-65 mph...

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WOA< I am slow on the draw today!!!!!!!


I wouldn't worry about your trailer not fitting in. Even the tiny tear drops are still revered here. So, compared to them, you've got a mansion.

As for swaying, have you ever checked the tongue weight?
That box across the rear leads me to believe that much of your high speed instability may be caused by what's packed inside that box and what isn't holding down the tongue!

You may already know all this so my apologies if you do.

Nice little rig you have. Nothing better than having a comfortable, warm, safe, bed to crawl into at night!

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We tow 24' race car trailer and "The Pooh" does a great job, until it craps out. I would urge any RV owner to have GEICO or some other good insurance that has the towing feature. They have happily paid to have ours towed home twice, at a cost of over a grand.
My guess is that your first problem is that you're towing way more than the allowed towing weight. Of course, the pictures are hard to tell about, due to camera angle and all, but I'd bet the limit on that coach is 3500 lbs.

I found this out the hard way. I thought I was going to tow my 18' enclosed trailer with my T bucket inside. Weighed well over 4500 lbs, but my Ford pickup with a 4.6L engine was well within the limits. The Trek has a 454, etc. No problem, right? Wrong. Even if I replaced the hitch, which was too light, it still would have been well over the limit.
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WOA< I am slow on the draw today!!!!!!!


I wouldn't worry about your trailer not fitting in. Even the tiny tear drops are still revered here. So, compared to them, you've got a mansion.

As for swaying, have you ever checked the tongue weight?
That box across the rear leads me to believe that much of your high speed instability may be caused by what's packed inside that box and what isn't holding down the tongue!

You may already know all this so my apologies if you do.

Nice little rig you have. Nothing better than having a comfortable, warm, safe, bed to crawl into at night!

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Hi, Curtis

No apologies needed! Tongue weight/ balancing is an ongoing effort...(see above)
At 8% of total weight, I'm probably running the tongue a little light, and the short wheelbase of my 4 cyl Kia Sportage TV works against me, too. The funny thing is, when MaTrillda's following our 3/4 ton Ford PU with extra weight on her tongue, she still wags her tail if going over 65mph. And that was true even before I added the bumper box. And even after I replaced the passenger car tires she had on with stiffer bias-ply ST's!
I've come to the conclusion that since she was made in the late '70's, she's determined to keep to the gas-crisis speed limits in effect back then. Remember the "double-nickel"?
Everything's fine if I don't go more than 10 mph faster than that.
To tell the truth, I kind of like the more relaxed pace anyway!
Of course, that means that I have to take care not to impede others with whom I'm sharing the road. I'm always on the watch in the rearviews, and devised a way to give folks a bit of a laugh when they come up behind me. The "spokesturtle" on the back of the trailer is meant to tell them that I know I'm slow, I know they're back there, and I'll wave them by as soon as it's safe to do so.
It seems to work-I get lots of "thankyou waves" and hardly any of the "other kind"!

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I've been dragging my feet about posting a pic of my "main" trailer 'cause it's so small I thought I wouldn't be taken seriously...
But it's bigger than that last little cutie, so here goes!
1978 Trillium 4500..........
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How cute is THAT!! Hey, if it's vintage, then it posts here--- regardless of size, engine or lack thereof I posted my little TT here a while ago and she is only 18'!

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Have you had the axle alignment checked on the trailer?
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Have you had the axle alignment checked on the trailer?
Well- I think so!
According to my RV and tire guys, the wheels track properly- is that what you mean?
The trailer has one of the old "Rub-R-Ride" torsion suspension systems that preceded the Dexter Torsion Axle...
They tell me it's in good shape- no sign of damage, bending, or sag etc and the visible rubber still looks good.
That's good news for me, since apparently this axle can't be adjusted or repaired, but must be replaced if (when?) it fails

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Well- I think so!
According to my RV and tire guys, the wheels track properly- is that what you mean?
Yup, pretty much.

Does it have shock absorbers?
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Yup, pretty much.

Does it have shock absorbers?
Just the torsion arms.
No place to install shocks!

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