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Old 03-15-2011, 09:49 AM   #11
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Slow down, you're going to fast.
He reported "Continued at about 60 MPH about 20 miles more, but with not great comfort...."

If he's uncomfortable at 60 there's more to it than just
"going too fast".
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:54 AM   #12
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He reported "Continued at about 60 MPH about 20 miles more, but with not great comfort...."

If he's uncomfortable at 60 there's more to it than just
"going too fast".


Yea,, because he got scared.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:06 AM   #13
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That "Backpack" that you put 100 lbs in, was that on the rear bumper? If so, that would decrease your hitch weight, which would add to the instability.
Since you mentioned that you "slowed down" to 60 mph, it would appear that you were doing, what, 75 mph?
Kindof sounds like you were doing EVERYTHING wrong, but since you won't respond, we cannot help you.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:42 AM   #14
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i would never pull a 26+ TT with a Trailblazer unless i had the best WDH made, like a ProPride or Hensley.
i'm a fan of the Equalizer but i'd never tow such a long trailer with such a short wheelbase TV unless i had the best WDH available.

need more info, though. I6 or v-8 engine? XL or regular TB?
anti-sway bar or not?
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:06 PM   #15
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That "Backpack" that you put 100 lbs in, was that on the rear bumper? .....
Kindof sounds like you were doing EVERYTHING wrong, but since you won't respond, we cannot help you.
Hey, take it easy. This is a new guy. 1st post less than
24 hrs ago. Give him time to digest all the responses.
(And keep in mind he probably had a salesman who said
"no problem" towing this trailer with your rig!!!)

You are right about the backpack. I guess it is on the
back end. Bad idea to add weight on the back end of a
trailer this long.

Our first trailer was a little ultralite 16 foot.
We stuck 2 regular full size steel frame bicycles on the
rear bumper and took off on our very first camping trip
in a "real" trailer. Previous one was a small pop up that
towed effortlessly.
We hit 50 MPH and it started fishtailing horribly.
We pulled over on the side of the interstate and stuck the
bikes in the inside of the trailer.
We stopped at a dealer on the north side if Cincinnati
and bought a friction anti sway bar.
The guy on the parts desk helped me install it because
the mechanic was sitting in his car taking a nap on
lunch break. They charged me 2 times what I found the
exact same friction bar on the internet later on BUT it
solved our sway completely.
After that we made sure the water tank was half
full (it was in the very front) and we towed fine from
then on. We could fill the front tank completely full
and put the bikes back on the rear but only did that
a few times. We soon upgraded to a larger trailer
and new Silverado. We now carry the bikes in a bed
stand in the back of the truck.

Live and learn & Happy Camping!
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:12 PM   #16
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I wonder where the fresh water tank is on that trailer?
With the 100 lbs on the "backpack", the hitch weight would only be about 300 lbs. So if the water tank was behind the axles, it would be far too light on the front end.
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I wonder where the fresh water tank is on that trailer?
With the 100 lbs on the "backpack", the hitch weight would only be about 300 lbs. So if the water tank was behind the axles, it would be far too light on the front end.
My thoughts exactly. If the fresh water tank is at the rear of this model (it is a bunkhouse, so might be under the bottom bunk) then when full 42 gal X 8 lbs = 336 lbs , plus the backpack of 100 lbs. Add the fact that the kitchen appliances/storage is essentially over the axles, therefor balanced, then the trailer could be seriously under-weight at the hitch. I would first make sure that the TV hitch is properly set-up for height and angle, and then check the trailer hitch-weight - it needs to be around 400 lbs or so. Lastly, when hitched up, the TV and trailer must both be level front to back and with each other. Hope this is helpful.

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