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    Yes we tried towing without any WD hitch and it was the same basically.

    OK, this tells me we really need to measure the tongue weight to make sure we are in the 10-15% range of the total trailer weight...and closer to 15% with it being a TT.
    If we are not in this range the WDH does nothing to help.

    Another thought is to tow a sister-ship to your model and see if we have the same problem to eliminate a possible assembly defect of trailer.

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    How to Measure Tongue Weight - wikiHow

    You can measure it with a bathroom scale, so not sure how your trailer dealer can't do this and make the proper adjustments.

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    Here's a better visual on how to perform this and tools required.
    I bought a HD scale from Amazon for about $40 that can handle up to 550 lbs.

    https://www.etrailer.com/faq-how-to-...ue-weight.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase300 View Post
    Yes we tried towing without any WD hitch and it was the same basically.

    OK, this tells me we really need to measure the tongue weight to make sure we are in the 10-15% range of the total trailer weight...and closer to 15% with it being a TT.
    If we are not in this range the WDH does nothing to help.

    Another thought is to tow a sister-ship to your model and see if we have the same problem to eliminate a possible assembly defect of trailer.
    They actually towed it with another vehicle and had no problems but that would be a way of seeing if it might be my Durango. They could tow a similar weight/length trailer with different layout that likely has a heavier tongue weight.


    Quote Originally Posted by Chase300 View Post
    How to Measure Tongue Weight - wikiHow

    You can measure it with a bathroom scale, so not sure how your trailer dealer can't do this and make the proper adjustments.
    That's a lot of math, lol. I'd have to get a different scale, our is glass.
    I guess they told my wife they could take it to a commercial scale, not sure why they didn't do that because the literally spent the whole day trying different things.

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    See the link in post #13.
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    I saw it but the trailer is at the dealer right now. I'm going to have them get the tongue weight measured and go from there. Either way I'm picking it up tomorrow and will work on it this week. I have a 55 gallon plastic barrel I can put water in. I can put it in the bedroom area and add water until it either doesn't sway or I give up and buy a truck. I'm thinking the air spring helpers will raise up the rear of the Durango and stiffen the suspension while towing so I don't have to put as much tension on the WDH to help with sway.

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    I looked up the trailer specs and it says the tongue weight it 625lbs dry, the trailer weighs 5728lbs dry. If I add the two batteries that's another 100lbs and the hitch weighs just under 50lbs. That bringing the tongue weight to 775lbs. We don't have much in the front storage area but by the gears specs it's just over 100lbs making tongue weight 875lbs. Adding the additional 150lbs of gear weight to the dry weight of the trailer, plus maybe 100lbs of miscellaneous gear inside brings the gross weight to 5978lbs. 10% is 597lbs and 15% of the that is 896lbs. I know I'm assuming the specs of the trailer reflect the accurate tongue weight and I'm relying on published weight specs for the batteries, etc, but even if it was off 100lbs either way I'd say we are within the range it should be, give or take a few pounds. I still plan to have them get an accurate weight, hopefully I'm off an it is a weight issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJB8 View Post
    propane tanks on the nose size ? full or empty?
    Yes, they are on the front and are full but, the trailer specs include the tank weight.

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