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Re: Is this a bad idea?

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I tow a 5000 boat/trailer with surge brakes. I tow as is. No weight distributing hitch, no electric brake controller. I have towed half way across the country, and not had any issues. Can hardly even tell I am towing something with the diesel compared to my old V8 Grand Cherokee.
Boat trailers are a completely different beast than utility or travel trailers. You can do that with a boat trailer; I have. Don't do it with a utility or travel trailer.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

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you can do a uhaul truck and trailer, I just did this in march from maryland to cali. I have a '14 summit and all i did was run the gas down to an eigth of a tank and take the spare tire out and it was well below the weight limit of the trailer. Also when you go to fill in the type of vehicle you are towing dont tell them its the diesel tell them its the v6.

I kinda wish I had noticed this post before I bought my 16' trailer yesterday. Oh well, I think this will still be at least the most economical option.

I ordered my brake controller and wiring harness this morning.

The guy I bought the trailer from said he never used a weight distribution hitch and that he always just loads the primary weight over the axles and has been fine. Do you all think that is a good idea? put our TV cabinet, dresser and heaviest items over the axles and not get the WD hitch? Assuming you all talk me into geting the WD hitch, is this something I need to have installed or does it work "out of the box" with my factory hitch?

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Ok, after reading some more, I'll get a weight distribution hitch. Any advice on which one to buy?
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

No suggestions for which one. I would still try to get your heavier items over your trailer axles... That will help the trailer ride better. That and getting the proper amount of tongue weight will make a huge difference.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Well stupid question as I thought the tie package will just be a plug and play hooking up a trailer and attaching the wiring at the back.

What does the tow package option do then versus one that didn't select it?


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Well stupid question as I thought the tie package will just be a plug and play hooking up a trailer and attaching the wiring at the back.

What does the tow package option do then versus one that didn't select it?


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Thanks. Those make sense, but I also thought the nature of the 7-pin wiring harness includes the electronic brake control. I mean, I don't two but I would have thought these are all standard additions without buying anything extra.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

OP here. Well maybe I screwed up. I bought a 16'x7' V nose trailer. Now I'm having trouble finding a sway control and load balance hitch that works with a V nose. Apparently the arms are too long on most (all?) to attach to the trailer frame.

I hope I'm wrong here. I called the manufacturers of EAZ Lift hitches and they said there's won't work. Are there others that might work?
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OP here. Well maybe I screwed up. I bought a 16'x7' V nose trailer

Have been pulling an aluminum 7 x 19' V-nose, that has a 76" interior height, tandem axle w/electric brakes on both axles for two years w/o a WD hitch. The trailer weighs 2040lbs empty, and the cargo adds another 2231lbs. No problems while running grades, interstate or otherwise.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Check your local RV dealers to see what they have. Some U-hauls also sell and install lots of towing equipment.

The Jeep will need to be flashed at a dealer to activate all of the wiring for the 7-pin harness.

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OP here. Well maybe I screwed up. I bought a 16'x7' V nose trailer. Now I'm having trouble finding a sway control and load balance hitch that works with a V nose. Apparently the arms are too long on most (all?) to attach to the trailer frame.

I hope I'm wrong here. I called the manufacturers of EAZ Lift hitches and they said there's won't work. Are there others that might work?
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Hello All
I have pulled several loads all up and down the east coast with my Jeep ECO as you can see.

I absolutely hate hydraulic bump activated brake systems, you have nowhere near the control as an electric brake system that is adjustable for every load you carry.

I found out about weight distributing hitches about 20 years ago, if i pull any trailer bigger than my 5’x8’ . I have been using this same WD reese 14,400 lb trunion style, square bar with built in sway control. Seen here Reese SC Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66155 on several different tow platforms ranging from Nissan Titan,Nissan Frontier,Dodge Dakota,Dodge 2500 cummins and now my Jeep Eco to pull my 7x18 dual electric brake axle.
I have a prodigy 3 brake control installed in my Jeep in the center console, this controller is easy to use and works great also from trailer.com

Once you have this type of WD setup correctly,it only takes minutes to hook up your trailer without having to constantly adjust it. The sway control stops you from being blow off the road when the wind is blowing,passing or being passed by semis and other big area vehicles.

Remember that you are responsible for the load that you are carrying pulling and the safety of the others on the road around you. If you have an accident while pulling a trailer and the load on the trailer is to much for your vehicle and you do not have proper equipment you are in for real problems when the investigation starts. If you happen to kill someone due to your negligence you will have a very bad day!

















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Re: Is this a bad idea?

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Check your local RV dealers to see what they have. Some U-hauls also sell and install lots of towing equipment.

The Jeep will need to be flashed at a dealer to activate all of the wiring for the 7-pin harness.
I live in a rural area, but I'll try to find an RV dealer.

As for the flash by the dealer, I think you are wrong about this. I installed my break controller, hooked up my trailer and all lights and breaks worked fine. I do have the tow package on my jeep, maybe that is why it worked without the flash.
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