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BarneyS

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Keep in mind that toy hauler trailers usually have the heaviest tongue weights when they are EMPTY of the toys. Adding them makes the tongue weight lighter because the toys are normally loaded behind the trailers axles and all the living quarters are mostly in front of the axles.
This gives them the heaviest tongue weights when they are not carrying toys back there.
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Keep in mind that toy hauler trailers usually have the heaviest tongue weights when they are EMPTY of the toys. Adding them makes the tongue weight lighter because the toys are normally loaded behind the trailers axles.
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Duly noted and understood. The axles are set fairly far back for this reason as well. I still plan to weigh everything to get proper weight distribution.

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Personally, I would set the WD to the heaviest tongue weight (no toys in your case) and call it good unless the handling of the vehicle deteriorated too much with the toys loaded. Of course, each person uses their rig differently and if you always tow with the toys loaded then you should probably set the WD for the loaded condition.[emoticon]

I would not try to compromise and set it for somewhere in the middle. Doing that will give you a "never right" situation which, in my opinion, is not good.
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BarneyS wrote:

Personally, I would set the WD to the heaviest tongue weight (no toys in your case) and call it good unless the handling of the vehicle deteriorated too much with the toys loaded. Of course, each person uses their rig differently and if you always tow with the toys loaded then you should probably set the WD for the loaded condition.[emoticon]
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We only use it when hauling bikes quite honestly. I may weigh it loaded and unloaded just out of curiosity sake.

I also just puked a bit and bought the ProPride hitch. Thought about the Equilizer, but figured if you're doing it, you might as well go all the way and be happy you did when you've got a 15hr trip ahead!

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Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?
I am still curious on the weight distribution effect on the front suspension.


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time2roll wrote:

Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?
I am still curious on the weight distribution effect on the front suspension.


It looked pretty level even without the bags. I did notice the front end steering was a bit lighter without the bags though.

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MyersAvionics wrote:

time2roll wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?
I am still curious on the weight distribution effect on the front suspension.


It looked pretty level even without the bags. I did notice the front end steering was a bit lighter without the bags though.


I watched a friend hook up, as we where discussing his handling issue. The front of TV came up when the tongue was lowered. Latched coupler, jacked back up to hook the bars. When lifted jack off ground, the front was still higher than before hooked up. When he aired up the bags, the TV was level. Made a bet the scale would tell him front was still light. Never measured, but bet both ends of TV where riding higher with trailer than without. When readjusted the bars, handling improved

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JRscooby wrote:

MyersAvionics wrote:

time2roll wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?
I am still curious on the weight distribution effect on the front suspension.


It looked pretty level even without the bags. I did notice the front end steering was a bit lighter without the bags though.


I watched a friend hook up, as we where discussing his handling issue. The front of TV came up when the tongue was lowered. Latched coupler, jacked back up to hook the bars. When lifted jack off ground, the front was still higher than before hooked up. When he aired up the bags, the TV was level. Made a bet the scale would tell him front was still light. Never measured, but bet both ends of TV where riding higher with trailer than without. When readjusted the bars, handling improved


The dealer hooked up our hitch when we purchased the camper. They very well may have not done it correctly. I never redid their install. I will be taking my time when I receive the ProPride next week when I install it to ensure it is done correctly.

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One nice thing about a Freightliner M2-106 MDT. Hardly notice wind at all.

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2oldman wrote:

One nice thing about a Freightliner M2-106 MDT. Hardly notice wind at all.


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