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Old 06-16-2009, 08:48 PM   #11
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If the front is high and the back low, you may be transferring too much weight to the end of your trailer; which will induce the tendency to sway.
I understand the reasoning behind this statement, and that is what has been recommended on posts on numerous websites that I have visited.....if you can't get the trailer exactly level, then a tongue down attitude is best. But I would like to throw another idea into that reasoning: On a tandem wheel trialer, as you raise the tongue, then you are probably taking a little weight off of the front TT wheels, and putting more weight on the rear wheels. That would change the fulcrum point some to a spot nearer the rear wheels, instead of 1/2 way between the wheels if the trailer were level. Wouldn't the change of that fulcrum point put more weight back onto the tongue by moving the center of the fulcrum point to the rear??? And if you lower the tongue, shouldn't that move the fulcrum point foward, therefore taking some weight off of the tongue??
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:34 AM   #12
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Interesting idea! Not sure how much difference that would make but your reasoning seems to have merit. Here's another thought. How is your trailer loaded? Where are the tanks and do you tow with a full fresh water? Where do you store things in the trailer? More than half of that additional weight should be forward of the wheels (fulcrum point) to minimize sway. Another thought, I think your axles should be evenly loaded or you may be overloading one axle's tires versus the other axle. This could cause you tire problems; potential blowouts from overheating of overworked tires. This argues for a flat towing position for your trailer. Even the load across your axles and tires.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:08 PM   #13
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weight distribution setup

Well, I set up my tv and trailer according to this link http://www.ehow.com/how_2094696_setu...tch.html...and everything is level. Except my TV doesn't squat at all on the front according to my measurement. I have the eaz lift system and it doesn't matter if I increase or decrease the amount of links on the chain it stays the same. The trailer seems to be making the rear of my vehicle squat and not the front regardless of the "weight distributing" hitch. Any thoughts?
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:15 AM   #14
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What vehicle do you have? Newer GM vehicles won't squat no matter how much bind you put on the WD bars. The best way to set those up is to scale the rig and adjust according to the weight transfered.
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Thanks for the reply, sorry about my delay. I was on a 2 week camping trip. I own a 2007 chev. avalanche. I haven't heard that about the newer GM vehicles, but that gives me some relief about what I was doing.
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I understand the reasoning behind this statement, and that is what has been recommended on posts on numerous websites that I have visited.....if you can't get the trailer exactly level, then a tongue down attitude is best. But I would like to throw another idea into that reasoning: On a tandem wheel trialer, as you raise the tongue, then you are probably taking a little weight off of the front TT wheels, and putting more weight on the rear wheels. That would change the fulcrum point some to a spot nearer the rear wheels, instead of 1/2 way between the wheels if the trailer were level. Wouldn't the change of that fulcrum point put more weight back onto the tongue by moving the center of the fulcrum point to the rear??? And if you lower the tongue, shouldn't that move the fulcrum point foward, therefore taking some weight off of the tongue??
Yeah, I know, I am quoting myself.

I found this thread that sorta supports my theory about the tongue low/high weight distribution on a tandem wheeled trailer.

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...g/1/page/1.cfm
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Yeah, I think that's right but I don't think it is a good idea to do that. More weight in back of the fulcrum rather than in front of it I think will be more conducive to sway.
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