It's about 2850lbs dry weight, and I think I took about 4-5 l/100km hit on the mileage. I don't have a weight distribution hitch yet, but do plan on getting one eventually, mainly because I want to add some sway control, and not blind everyone with the headlights.
Any issues with rear tyre wear (inside) on the Jeep? Mine scrubbed out due to incorrect wheel alignment. I'm trying to find out whether I need air-bags or not. My trailer is well below spec for the Jeep.
If you find you are towing often (more than 50% of your mileage) it may help your alignment to load your equivalent tongue weight into the back of the Jeep and then get an alignment done. It’ll keep the tires at factory spec when towing but when unloaded you’ll be out of spec. Also, when towing make sure you increase the air pressure in the rear tires.
I have towed many different rigs and if you adjust the tension right, the weight distributing hitch will distribute the weight to all 4 wheels of your tow vehicle. Pushing up the rear to distribute the weight towards the front to equalize the weight between the axels.
The hitches have limits the one I have says you can’t go any higher than the 4th link from the top. I’m at that link and it still drags a bit on the tongue. I used to own my own RV business selling RVs, repairing them, towing them, I was a truck driver, etc. Towing I know and enjoy. There are circumstances where airbags are needed. In my case for example. Or for more control. The WD is not designed to redistribute all the tongue weight, just some of it. You do still want the ideal 10% of the vehicle weight on the tongue. If that causes the tow vehicle to squat too much you can use the WD to help level it out but if you over do it you can cause an upward strain on the hitching gear, a strain the gear wasn’t designed for. This is where airbags can come in. They’ll help stiffen up the rear spring and help level out the rear of the vehicle. They are not a stand alone they are to be use together with a WD hutch to ease the strain.
I have a simuler trailer as Len1304 I do the same I am at only 4 links of chain and I too run air bags though i don't have them set too hard. the other difference is I have a generator on the rear bumper to change the center of gravity a bit. I just took the photo of the gen, it was a bit Icy out today. The generator with 4 Gal of gas weighs 90 lbs and is closer to the axle than the water tank so it helps when I carry a full tank of water but went the gray and blak are full i have to lighten up on the WD hitch. It is a bit of a balancing act. you need to be aware of your distribution all the time and what can change it. I saw this "Weight Safe Ball" I would like to get one but it would be hard to see with my current set up I would have to crawl under the hitch almost to read it.
I finally got a change to take the trailer out with the motorcycle on a long road trip. It's 400 miles to Las Vegas from SLC on I-15 and I left when a storm was blowing into the state. It handled the wind better than I thought and I did go the speed limit (80mph in a lot of the trip) and still got about 19mpg. I decided yesterday to take the old US highways home that adds a couple of hours. For the whole trip back I averaged 25.6mph. Of course I had a HUGE tailwind a lot of the way. From Delta, UT to Salt Lake I was averaging 32mpg! Ok so the tailwind was about 40-50mph but still very happy with the tow!
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