I am about to start my 5th season of towing with a similar setup. No issues to report and great tips from all the guys up above here.None of this has anything to do with my truck, and that trailer is lighter than the one I will be towing, nor is it personal experience.
Also worth noting about using cruise while climbing a grade is that if it can't maintain speed and ends up dropping by 10MPH then it will disengage cruise control. If you're not expecting it then you can end up in a sticky situation and unsure about what is happening.One final observation would be to avoid cruise control in hilly terrain. It is way too aggressive at trying to maintain speed and best to feather the gas pedal yourself even if you drop 1 or 2 mph. You will know what I mean once you try it and the RPM's climb to 5,000. It won't hurt anything but is nerve racking and totally unnecessary.
Enjoy your camping season!
Note that the OP will be using an Equal-I-Zer hitch which has built-in sway control, there is no need for a friction bar (Which are almost useless, IMO. A proper WDH with built-in sway control works much, much better and you don't have to worry about removing anything before backing up).I tow the same trailer with a 2016 Canyon. It tows very well behind the truck with a set of tow mirrors. The motor does wind up with any type of grade but that is to be expected. I have never felt the need for more power or acceleration ability while towing. I would suggest getting everything hooked up and towing to a reputable hitch shop that can take a look at your distribution setup. I took the time to do this and ended up trading the shop to a different size shank and moved the positioning up one bolt. I would also suggest towing with an anti-sway bar. It makes a lot of difference and keeps both units very tight on the road. I do not know that I would want to step up much more on the weight as far as a bigger trailer, but I am very confident with the towing ability of the Canyon.
Level or slightly nose-down is preferred, the problem with nose-high is that causes the front of the trailer to want to "fall" to one side or the other and leads to sway and instability. Slightly nose-down is fine but can increase tongue weight and if you have Torflex axles instead of leaf springs you will end up putting more load on one axle because there is no equalizer like with leaf springs.Just a few quick tips I haven't seen mentioned yet.
First, make sure your trailer is level when fully loaded and let down on the hitch. some people try to tow with the tongue too high or too low and that creates handling issues. I have a couple of trailers and I have separate drop hitches for each one (one's a 4" drop the other is a 6").
I wouldn't say balanced, the weight needs change based on axle placement and other factors. Ideally, you want roughly 12% of the trailer weight on the tongue. 10% is the minimum guideline, 12% tends to work out pretty well. Hitting the CAT scales when packed and ready to camp is a good idea so you know how the weights are. Some trailers are tongue heavy due to their design and actually require more gear to be loaded in the rear in order to get the tongue weight correct. This is especially true of toy haulers, but it also applies to other trailers depending on axle placement, floorplan, holding tank placement, etc.Second, make sure your trailer weight is balanced. If you throw all your heavy gear in the very back of the trailer it will reduce weight on the tongue, making it more prone to get squirrelly (and vice versa). Your rear suspension should settle a few inches when you let the tongue down on the hitch. If it sags heavily or barely settles at all, you probably don't have proper tongue weight due to balance issues.
Indeed, too many people speeding with their trailers thinking they're invincible and can cope with any situation that comes along. Slow down and enjoy the scenery! Not only is it safer but you'll get better fuel economy and save money.Last but not least, slow down when trailering in heavy winds! Your travel trailer is a giant sail and you never know when a head or tail wind will suddenly switch to a cross wind, especially when going through terrain changes.
Well we walked out of the dealership and did not buy the passport. We found too many quality issues with it in our inspection.
We ended up buying a Grand Design XLS 21BHE which is slightly heavier but still well within out weight limits.
I will update this thread after we pick it up Friday to let everyone know how it goes.
Well we made the purchase today, hitched it up and brought it home. The drive was about 45 minutes mostly Highway. The weight distribution hitch did its job, we didn't have any problems. There was a section of road that was a little bit bouncy , but that has nothing to do with the truck or the trailer or the towing, that was just the road. Other than that everything has been completely fine and I don't think that we're going to have a problem.