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Old 10-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #11
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the actual tongue weight, when loaded, will be at or over the Traverse's max.
this is because the passengers and cargo will also affect its payload and then you also factor in the typical overly soft suspension of SUV's.

thanks for clarifying, I am trying to source the best product to provide adequate tongue weight (likely around 500 lbs - to give a 200 lb margin over the trailer tongue weight of 300 lbs) and rated at 5,000 lb towing capacity. My problem is the limited space on the Vibe 6504 "A" frame.
I will have to double cheque the measurements, but I think I need a minimum 27 inches - as per this document I found on the forum
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:31 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=bikendan;260880]the actual tongue weight, when loaded, will be at or over the Traverse's max.


Just to be clear, I assume the tongue weight maximum for the Chevy Traverse would be limited to the "hitch rating" of 500 lbs. The Vibe 6504 hitch weight of 300 lbs is well within the hitch rating on the Traverse. Everything I read in the owners manual would suggest that addition of hitch weight needs to be included in the calculation of available payload (CCC) for the vehicle and that adding payload to the vehicle does not impact your overall hitch weight (which would remain at 300 lbs of the trailer tongue weight).
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One differance between the 6504 and other trailers is the propane and battery are behind the axel, also the main storage area is behind the axel. So keeping the tongue weight over 10% can be more of an issue than having a heavy tongue.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #14
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One differance between the 6504 and other trailers is the propane and battery are behind the axel, also the main storage area is behind the axel. So keeping the tongue weight over 10% can be more of an issue than having a heavy tongue.
Good Point Happy Vibe.

So I take it you are operating without a weight distribution hitch ?
What is your tow vehicle ?
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I have a vibe 6501. I am towing with a Kia Sedona ( minivan) so I am using the E2 WDH. The rear suspension on the van is too soft and the hitch to low not to use a WDH.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:17 AM   #16
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I have a vibe 6501. I am towing with a Kia Sedona ( minivan) so I am using the E2 WDH. The rear suspension on the van is too soft and the hitch to low not to use a WDH.

I had a closer look under my trailer and noticed that there is a "factory" installed bracket about 27 inches back from the ball hitch. Does anyone on the forum recognize this as a possible standard bracket mount for an "equal-i-zer" weight distribution hitch. See attached photos I took of my VIBE 6504. Brackets are just under trailer floor.
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That is what my E2 bracket looks like,I had heard that the factory was putting them on but had not seen one, thats the part they welded to my frame. The L bracket would bolt to it. It looks like they changed how they mount the trailer to the frame, mine does not have any room between the bottom of the body and the frame, it looks like there is a gap on yours.
One thing off topic, check your caulking on the roof, I had to recaulk where the one piece roof meets the sides as the factory caulking had split.
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That is what my E2 bracket looks like,I had heard that the factory was putting them on but had not seen one, thats the part they welded to my frame. The L bracket would bolt to it. It looks like they changed how they mount the trailer to the frame, mine does not have any room between the bottom of the body and the frame, it looks like there is a gap on yours.

thanks Vibe - I am glad my install may be straight forward then. "whew"
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I see you started another thread about this bracket. If you want to be 100 percent sure give forest river a call or email the V-Cross department
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Pdchristensen,
Your install should be a breeze with those factory mounts. Sure wish they would have done that on earlier models.
I have a 6501 & the dealer installed an Equalizer WD hitch Model #90-00-0600 (6k bars). Instead of welding like Happy Vibeís install, they were able to slip in the mounts around the frame for my install (see picture). They did have to cut down the L-brackets due to the camper floor was in the way.
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