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Re: Towing RV Trailer

I'm now pulling a 24'+ tongue = 28' overall trailer. 6,000 lbs and 600lbs tongue. It's taller and has 15" tires. Again, Very different than my last 4200 lb 21' trailer and my 22' boat!

This RV catches wind more easily and really can feel it. Currently installing a Hensley hitch system to hopefully cure the problem. Replacing my reese dual cam strait line WDH system.


No problem with the torque pull, it's other factors that present possible issues. No doubt, Rvs are very different pulls than other trailers. It's NOT all about the weight.
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Is your tongue weight based on the factory sticker or scales?
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

You may want to get an anti-sway bar for your trailer. I used to have a 20' x 8.5' wide flat front and it would walk all over the place with any kind of breeze and when side by side with a big rig. I used to pull it with a v8 silverado which averaged 4-8 mpg depending on wind and that was me going 65 mph max. I used to plan trips based on gas stations every 150 miles. Borrowed a diesel pickup to tow it one day and got rid of the gas guzzler and that trailer several months later (was hell towing that behemoth).
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

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Is your tongue weight based on the factory sticker or scales?
Measured on scale with a Sherline borrowed from a local rv store. Trailer was not fully loaded with food and clothing but propane, battery and some storage locker stuff in place... So number is fairly close
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You may want to get an anti-sway bar for your trailer. I used to have a 20' x 8.5' wide flat front and it would walk all over the place with any kind of breeze and when side by side with a big rig. I used to pull it with a v8 silverado which averaged 4-8 mpg depending on wind and that was me going 65 mph max. I used to plan trips based on gas stations every 150 miles. Borrowed a diesel pickup to tow it one day and got rid of the gas guzzler and that trailer several months later (was hell towing that behemoth).
I'm installing a Hensley WDH (very expensive system) now to try it out. Was using a Reese dual cam strait line anti sway WDH. Would not think of driving this size trailer without one. If you are not familiar with a Hensley check it out on line
Completely different animal than typical WDH
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

MPGTow: I hope you don't mind me jumping on this thread as I'm still looking for more data, especially towing lighter trailers. Most of your posts have been much heavier than mine will be. I'm hoping some folks that have towed a light trailer like I explained and can jump in.I have a 2015 Ecodiesel, Class 4 hitch, trailer sway control, Prodogy P2 brake controller, Rear load leveling. For anyone who has answered my other thread thank you, no need to waste your time repeating yourself. Appreciate the input. Thank you. Here is my original post.

Hi Guys. I need to know your experiences towing a light trailer. We are about to pick up a tear drop (low profile) trailer that weighs 1700lbs. Loaded maybe 2100lbs. The salesman is trying to convince us that a weight distributing (WD) hitch with spring bars is required ($800.00)to have a good towing experience. I know a WD distributes the weight across the trailer and tow vehicle. The owners manual says anything over 5000lbs should have a WD hitch which makes sense. Although I see some folks say 3500lbs from the manual.
For those of you who tow light trailers can you please weigh in. I think our class 4 hitch will be fine for this light tow. But do you guys recommend the WD hitch even for this light weight. Do you have any sway problems with towing with a standard hitch.
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

Mike,


This directly out of 2014 manual:

"If the gross trailer weight is 3,500 lbs (1 587 kg) or
more, it is mandatory to use a weight-distributing
hitch to ensure stable handling of your vehicle. If
you use a standard weight-carrying hitch, you could
lose control of your vehicle and cause a collision."

Since you likely will only have a single axle its the sway control you may prefer to have. Singles can sway more easily than say a dual axle. And, at 2100 lbs you will have NO problem towing. Especially with the shape of a tear drop!
Why dont you wait until after you try it out without a WDH?
Then, if desired- Etrailer.com is a good place to buy a hitch system on line. Not sure if you can buy a sway without the WDH.
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

MPGtow. Sounds like a plan. I will test it out without the WDH and see what happens. By the way in the 2015 Diesel supplement look what it says. No mention about 3500lbs.

If the gross trailer weight is 5,000 lbs (2 267 kg) or
more, it is mandatory to use a weight-distributing
hitch to ensure stable handling of your vehicle. If
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

I checked the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners manual and it says the warning and the 3500lb requirement for a WDH. The 2015 has the same warning except it says 5000lbs. Was there a change in the towing package between the 2014 and 2015. That is a big difference. I sent a question into Jeep but figured the guys on this website would know. Mike
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Re: Towing RV Trailer

I have an R-Pod that is 2466 pounds dry. I have a sway bar but no WDH and haven't had any problems, have driven up to 75 mph in Colorado with no problems.
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Route 66, thanks. When you say sway bar is it something attached to the hitch of your RPOD. Did you feel you needed sway control after towing the trailer, or did you just do it from the start. If you could send me a link so I can see what sway control looks like. My tear drop will weigh 1700lbs dry, pretty light. Loaded maybe 2200lbs. Mike
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