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Posted: 02/26/12 08:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

eric james wrote:

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I think your Tourag will do a good job. Just need to get the right trailer. Power is rarely the issue with most SUVs. It's wheelbase and payload.

Before I got the Expedition, I towed with a V8 Grand Cherokee. 106" wheelbase.

I towed a 26' 4200lb trailer for two years. It was fine. A really good WD Hitch would have been better for me.

I would recommend nothing over "26" in the model number and go ultra light. Get an Equal-i-zer or Reese Strait Line hitch minimum.

How heavy? Take your towing capacity x 80% then subtract 1000 lbs. That number would be the max dry weight to shop.



Thanks. You have confirmed much of what I've read. Only problem is that we like the rear living trailers and many with 27 in the model number. I know that's pushing it which is why I'm asking about the wide axles. Trying to stay around 5,200 lbs dry. Either way, we will use a good WD and sway control hitch.


I don't think 26-27 should be a deal breaker. Your VW's wheelbase is 5" shorter than my Expedition. I towed that pictured trailer with the Expedition effortlessly. Now the Passport is the max I can handle.

How often/far do you plan to travel?


Well, we "plan" on travelling a lot, maybe even cross country. That's why I'm concerned about how it tows. What model Passport? We like the 2850 but afraid a bit too long?

BTW, how are things in Sioux Falls? Haven't been there in years. Used to go there a lot when I worked for Western Surety.

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Extensive travel = shorter trailer unfortunately in my opinion.

When I run across the state to the Black Hills with my set up, after 5 hours in the wind, I'm tired.

You'll have to do some digging to find a shorter rear living room floorplan. I looked at the 2850 you mentioned and I wouldn't feel comfortable with that much trailer long travels. Locally maybe.

Sioux Falls is a hidden gem in the snow banks. We moved here in 2001 and the growth is very positive. Stop by on your cross country travels.


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Transporting RVs I have found these "New" wide track units are more stable, in my opinion , than many of the old school types.

Keep in mind I have only towed a few ( hundred ) trailers.............so, you may want to take what I say with a grain of salt.

The high "Cheap" aluminum trailers I found were the worst to tow. Did not track well, and wanted to sway, even with my big truck.....could not imagine some of them behind a passenger vehicle.


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The Wide tracks are also more difficult to work with when leveling the trailer with boards.

Just my 2 cents


Why? but then I use lynx levelers, and I'm thinkin it would be the same


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By 'wide track axle', do you mean a spread axle tandem, or an axle with a wider width? To me, 'wide track axle' means just that, a wider axle. A spread axle tandem has 2 axles that are further apart from each other than a normal tandem set. Spread tandem and tri axles are common on commercial flat bed semi trailers. The forward axle is there to carry loads that weight the trailer heavily in the middle, rather than up front over the tractor's axles or out back over the trailer's axles.


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SoCalDesertRider wrote:

By 'wide track axle', do you mean a spread axle tandem, or an axle with a wider width? To me, 'wide track axle' means just that, a wider axle. A spread axle tandem has 2 axles that are further apart from each other than a normal tandem set. Spread tandem and tri axles are common on commercial flat bed semi trailers. The forward axle is there to carry loads that weight the trailer heavily in the middle, rather than up front over the tractor's axles or out back over the trailer's axles.


Jayco calles it Wide stance Tracker axles. Others call them Stabil Trax. Just supposed to make it trck better.

One of the real benifits. they run cooler, as they are farther apart, and don't heat each other up.

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bicyclemark wrote:

The Wide tracks are also more difficult to work with when leveling the trailer with boards and good luck if you wish to use a between the wheels chalk.

This is no longer true as you can now get Rotochoks for a wide stance axle TT.


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I recommend a high quality shorter TT for traveling a lot as a retired couple. Something like a Lance 2285 or 2385. Well under 5000 pounds dry with under 500 pounds dry hitch weight.

I hear ya, but DW wants roooooooom. Need to compromize. Thinking 26'.

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Terryallan wrote:

bicyclemark wrote:

The Wide tracks are also more difficult to work with when leveling the trailer with boards.

Just my 2 cents


Why? but then I use lynx levelers, and I'm thinkin it would be the same


The leveling boards will have to be that much longer. Longer boards take up more room and are a bit more unwieldy. I suppose you use 2 sets.

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I recommend a high quality shorter TT for traveling a lot as a retired couple. Something like a Lance 2285 or 2385. Well under 5000 pounds dry with under 500 pounds dry hitch weight.


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