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Old 04-07-2016, 09:43 PM   #11
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While you get help with the WD hitch also be aware tire pressure and tire type is important. Are your tire pressures at the proper level?
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Dodge Durango is built to provide a nice cushy ride rather than as a hauling vehicle. So you are working at a handicap there.

First and easiest thing to do is put your tire pressures up to the max they are rated for.

Next is to double check your weight distribution and make sure you are not putting all the weight on the back end. As already mentioned: measure the wheel well heights front and rear with and without the trailer fully hooked up.

Next would be to check your sway bar to make sure it is clamped down and not loose. Many can be adjusted to be tigher. It may also be that a second sway bar may help so you have one on each side.

After that things start to get much more expensive with tow vehicle tires being the next stop. Followed by shocks, perhaps springs, etc.
I will check the tires. I towed it today empty from rv dealership. I will most likely get another sway.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:44 PM   #12
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you should completely load the camper first, otherwise you will have to start over when you change the tongue weight.
okay, don't laugh. Change the tongue weight?? what does that mean LOL
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:46 PM   #13
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tongue weight is the weight at the hitch
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:48 PM   #14
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If you step back and look at the entire combo of Tv and trailer it should be pretty close to level. You may need to move the hitch ball up or down to accomplish this and tighten down on the chains. Easiest way to accomplish chain tightening is to close the latch on the trailer hitch, let the electric trailer jack down and keep it running until the rear of the Durango moves higher, about 4 inches higher then it was with the trailer latched on. Then latch the chains on the WDH as tight as you can get them. Let the electric jack lower the combo and if this has been done right, the rear of the Durango will not be as low as it was without the WD hitch bars attached. Again step back and see if the whole package seems level. As mentioned the only fool-proof way is to measure tire deflection from the fender, but a level rig is a good indication that you are there.

If your stock tires call for 32# pressure, try increasing that to 36# in the rears, or maybe 4-5# over what the sticker on your door says.
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Depending on where you put things before or behind the axle will make the tongue (hitch) heavier or lighter. Think see saw.

I agree, get loaded up with your camping load out. This will be what you need to set up for. P rated tires might need to go for LT tires (stiffer sidewalls). Not sure what the max tow and cargo capacity is for the Durango but that is a start.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:57 PM   #16
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Depending on where you put things before or behind the axle will make the tongue (hitch) heavier or lighter. Think see saw.

I agree, get loaded up with your camping load out. This will be what you need to set up for. P rated tires might need to go for LT tires (stiffer sidewalls). Not sure what the max tow and cargo capacity is for the Durango but that is a start.
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If you step back and look at the entire combo of Tv and trailer it should be pretty close to level. You may need to move the hitch ball up or down to accomplish this and tighten down on the chains. Easiest way to accomplish chain tightening is to close the latch on the trailer hitch, let the electric trailer jack down and keep it running until the rear of the Durango moves higher, about 4 inches higher then it was with the trailer latched on. Then latch the chains on the WDH as tight as you can get them. Let the electric jack lower the combo and if this has been done right, the rear of the Durango will not be as low as it was without the WD hitch bars attached. Again step back and see if the whole package seems level. As mentioned the only fool-proof way is to measure tire deflection from the fender, but a level rig is a good indication that you are there.

If your stock tires call for 32# pressure, try increasing that to 36# in the rears, or maybe 4-5# over what the sticker on your door says.
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tongue weight is the weight at the hitch
okay, I am going to try again tomorrow. I will do as you said and hope it does the trick. I just don't want to take the kids with me until I know I have more control when towing. Thank you all so much for you input.
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The 4800lbs and 500 TW is that the "dry" weight or "unloaded" weight from the sticker on the trailer / brochure ?
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you don't want your Durango to be perfectly level. It takes some weight on the rear to achieve proper handling, but not too much. When checking tire pressures, do not exceed what the maximum stated on tire sidewall shows.
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Here's a problem with your tires, yes, they will be P tires, but you aren't hauling a lot, I would ignore the door placard recommendation and lean more towards the max psi. on the tire itself. The only true way to determine psi. is to weigh your rig FULLY LOADED at each tire, then you would know the weight on the tire, and then you can figure out what SHOULD be run for air pressure. Way over what needs to be done for what you are doing, you are not that heavy, max tire load is only at the max pressure, it is reduced when not fully inflated. Also, on the sidewall it will state the max weight for that tire at the max pressure for that tire, always check cold. I would set tire psi., load RV, set hitch so all is level, verify wheel well heights and I would bet you will be very close to what you need.
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okay, I am going to try again tomorrow. I will do as you said and hope it does the trick. I just don't want to take the kids with me until I know I have more control when towing. Thank you all so much for you input.
Try these recommendations you have been given. They are sound comments without more information than you have shared. When you make adjustments take the whole rig back out in the mornings after rush hour, less stress, and that will give you a chance to notice what makes a difference. I had to learn that some of my bad travel experience was due to me over anticipating what I thought was coming.

You are going to be OK. Enjoy and share your experience with us.

Safe travels...
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