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Old 10-26-2006, 09:56 PM   #21
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When our kids were around we boondocked sometimes with a Coleman pop-up. A big one. I would tow it with our CJ7 with a 304 V8. No problem. But when I needed to rent a cargo (U Haul) trailer they would not rent one to me. Way too dangerous because of the Jeep's short wheel base and the very likelyhood that the loaded trailer would be heavier. I heeded their advise. I had a family.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:06 PM   #22
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Sure...as long as you don't leave your yard...

Its going to be like a ride at Six Flags...without any safety.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:29 AM   #23
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when I needed to rent a cargo (U Haul) trailer they would not rent one to me. Way too dangerous because of the Jeep's short wheel base and the very likelyhood that the loaded trailer would be heavier. I heeded their advise. I had a family.
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I had the same thing happen to me.I was young (er) at the time and was out of town on a hunting trip. Due to a succesful hunt, we needed extra capacity for the ride home. Uhaul refused to rent to me! I was surprised, but learned a lesson...
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:57 AM   #24
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Sounds like you saying a 2500 Suburban is "marginal" towing a 19' Bambi.

Would you say it's achilles heel is the high centre of gravilty and out dated suspension system?
C of G and suspension design (and tires) are certainly factors that combine to make a Jeep a marginal tow vehicle. However, a 2500 Suburban should feel pretty good. The greatest issue may be the weight distributing hitch setup. The Bambi is not overly heavy, but tongue weight is substantial. Some more tension on the bars might make the combination feel a lot better, and reduce the amount of "disagreement" between the truck and trailer.

It seems to me that having the WDH perfectly set to balance the tongue weight on the TV will allow the front tires to resist sway as effectively as the rears, making maximum use of that long wheelbase.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:43 AM   #25
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The suburban should not feel unstable ,the most important thing as AlbertF
has said is to have the Wd setup right,and tongue weight is good ,so don't get iffy about placing the weight too far from the front .My 60 trdwnd and the IH travelall get feeling funny if Ive loaded the spare tire and other stuff
too central in the trailer ,and not more forward of the axle (single) it feels
wishy washy (no good ) move some stuff up towards the gaucho in front and
immediately its all good ,and the WD is loaded (bars) properly .You do want
tongue weight for sure ,must stress that point here as its very important
the WD will distribute the weight across the axles of trailer and TV .

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Old 10-27-2006, 12:09 PM   #26
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Ditto...that Suburban is more than enough TV for a 19'. Check your hitch setup, something is amiss.
I had a similiar situation with my Suburban and found I did not have enough weight on the front end. A quick adjustment fixed that...
Check the drop front and rear.

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We picked up our new Sport 22FB on Friday and joined a WBCCI Ontario Unit 124 Rendezvous in Seaforth ON for our shakedown. Met some great Airstreamers and learned a lot. We are very happy with the build quality and only a couple of small issues to be corrected.

Can-Am did the hitch modification and it tows great with better fuel mileage than our previous T@B trailer.

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We picked up our new Sport 22FB on Friday and joined a WBCCI Ontario Unit 124 Rendezvous in Seaforth ON for our shakedown. Met some great Airstreamers and learned a lot. We are very happy with the build quality and only a couple of small issues to be corrected.

Can-Am did the hitch modification and it tows great with better fuel mileage than our previous T@B trailer.

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That looks good ! Yeah the Wrangler is wider and way longer now than the previous TJ model, of 2006, when this thread had been started.
You must report how your JKU does. What model year is it ? What gears do you have ? 3.73 ? 4.10? 4.56 ?

We have a new 2016 Wrangler Rubicon, but I seriously doubt I will be hooking it up to our 28' AS anytime soon ! The owners manual says the Rubicon has some kind of sway control yeah I don't know,

Maybe next time I have the AS out, I'll unhook the truck, and I'll take some pics where it looks like the Rubicon is towing the 28' LOL

Report back Adventure.AS on how your Jeep does ! Safe travels,
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That looks good ! Yeah the Wrangler is wider and way longer now than the previous TJ model, of 2006, when this thread had been started.
You must report how your JKU does. What model year is it ? What gears do you have ? 3.73 ? 4.10? 4.56 ? ...
We bought the 2015 JKU new at the end of that model year with the Max Tow Package. We have found that not only do we get 'Jeep waves' but now waves from others who just like the look of the rig. It is so much fun to be able to roll down the road with the top down or to drop the trailer at the camp ground and then head out for some off-road exploring.

Our Jeep has the 3.6 L Pentastar engine and 3.73 gears and there is lots of power (285 hp) and torque (260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm) available for towing the light weight and narrow 22FB Sport. This will be ideal for most of the towing that I will be doing, although if I was in the mountains (east or west) I would likely have gone with a Rubicon with 4.10s. If I was driving in the mountains all of the time I would likely consider installing a turbo charger to maintain power at altitude, which would be a lot cheaper than buying a utilitarian looking pick-up truck.

Can-Am did a great job of modifying the hitch by forming and welding on some square tubing from the hitch to a cross member near the Jeeps's rear axle so that the WD hitch can transfer weight to the front axle without over stressing the receiver.

There is no problem towing around Ontario. I found with this first trip with the Bambi (and with our previous T@B trailer) that the sweet spot for fuel economy is around 80-90 km/h. On the freeway I travel at around 98 km/h which is better for fuel economy and the trailer tires.

I use the cruise control on open roads, in good weather and find that the Jeep computer can handle the the throttle on the hills (up and down) smoothly with very little loss of speed and minimal increase in RPM. It is a great assistance on downhill runs as it uses the engine to brake, and I find that the speed only slight increases from the cruise setting, perhaps 5-8 km/h.
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