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Old 08-22-2013, 09:13 PM   #41
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Well I appreciate all the opinions and brute honesty. Fact is I've got what I've got so ill need to change what I can to improve it. I'm taking it to a company that manufactures custom trailers for stock car racing that also contain living quarters. They've got a scale and said they'd help me out. I've got a short 90 mile trip planned for Labor Day that I've routed using no highways and it only adds 30 minutes. Like I said before if I'm not going 60 with trucks passing it towes great. I guess we'll just keep the trips short and slow for now. Thanks again.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:00 PM   #42
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I typically drive 60 mph on the freeway. The first few times on a two lane highway with the TT, really made me nervous when a semi came at me. I was pleasantly surprised never to even fell them.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:21 PM   #43
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I typically drive 60 mph on the freeway. The first few times on a two lane highway with the TT, really made me nervous when a semi came at me. I was pleasantly surprised never to even fell them.
I had a ProPride WD hitch for a while and its design allowed for lateral movement where the stinger slid into the shank. That was fine but it did result in the trailer feeling it was being ****ed towards semis as they overtook me on interstates. No control problem at all, but a strange feeling.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #44
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I had a ProPride WD hitch for a while and its design allowed for lateral movement where the stinger slid into the shank. That was fine but it did result in the trailer feeling it was being ****ed towards semis as they overtook me on interstates. No control problem at all, but a strange feeling.
That's the feeling I get. A pulling. I never go over 60 either but every jerk in a big hurry likes to fly past me and cut me off or the trucks pass me and things move. Off the interstate speed limit is 55 so I'm not 15 to 20 mph slower than everyone else. On coming traffic has never been a problem.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:57 AM   #45
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Reading all the posts, I hear "it's the hitch", It's the tires", "too much tongue weight", "not enough tongue weight"

Bottom line is... that trailer should not be towed by a half ton, it's even too big for a lot of the 3/4 ton trucks,

the combination of the weight and the length is the problem, you need maximum tow capacity, maximum payload capacity and maximum wheel base that you can get in a pickup truck to safely pull that load....
I disagree! I have the same trailer, and have towed it with a half-ton. Nothing was in the bed of the truck, I was the only person in the cab of the truck. It towed fine.

However, when I need to haul with more "stuff", water, and people, I use my 3/4 ton because I need the payload.

It is about payload, GVWR, Axle Weights, CGVWR, tongue weight, tire ratings, and brakes.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:07 PM   #46
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I disagree! I have the same trailer, and have towed it with a half-ton. Nothing was in the bed of the truck, I was the only person in the cab of the truck. It towed fine.

However, when I need to haul with more "stuff", water, and people, I use my 3/4 ton because I need the payload.

It is about payload, GVWR, Axle Weights, CGVWR, tongue weight, tire ratings, and brakes.
And TV wheel base.

It can't be said enough, get actual weights then make plan. Without weights you can only guess.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #47
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Ken, you seem like a reasonable guy going about things in a reasonable way. Like to hear an update in a couple of months.
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As several folks have said, you need to get to the CAT scale and go thru the procedure outlined in the sticky at the beginning of the Towing
section. Personally , I like to be at or less than 80% of my GCVWR (gross combined vehicle weight rating. You appear to be at or over
yours. Stay Safe!
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:22 PM   #49
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I have the same TT and loaded to camp it weighs 9300lbs. I tow it with an Excursion, max tow weight 9600lbs, I would never try to tow with a 1/2 ton TV. I was discouraged from getting an Expedition because of the soft rear suspension. Once we decided we wanted the 32BHDS we forst researched TV's and W/D systems. We needed the Excursion because we are a family of six, sometimes 7 when Grandpa comes along, and the 2500 Suburbans did not have enough tow capacity. We choose the Reese Dual Cam system because of the great reviews. I have load range E LT tires on my Ex as well as have installed a Hellwig rear sway bar and the Roadmaster Active Suspension system.
Even with these improvements to the TV I still get the push/pull from passing semis.
I believe too much TT for that TV.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #50
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I used to tow with an Expedition and fought the same problems you describe. An additional sway bar and adjusting weight distribution did not make significant improvements. I finally bought a F150 with 11,000 lb tow capacity. That truck made a huge difference using the same hitch and WD system. Now I have a F350 diesel that makes the towing experience much more enjoyable. The F350 was purchased to tow the Eagle Premier 5th week that should be delivered next week (it is sitting in Indiana waiting for delivery). I know you said you don't want to change vehicles now but my opinion (and experience) is that you will not get a lot of improvement until you get a vehicle with a longer wheel base.
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