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Old 08-22-2011, 11:30 AM   #15
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Thanks Steve, My last question is about leveling the Jeep out. I have the equalizer brand hitch, which I was told was a very good one. The airstream dealer suggested putting airbags in the rear of Jeep to help bring it up a little. My headlights are too high towing, so I thought if I raise the rear a little with the airbags, everything will be level.

It seemed like they adjusted the hitch as much as possible and I don't have the knowledge to try and fiddle with it myself. (over my newbie head) The trailer part rides level. Also you do recommend using tow/haul (5th gear) for towing in all types of conditions? it seemed to also drop my gas mileage when I tried to use it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:53 AM   #16
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Actually, the RV dealer's have the worst reputation for adjusting hitches properly, and just because they did it, it's not necessarily done right. A simple and quick check to do is measure the height of the front fender directly above the front tire, both before and after the trailer is hitched on level ground. With a mid sized SUV like the Jeep GC, I would want the front axle to carry at least a small portion of the tongue weight, meaning the front of the Jeep should go down a little after the trailer is attached. If it doesn't, or especially if it goes up, the hitch is not adjusted correctly.

Check your Jeep owner's manual about the tow/haul feature, and I believe it will say to tow a trailer of the size of yours only in tow/haul. Think about it...why else would they equip it as such?
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:01 PM   #17
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Do you have enough air in the Jeep tires?—the wheels are now carrying more weight.

Tow/haul lowers the shifting points in the transmission giving you more power in each gear and that is good for the engine.

It is possible the dealer did not adjust the Equalizer correctly. Every combination is different and dealers don't always take the time to do it correctly. You may need a different shank and it will be good to learn how to adjust it yourself. The trailer must be level, the Jeep should be close to level, and the bars should be close to level, the trailer is most important of the three. There are a number of things to adjust and play with until you get it right. It can take some time, but over time you will probably have to adjust it yourself anyway. The washers compress slightly over time for one thing and that changes the angle of the hitch head.

Instructions should have come with the Equalizer, or you can find them on the internet. There are also threads here that discuss adjusting it—use the search option to find them. And you can call the manufacturer for help. They were very patient when I asked the same questions they hear every day.

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:46 PM   #18
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Thanks all!
I do have the tires at 38 cold, which is higher than I was normally inflating them.
Just did a quick measurement. My readings say the rear drops 2 inches and the front 1 inch...Sure seems like more than that! All I know is the front seems a tad too high and the steering feels a little off, plus headlights are up. I guess it is time to buy the proper tools and try and tackle this myself!
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Thanks all!
I do have the tires at 38 cold, which is higher than I was normally inflating them.
Just did a quick measurement. My readings say the rear drops 2 inches and the front 1 inch...Sure seems like more than that! All I know is the front seems a tad too high and the steering feels a little off, plus headlights are up. I guess it is time to buy the proper tools and try and tackle this myself!
If you have an actual DROP of 1" at the front, I would that that is good. The rear axle of the vehicle is capable of carrying more added weight than the front, normally.

Check your tires capability...they are probably "XL" weight rated (extra load), and can carry up to 44 psi, cold. If so, that is where I would put at least the rear tires.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:42 PM   #20
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Yes, you are right about the 44 PSI. I am going to re-do Jeep measurements, as I probably was not that accurate on my gravel, rough driveway!
Another question for you, since you live in this area of Texas also.
Do you take your batteries out in winter, since you are in SA? or leave them in the AS on a trickle charger? I just bought one of those also! This learning curve can get me fustrated some days! Thanks for the help...Carol
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I leave the batteries in the trailer on trickle charge. If there is a hard freeze coming, I blow the water lines with air pressure, and leave an electric heater on in the trailer. I had no problems with this procedure even last winter with the temps we had.
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Ok we found our Trailer 2011 20ft Flying Cloud we are very happy. Just got back from Sunset State park near Santa Cruz. The Jeep drives great. I got the ez-lift with sway set up. I need to get a transmission cooler. heat warning came on going up the Grapevine on the 5 back to Glendale. I just took it easy behind a big rig up the hill and the warning came off.
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Great. Glad it is working out for you, though I'm having trouble visualizing you drafting uphill with an Airstream.

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I need to get a transmission cooler. heat warning came on going up the Grapevine on the 5 back to Glendale. I just took it easy behind a big rig up the hill and the warning came off.
Be SURE and get the trans cooler installed soon, before you tow again, and if the vehicle has any miles on it at all, I'd replace the transmission filter and change the oil at the same time. Also, be sure you use a reputable shop for the work, or do it yourself.

An ounce of prevention...........
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Great. Glad it is working out for you, though I'm having trouble visualizing you drafting uphill with an Airstream.

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Funny I was just going much slower then before and it seemed to help.
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Be SURE and get the trans cooler installed soon, before you tow again, and if the vehicle has any miles on it at all, I'd replace the transmission filter and change the oil at the same time. Also, be sure you use a reputable shop for the work, or do it yourself.

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Just changed filter and tran oil and engine oil before trip going today to have trans cooler put in same place who installed my hitch
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Jeep maintenance

I went to my Jeep dealer with my maintenance book in hand! I also had transmission oil changed and also the rear differential! Since I am towing now, it recommended doing that too. My Jeep is 4-wheel drive.
Sounds like my transmisson cooler is working. After driving up hills in 100 degree heat, my light didn't come on after a tough 4000 mile trip! Yeah! I pushed it driving home and did a few 500+ mile days. I did talk to them about using my "tow/haul" button also. I probably should have used overdrive more. oops! Next time! I'm learning! Now if I can get hitch tweeked a little, to get the rear end up a little and front end level on Jeep. All will be good. Oh, forgot to mention, jeep wanted her oil changed early at 2,500 miles. The oil change lite came on in Ohio. Luckily a jeep dealer was in that town and helped. He said the oil could have started to break down in the heat/ hills,I drove through.
She gets some high end oil cause she has the 5.7 Hemi. Carol
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