We have a 2010 195sws Shadow cruiser TT, we tow it with a Jeep Grand cherokee diesel.
The trailer hitch weight is 325LB, dry weight: 3369 lb and GVWR 5925 lb.The vehicle tows the trailer like it is no work,and the vehicle can handle 7000lb the only problem I have is the trailer is swaying with the slightest bit of wind or when a big rig passes me.I do have a weight distributen system set up on this unit.I don't think the trailer is overloaded in the rear,(that's where the bathroom is) The grey and black tanks are there and I make sure they are empty.
I did find that when I fill my fresh water tank it does help some what as the tank is right above the axels.
I have a feeling that tires might be a factor as well, as there are currently 14" "duro" tires on them, but the tread seems rounded instead of flat, They are filled to spec 50 psi.
Would radial tires be better?
Whould would you guys think.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 3.0L diesel.
2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4
2010 195wbs Shadow cruiser travel trailer.
I taught boating safety classes for many years. Trailer tongue weight should be 12% of the total (can even go as high as 15%). Less is likely to induce sway problems That means, if you actually weighed your trailer, it should have empty 404 pounds on the hitch, and at max, 711 pounds. Your observation that water in the tank helps is a real giveaway that you need to redistribute the weight in your trailer to add more to the tongue. My freshwater tank is forward of the axles and I always keep 1/3 to 1/2 full and say to heck with gas mileage that a couple hunfred pounds makes. I WANT stability (and I don't need an crippled anti-sway device as I dont have sway)!
& wife Loie & Kodi Dog (blk male std poodle)
2011 GMC Sierra & 2005 25' Bigfoot RQ
Agree with Ron Gratz - weigh your unit first, ideally loaded for a trip and a full tank of gas in the TV. If you can, get TV front axle weight, TV rear axle weight, TT axle weight, and weight of entire combo. If you can drop the TT tongue on the scale get a tongue weight, too. Then proceed to get your tongue weight into the 12 to 15% range. JMHO