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Old 01-26-2018, 04:04 AM   #1
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Pulling doubles

Well here I am again with same subject but with different options.
So I upgraded from pulling my 36Fl from 3/4 ton to a 1 to DRW thanks to all imput on this 100 percent difference I love it !

Now I purchased a 7x16 dual axel cargo mate utility trailer thinking I was going to a get second truck, but I want to attempt to pull double for a little while first.
I'm looking to upgrade to IS 7k + 17.5 sailun 14ply + disc brakes

Question here is ! What should I install on top of this?
Please remember my max on the utility trailer will be no more then 4000k so that be around 400 on rear hitch.

I figure I'll get TPMS sensors and Wireless rear camera
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:49 PM   #2
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The rating on the hitch is 3,000 lbs gross total. I am sure most of that is because of the frame it is attached to. at 4,000 lbs, you are exceeding the limit by 33% and are risking frame damage as well as being a real safety concern. Trailer brakes on the utility trailer at that weight may also be advised.

The 400 lb tongue weight may or may not exceed the rating. I have not checked.

I tow doubles but my total weight with my ATV and trailer are well under 2000. I have a Jeep that is right at 3000 and would use a brake setup if I were to tow it.

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Old 01-26-2018, 04:12 PM   #3
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I could keep the gross weight to 2800 if needed
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Old 01-26-2018, 08:02 PM   #4
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Tongue rating for the hitch is 300#..


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Old 01-27-2018, 01:15 AM   #5
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Ya it's 300 lbs, and probably the weakest aspect. That receiver sticks out so far I always worried a little about my bike rack.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:25 AM   #6
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When upgrading to the Mor/ryde IS, I would go to the 8K setup, especially since you plan to go to 17.5 tires.
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Old 01-27-2018, 03:39 AM   #7
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I agree with Michelle, go to the 8k IS and be done with it. I can tell you that pulling the Focus behind the coach with the IS, disc and H rated Sailun is effortless. Only way I know it's back there is look in camera.

A trailer though would be a different pull. The Focus has almost nothing in tongue weight, just the weight of the towbar equipment. It also has a digital, fully proportional brake system that is tied in with the coach With it and the discs on coach, braking is a non-issue and is very impressive. I'm not sure how you would accomplish the same with a trailer brake system. I would think a surge brake setup like a boat trailer uses would be the preferred way to go.

I would definitely reinforce the hitch.
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I switched my boat to electric brakes years ago because the surge was not ideal for these mountain passes. I had a 2nd trailer brake controller for the boat when I tripled. It took some trial runs to sync, but worked fine after that. It was great to have the ability to brake just the boat if you felt it was wagging a bit.
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Old 01-27-2018, 07:16 PM   #9
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Brad - if anyone had the solution I knew it would be you. Lol. Hadn't thought of the idea to add a second controller but that makes total sense.

And for anyone interested, here's the latest picture. Taken yesterday at a rest area on I 10 in Mississippi.
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Vaughan, that makes for a great looking rig! It all looks color coordinated, at least in the picture!
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Thanks Brad

The colors are pretty close. The truck is a really dark brown called Kodiak Brown and the tan almost matches the coach. The Focus is a color called Tectonic and changes from a silvery beige to almost a matching tan depending on the lighting. Overall I'm pretty happy with the way it looks.
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Ah, the truck looked black to me in the pic. Good side is, that Kodiak Brown is one of their best colors.
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Thanks Brad

The colors are pretty close. The truck is a really dark brown called Kodiak Brown and the tan almost matches the coach. The Focus is a color called Tectonic and changes from a silvery beige to almost a matching tan depending on the lighting. Overall I'm pretty happy with the way it looks.

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