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Thread: 34ft rv towing a 20ft enclosed.......trailer tongue height issues?

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    Default 34ft rv towing a 20ft enclosed.......trailer tongue height issues?

    I have a 2005 Endura gulfstream that is 34ft and I have a 20 ft enclosed. I have issues when pulling into gas stations and othe places that have a dip or incline. The trailer jack has bashed into the ground.....this is going to damage the trailer, it has already bent the crank up trailer jack. Does anyone have an irdea? the trailer is at the proper height on level ground and tongue weight is not an issue.....it is the problem of the lenghth of the rv behind the rear wheels.

    Greg

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    The one solution that I have seen is a bigass single wheel under the tongue. Airplane style ,pivot tail wheel. Many motor homes scuff the butt end a lot.
    Mike Ogren , FWDracingguide.com, 352.4288.983 ,http://www.ogren-engineering.com/

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    Build an elevated tongue on the trailer.

    Josh Sirota
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    I have the same issue with my extended rear overhand class-C pulling a 20' enclosed. The ULTIMATE (aka. expensive) solution is to use a 'Trailer Toad' (http://www.trailertoad.com/). However I've found if I go up one additional link on my load leveling bars it definitely helps but does not keep it from happening 100% of the time.

    Also, due to the extended rear overhang, make sure the rear frame extensions are re-enforced to support the trailer tongue weight. I've seen more than one extended rear class-c break at that point due to a heavy trailer. I re-enforced mine by welding in a 3' section of steel c-channel at the extension joint on both sides.

    HTH,
    Dan
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    Any room to run a larger tire on the trailer? You be able to raise the front and keep it level...
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    Tongue jacks come in different travels. I found one that allowed me to get the pad above the bottom of my MH hitch so no issues even though I have about 15' overhang on my MH. Chuck
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    This covers the options that some of you are talking about:

    http://www.rvsafetysystems.com/Trailer%20Towing.htm
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    Jarrod Igou
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    how in the world is the toad $3200??????? Doesn't someone make a similiar product for LOTS less? I don't get it. It does look like it would do the trick but the price is unacceptable.

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    My trailer jack swings up 90 degrees.
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    I have the same Class-C and tow a 21ft open trailer.
    The factory fixed-mount trailer jack was destroyed on my first tow out-of-state.
    A swing-away jack bolted to the A-frame fixed that issue.
    The second was avoiding any steep driveways into gas stations and such.
    Rodney Williamson
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    +1 on the swing-away tongue jack.

    Check out TSC (Tractor Supply Co.)

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/trailer...d-jack-0116380
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