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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 04:11 PM
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What is the weight distribution in the trailer when it is loaded? I am curious as mine weights just a little more than yours and I never experienced adverse behavior, even in West Texas Thunderstorms.



Although after I looked at this picture I realize I have a lot more distance between the hitch and the axles. That extra distance would help stabilize the trailer.
Hitch/pivot to trailer axle distance makes a huge difference. After getting pretty good at backing utility trailers, I got a TT with the axles biased to the rear and it was no comparison. Almost did it by itself.

@Mudman1 everything is levers when towing a trailer. Distance to the rear axle is going to affect tongue weight and how much up/down/left/right trailer movement will affect the vehicle. If you had a trailer with wheels all the way at the end, we probably wouldn't be having this discussion.

it's also possible that the trailer is too light? 950lbs isn't that much. Especially if you have stiffer springs, it's going to want to bounce around unless loaded.
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I would try a couple things before buying any sway control.

You said your trailer is about 950lbs empty. I did not see what you thought the loaded weight was. Unless your trailer is at max axle weight, I would take the tire pressure way down. On my 2000lbs teardrop I only have a tire pressure of 30 psi, and that is mainly for unproved gas mileage. At 1500lbs, I would try 20 to 25psi for a start.

The other is playing with how you load up the trailer itself as far as weight distribution. I would try putting the heavy things towards the front to see if it improves tracking.

The 3500lbs torsion axle will have a pretty high spring rate, that is just the nature of the beast. On off-road teardrops, folks quite often us a 3500lbs axle but have it derated to 2000 or 2500lbs for a better ride.

Good luck, Wolfgang
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We had a sale at work last night. I picked up the Cushion Hitch and the SS ball mount for 20% off. It blew the online prices away. I am going to give that a try in the next couple weeks and see how it feels.

As for loading, I always load my trailer correctly. Not only have I moved myself more times than I can count, but worked Logistics in the Army for many years as well as in other government jobs. Loading ammunition, rolling stock, freight and containers, just to name a few.

I am thinking about putting the same tires I have on my Jeep, on the trailer. But I will have to check funding availability for that.

Thanks for all the help guys.

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As for loading, I always load my trailer correctly. Not only have I moved myself more times than I can count, but worked Logistics in the Army for many years as well as in other government jobs. Loading ammunition, rolling stock, freight and containers, just to name a few.
You could still be running too light. If the springs aren't getting compressed it's going to be like you don't have any suspension at all.

Think about the difference in towing an empty utility/flatbed vs actually putting some real weight in it.

Trying the cushioned ball mount and dropping tire pressure is a much cheaper/easier test than going right out to a new hitch, though.
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