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Old 10-04-2016, 10:01 AM   #1
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Trailer Weight Distribution Demonstration

This shows the importance of balancing your load.

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Old 10-04-2016, 10:15 AM   #2
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Glenn - excellent post. I had seen that a similar demo on a British website that someone posted long ago. This one is shorter, but very effectively demonstrates a main cause of sway.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:37 AM   #3
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Excellent video demonstrating proper and improper loads. I had seen this video as I researched reasons for fishtailing yesterday.

It was sobering and informative
Thanks for posting!
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Now this video should be shown at every registration office on the planet!!
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I did that for real when I was a young guy and loaded a VW station wagon on a car trailer with the back end and engine weight at the rear. I survived but it ranks as one of the most terrifying driving experiences ever.

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I was towing a single axel trailer with 4000 lb ofconstruction debris that had very light tongue
Weight....... All was fine until I hit 50 mph, Starts fishtailing can't stop it, braking makes it worse, off the gas and hope, the trailer was pushing me across both lanes, no control. It ended fine but as Ron said " the most terrifying experience".
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:49 AM   #7
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I'm so glad I have read so many threads here to really educate myself

We are about to get a 2017 21' (about 4,400 lbs loaded - even with the slightly higher 2017 Escape 21' weight) and our SUV is rated for 5000 lb, 500 tongue weight

and i now own a 1,000 lb Sherline tongue scale. (most accurate in the middle)

so I'll make sure i'm in the recommended 10% to 12% tongue weight, but without being over 500 lbs. (so probably about 11%)

we travel light, and only about 2 trips a year, so we'll be fine, and also very careful.

we'll also get the WDH, and sway, just to be extra careful.
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Great video!
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Old 10-04-2016, 12:27 PM   #9
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Losangeles, Leon has towed their 21' with a 5000# rated Highlander for many thousands of miles and reports that it tows easily, steadily, and without a hint of sway. We plan to do the same. As this video shows, safe tongue weight is the key. Based on my conversations with 2 Toyota service managers, they both said that given Toyotas conservative nature, that if Toyota rates a vehicle at 5000#, it will safely tow 5000#.

I don't know what vehicle you plan to use, but all car companies have reams of lawyers who are going to make that same insistence about ratings in the litegenous days.
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Losangeles, Leon has towed their 21' with a 5000# rated Highlander for many thousands of miles and reports that it tows easily, steadily, and without a hint of sway. We plan to do the same. As this video shows, safe tongue weight is the key. Based on my conversations with 2 Toyota service managers, they both said that given Toyotas conservative nature, that if Toyota rates a vehicle at 5000#, it will safely tow 5000#.

I don't know what vehicle you plan to use, but all car companies have reams of lawyers who are going to make that same insistence about ratings in the litegenous days.
Indeed - tongue weight is key (as is a good Brake Controller, and also smart driving!)



We have an Acura MDX. AWD.

We wont be racing up mountains at 75 MPH, but no problem there.

I know my tug well, and I'm confident that we'll have enough torque and horsepower to be just fine.

especially after reading what you said above about Leon's happiness with towing a 21' with a Highlander, and that our MDX supposedly has more torque (273 lbs torque) than the *bigger* engined Highlander. (according to the internets)

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