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« on: June 19, 2018, 11:40:45 AM »

I just got a trailer for my TJ and would like to make sure I have it balanced right.  Does anyone have a tongue scale I could borrow to make sure I put the TJ in the right place on the trailer<
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 01:30:54 PM »

As a general rule of thumb, I drive up the trailer till the rear of the truck drops about 3". That is usually putting the front tires around 3-4 feet from the front of the trailer on a 16' trailer. That puts enough tongue weight on it to track straight and ride well.

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 02:32:04 PM »

As a general rule of thumb, I drive up the trailer till the rear of the truck drops about 3". That is usually putting the front tires around 3-4 feet from the front of the trailer on a 16' trailer. That puts enough tongue weight on it to track straight and ride well.
Thanks, that looks like a good starting point.
Problem is I don't have 3" to play with.  Pulling with a Highlander.  I know, I know pushing it right to the edge Confused, I do have an equalizer hitch, and I have pulled a TJ on a U-Haul trailer from NC, and it did very well. Not planning to do a lot of towing.  This year I got the trailer, next year a decent tow vehicle. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2018, 02:45:48 PM »

As a general rule of thumb, I drive up the trailer till the rear of the truck drops about 3". That is usually putting the front tires around 3-4 feet from the front of the trailer on a 16' trailer. That puts enough tongue weight on it to track straight and ride well.
Thanks, that looks like a good starting point.
Problem is I don't have 3" to play with.  Pulling with a Highlander.  I know, I know pushing it right to the edge Confused, I do have an equalizer hitch, and I have pulled a TJ on a U-Haul trailer from NC, and it did very well. Not planning to do a lot of towing.  This year I got the trailer, next year a decent tow vehicle. 
Just center the Jeep between the trailer axles and you should be close enough. Most Jeeps are between 50/50 and 60/40 between the front and rear axles depending on the model. Trailers should be loaded about the same as the Jeep's weight distribution. 
You are really pushing the limits with a Highlander. My brother use to tow his boat with one and had issues and I know that weighed less than a Jeep and car trailer. You have a limit of like 5000 lbs and 500 lbs tongue. There is a trick you can do with a bathroom scale and a length of 2x4 to measure the tongue weight. Do a Google search for that.

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 03:11:34 PM »

In that case, you will probably need an equalizer hitch. I would back that to about a 1-2 in drop and test it. You need the trailer to hold most of the weight but not to the point it sways and walks the lil tow rig.

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 03:32:25 PM »

Pull it as far forward as you can.  The more tongue weight the more stable it will be at highway speeds.  My rear Jeep tire is just behind my rear trailer tire. 

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2018, 06:53:30 AM »

In that case, you will probably need an equalizer hitch. I would back that to about a 1-2 in drop and test it. You need the trailer to hold most of the weight but not to the point it sways and walks the lil tow rig.
I do have an equalizer hitch.  I wanted to get it right to the point where I have the lightest tongue weight that does not jeopardize stability, usually said to be 10%, or in my case ~500 pounds.

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2018, 09:29:43 AM »

Oh wow. I didn't realize what you were planning on towing with.  I retract my statement about all the tongue weight. 

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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2018, 09:38:24 AM »

I use a weigh safe hitch on my truck because my trailer is to low for anti sway bars, I love the products https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Ball/Weigh-Safe/WSUN-2.html

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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 10:00:43 AM »

Pull it as far forward as you can.  The more tongue weight the more stable it will be at highway speeds.  My rear Jeep tire is just behind my rear trailer tire. 

Genious!  Take the weight off the front tires.  You know, the things that STEER!  That's a terrible way to do it. 

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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2018, 10:29:31 AM »

Pull it as far forward as you can.  The more tongue weight the more stable it will be at highway speeds.  My rear Jeep tire is just behind my rear trailer tire. 

Genious!  Take the weight off the front tires.  You know, the things that STEER!  That's a terrible way to do it. 
He did retract that statement for the record.

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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 10:41:36 AM »

Pull it as far forward as you can.  The more tongue weight the more stable it will be at highway speeds.  My rear Jeep tire is just behind my rear trailer tire. 

Genious!  Take the weight off the front tires.  You know, the things that STEER!  That's a terrible way to do it.
He did retract that statement for the record.

What a genius he is  ROTFLMAO. Buy a real truck

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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2018, 05:48:50 AM »

Pull it as far forward as you can.  The more tongue weight the more stable it will be at highway speeds.  My rear Jeep tire is just behind my rear trailer tire. 

Genious!  Take the weight off the front tires.  You know, the things that STEER!  That's a terrible way to do it.
He did retract that statement for the record.
What a genius he is  ROTFLMAO. Buy a real truck
Just to clarify I did not make the genius remark, and yes if I could afford it I would buy a real truck, but alas I am stuck with what I have. Since I do not plan to tow more than a few times a year the Highlander does a perfectly good job.  Pulled very well with no problems except for 13MPG, but it worked.  Geniuses also remember who posted what before bashing the posters.

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