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Old 04-08-2016, 02:36 AM   #21
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Trailer is 4800lbs and tongue 500.
I just downloaded the 2013 PT Avenger brochure and none of the trailers had a dry hitch weight of 500lbs. All were much more.
And none had a trailer weight of 4800lbs.

Where did you get those numbers?
What's its model number?
What does its yellow factory weight sticker say it weighs?
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My Durango (same generation as yours but a 2011) came with LT tires, so the statement by a previous poster about P tires on yours may not be accurate. You should check.
I guess you also have the V8 with the 7400lb towing capacity?

Some thing is definitely off with your set up.

My trailer is exactly as you described, around 4800 lbs dry with a dry hitch weight of 500 lbs and 25 foot long. I figured that the tongue weight is probably around 650 - 680 with the propane, battery and hitch weight added.
I have a 4 point equalizer weight distribution hitch and had no issues towing it home empty on the interstate and the trailer had no sway. The Durango did feel a little light and different compared to towing my old 3800 lb highwall pop-up (definitely more air suck when trucks passed me), but i did not feel unsafe.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:12 AM   #23
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My Durango (same generation as yours but a 2011) came with LT tires, so the statement by a previous poster about P tires on yours may not be accurate. You should check.
I guess you also have the V8 with the 7400lb towing capacity?

Some thing is definitely off with your set up.

My trailer is exactly as you described, around 4800 lbs dry with a dry hitch weight of 500 lbs and 25 foot long. I figured that the tongue weight is probably around 650 - 680 with the propane, battery and hitch weight added.
I have a 4 point equalizer weight distribution hitch and had no issues towing it home empty on the interstate and the trailer had no sway. The Durango did feel a little light and different compared to towing my old 3800 lb highwall pop-up (definitely more air suck when trucks passed me), but i did not feel unsafe.
Hi, I just went outside to double check numbers on the sticker. Dry was 4857 and GVWR 7557. I have the 2013 Durango V6 with tow package, towing capacity 6200. I made the dealership fully aware of my TV, including the service department, the ones putting on the hitch. Now I'm getting worried!!!
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:14 AM   #24
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Hi all,
Today I picked up my newly purchased 2013 PrimeTime Avenger 26ft travel trailer . It felt great on the main roads, but once I got on the highway, it was terrifying for me. I felt at times the the steering was loose, drifting of the tow vehicle... hard to explain, but I felt at times it was hard to control, and my speed limit was only 50mph. It has a WDH and a say bar. Trailer is 4800lbs and tongue 500. My sister told me that maybe I needed to adjust the chain on the WDH, she suggested I take if up one more link to make tighter, which would put more weight on my front vehicle axle. I'm new at this. I have watched a lot of videos and did a lot of research...but I'm lost here. Thank you for any suggestions.
Your sister is right, take up a link on the WDH. All the other stuff is good advice, IMO, But the immediate solution to your lack of steering is more weight on the steering axle. That doesn't mean there are other things you can do to ease the "tail wagging the dog" with such a light TV.
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Hi, I just went outside to double check numbers on the sticker. Dry was 4857 and GVWR 7557. I have the 2013 Durango V6 with tow package, towing capacity 6200. I made the dealership fully aware of my TV, including the service department, the ones putting on the hitch. Now I'm getting worried!!!
I do have the V8 with the bigger tow capacity.
Just don't go putting a whole lot of stuff in that camper, you will need to keep it below your tow capacity. I probably would not tow with full water tanks, that saves you alot of weight.
It sounds like some adjustments to the wdh may work.
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:38 PM   #26
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a dealer will sell you anything as long as you can pull it off the lot... then it is your problem...

you may be in the market for a larger TV in the future
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I used to take a piece of masking tape and put it vertically on front bumper and then mark a reference point of lets say 22".......Then I would hook up TT and adj hitch links as close to the 22" as possible...Only one measurement ref point......TT and TV should be level...If not you may have to readjust actual ball hight of hitch up or down
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Also check to make sure you have enough weight on the hitch for stability.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:35 PM   #29
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Brought home my new travel trailer and I never felt so scared!

You camper should be loaded very lightly and nothing in your truck to make this work. You are at top limits partially loaded and over the truck limits fully loaded.
Things like less fuel help shed truck weight and no firewood or coolers in the back.
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Welcome to the world of new RVers. I think we all go thru this. Do some research, and don't believe 1/2 of what you read. You will come to a satisfactory solution in time.
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