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Trailer placement

Postby Roman » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:40 am

Now that I'm moving into 16' "modern" trailer living, I get to figure out vehicle placement and drop hitch measurement all over again. Where does your Jeep ride on your trailer?

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Re: Trailer placement

Postby Roman » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:44 am

I thought I would be able to run the Jeep back a lot farther, but the rear springs already seem to be taking most of the weight. I have a "fabbed" 5 1/2" drop hitch in now, don't think a full 6" will settle the f/r spring bias enough but also don't want the hitch to be an anchor!

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Re: Trailer placement

Postby Lud » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:48 pm

Mine used to ride the same as that pic when it was on the 16ft trailer. The door was always over the wheel wheels.
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Re: Trailer placement

Postby Lurch » Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:24 pm

Never put much thought into it. Just pulled forward till the back of the truck started to squat.
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Re: Trailer placement

Postby TJDave » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:31 pm

Lurch wrote:Never put much thought into it. Just pulled forward till the back of the truck started to squat.


That's the way I did it too.
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Re: Trailer placement

Postby TJDave » Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:49 pm

Once I figured out where I thought it should be, I adjusted my single long chain that I wrap around the rear pumpkin. Drive forward until the slack is tight, then tie down the front. The Jeep ends up in the same place on the trailer every time. I'm sure there are easier ways to tie it down that doesn't require crawling under the back of the Jeep. :D
Here is how it sits on the 18' PJ trailer. 16' deck, 2' dovetail.

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Re: Trailer placement

Postby Roman » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:49 pm

Roman wrote:I thought I would be able to run the Jeep back a lot farther, but the rear springs already seem to be taking most of the weight. I have a "fabbed" 5 1/2" drop hitch in now, don't think a full 6" will settle the f/r spring bias enough but also don't want the hitch to be an anchor!


Turns out I don't know how to measure drop hitches... I assumed it was from the bottom of the 2" shank, but NO its from the top. So I was cruising around with a 7 1/2" drop. Guess I'll get an 8" so I can return the stack of borrowed hitches and start playing with wiring for the new brake controller.

Also, the method of securing the Jeep wasn't the issue. Been using the preset rear strap method for years. Just trying to figure placement. Even in that pic, the rear spring shackle is almost touching the frame rail. And on the flattest ground ground I could fine, the trailer is nose high

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Re: Trailer placement

Postby tobyw » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:25 am

The only way to do it right is to weigh the trailer axles separately, but that picture doesn't look too far off from how I've normally run mine over the years. :thu:
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Re: Trailer placement

Postby dutton » Tue May 28, 2019 4:44 pm

Roman wrote:I thought I would be able to run the Jeep back a lot farther, but the rear springs already seem to be taking most of the weight. I have a "fabbed" 5 1/2" drop hitch in now, don't think a full 6" will settle the f/r spring bias enough but also don't want the hitch to be an anchor!


Been doing the same set up here and never had any issue.

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Re: Trailer placement

Postby Deputy Dodge 413 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:13 pm

I'll bring a set of tongue weight scales tonight. Tongue weight should be 10-15% of total weight.


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