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Old 03-16-2020, 11:01 AM   #1
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We are getting ready for our first RV trip. We have a very small toy hauler, Innsbruck 17th.
Our Spyder is a tight fit in the trailer. The dealer is of little help with questions.
WHEN loading the spyder in the trailer should i have the stablizer jacks down or up?
Can i load the spyder with the trailer diconnected from TV, allowing me to raise the front of the trailer with the tongue jack thus making the ramp less steep (only 2 & 3/8 inches clearance under spyder)? Trailer is about 4200 lbs dry. Spyder is about 1000 lbs.

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Old 03-16-2020, 11:47 AM   #2
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Is your trailer a 5th wheel or a bumper pull. If a bumper pull I would have it hitched up when loading or unloading. If its a 5er you could just raise the front jacks a little to elevate the front and lower the rear.
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Bumper pull.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:21 AM   #4
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With a bumper pull, I would use the rear stabilizers if not connected to the tow vehicle while loading. This will let you decrease the approach angle like you want.
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I have a 32' Bumper pull and load it regularly with it unhitched and the front jack lifting the front end to lower the ramp angle on the back. No Stabilizers, just chocked well on both sides. Golf Cart that weighs about the same 1k.
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I have asked several dealers and other campers about loading my toys. The vast majority say to never use the stabilizers to compensate for a quick weight change such as loading a 1000 # Spyder. The stabilizers are designed to only stabilize your leveled trailer in it's final spot at the park.

Yes, you can use the front trailer jack to lessen the load angle. But first, you must chock the wheels on both sides. I use X chocks which work well.

My toyhauler will not load my Spyder unless I do several things to lessen the load ramp angle. I either chock the wheels or back the hitched truck's rear tires up on a 16,000 lb rated Rhino ramp. I also have a 8" trailer step from raceramps that I center under the load ramp door. Then I use a set of 6" Kurb ramps rated at 600 pounds each, to get the front tires up quickly to clear the load ramp. It is a process derived from trial and error. Hopefully your ramp is not as steep as mine, but a Spyder is going to need some measures to clear most ramps.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:35 AM   #7
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My experience has been that if I'm fairly level to begin with, I'm fine and can load while hitched. The only time I need to resort to loading prior to hitching and raising the front is if I'm parked on a medium downhill slope or greater. If Driving through a park and looking for a choice of camping spots, its not something I look for but if the site is level and the parking pad is level or sloping towards the back, that's a keeper.
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My experience has been that if I'm fairly level to begin with, I'm fine and can load while hitched. The only time I need to resort to loading prior to hitching and raising the front is if I'm parked on a medium downhill slope or greater. If Driving through a park and looking for a choice of camping spots, its not something I look for but if the site is level and the parking pad is level or sloping towards the back, that's a keeper.
A Spyder RT is a whole different loading experience than a golf cart. A very low pointed nose that sticks out 7+ inches in front of the tires. If a golf cart could comfortably do70mph, I would consider switching rides......
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Mine will do about 23 mph and that's too fast when my daughters driving

I wouldn't want anything that fast unless I was driving.
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