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Old 06-03-2014, 09:03 AM   #11
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I need less tongue weight not more! The bike rack and our 2 bikes might be 55lbs-60lbs total and in the grand scheme of things doesn't make a difference.
Actually, what you appear to need is a taller step up on your hitch. As do I. Here's how you know.

1) Park your trailer on level ground, raise the tongue so the tongue is level.
2) Measure the height from the bottom of the trailer hitch to the ground.
3) Put your TV on level ground, loaded as you would be for camping ( or a reasonable facsimile of weight and distribution, this is critical to correct measurements)
4)Measure from the top of the receiver (not the TV hitch) to the ground.
5) subtract figure 2 from figure 1, that is how much step up (or down) you need
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:10 AM   #12
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Actually, what you appear to need is a taller step up on your hitch. As do I. Here's how you know.

1) Park your trailer on level ground, raise the tongue so the tongue is level.
2) Measure the height from the bottom of the trailer hitch to the ground.
3) Put your TV on level ground, loaded as you would be for camping ( or a reasonable facsimile of weight and distribution, this is critical to correct measurements)
4)Measure from the top of the receiver (not the TV hitch) to the ground.
5) subtract figure 2 from figure 1, that is how much step up (or down) you need
I was being a little sarcastic with tail gunner on his tongue weight comment by posting the pic of my sagging car which was heavy on the tongue. I apologize.
My SAAB Aero is more of a sport wagon with performance springs and is far from being a work horse. I realize I can purchase a different tow bar, it's hard to see in the pic but actually my rear springs are compressed severely and the real solution is adjustable rear springs or air bags on my rear suspension vs. getting a higher step up tow bar..... This would raise my tow point to just about right and level while making the car ride level as well, but for as often as we are traveling it hasn't been an issue to correct or worth the extra cash to get adjustable air bags.
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