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Old 09-13-2015, 08:35 AM   #21
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NVGUN40..........

You have hit all of my points right on. The two most important is that he is towing it too fast and his TV is way too small with the wrong type rear axle and lack of good mirrors. Who sold him that package. He needs a good ass whipping.
THe owner will find out about too fast when the tread comes off one of those overloaded China tires and tears **** out of his rig.
What should target speed be? As stated, 60-65 mph was target. If I caught myself creeping up, I backed out. As with any driving condition, I will be more accurate with the target of 60 mph. It will come with a few more miles
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:19 AM   #22
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Never mind the speed. I have re-read the specs for your trailer. As stated earlier, your tow vehicle is not rated to pull your 26BH. It is too heavy. If you want to haul this rig down the road, I would suggest that you go back to the ******* sales person that said your Explorer could tow it put the statement in writing and sign it. When the inevitable happens, you can at least have a co-defendent in court when you are sued.

The other posters in this and your other thread have given you good advice. I hope you heed it.

In addition, show your DW these opinions!

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Old 09-13-2015, 03:22 PM   #23
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Missing some lingo here.. "DW"? If that means darling wife?? I have relayed these opinions to her. Her response was that some comments seemed arrogant and aggressive and I should simply leave the forum. I should mention here, that she spent about 6 years of her adolescence actually living in a park trailer, moving along the West coast and south central US, so this is not her first encounter with large and or heavy TT's.

I think there is a ton of great info on this forum, and I have enjoyed opinions, views and tech info from forums for each interest I have. I will at this time, restrain from retorting to snide comments.

I will say that according to "as built" and GVWR labels and manuals by both manufacturers, I am under Combined GVWR by about 600#, which understandably is close. I also understand that wheel base can be a factor. If this becomes and issue for me, we will simply caravan with my daughters jeep liberty. Even if I were to buy a truck to pull with, we'd still caravan as we have 7 people in our family, so that is a moot point. If need be, I'll pull the trailer dry and carry gear and a couple people in the Liberty. And I have full intention of keeping it under 65mph.
I've towed an empty 30' goose with a Dodge 2500, and a 12' pop up behind a 2003 Tahoe, that were both unsafe conditions, due to loading and mechanical issues, having nothing to do with GVWR. I've towed about 5000# of tree on a 2000# trailer behind a 2003 Tahoe, and about 4000# of trash on that same trailer behind an 1995 F150 (3800# curb weight) with no trailer brakes, and been completely safe, although I was likely way over GVWR on both occasions. What I'm getting at , is I truly do understand limitation of GVWR and that many factors go into how a truck and trailer pull, and the safety of getting it down the road.
This will be my last comment on weight until I can get on scales, and/or get a few miles behind me.
All that said......
I would love to move past the discussion of weights, and gleam what information I can regarding numerous other aspects of this new adventure for our family. For example, the guidance on leveling blocks, the suggestion that the popping was WD bars not the sway controller, and lists of items to check and have handy. This has all been great info, and I would love to continue to be a part of this community. If the discussion of my TV and weight is going to continue to be a sticking point, and lead to suggestions of "whooping ***", I will reluctantly reside from the discussion boards.
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:10 PM   #24
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Nothing more to add from here.

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Old 09-13-2015, 07:14 PM   #25
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Let's move on to new areas. This subject has come to a stalemate.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:31 PM   #26
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I like that idea norty. First trip planed about 25-30 miles from home, still in an urban area, This Saturday. Happy birthday to my wife!!! DW?? I'm guessing that's what that means..haha.

Notice there was NO grease on the WD bars when I removed them, but there sure are Zerks. Should I pump a little in?
Have lynx levelers and CIPA mirror extensions on order , should be here Friday. Is one set of 10 blocks usually sufficient?
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:45 PM   #27
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I personally have 3 packs of levelers but rarely need all of them. If you are staying at a campground I suspect the sights will be fairly level and 1 set should be enough. Might want to buy another pack in the future.
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"DW" is Dear Wife, "DH"= Dear Husband, "DD" Dear Daughter... ect.

Some would disagree, and grease their hitch ball and WDH bars. I do not grease my ball or bars.

Yes they creak and groan when I'm going slow or turning or backing up, but it's ok with me. I know what it is.

I have to handle the hitch and the spring bars. I don't want to have grease all over me every time I go camping or rub against the hitch ball.

Although my setup has no grease zerks. You may have to grease yours (a little).

To each their own I guess. I just can't stand the mess.

I've been ok with one set of leveling blocks this season. I carry some 6"x6" blocks for the stabilizers if the site is far off level.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:43 PM   #29
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I carry one set of 10 Lynx Levelers and have not been short yet. I also have a few pieces of lumber in varying sizes just in case. I don't typically put blocks under the stab jacks (I have the electric stabs, and the foot plate is pretty wide, so I usually don't bother unless it's going into soft grass or they're extended REALLY far). I have a set of "Stack Jacks" to put under the middle of the trailer just in front of the front axle, and each of those takes 3 Lynx blocks. I also use BAL X-Chocks between the wheels. With all of this, the trailer is pretty darn stable. The only thing I'd like to have are scissor jacks instead of the stack jacks (MUCH easier to deploy), but everything else works great.
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The WDH can stand for some grease in the socket where the bars plug in. But not excessive amounts. I do grease my ball with a quick spritz of white lithium grease each time I hitch on Friday. But... Somehow the 2 year old always manages to get greasy.

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