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Old 07-12-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Question Over kill, or just over the top!

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So, I have the new, to me, 72 globetrotter. 21 feet of vintage, in amazingly good shape.

My TV. 2002 dodge ram 2500, 6 cylinder diesel, 5 spd. auto.

Overkill, or just over the top?

Will I shake the trailer apart?

Will my rivets come asunder?

PO gave me reese hitch w/all the trimings. Seems safe enough, just do not want to damage anything.

Would a hundred gallons of water in the back of the truck smooth things a bit.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 07-12-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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If you use the Reese, make sure you have #600 spring bars rather than the beefier ones cars need....

You should be just fine w/ that tow vehicle - the 3/4 ton pickups ride pretty reasonably with the 400 lbs or so of tongue weight.

We pull our 71 25' Tradewind with a 1996 4x4 F250 diesel crewcab - no issues so far, and the ride is quite reasonable.

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Old 07-12-2010, 10:07 PM   #3
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We tow a short, light weight trailer with a 3/4 ton truck. There is no need weight distribution or sway control IMO with your trailer/truck combo. As an observation, when we travel with water tanks full (trailer) stuff seems jiggled around less.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:11 PM   #4
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BTW - congrats on your new toy
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:44 PM   #5
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TV is a bit over the top but then again, I pull my 31' with a 04 4x4 Quad Cab Dually with the Cummins diesel. In my case I have pulled thousands of miles without WD or sway control, since I felt that the stiff springs with dually tires would be to harsh on the AS, but made sure that the brakes are working. I pull my work trailers without WD and sway and they weigh twice as much as the AS. IMO a full fresh water tank helps to keep the center of gavity low and over the axels.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:11 AM   #6
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the WD hitch is not nessacary for your combo and me personally, I wouldnt run it.

with my 85 CC dually chevy I never ran a wd hitch pulling a 25' white box that was way heavier than an AS and loaded down signifigantly too, never had an issue 1. And there were a couple of times passing I hit 90 mph.

Try towing a few times with out the bars and see how you like it.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:29 PM   #7
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First Short Road Trip

So I pulled the trailer on the freeway for the first time. Oh my. My neck still hurts from the front/back rocking of the truck. A full eight miles. To get the trailer home, I used the full hitch set up, back to the parking spot, used no sway or load levelers. Equally as bad. I really do not think it is safe. I am thinking shocks, and will have the mounts checked at the same time. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Of note, the truck/trailer do not ride level, slightly raised at the hitch.
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I tow with a dodge the same as yours. I reccommend that you do use weight distribution, the 600 lb bar suggestion is good. The WD will do a lot to stop forward and back pitching on bad freeway expansion joints and make things all round more comfortable.

Ideally the trailer should be set up level, even with the single axle. If you ever sleep in a res tarea or truck stop you will be more comfortable and your refrigerator will thank you also.
The Globe trotter tongue weight could actually go as high as 700 or more pounds with full propane etc. I have a 70 Globetrotter and the tongue is amazingly heavy for a trailer of this size.

Since the single axle tends to bounce more it is better to stow anything you might carry on the floor toward the front
The truck will NOT beat the trailer to death. Have towed many miles with smaller trailers. The diesel will last forever, well almost . with proper care. Currently at 553,000 on mine

I do have a fair amount of weight in my truck, extra 50 gallons of fuel plus lots of tools .
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So I pulled the trailer on the freeway for the first time. Oh my. My neck still hurts from the front/back rocking of the truck. A full eight miles. To get the trailer home, I used the full hitch set up, back to the parking spot, used no sway or load levelers. Equally as bad. I really do not think it is safe. I am thinking shocks, and will have the mounts checked at the same time. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Of note, the truck/trailer do not ride level, slightly raised at the hitch.
How much pressure are you running in your tires?

I am pretty suprized you had so much of an issue, I am wondering if the reason I dont with mine is that because it is a dually?
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Tire pressure, no way. I just had the front end aligned. They surely checked the pressure then, right? So, I did this morning. 45 lbs, front/rear. Half mile later, had it up to 75, recommended on the sidewall. The trailer I checked before I towed, she was right on.
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Funny how low tire pressure can make a rig all kinds of squirrly aint it!
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Tire pressure, no way. I just had the front end aligned. They surely checked the pressure then, right? So, I did this morning. 45 lbs, front/rear. Half mile later, had it up to 75, recommended on the sidewall. The trailer I checked before I towed, she was right on.
the sidewall psi is a rating, not a recommendation. the recommendation is usually on the truck door post and is based to axle load.
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on searching through google there might have been a dealer bulletin on tire pressures. i'd call a dealer for a printed recommendation and check for recalls.
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