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Old 04-20-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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Towing advice recommendation

Hi. First post great info on this site. I searched and read prior to posting.
We have an older Country Coach 36' 1998 Allure. Cummins and Allisons all air ride. Have a 7k factory hitch now and tow a Jeep with ease.
Want to tow a trailer, spec Miata car, and gear total is about 6500 pounds, trailer is 22'. RV GVWR is 30000 pounds GCWR 37000 but I must travel light. Weighed at truck stop at 27000 pounds loaded. I put larger load on tires on the RV last year so I could run lower pressure (fyi).
Just looking for others opinions on the hitch and your experiences with weight distribution bars.
Thanks for any input.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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Sorry , I can't answer you question , just wanted to say Hi.
I'm sure other members will be along soon , with answers.

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Old 04-21-2014, 12:35 PM   #3
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I pull a 24' 10,000 lb enclosed trailer, hitch rated at 15,000 lbs and 1,500 lb tongue weight.

I would recommend getting a Sherline Trailer tongue scale, Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity Sherline Tools 5780

With 7,000 lb rated hitch, you will be within rating if your GCWR is ok. You will also have to watch your tongue weight, I would discuss with reputable trailer hitch company assuming you have a 700 lb tongue rating.

One option may to back your Miata into the trailer and keep the engine weight on rear trailer axles or behind the axles.

I use weight distribution bars, and did on my previous coach as well. The air bags will handle my load, but my belief is that it rides better with the bars. I have read and followed the Trailer Toad concept of removing almost all of the stress of the tongue weight from the coach but haven't went that route. More importantly to me than the distribution bars is the sway control, really helps in the wind and around other high profile vehicles.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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Hi 317Nathan,
Welcome to iRV2. It sounds like your concern is the weight on the receiver. The other numbers, while close to the maximum, are within spec. Do you know what the hitch weight rating is for the receiver? How does this match up with what you think the hitch weight would be without the weight distribution setup? You have done your homework on the numbers in your post.

I have no experience with weight distribution set ups on a coach.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:17 AM   #5
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Thank you for your info. I always want to be 90%, or less, below my max on anything. Weight is under the max but felt like I am pushing things.
I agree I need to weight the tounge and work with my load to keep tounge weight set correctly.

Ordered the tounge scale very cool idea.

Thanks again.
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