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Old 04-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #15
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I have the same setup as Bart; Air bags on the rear. I really like this setup. No equalizer hitch for my Argosy 26. Round numbers my truck has a 4400# front axle and a 6000# rear axle. The GVW rating of the truck is 8800#. The truck; full of gas with me inside weighs 5900#. That gives me a payload capacity of 8800#-5900# = 2900#.
Maybe that's why this rig handles so nice. Loaded and ready for the road my trailer weighs 5500#. It is a 1998 Dodge 2500 long box extended cab 2 wheel drive pickup with a 5 speed manual transmission and a 360 V8.
I believe the long wheel base truck gives me considerably more stability when it comes to cross winds etc. The trailer is 26' hitch to bumper, the truck is 23' bumper to bumper. Pretty good match in my book.
I run with 50# of air in the air bags and 65# of air in the truck tires and 45# to 55# in the trailer tires. Depending on if the trailer is dry or wet.
I never drive over 65 mph.
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:30 AM   #16
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Bart, it see seem like we have an almost identical set up from what you describe from the actual curb weight to the Gvwr Mine has a cap on it as you can see and the Tradewind is in the background in one pic. I called it my live weight but the passenger load in my case is around 500lbs. I have some built in boxes in bed and ply on tailgate that to my surprise has to be taken out to squeeze a few more lbs capacity. I feel a little foolish about buying a rig to solve the problem I had with the towing van (which I love) and not completely solve it. Oh well no big deal it will get the job done with a little care. I plan to load a few things more in TW while towing ( keeping under 5800 lbs and then transfer them into bed of truck when set up

Anyway thanks Any other suggestion are welcome I am a novice and want to be safe
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:45 AM   #17
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Boy! It looks like you could sleep in the truck box; pretty plush.
I would rather have the weight in the truck as opposed to the trailer; to keep from having the "tail wagging the dog effect"
I am of the belief that the TV weight must be close to or exceed the trailer weight for good handling.
Even though these old trailers could be pulled by a car in their day. Cars in their day weighed in excess of 2 tons and had a really long wheel base.
The old ads depicted an Air Stream being pulled by a man on a bicycle. What it didn't show is stopping the trailer or even pulling it around a curve.
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