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Old 06-24-2018, 10:21 PM   #1
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How many have stuck with a 5k lbs towing/500lbs hitch weight rigs, towing a geo pro?

It seems like there’s this huge segment of trailer manufacturers that are trying to cater to the the crossover groups. We’re buying at Geo Pro 19FBS rated at gvw 2962 and tongue weight of 360. We fall into the group that has a vehicle rated at 500lbs tongue and 5000lbs trailer weight. Any folks been successful at using this style of rig to continue to tow with? Did you add a weight distribution system? Which one? Or did you throw in the towel and switch to a different pull rig? What was it?

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Old 06-24-2018, 10:32 PM   #2
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I started off with a 14’ SOB and upgraded to a Clipper 17bh. Both pulled well with my 4Runner and I have no plans to replace truck or trailer until something completely dies...
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:17 AM   #3
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Old 06-27-2018, 05:46 AM   #4
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you'll be fine on the 19fbs GVWR but you'll be close on the actual loaded tongue weight.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:26 AM   #5
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My son in law is towing a TT in the 4,000 lb range with a Jeep Grand Cherokee. He's using a Blue Ox WDH and says that it tows nice.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:29 AM   #6
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Son has been pulling a 19 foot Jayco for 2 years now with a 2017 Jeep Cherokee. He uses a WDH and hasn't had any problems with it.
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:42 PM   #7
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I started with a GeoPro G16BH, towed with a 2006 Highlander AWD V-6. I added a trans cooler, brake controller, 7 blade wiring, and EAZ-Lift 600lb WD hitch. I found that it actually towed fairly well. It had plenty of power, but the trailer felt heavy. After reading forums and researching, tuning the WD hitch and weighing, I learned some vital information. I had about 580lbs on the tongue, not including the WD head, and the dogs in the back row. The highlander manual states 350/3,500lbs, the Curt hitch said 400/4,000lbs with WD. We were a tad overloaded on the hitch...

We recently upgraded to a 2013 Acadia SLT-2 AWD, and it has made a big difference. We have upgraded to the sturdier Draw-Tite receiver, re-drilled the hitch shank (2.5 inches closer to the bumper), and bought some 1000lb WD bars (we have about 850lbs of "WD tongue weight").

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Old 07-02-2018, 05:38 PM   #8
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I was limited to 5,000 lb tow limit with my 2017 Highlander with tow package. I've taken two trips with my E-Pro 19FBS and have not had any problems. I use an Equalizer WDH and brake controller. I can't compare towing with and without the WDH. However, I've driven 800 miles so far and don't feel the SUV lagging. Simi trailers and other motorhomes pass me as I'm doing 60-65 in the Interstates with no effect on my vehicle. I even drove "one handed" one time and had no extra movements of the SUV or TT.

With all this said, I'm already looking to get a larger TT (under 30 ft) and a bigger TV to pull it. This RVing is fun!

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Old 07-02-2018, 10:14 PM   #9
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Thanks John, I'll be in the same boat capacity wise. I had heard of people saying their actual tongue weight on their 19fbs actually being between 700-800lbs and that seemed really high over the 360 empty rating, unless I put bricks up in the front., so I'm happy to hear you had success with a 5000/500 rated vehicle. I did buy a tongue scale, so maybe I'll be wrong, when it shows up.
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Old 07-07-2018, 05:40 PM   #10
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I stopped at a cat scale with my 19fbs and I am over on the rear axle weighting with my Ford Flex.

Steer - 2975 / 2660 (scale)
Drive - 3257 / 3380 (scale)
Trailer axel - 3500 / 3120 (scale)

6180 (gvwr) + 4500 (capacity) - 1160 (payload) = 9520 total capacity (if this is even right, I can't find an official answer so I'm guessing)

9160 was the total weight on the scale. Now I have to weigh my TV without the trailer to get true numbers.

The axle is pretty far back I think so it's relatively hard to adjust the weight. I have two Yamaha 2000i's in the basement I would love to get into the rear of the TT.

Or maybe I can adjust the wdh up a little to put some more weight on the front axel?

This is all very new to me, a month into TTs and towing blah blah blah haha
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