Originally Posted by handn
You don' provide gvw of your trailer or tow ratings of your vehicle.
The vehicle will have a tow rating and a gross combined vehicle weight rating and a carrying capacity.
Airstreams have a high hitch weight and this is subtracted from the carrying capacity of the vehicle.
You are likely to be near your gross combined vehicle weight rating without adding lots of passengers or cargo.
Yes I know, those numbers should in theory be out the window. I don't have the same rear-suspension setup that is stock, I have modified sub-frame connectors and a few other additions for extra weight. For the past couple of years we've been over-landing with our vehicles. I could make some estimates. My concern is trying to understand wheelbase in regards to towing power.
Heck even my rotors and calipers are not stock, they're 14inch with SS lines to compensate for added rotational mass of larger tires. Even with the extra weight, my stopping distance is shorter than a stock Tahoe.
Money invested, so .....
Originally Posted by dkottum
Towing expert Andrew Thomson from Can Am Airstream tells us it is not the wheelbase alone that determines stability, but also the distance of the rear axle to the hitch ball. This distance on a Tahoe is relatively short making the Tahoe stable as for example, a Suburban with a longer wheelbase, but also a longer rear axle to hitch ball distance.
We use a 120" wheelbase Ram pickup which was "sort of okay" with a conventional hitch, but completely solid with a Hensley/ProPride style hitch (which through its geometry effectively reduces the axle-to-hitch ball distance to only a few inches).
Thanks, this is the kind of information I was looking for. It's wheelbase in relation to stability that I didn't understand. Power and stopping are easy to fix.