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Old 02-20-2011, 09:04 AM   #11
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well crap. I didn't think anything on obx was open in the winter. We're not super impressed with where we are this weekend. No cable, poor ant. Reception, no wifi (on blackberry and dw is having farmville/facebook withdrawls). Anywho, congrats on the new rig, glad it all worked out for you. Doesn't the equalizer make towing a dream? Happy camping!!
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:15 AM   #12
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Appreciate it. Will know more about the hitch once we get back. Trying to wait to head home. It's supposed to lay down a little bit later on.

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Old 02-20-2011, 10:01 AM   #13
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Have a safe trip. We have monday off so we'll pack up tomorrow. It took me several trips to get my equalizer dialed in but once I did towing became much less stressful. Remember don't try to level the truck. You want more # on the back than the front...some sag
is good. If its bouncing too much reduce the wd. If your hitting the bump stops increase it. Once you find that sweet spot you'll know it.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #14
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we just bought a 2010 shamrock 17 . It just has the single axle . I never thought about single axle trailers being more dangerous , but they must be . Do you guys consider a single axle trailer O.K.?
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:02 PM   #15
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we just bought a 2010 shamrock 17 . It just has the single axle . I never thought about single axle trailers being more dangerous , but they must be . Do you guys consider a single axle trailer O.K.?
need more info. what are you towing with? what size engine and what rear end ratio does the tow vehicle have?
have you towed a full-height trailer before?
do you have a WDH with sway control?

a tandem axle is always better than a single axle, but if they weren't safe, they wouldn't be made.
nearly all popups are single axle and they've been around for decades.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:05 PM   #16
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shamrock 17 weighs according to specs 3100 pounds empty. don't know actual tow weight . I'm towing it with a 2001 astro van with the tow/haul package. power is fine but does sway when a big rig flys by. Will check into getting a anti-sway hitch and maybe a weight distribution hitch. Have a catalina 22 sailboat that weighs 3000 lbs but has a lower profile and pointed front. Towed it fron Los Angeles to Austin TX and barely knew it was there. Shamrock has far more wind resistance and was surprised at the difference. Thank you for your reply. Look forward to hanging out at the Texas gulf with my wife and our fat spoiled pug.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:21 PM   #17
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Because it is a rather short trailer and overall light weight it should be ok, also remember it will not have the cargo capacity compared to the double axle trailers.

In addition to that the trailer will bounce a bit more as two axles absorb a lot of the bouncing as it shifts weight from one axle to the other.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:38 PM   #18
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timorr98, i would bet that the actual hitch weight is close to 500lbs.
i think that your owner's manual should have a weight amount requiring you use a WDH or anti-sway.
i actually can't believe a dealer let you leave without recommending one.

the Astro van is the only minivan, i think, that's a good tow vehicle for a full-height trailer.
that 4.3 Vortec v-6 is a good engine for towing and that the Astro was built on the S-10 chassis, doesn't hurt either.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #19
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bikendan - you mentioned "WDH or anti-sway" . Is that all in one hitch? Thanks
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bikendan - you mentioned "WDH or anti-sway" . Is that all in one hitch? Thanks
a WDH or weight distributing hitch can come with or without anti-sway.
the cheaper WDHs have an add-on friction bar, that can provide anti-sway.
the better ones, like the Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual-Cam, have built-in sway control.
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