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Old 07-28-2014, 02:08 PM   #43
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The weight baring down on the tires affects the coefficient of friction.

I think it can be safely assumed that moving tongue weight forward is not ALWAYS the right thing to do.

I hear a lot about what is too light for the steer tires, but nothing about what is too light for the drive tires.

Is it possible that a WD device can make the rear tires of a TV too light and therefore and actually degrade safety? I say yes.

Additionally trailer configuration and loading can and do affect tongue weight to a great degree.
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I wonder how many vehicles with WD approach a 50/50 weight bias between the front and rear of a pickup truck?

If the truck is a diesel, I doubt it unless the bed is chock full of heave stuff.
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I wonder how many vehicles with WD approach a 50/50 weight bias between the front and rear of a pickup truck?

If the truck is a diesel, I doubt it unless the bed is chock full of heave stuff.
I think the better question in regards to safety of the TV operator as well as all those around them on the road is, "How many people have taken their setup down to the scales and messed around to get the best weight distribution, versus just eye balling it and hoping it works out?"

Not just Airstreams, but all trailers that have enough tongue weight to warrant a WD hitch.
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I love kitchen table engineering. It is so entertaining. People act like they are expressing origional thought on this subject.
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How 'bout weight distribution on that new 23' trailer and Jeep Grand Cherokee?
I don't know if we are necessarily trying to achieve 50/50 weight distribution, but be within factory spec the same amount on the front and rear...
You see, a Yugo could tow a 34' Airstream if he knows something about science- using the levels of gravitivity and polarity-
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The "Escapees" group had a "weigh in" recently. I missed it unfortunately. It would be good to get a "validation" of current setup.

I also recently replace TV tires which lifted truck a bit so will have to verify the setup of the ProPride.

When I setup air-boats everyone had ideas for proper "trim"'setup. Customer is occasionally right, but if he insists, I did it their way and had a signoff. One customer would always break the boat. Come to find out he was running it through fences, up boat launches and across paved roads to access a gas pump so he did not have to carry fuel.. He said, "hey, it's under warranty!" He was an orthopedic surgeon.

I learned a lot through that experience. You can't through books.

Same with the multitude of possible TV, trailers, loads, etc.
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How 'bout weight distribution on that new 23' trailer and Jeep Grand Cherokee?
I don't know if we are necessarily trying to achieve 50/50 weight distribution, but be within factory spec the same amount on the front and rear...
You see, a Yugo could tow a 34' Airstream if he knows something about science- using the levels of gravitivity and polarity-
Ummm, I don't think so....a Yugo couldn't pull itself ou of its own way.
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How 'bout weight distribution on that new 23' trailer and Jeep Grand Cherokee?
I don't know if we are necessarily trying to achieve 50/50 weight distribution, but be within factory spec the same amount on the front and rear...
You see, a Yugo could tow a 34' Airstream if he knows something about science- using the levels of gravitivity and polarity-
Ummm, I don't think so....a Yugo couldn't pull itself out of its own way.
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what? how'd that happen?
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Hey, a bicycle pulled an Airstream once upon a time...
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We'll never know-
I haven't seen a Yugo in over 20 years-
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Yes, and that guy had about twice the HP of a Yugo!
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I reckon so-
His icon is on my awning and on my Zip Dee chairs-
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Now, if that guy had a chain saw accident......why then we'd have a horse race!
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