Weight distribution

jumpoff

I'm in a camping state of mind
Nov 3, 2015
1,553
North East Florida
After watching the video it's easy to see why air bags are an unsafe alternative to the weight distributing hitch. Thanks again for posting that. You can possibly save some lives with that info.
 

Adam H

Active Member
Aug 22, 2015
555
California
After watching the video it's easy to see why air bags are an unsafe alternative to the weight distributing hitch. Thanks again for posting that. You can possibly save some lives with that info.
With a 1000lb tongue, WDH is a necessity. How many of our PUPs have a 1000lb tongue?
 

Adam H

Active Member
Aug 22, 2015
555
California
But, everyone is still trying to use bags
So for the larger TT's a WDH is a necessity, I think we all know that?? For the average PUP (even my Avalon with a ~500lb tongue) or 5th wheel air bags are a perfect remedy for taking up some sag. Yes I use air bags with the PUP but I also used a WDH when I had the TT's.

My point is, don't discount air bags as a no-no. Especially if your TV has saggy "soccer mom" springs. So yes, some of us still are trying to use air bags.
 

jumpoff

I'm in a camping state of mind
Nov 3, 2015
1,553
North East Florida
Adam H, my comments were specific to what the video showed which wasn't a pop up obviously. Maybe you already knew all that the video demonstrated but I didn't so it was a good lesson for me. Right now I'm just towing my little camper but someday I might move up to a TT. I'm always glad for the info and the folks that share it here on the portal.
 

Yak

Super Active Member
Apr 18, 2009
1,205
So for the larger TT's a WDH is a necessity, I think we all know that?? For the average PUP (even my Avalon with a ~500lb tongue) or 5th wheel air bags are a perfect remedy for taking up some sag. Yes I use air bags with the PUP but I also used a WDH when I had the TT's.

My point is, don't discount air bags as a no-no. Especially if your TV has saggy "soccer mom" springs. So yes, some of us still are trying to use air bags.
You cannot change the laws of physics. If it's a bumper pull it works the same way, like a see saw the rear wheels are the fulcrum. 5th wheels are different due to the weight being directly on the axle.
 

jash1178

You can't fix stupid!
Nov 21, 2010
1,077
North Carolina
So I already bought my setup so I cant "go back". But I got a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT with a class 3 tow package and a brake controller. This is my new to me TT. Its a 2003 Fleetwood Terry 25j (26'). I have not picked it up yet from the dealer but I will be in two weeks. Its about 4 and a half hours from home. Any thoughts? After watching this video Im kind of nervous and dont really have the funds right now to get a WDH right now. I thought I was OK with the TVs towing capacity. Not sure the tongue weight but the dry weight is 4100.



 

jnc

Welcome from New Hampshire
Oct 1, 2014
3,935
South Central New Hampshire
So I already bought my setup so I cant "go back". But I got a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT with a class 3 tow package and a brake controller. This is my new to me TT. Its a 2003 Fleetwood Terry 25j (26'). I have not picked it up yet from the dealer but I will be in two weeks. Its about 4 and a half hours from home. Any thoughts? After watching this video Im kind of nervous and dont really have the funds right now to get a WDH right now. I thought I was OK with the TVs towing capacity. Not sure the tongue weight but the dry weight is 4100.
I can tell you that it's going to be a learning experience. When you hookup you will know more about how good or bad your drive is going to be. Measure how far your front end raises and that will give you an idea of how light the steering is going to be.
 

GalsofEscape

Super Active Member
Nov 26, 2013
1,112
Maryland
jash1178, you should check your tow vehicle's manual as it should tell you at what trailer tongue weight a weight distribution hitch would be needed. You can estimate the camper tongue weight, it should be somewhere between 10 - 15% of the camper GVWR (not dry weight).
My Durango manual recommends a WDH for any tongue weight over 350 lbs, so I knew at a dry tongue weight of 500 lbs i would need one and I put that in as part of the camper purchase price. I did estimate a loaded tongue weight of 650 lbs (dry weight + two propane tanks + one battery + a bit of weight for our stuff - we pack light and most of the storage is back behind the axles) and the actual tongue weight came in at 640 lbs. Was happy as my Durango is only rated to a max tongue weight of 750 lbs. My camper is 25 feet long with a gvwr of 6200 lbs.
 

yetavon

everything is better around a campfire.
Mar 11, 2010
3,517
Western NC
You should be ok , take it slow and easy...Make sure to properly adjust brake controller. But I would recommend getting a WDH. Reese dual cam works great for us.
 

Adam H

Active Member
Aug 22, 2015
555
California
So I already bought my setup so I cant "go back". But I got a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT with a class 3 tow package and a brake controller. This is my new to me TT. Its a 2003 Fleetwood Terry 25j (26'). I have not picked it up yet from the dealer but I will be in two weeks. Its about 4 and a half hours from home. Any thoughts? After watching this video Im kind of nervous and dont really have the funds right now to get a WDH right now. I thought I was OK with the TVs towing capacity. Not sure the tongue weight but the dry weight is 4100.




As said above, use the MAX gross weight of the trailer for your calculations. Nobody tows a "dry" camper, ever. After crunching the actual numbers, take a good look at your tow vehicle and at that point I don't think it will matter what type of hitch you purchase, it's too much trailer for a Trailblazer. Good luck with whatever decision you make and happy camping.

Adam
 
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