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Old 09-17-2012, 08:33 PM
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Re: What are you towing?

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duct tape has 1000's of fixes, it feels like my trailer is going to bounce off
Even though there is usually a bit of slack in the towbar tongue receiver, this is normally countered by the downforce on the tow ball.
If you have a very light trailer or low ball weight, banging and bouncing is a classic symptom.
In Australia the rule of thumb is around 10% of the trailed mass as weight on the ball.
May be worth looking at redistributing the load if possible to get a bit more on the ball.
Our 17' van has 500lb approx on the hitch.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:49 PM
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Re: What are you towing?

John,
You seem to be correct, However, i have some outside influences (my father) who thinks that over time this will cause the hitch pin to snap. i think he isnt realistically thinking and personally wants to get me worried. i am towing a 700ilb Yamaha waverunner and a single axle long neck trailer. maybe a total weight of 1000ilbs
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:36 AM
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John,
You seem to be correct, However, i have some outside influences (my father) who thinks that over time this will cause the hitch pin to snap. i think he isnt realistically thinking and personally wants to get me worried. i am towing a 700ilb Yamaha waverunner and a single axle long neck trailer. maybe a total weight of 1000ilbs
At that trailed mass I don't think you will have any issues with the hitch pin.....but the hitch shouldn't bang or rattle heaps (unless you are travelling over something remarkable) - the noise gets amplified inside the vehicle and it is pretty unpleasant. The hitch on the ball may be loose as well but with sufficient weight this too will be damped out. Worth checking that adjustment....
Using our criteria over here likely the long neck trailer is contributing to not having enough weight on the ball. (lovely to reverse though, that's why they are manufactured that way....)
I reckon you can easily pick up the neck and hook it up, and there might be your issue.
Can you get the waverunner forward 6'' or a foot and see if that makes a difference?
If you can get so you have to grunt or better still use a jockey wheel to hook up (i'd be looking for 100lb+ on the ball, check with some bathroom scales, just don't let the missus see you), I reckon the behaviour may improve.
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Re: What are you towing?

Noticed the same thing. My hitch wobbled much more than it did in my Mazda. Ended up purchasingthis hitch tightener. Now I don't hear a thing back there. Lots of different styles of tighteners out there.
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I have a question for you towing experts, i am new to towing i have a 2011 grand cherokee x package, i have towed my pwc twice with it, both time i have noticed a lot of play in the hitch ball receiver shaft, is this normal? should it be a tighter fit? i am using a jeep oem hitch with a 2 inch reese receiver
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I have '08 WK CRD with spidertrax spacers. Going to be towing a 23ft car trailer from Virginina to Texas. I am getting it on a scale tomorrow but weight should be around max at 7500lbs. Sould I pull the spacers off the back or leave it be. I am running a rc lift and monroe LL shocks. It pulls fine around town but I am unsure if I want to take the risk of runnung them that long with that much weight? Cannot pull the front ones because of the jk tirs on
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Hi John 47, hooked up the van today and took the rig for a test run had to check to make sure the van was still there the power of the diesel is unbelievable even going up hill I thought I was towing a 6x4 box trailer not a 2.4 tonne van. Also found I didn't need to disable the QL suspension to set the Weight Distribution Hitch, had the vehicle off when I did the setup and when I restarted the engine my adjustments were only minor compared to my previous GC with a 2" lift kit and the whole combination was evenly balanced and level and the fuel figure was also fantastic 12.7 lts per 100klms which is so much better than my previous GC which ran at 25-28 lts per 100klms so I am certainly going to make some huge fuel cost savings next year on my big trip around Oz
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Re: What are you towing?

Keep in mind that the maximum rated towing capacity for an 08 WK is only 7400 lbs. That is the maximum. It won't be easy towing... It would be illegal to tow more than that. If you were to have an accident while towing more than your rated maximum, you would be open to a lot more liability.

With that said, your WK can only safely tow its maximum with a properly installed weight distribution system. This means that much of the tounge weight will be distributed to your front wheels/spacers. The rear spacers are only a small part of the picture.

To answer your original question - I don know. My assumption is that since only the tongue weight should be distributed across your tow vehicle axles, I don't think the spacers will make that much of a difference. Ive never used any wheel spacers so I'm no expert on that part. Maybe someone else on here has more experience with that part.
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Jeep takes boat out for a blast over the weekend!! Sooooo much grunt out of the diesel made pulling 2.5tonne 20 footer a breeze. This was it's first outing since I bought the jeep and I was a bit cautious having an emergency foot brake only on the steep boat ramp. The "hill hold" function worked perfectly effecively holding a total of 5 tonne in situ until I pressed the"go" pedal. Pull's heaps better than my 3.5L petrol Paj ever did!!
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Re: What are you towing?

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Noticed the same thing. My hitch wobbled much more than it did in my Mazda. Ended up purchasingthis hitch tightener. Now I don't hear a thing back there. Lots of different styles of tighteners out there.
Last night was my first time towing with a unibody vehicle. Two 600lb ATVs on a 14' single axle trailer, about 2400lbs total. The noise was unbearable and made me think something was going to break/fail. I will have to try one of these hitch clamps.
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The clunking is no big deal. You get used to it.
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Wait... why would we want pics of his 500lb girlfriend?
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