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Old 09-25-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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First outing in our 1971 Sovereign - towing issues

We just got back from our first road trip in our recently completed (almost) 1971 Sovereign. We camped at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park in Northeast Texas. Beautiful park, by the way. All of the trailer systems worked perfectly and we gave tours to about 30 people.

We did have a few towing issues. Our 5.4 liter Ford Expedition had no trouble pulling the 31' trailer. The issues involved tweaking the weight distribution Reese hitch and anti-sway. At times things seemed really squirrely. One weird observation was that the trailer towed much more stable when my TV had a full tank of gas. When the tank got close to empty things were kinda scary. I also feel I need a ball mount that lets me mount the ball lower. No matter what I did with the bars and chains, the front of the trailer seemed a little higher than I felt it should have been. Not quite level.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:48 PM   #2
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My Wayback machine can't remember if the ball height was 17.5 inches, or 18.5. Also, 70's AS were much lighter than today's versions. Your trailer has a maximum weight of approximately 7000 pounds. I doubt that you are carrying that much weight. You may want to check your tongue weight. It may be low, that is why you notice the change in handling when you are carrying less weight in your fuel tank.


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Old 09-25-2016, 10:31 PM   #3
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The hitch ball height is 19"
The tongue weight should be 480 (twin) or 490 (double). 10% of dry weight.
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