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Old 04-17-2014, 10:21 PM   #561
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You really should have some weight distribution on your combo. It will give substantially more control should you need to make any evasive maneuver. It will ride much better as well.
Andy's right...the front of that Sport looks soooo funny being so high up in the air; it makes the lil Sport absolutely dwarf the Toyota. Some serious hitch adjustment and weight distribution is definitely in order.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:27 PM   #562
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I would be afraid to tow a trailer with a front wheel drive vehicle, especially going into curves.

Back in the day before adjustable hitches, my father in law had a cheat sheet. He believe that the trailer frame should be 16" off of the ground to ride level.

He believed that to achieve that height, the top of the hitch ball, unhooked, should be 19" off the ground.

Our first trailer, a 16' single axle Utopia, we towed with a 1973 Chevelle hardtop, using his measurements.

That guy forgot more than I will ever know.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:40 PM   #563
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I don't think the FJ is front wheel drive. I towed my Scamp thousands upon thousands of miles with a Dodge Neon and a Dodge Caravan with no problems regarding stability; discounting the lack of power of the Caravan with the Scamp, the stability of that particular combo was amazing with simple air shocks and a level trailer/van (no weight distribution or sway control on the 13ft). It's all in the loading; a level trailer and tow vehicle with or without weight distribution is a must.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:55 PM   #564
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There is zero reason not to tow with a front wheel drive vehicle these days.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:43 AM   #565
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I would be afraid to tow a trailer with a front wheel drive vehicle, especially going into curves.
I have towed our 23 with both FWD and RWD doing 100's of curves in the process. No problem with either.
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I would be afraid to tow a trailer with a front wheel drive vehicle, especially going into curves.
Why?
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:46 AM   #567
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Lift the truck and trailer higher...
Should almost go on with just hand pressure- no cheater needed-
Lift it as high as the jack will go if necessary...

Duh...I tried all that, gotta get longer chains.
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Duh...I tried all that, gotta get longer chains.
If you are jacking it all the way up, and still at that point, have considerable tension on the chains, that would sound to me like you have quite a lot of tension when it's lowered back down. Sounds like it's time for a trip to the scales to find out just exactly how much is being transferred to the steer axles. Perhaps too much ??
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I suppose with a little trailer like a scamp or a Bambi, but I'm a 3/4 ton pick up or suburban tow vehicle. Aren't most fwd vehicles unibody?

I've pulled house trailers and concession trailers since 1973, we tow our 31' airstream with a 3/4 ton suburban.

I'm suspecting it depends on your frame of reference.... We've always used trucks to pull our trailers.

My wife's mother dang nor pear ruined her Buick wildcat pulling a 29' travel trailer. It was a Tudor and I think she tweaked the frame. And we never towed with a convertible!
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Aren't most fwd vehicles unibody?
Which is also not a problem. Depending on where you choose to apply force, unibody vehicles can be stronger than body on frame vehicles.
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The only problem I have towing with a unibody vehicle is more noise is transferred from the trailer into the passenger compartment.
That is certainly not a reason to not tow with a unibody.
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I thought we'd buried the myths that unibody and front wheel drive vehicles couldn't tow an Airstream *sigh*
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I might one day tow with a Honda Odyssey. That is what we want for our next vehicle.
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Towing with a big old convertible is just fine. I've been pulling boats, car trailers, and now an Airstream with convertibles all my life. There's nothing like cruising with the top down.
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